News Most Former Anchor Brewing Employees Plan to Return to Old Positions

Most of the former employees at Anchor Brewing Company have said they will return to work at the iconic brewery when the new owner is ready to re-start production.

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union, which represents most of the former workers in both the taproom and production area, has said that 77% of the former employees are ready and excited to return to their old position.

The historic San Francisco brewery was bought last month by Hamdi Ulukaya, the CEO and founder of the Chobani yogurt brand. Ulukaya has said he intends to return the brewery back to the original brewing techniques and recipes.

Having former employees return would be a critical component to a successful brand reemergence given the unique nature of the brewing process and the culture that helped drive the brand during the Fritz Maytag era. When Ulukaya announced the purchase, he immediately said he would hire back as many former employees as possible.

Before Anchor Brewing was shut down by former owner Sapporo, the union’s 39 members represented about two-thirds of all employees at the brewery.

It will take a while to restart operations and Ulukaya indicated when he purchased the brewery that he’d like to resume operations in time for Christmas.

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