Anchor Brewing is building a new brewery and restaurant across from San Francisco’s AT&T Park at the city’s new Mission Rock development, company and city officials announced today.

Anchor, famous for its Anchor Steam beer, is running out of room at its current site in Potrero Hill, and the new building at Pier 48 will allow the company to expand its production from 180,000 barrels annually to 680,000, said co-owner Keith Greggor.

Construction is set to begin in late 2014 on the building, which Greggor said will be a “must-see attraction for locals and visitors alike.”

Mission Rock is being developed by the San Francisco Giants across McCovey Cove from their home at AT&T Park.

Anchor “really represents the first major tenant” at the site and will “serve as a front door to the Mission Rock project,” Giants president Larry Baer said.

Mayor Ed Lee said the company’s name was fitting since they will serve as an “anchor tenant” in the neighborhood while providing about 200 new jobs.

The facility at Pier 48 will include an area for brewing, packaging and shipping, as well as a restaurant and museum.

The restaurant is expected to hold 450 people, while many more would be expected to come to the building on Giants game days.

“How many we can handle, we’ve yet to figure out,” Greggor said.

Plans for the site will have to be approved by the city and by the Port Commission before moving forward, but Lee said he was confident the permitting process will go smoothly since the facility will be in an already existing structure at Pier 48.

“I don’t see this at all as being any challenge,” he said. I think this will get through very easily.”

The Mission Rock development is eventually expected to include up to 1,500 residential units, up to 250,000 square feet in retail space and 8 acres of open space.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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