“One day if I do go to heaven...
I'll look around and say, 'It ain't bad, but it ain't San Francisco.'”
I went there (SF, not heaven) for a week back in the nineties and I sort of understand the sentiment; it's the only city I've ever remotely pined for (most pining is reserved, of course, for Blackpool which is a town, not a city).
Even further back though, during the mid-nineteenth century gold rush, necessity (mother of invention) forced thirsty bavarian migrants into fermenting beer with lager yeast at the slightly higher ale-yeast temperatures due to a lack of refridgeration. The result was known as 'steam' beer or 'common' ale. It was quickly brewed and therefore cheap and plentiful.
'Anchor Steam' ale, brewed at the Anchor Steam Brewery is the defining example of the style and since I, US Steve and Young Phil have all visited this brewery (albeit a decade apart) we decided to pay homage to the famous ale/lager beer with our very own interpretation.
'Common Conspiracy', true to style, is an amber ale with a gentle, sweet hop aroma. It starts of beautifully malty before the German grown 'Northern Brewer' hops kick in and lend a refreshing long bitterness. It really doesn't know, or care, whether it's an ale or a lager - I don't think you'll care either.
It'll be available from next week at all decent East Kent ale houses.