Aside from the bottles of Sam Adams my high-school friend and I would sneak from his mother’s massive Costco holiday stockpile, Anchor Steam was the first American craft beer I tasted. It hit all the right tender spots: old-timey packaging delivered a mouthful of richness that was a hell of a lot more satisfying than shotgunned cans of Black Label Beer.
Anchor Brewing Humming Ale deftly pushes its finger against the palate’s perineum as well—coming at a time when I am mature enough to appreciate the fullness of its offerings. Crisp, bubbly and a little bold, this is a fine one for warm fall afternoons. “Humming is an ancient beer term, found everywhere from Robin Hood to Herman Melville,” Anchor informs, “used to describe a strong, effervescent ale with a lot of character.” Stands to reason … this one is humming.