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Proper Glassware: Does The Beer Glass Really Matter?

There is a whole lot of talk about which glass is appropriate for serving a given style of beer and why it’s important to do so. In days of yore, drinking vessels were whatever was in reach and held liquid. These were variously tankards, flagons, pots, jacks, clay mugs, goblets, and horns just to mention… read entire article

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Ask Bob Brewer: Is Anchor Steam Vegan?

Bob Brewer answers your questions about the world of beer & brewing. @orangetreeleics (via Twitter): Heard on the grapevine Anchor Steam is vegan, is this true? Bob: Is Anchor Vegan? In a word, yes. In today’s world of dietary awareness there are a lot of words and phrases being thrown around to describe comestible products and their… read entire article

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Ask Bob Brewer: Does Beer Contain Fluoride?

Colin Richard (via Facebook): Does beer contain fluoride, or is the water they use filtered beforehand? Bob: The short answer is no. This is an interesting question that I have been asked before, often by people who are concerned by such things as the GMO debate or other environmental and health issues. Fluoride is a naturally occurring compound… read entire article

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Ask Bob Brewer: Does Anchor Use GMO Hops?

Bob Brewer answers your questions about the world of beer & brewing. Chris Wright (via Facebook): Hello Bob, a big issue for me and many others is GMO crops. Can you tell me if you use GMO Hops? Bob: Hi, Chris. The debate over GMOs is heated and emotional and fraught with a staggering amount of misinformation… 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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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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Ask Bob Brewer: Serving Beer Properly

Question (via email): How can I order my favorite beer at my local bar and test to see if they’re serving it correctly? Am I getting the best possible product presentation? Bob: When ordering in a bar, there are several things to look for when being served up your favorite beer – or any beer for… read entire article

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Trick or Treat? Bob Brewer on Pumpkin Beers and Halloween

Bob Brewer shares his thoughts on pumpkin beers, fall seasonals, and the traditions of Halloween. Around this time of year we often get asked if we had ever thought about brewing a pumpkin beer. Well, actually we hadn’t, but plenty of other breweries have. Pumpkin beers are all the rage lately, and sell very well in some… read entire article

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Ask Bob Brewer: Beer Color, Texture, and ABV

Question (via email): How do brewers get a beer to be dark and 4% alcohol but some beers are pale yellow and can be close to 10% ABV and higher? Where does the ABV come from? Bob: This question ties in with another closely related one which asks: Why do people assume that dark beer is heavy?… read entire article

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Ask Bob Brewer: Craft Beer Trends

Question (via email): Are there any trends in craft that you see that might have the popularity and durability of IPA? Bob: In my lengthy experience in the world of craft beer, I have seen many trends come, be the rage, and then fade. IPA, however, seems to be here for the foreseeable future. In… read entire article

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Ask Bob Brewer: Filtering Water Used in Anchor Brews

Mike D. (via email): Hey Bob! I took the tour (loved it!) and was told that you guys use regular old San Francisco tap water. My question is about filtering the water. Do you not filter it because you don’t need to, or because you like some aspect of the water that you don’t want to… 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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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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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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Ask Bob Brewer: Liberty Ale in a Cask?

Bob Brewer answers your questions about the world of beer and brewing. Alex: What would happen if Liberty Ale were put in a cask?  Bob: Alex, Liberty Ale was not intended to be  a “cask” ale. We certainly could produce a similar product but it would not be the same on several levels. First, Liberty Ale… read entire article

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Anchor Terminology: The Grant

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. When visitors come to Anchor Brewing and see our beautiful traditional copper brewhouse for the first time, one of the questions they invariably ask is, “What is that thing… read entire article

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Ask Bob Brewer: Is Liberty Ale an APA or an IPA?

Bob Brewer answers your questions about the world of beer and brewing. Brian (via Twitter): Love your Liberty Ale, is it an APA or an IPA? Bob: This is a good question, Brian, and the answer requires a bit of history. When we first brewed Liberty Ale in 1975, the term “IPA” (India Pale Ale)… read entire article

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Ask Bob Brewer: “Floaties” in Craft Beer

Bob Brewer answers your questions about the world of beer and brewing. Bryan (via Facebook): Bob, could you please address beer ‘floaties’ – the particles sometimes hanging out in the bottles of craft beers? Bob: Good one, Bryan. There are different types of ‘floaties’ caused by different things. I like to think of them as… read entire article

Ask Bob Brewer: Yeast for Stouts and Porters

Thanks Again (via Facebook): What’s your favorite yeast strain for stouts and porters? Bob: We make a Porter on a regular basis and have brewed a stout recently. Both were fermented with our ale yeast that is also used for every other ale we make.

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