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SAN FRANCISCO — Anchor Brewing has announced plans to develop a 212,000-square-foot facility at Pier 48, making it the first major tenant to sign onto San Francisco’s new $1.6-billion Mission Rock development. The new waterfront brewery will allow the craft brewer to quadruple its operation. Its annual production capacity is expected to increase from 180,000 barrels to 680,000 barrels. The company’s original facility in Potrero Hill will remain in operation.

Anchor Brewing is known for its Anchor Steam Beer, which has been brewed in San Francisco since 1896. The new facility will feature brewing, distilling, packaging, storing and shipping production facilities, as well as a restaurant, museum and educational facility. Construction will begin in late 2014. Anchor Brewing will occupy 22 percent of the new Mission Rock project, which is being developed by the San Francisco Giants. The mixed-use project will contain up to 1,500 residential units, up to 1.7 million square feet office space, and up to 250,000 square feet of retail, restaurants and public amenities. Pier 48 is part of the Port’s Embarcadero Historic District.

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