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A Peek at the Anchor Distilling Co. Private VIP Tasting Room

When it comes to kicking back with a beer, the atmosphere is typically less ritzy lounge, more rec room. But San Francisco's Anchor Distilling Company wanted to create a high-design destination where its best clients could sample the product in style. So they teamed up with designer Melanie Coddington to build out a penthouse suite atop the the iconic distillery and deck it out with bright custom furnishings, graphic rugs and a swank bar. The finished product is a dramatic change from what is once was: a dreary conference room filled with white boards and rolling chairs. Drink up!

Erin Feher
  • Mellow Yellow
    Designed by Melanie Coddington

    The lemon-yellow chesterfield sofa is upholstered in micro suede and was custom designed by Coddington with wide-spaced tufting for a modern twist on the classic shape.

  • Raising the Bar
    Designed by Melanie Coddington

    The mirror-backed shelves and the custom bar, clad in reclaimed redwood and topped in oak, display vintage glassware and spirits in unique bottles.

  • The Original Brewmaster
    Designed by Melanie Coddington

    The history of Anchor Brewing can be traced back to 1849, when German Brewer Gottlieb Brekle arrived in San Francisco during the Gold Rush. He founded a brewery on Pacific Avenue that  would come to be named Anchor in 1896.

  • Light and Airy
    Designed by Melanie Coddington

    Coddington says that the owners initially envisioned a more masculine space with the dark and smoky vibe of windowless nightclubs and smoking lounges. "But this room has windows on three sides, so I convinced them they needed a lighter, more airy feeling with organic masculine touches like reclaimed wood and smoke gray walls."

Melanie Coddington

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