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Stern Grove Festival | LoCura & Sergio Mendes

San Francisco’s Sigmund Stern Grove had to loosen its belt a notch in order to fit in the over-sized crowd that showed up for Sunday’s Stern Grove Festival performance. The typically tranquil setting was transformed into a sea of dancing fans as the Latin grooves from San Francisco’s own LoCura and Brazil’s beloved Sergio Mendes energized the audience. Of course, a cold brew… read entire article

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Lager: The Most Popular Beer on the Planet

Bob Brewer looks at the history and evolution of lager, the most popular beer style on the planet. Many of us who inhabit the craft corner of today’s American brewing industry, myself included, have at times tended to dismiss the vastly greater and hugely popular pale lager style of beer. As of early 2014, the… read entire article

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Stern Grove Festival | Rufus Wainwright

After a bustling morning in San Francisco, marathon running shoes were exchanged for blankets, baguettes, and an Anchor brew or two as music enthusiasts gathered at Stern Grove for a delightful afternoon performance. Quartet San Francisco got the afternoon started with an eclectic blend of pop and classical arrangements, followed by the beloved Rufus Wainwright, who single-handedly… read entire article

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Stern Grove Festival | Boogaloo Assassins

Two emphatic slices of world music took the stage at Stern Grove this past weekend to brighten up a gray San Francisco Sunday. The afternoon began with the high-energy sounds of “Mali” by Vieux Farka Touré. The upbeat vibe continued as the skillful salsa grooves of Roberto Roena and Boogaloo Assassins filled the afternoon air. We had a great time once… read entire article

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Stern Grove Festival | Funky Meters

Sunday was an afternoon of funk and soul at the Stern Grove Festival, as Sugar Pie Desanto and the godfathers of funk, the Funky Meters, filled Sigmund Stern Grove with their legendary sounds. The vibe emanating from the stage was contagious, and the crowd felt the energy, staying on their feet to move and groove from the first note… read entire article

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Anchor Adventures: Yosemite National Park

Summertime is the perfect season to get outside to enjoy the great outdoors. Daniel Cruz from our Marketing team recently did just that, joining a group for a hike to the spectacular Cloud’s Rest overlook in Yosemite National Park. Now, a hike like this is certainly worthy of a reward at the top, and Daniel… read entire article

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Stern Grove Festival | San Francisco Symphony

A patriotic weekend culminated in a special performance by the San Francisco Symphony at Stern Grove. The Symphony’s program joined the celebratory mood of 4th 0f July weekend festivities, featuring a delightful array of American music, with venerable artists Bernstein and Mancini among the choice picks. American-made brews, Anchor Steam, Anchor California Lager, and Anchor IPA were the perfect… read entire article

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Stern Grove Festival: Allen Stone | Yuna

Sunday, June 29 was one of those picture perfect (real) summer days in San Francisco, which brought out the crowds to bask in the bright California sun at Sigmund Stern Grove. And how appropriate to celebrate the summer sun with some jovial, uplifting, soulful music from Yuna and Seattle’s Allen Stone. We were pleased to join the masses to celebrate… read entire article

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Ask Bob Brewer: Pasteurizing Craft Beer

Bob Brewer answers your questions about beer and brewing. Gary Gillman, Toronto (via email): Why does Anchor continue to use pasteurization even for draft beer? Most craft beer I am familiar with is not pasteurized except for some bottled and canned product. Isn’t unpasteurized beer superior in flavor? Bob: Good question Gary, and one that comes up from time to time.… read entire article

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Stern Grove Festival Returns to San Francisco

Just in time for the first Sunday of summer, the Stern Grove Festival kicked off its 77th season this past weekend at beautiful Sigmund Stern Grove in San Francisco. Crowds poured into Stern Grove for the “Big Picnic” to witness the timeless work of two classic Motown artists, Patti Austin and the great Smokey Robinson. What better… read entire article

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Anchor Adventures Photo Contest

The entry period is over. Thanks to everyone who entered! Planning an adventure this summer?  Capture your Anchor Adventure with an Anchor California Lager – now available in cans! – or any Anchor brew, and enter it in our Anchor Adventures Photo Contest! Entries will be accepted through Thursday, August 21, 2014. Whether you’re at… read entire article

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Anchor Brewing and Chris Robinson Brotherhood Present Brotherhood Steam Beer

In the spring of 2014, our friends of Chris Robinson Brotherhood released their album “Phosphorescent Harvest” and kicked off their U.S. tour in the SF Bay Area. To celebrate, we tapped the first keg of our Brotherhood Steam Beer, a Golden State Collaboration of handcrafted California tunes and handcrafted California brews. Inspired by the brewing tradition of… read entire article

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Raising an Anchor and Supporting Parks at BottleRock Napa Valley

Were you in Napa, California for the Bottlerock Music Festival this past weekend? Our own Teagan Thompson was, and she put together a recap of the fun in the sun. The sun was hot and the beer was cold in Napa Valley for last weekend’s Bottlerock Music Festival. The three-day festival featured a wide variety of music,… read entire article

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Ask Bob Brewer: Aging and Cellar Time for Old Foghorn Barleywine

Bob Brewer answers your questions about beer and brewing. Carl Burger (via Facebook): I’d like to know more about Old Foghorn. Specifically it’s cellar time, and bottle aging prior to release. Cheers. Bob: This is an interesting question, Carl, and the answer involves a bit of Anchor history. Years ago, way back in the mists… read entire article

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Brewing Insights: The Cellar

An integral part of the brewing process involves the cellaring – or aging – of the beer. The amount of cellar time required for a fresh brew of beer varies according to beer style and other factors. Most ales, for example, require very little – if any – cellar time to finish, while lagers need… read entire article

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Alameda County Fair Homebrew Label Competition

Jim Stitt, longtime label designer for Anchor, and Dave Burkhart, Anchor’s Design and Graphics Production Manager, spent Saturday, May 10 together at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton CA. After enjoying some delicious BBQ and homebrew with the knowledgeable and affable judges of the Alameda County Fair (Bay Area Brew Off) Homebrew Competition, Jim and… read entire article

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See the Elephant in New York City! Anchor IPA Takes the Big Apple

Anchor IPA is now available in New York! Anchor Brewmaster Mark Carpenter and the Anchor Brewing crew will be in New York City the week of May 12-15 to celebrate the arrival of Anchor IPA with release parties Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights. We hope you’ll join us at one (or more!) of the events… read entire article

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Ask Bob Brewer: Refrigerator vs. Cellar for Aging Beer

Bob Brewer answers your questions about the world of beer and brewing. Bro Mist (via Facebook): Does beer age as well refrigerated? Or is cellar temperature best? And, What is your favorite beer to brew? Bob: When aging beer there are several things to consider along with just the temperature. Certainly cellar temperature, around 55 degrees… read entire article

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What’s Wrong with this Picture?

Brewery Historian Dave Burkhart and Brewery Loyalist Melba Moeck on Anchor’s “Earthquake Beer” A few months ago we received this nice email from longtime Anchor fan Melba Moeck: After the 1989 earthquake Anchor Brewing bottled beer with upside-down labels. If someone at Anchor Brewing is interested in a six-pack of these unopened bottles that could… read entire article

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