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Craft Originals: Mark Carpenter on America’s First Craft-Brewed Beers

No other brewery in America can claim the number of “firsts” that are part of the brewing heritage here at Anchor Brewing Company. To celebrate our history of innovation, we’ve created the Craft Originals 12-pack, a collection of America’s first craft-brewed beers. Each Craft Originals 12-pack features four legendary brews together in one package for… read entire article

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Summer Sights & Sounds at Stern Grove

We are proud to have been a sponsor of the Stern Grove Festival once again for the 2013 season. The Stern Grove Festival is an admission-free performing arts series held at beautiful Sigmund Stern Grove, an outdoor amphitheater in San Francisco, where the spectacular setting and friendly atmosphere are as much a part of the experience… read entire article

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Craft Brewing Insights: Open Fermentation

Fermentation is an integral part of the brewing process. Fresh wort from the brewhouse is placed into vats or tanks and yeast is added. The yeast consumes the sugars in the wort and converts them into ethanol and carbon dioxide, and along the way, generates heat and multiplies exponentially.   In today’s modern brewing, fermenters… read entire article

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Cellar Tank Installation – July, 2013

Four shiny new cellar tanks enchere recently added to our cellar room here at the brewery. We caught up with cellarman Ryan Akers, who shared a few details about the new tanks and how they will be used. What will the new tanks be used for? Ryan: The new cellar tanks will be used for… read entire article

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Our Winners in the Anchor Brewing Summer Beertography Challenge

We’ve had a lot of fun looking through the great summer photos that were submitted for our Summer Beertography Challenge. Today we’re Raising an Anchor and toasting to everyone who took the time to capture a summer moment with an Anchor brew. There are some very talented Beertographers out there! Speaking of Beertography, we’d also… read entire article

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Ask Bob Brewer: Whole-Cone Hops vs. Hop Pellets

Bob Brewer answers your questions about the world of craft beer and brewing. From Greg in Chicago: On your website you say that you use only whole cone hops, is this still true? I’m a home brewer and a big fan of craft brews and I have visited many brewpubs and craft breweries, both big… read entire article

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BREWS & BASEBALL CIRCA 1909
COLLECTING SF SEALS BASEBALL CARDS
FOR ANCHOR BREWING

Anchor Brewing historian Dave Burkhart on the story of Anchor Brewing’s baseball-card collection. How many employees can say that the owner of their company was keeping track of their EBay purchases? And how many of those employees can say that the owner was concerned that they might not be buying enough old baseball cards with… read entire article

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Fourth of July Beer Bites with Chef Ryan Scott

Former “Top Chef” contestant and San Francisco Chef Ryan Scott shares some of his Fourth of July Favorites featuring Anchor brews. I love beer. It’s just a fact that everyone that knows me is aware of. When I was getting my beer and wine license for my restaurant, Market & Rye, in Potrero Hill, the… read entire article

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Announcing the Anchor Brewing Summer Beertography Challenge

Imagine this picture-perfect scenario: Its summer. Blue skies and sunshine above. You’re with friends and family, doing what what we all love to do in the summertime – drinking delicious craft beer and enjoying good company. Sounds pretty good, right? We think so, too, and we’re excited to announce a fun reason to snap a… read entire article

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Brews & Baseball in San Francisco

 Anchor Marketing Manager Daniel Cruz writes about the connection between hand-crafted beer and America’s pastime in the City by the Bay and beyond. A few weeks ago I had a good day at work. A fellow marketing manager asked if I would be interested in writing a blog post from the marketing perspective, a first… read entire article

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What’s in a Name?
Fort Ross Farmhouse Ale

The History of Northern California is Never More Than a Tank of Gas Away Anchor historian Dave Burkhart on the story behind Zymaster No. 4. How did Fort Ross, a nineteenth-century Russian fur-trading colony ninety miles north of San Francisco, become the name of the latest release in our Zymaster® Series? The answer is in… read entire article

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The Season for Saison: The Story of Farmhouse Ale

Farmhouse ale, or “saison,” as it is now more commonly known, originated in Wallonia, which is the French-speaking part of Belgium. The style is historical and has strong artisanal roots, having been brewed in a distinct region for several hundred years by individual farmers rather than by commercial breweries. Belgian saisons were traditionally brewed by… read entire article

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Why Beer Matters
A Handmade Book About Handmade Beer

With Anchor historian Dave Burkhart and guest blogger David Johnston Mark Sarigianis contacted me last year with the hope that Anchor might be able to help David Johnston and his Sharp Teeth Press with the publication of Evan Rail’s extraordinary essay on Why Beer Matters. I was already familiar with Rail’s Good Beer Guide to… read entire article

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Steam Beer Billy – Part III

In this three-part series, Anchor historian Dave Burkhart recounts the true tale of a man, a goat, and their beer—not bock, as one might expect, but steam beer—in nineteenth-century San Francisco.   When we last heard from our heroes, Yankee Sullivan and his pet goat Jack were incarcerated, recovering from their steam-beer-induced New Year’s revelry.… read entire article

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Steam Beer Billy – Part II

In this three-part series, Anchor historian Dave Burkhart recounts the true tale of a man, a goat, and their beer—not bock, as one might expect, but steam beer—in nineteenth-century San Francisco.   In Part I of our story, we heard the San Francisco Chronicle’s account of the steam-beer-swilling San Franciscan and his steam-beer-swilling goat. The… read entire article

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Steam Beer Billy – Part I

In this three-part series, Anchor historian Dave Burkhart recounts the true tale of a man, a goat, and their beer—not bock, as one might expect, but steam beer—in nineteenth-century San Francisco. Disclaimer: What follows is a true story, exactly as told in the San Francisco papers 115 years ago. It is literally history. We do… read entire article

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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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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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Ask Bob Brewer: Harvesting Hops & Recycling Spent Grains

Bob Brewer answers your questions about the world of craft beer and brewing. Katie: When are hops ready to pick? Bob: The easy answer is when they’re ripe. Hops usually ripen, if that’s the proper term, in late summer/early fall. The plant is a fast-growing perennial that dies back every year. The cones are ready for… read entire article

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