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April 17, 2013

Brews & Barrels: The Story of Barrel-Aged Beer

The craft beer industry has seen a lot of activity in recent years having to do with the resurrection of the use of wooden barrels during the aging process. While today’s brewers are producing many differing styles that employ wood vessels somewhere along the way, the history is a bit simpler. Back in the day,… read entire article

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April 11, 2013

The Many Voyages of Export Stout

As a seafaring nation, England was at the height of its empire through much of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. With far-flung colonies, a mighty navy, and one of the the world’s largest merchant fleets, the British were a dominant force in global trade for the better part of two centuries. British merchant ships like… read entire article

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March 13, 2013

Anchor Terminology: D.E.

Bob Brewer, Anchor’s resident expert on beer & brewing, takes a behind-the-scenes look at the craft brewing process and the terminology used in the Anchor brewhouse.   D.E. is short for “diatomaceous earth,” which we use as a beer filtering agent. D.E. occurs naturally as a mined substance comprised of the fossilized silica shells of… read entire article

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September 6, 2012

Anchor Terminology: Dry Hopping

Bob Brewer, Anchor’s resident expert on beer & brewing, takes a behind-the-scenes look at the craft brewing process and the terminology used in the Anchor brewhouse. “Dry hopping” refers to the process of adding hops to the beer while it is in the cellar tank, in addition to the hops added in the brew kettle during… read entire article