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March 14, 2012

Anchor Terminology: The Strike

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. The Strike The strike refers to the emptying of the brew kettle after the boil is finished. At Anchor, the strike also involves the removal of the spent hops… read entire article

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March 7, 2012

It’s All About Bock

There’s a lot of lore surrounding bock beer. What is it? What’s up with the goat? How did it get its name? Is it really made from the residue at the bottom of the tank? The beer we now know as bock originated in the Northern German city of Einbeck, probably as far back as… read entire article

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February 29, 2012

Say What? Says Who? Benjamin Franklin on Beer – or Not

Anchor historian Dave Burkhart debunks the most frequently misquoted and misattributed sayings about beer and San Francisco. “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” We at Anchor Brewing have no doubt of the truth of this statement. But of the author? Well, it simply wasn’t Benjamin Franklin. Wishfully but… read entire article

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February 22, 2012

Designing Anchor Porter®: Thinking Inside the Box

Anchor historian, Dave Burkhart, tells the story of the unique collaboration that resulted in the label, 6-pack and crown (cap) for Anchor Porter. When you think of great food pairings for Anchor Porter® you might think of oysters, Thai food, or perhaps a nice marinade for barbecued salmon (my personal favorite). But Big John’s Hamburger… read entire article

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February 16, 2012

Porter: The Entire History

Bob Brewer looks back at the rich (and dark) history of porter. All historical references to “porter” seem to go back to 1722 and one Ralph Harwood, a London brewer. Harwood created a beer that was originally called “Entire.” Entire previously had referred to a blend of three separate beers, consisting of one third each… read entire article

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February 11, 2012

Zymaster™ Series No. 1: California Lager – Part 2

In part one of our post, we introduced No.1 California Lager – the inaugural brew of our new Zymaster™ Series. In this second part, we take a closer look at how lager beer came to be brewed in California and the breweries that led the way. THE CALIFORNIA LAGER REVOLUTION “The meaning of the word… read entire article

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February 10, 2012

Zymaster™ Series No. 1: California Lager – Part I

Boca Brewing Company first brewed a lager in the winter of 1875-76.  Photo courtesy of the Verdi History Center, Verdi, Nevada. Anchor Steam® Beer’s roots date back to the sundry and mysterious adaptations and improvisations of brewers to the primitive conditions they faced during the California gold rush, long before icehouses and modern refrigeration made… read entire article

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February 2, 2012

Brekle’s Brown: A Brief History of Brown Ale

Anchor Brewing’s Brekle’s Brown was first brewed in December 2010, but its name can be traced to Anchor’s pioneering brewer, Gottlieb Brekle, 140 years ago. The brewcraft lineage of Brekle’s Brown extends back for centuries. For fans of Brekle’s, and of brown ales in general, here are a few words about how we got here.… read entire article

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January 26, 2012

Ask Bob Brewer: Consistency In Large Batch Sizes

Steven: “How do you maintain consistency over large batch sizes?” Bob: Product consistency is one of the most important components of commercial brewing and is achieved by meticulous attention to detail in all phases of the brewing process. There are no shortcuts or a single magic step. We start with top quality malt and hops… read entire article

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January 19, 2012

Early SF: Golden Gate Trivia

San Francisco has had a Golden Gate for a lot longer than it has had a Golden Gate Bridge. It started during the last Ice Age, when the sea level was several hundred feet lower, and the waters of the glacier-fed Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers carved a deep channel through the bedrock on their… read entire article

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January 12, 2012

Introducing: The Anchor Brewing Blog

We’ve been brewing beer for a long time here at Anchor Brewing Company. Over the years, we’ve developed a number of traditions and seen plenty of changes – in our industry, our city, and in the world around us. As the decades have passed and trends have come and gone, we’ve kept things largely the… read entire article

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