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Brewing Insights: The Lab

The Anchor lab (right) is located directly adjacent to the brewhouse. Quality. Consistency. Every day. No matter which beer, which day of the week, the weather outside the brewery, the season… the quest to maintain a high level of quality and a consistent flavor profile in every Anchor brew is perpetual. If you work in… read entire article

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California UnCommon™: A Kolsch-style Ale Made With Meyer Lemons

By Matt Canter, Certified Cicerone® and member of the Anchor Marketing team. The easy-drinking, sharp, bitter bite of a Kolsch-style ale, whether from an American craft brewer or from the traditional Kolsch breweries in Germany, is hard to beat when the sun is shining, or any time you need something a little more on the refreshing side. As with… read entire article

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Welcome & Join us in Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of America’s First Craft Beer (1965-2015)!

It’s a little known fact that Anchor Steam® Beer is America’s First Craft Beer dating back to a fateful moment in 1965 that changed the course of American brewing history. But, before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s go back over 100 years to our San Francisco roots. During the California Gold Rush, local Argonauts… read entire article

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Liberty Ale 40th Anniversary Brew

Saturday, April 18 marked the 40th anniversary of the first brew of Liberty Ale in 1975. A few years ago, Dave Burkhart, Anchor’s Design & Graphics Production Manager and Brewery Historian, wrote about that first brew in 1975, which celebrated the 200th anniversary of Paul Revere’s famous ride on April 18, 1775. Dave joined the Anchor brewers in… read entire article

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Supporting Parks with Craft Beer

Half Moon Bay State Beach To celebrate the unique heritage of state parks in California, Anchor Brewing Company has partnered with the California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) to support their efforts to conserve and enrich California’s natural beauty and history. Through this unique partnership, a portion of proceeds from sales of Anchor California Lager helps to support conservation… read entire article

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Anchor Brewing Volunteer Day: A Return to China Camp State Park

A brew with a view at beautiful China Camp State Park Another collaborative Anchor volunteer day with the California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) brought us back to China Camp State Park in Marin County. Anchor volunteers had travelled to this same park in 2013 to help paint a water tower and build fencing. This time around we… read entire article

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Nitro vs Cask Beer: How Are They Different?

By Matt Canter, Certified Cicerone® and member of the Anchor Marketing team. As educated craft beer enthusiasts (you wouldn’t think we would spend all day here at Anchor without completely geeking out learning as much as we can about craft beer, now would you?) we’re fortunate to find ourselves in close proximity to a plentiful selection craft beer bars… read entire article

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Shining Light on the Subject of Dark Beers

Bob Brewer debunks a few of the common myths associated with dark beers. Don’t be afraid of the dark. On February 5,  2015, Anchor Brewing Company announced the release of Flying Cloud San Francisco Stout, which first saw the light of day last year as the third release in our Zymaster Series of limited edition brews. We… read entire article

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Ask Bob Brewer: How much should a keg of Anchor beer weigh?

Jessica (via email): How much should a keg of Anchor beer weigh? Bob: I’ve been asked this question a lot over the years, Jessica – usually when a bar wants to reconcile their daily receipts with the volume of beer used. The only real way to determine how much beer is left in a keg is to… read entire article

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Anchor Terminology: The Grist Mill

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. What is a “grist mill”? Every brewery has one. Sometimes referred to as the “malt mill,” the grist mill breaks apart the malt to expose the starch body of… read entire article

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San Francisco Beer Week 2015

SF Beer Week is back! The festivities kick off Friday, February 6 with the SOLD OUT Opening Gala at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, followed by nine days of beer dinners, tap takeovers, trivia nights, and other events showcasing craft beer from the Bay Area and throughout California. We hope you’ll Raise Your Anchor… read entire article

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Anchor Profile: Kate

Working in the dynamic environment at one of America’s craft brewing pioneers lends itself to having a unique cast of characters – new and old alike – who call Anchor home. The brewers may be the “magicians,” but there’s an entire team here at Anchor who are dedicated to upholding our high standards of craft brewing. In our series of “Anchor Profiles,” we sit down… read entire article

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Only More So Women of the California Gold Rush

By Dave Burkhart, Anchor’s Design & Graphics Production Manager and Brewery Historian “California, noted Wallace Stegner, is like the rest of the United States—only more so.”–Kevin StarrMost of the books written about the ’49ers might as well be called Men of the Gold Rush. Men of California, Men Who Made San Francisco, California: Men and… read entire article

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On the Road with Anchor – Part 1: From the Early Days to GABF

Bob Brewer takes you on the road for a three-part series of craft beer adventures. Beer fests, whisky fests, special events, trade shows and promos. Even a music festival or two. Anchor does them all. Whether they are nearby or somewhere else across the country, it takes some logistics to bring it together. When I… read entire article

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Ask Bob Brewer: Anchor’s Unique Bottles

Bob Brewer answers your questions about the world of beer & brewing. Marteinn (via Facebook): Hi there , may i ask where you get your bottles? I really like them and i want to use similar bottles for my future small brewery. Thanks. Bob: Our bottle story has a few interesting twists to it so… read entire article

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Ask Bob Brewer: Aging Anchor Christmas Ale

Rob (via blog comment): How long can I age the annual Christmas Ale and still have it taste the way you would want it to taste? I have a few small 2013 bottles left from last year, and my local beer/ wine store still has some large 2013 bottles for sale? Still good? Bob: Around this time… read entire article

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Anchor Profile: Jessica

Working in the dynamic environment at one of America’s craft brewing pioneers lends itself to having a unique cast of characters – new and old alike – who call Anchor home. The brewers may be the “magicians,” but there’s an entire team here at Anchor who are dedicated to upholding our high standards of craft brewing. In our series of “Anchor Profiles,” we sit down… read entire article

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Anchor Winter Wheat: Our Take on a Classic Winter Warmer

A conversation with Anchor Brewmaster Mark Carpenter about Anchor’s first winter seasonal. For the first time in Anchor’s history, and the first time in the 40 years we’ve been brewing our annual Christmas Ale release, we’ve doubled down this year and introduced our newest seasonal beer, Anchor Winter Wheat™. We’ve been making wheat beers since the summer of 1984. They’ve… read entire article

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The Story of Anchor’s
Christmas Ale Magnums

By Dave Burkhart, Anchor Brewing Historian and Design & Graphics Production Manager ’Tis the season—of contractions like ’tis, of goodwill, of gift giving, of merriment, and, of course, of tradition. At Anchor, we’ve been celebrating the season with a longtime tradition of our own called Our Special Ale (also known as Anchor Christmas Ale). “Old… read entire article

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