Anchor Brewing Company, founded in 1896 and once one of many hundreds of San Francisco breweries, was about to become the last one to shut its doors. Maytag immediately set about buying a 51 percent share of the failing business for a few thousand dollars of his inheritance. And the rest, as they say, is history.
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Here is a 1972 article from the Eugene Register-Guardian about Maytag and his purchase. In it he says he bought Anchor "as a lark," that he knew "nothing of beermaking" but was just "looking for something to do." Fortunately, his "lark" turned the company around and helped inspire a revolution in the art of beermaking. And here is a story from 2010 with more recent information, including the sale of Anchor to new owners.
All this makes me think, maybe it's time for a return visit to Anchor. A taste and a tour: it's been too long.