Last August, Sapporo Holdings Limited acquired Anchor Brewing Company, and although Anchor Distilling was not part of the sale, the company relinquished the rights to the “Anchor” trademark. Anchor Distilling Company has announced its next evolution. As of Jan. 31, 2018, the iconic San Francisco company has taken on a new name: Hotaling & Co. (pronounced ho-de-ling) a reference to one of Anchor Distilling’s most beloved small batch whiskies and to the San Francisco legend A.P. Hotaling, who came out West during the Gold Rush and quickly became one of the most reputable spirits dealers in the country.
Born in 1828, Hotaling moved from New York to California in 1852, where he found his calling in San Francisco as a purveyor of fine whiskies and proceeded to build the largest liquor wholesaler in the West. In San Francisco drinks culture, Hotaling’s name became immortalized when his whiskey warehouse on Jackson Street survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. In 2006, on the 100 th anniversary, Anchor Distillery released a special aged expression of Old Potrero named Hotaling’s to commemorate the event that miraculously didn’t harm the warehouse and inspired the words of poet Charles K. Field:
“If as they say, God spanked the town
For being over frisky,
Why did He burn the churches down
And save Hotaling’s whiskey?”
“The Hotaling name pays tribute to our organization’s past as it has been the name of our rarest and most sought-after expression of Old Potrero Whiskey, Hotaling’s, and celebrates our connection with SanFrancisco.” says Dennis Carr, who remains the company’s President and CEO, and oversees a staff of 47 people. Hotaling & Co. will also remain under the recently announced ownership of London’s Berry Brothers & Rudd and Tony Foglio.
As Hotaling & Co. it will remain the exclusive U.S. importer representing the renowned spirits portfolio of brands including: Luxardo Liqueur and Cherries, Nikka Whisky, Kavalan Whisky, HINE Cognac, Tempus Fugit Spirits, Alessio, BarSol Pisco, Shrub & Co., Ypioca Cachaça, New Zealand Whisky Collection, Chinaco Tequila, Briottet, C. Drouin Calvados, The King’s Ginger, Mezcal Amaràs, Hirsch, No.3 Gin, Slaur, English Harbour Rum, Chateau de Montifaud Cognac, Senior Curacao Liqueur, Karlsson’s Gold Vodka, Etter and F.Meyer. Hotaling & Co. will also continue to sell and market the brands produced by the now-named Hotaling & Co. Distillery, including Junípero Gin, Old Potrero whiskies, Old Tom Gin, HOPHEAD Vodka, and Genevieve Gin.