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Anchor Christmas Ale 2018
November 1, 2018

The Wait is Over… Our 44th Annual Christmas Ale is Here!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, Anchor fans! We’re pleased to introduce our 2018 Christmas Ale, a subtly spiced and sumptuously smooth winter warmer. This year’s brew marks the 44th annual release of this beloved holiday tradition. Back in 1975, Anchor released the first holiday beer in America since Prohibition.  Year after year,… read entire article

San Franpsycho IPA
April 9, 2018

Introducing San Franpsycho® IPA—A Juicy Collaboration Brew that Celebrates the City and Culture of San Francisco

We’re so excited to finally let you in on a juicy secret of ours! Today marks the official debut of San Franpsycho® IPA, a Juicy IPA created with long-time collaborators San Franpsycho®, a community-based clothing and lifestyle brand. A delicious, balanced and easy-drinking beer that finishes with floral hops and big, juicy notes of peaches and… read entire article

Anchor's 2017 Christmas Ale
November 1, 2017

Introducing Anchor’s 43rd Annual Christmas Ale

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: our 2017 Christmas Ale officially hits shelves today! For our 43rd annual release of this Anchor tradition, our brewers created a smooth and creamy winter warmer with rich flavors of cacao, toffee, and roasted nuts, plus subtle hints of honey and herbal spice. In 1975 Anchor released the… read entire article

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October 10, 2017

Introducing Anchor Public Taps – A New Pilot Brewery and Bar

Before Anchor became a full-fledged commercial brewery, it was a beer and billiards saloon near Russian Hill. A lot has changed over our 121-year history, but we’re still big believers that great beer plus great friends will surely bring great times. With that in mind, we couldn’t be more excited to announce our new pilot… read entire article

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October 3, 2017

Handcrafted in San Francisco: Anchor Coffee Porter

Coffee and beer lovers, rejoice! We’re thrilled to finally unveil our newest beer, Anchor Coffee Porter: a San Francisco collaboration brew made with Four Barrel’s unique Flash-Chilled Coffee. An innovation on a craft classic, Anchor Coffee Porter is inspired by Anchor Porter, first brewed in 1972, providing a delectable twist on the first modern American… read entire article

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June 6, 2017

From the Barrel: Old Potrero Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Stout

Anchor Brewing’s barrel aging program is growing, slowly but surely. You can’t rush these things, literally and figuratively. Lucky for us, the marriage between brewing and distilling has been an ongoing tradition at Anchor. Almost 30 years after Fritz Maytag bought Anchor Brewing, igniting the American craft beer revolution, Fritz founded Anchor Distilling in 1993. Anchor… read entire article

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March 14, 2017

Anchor Brewing Debuts Limited California Lager Golden State Warriors Packaging

We’re excited to announce the limited release of our Anchor California Lager Golden State Warriors packaging.  A flavorful, easy-drinking golden lager for the Golden State, Anchor California Lager is the perfect brew for gametime or anytime. The Warriors, whose final season in Philadelphia is best remembered for Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game, moved west at the… read entire article

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February 1, 2017

Under the Crown: Anchor in Pop Culture

Anchor historian Dave Burkhart brings us interesting tales of Anchor’s past, guided by the factoids printed on the underside of Anchor Steam Beer crowns Under every Anchor Steam® Beer crown (we brewers call bottle caps crowns) is a little piece of Anchor lore. Each represents anywhere from ounces to tons of research, and there are… read entire article

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January 23, 2017

Liberty Ale vs. Liberty IPA: What’s the Difference?

When Liberty Ale was released in 1975 it changed the world of craft beer. Brewed to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Paul Revere’s midnight ride, Liberty Ale was the first American IPA brewed after prohibition. This revolutionary forerunner of the modern IPA introduced America to the Cascade hop and the nearly lost art of dry-hopping, a… read entire article

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January 10, 2017

Introducing Liberty IPA, a Modern Twist on a Craft Classic

We’re excited to announce the release of Liberty IPA™, a bold and modern twist on an original craft classic, Liberty Ale®.  Like its predecessor, Liberty IPA (6.3% ABV) is made with two-row pale malt and Cascade hops.  It is the combination of Cascade with new hop varieties—Nelson Sauvin and El Dorado—that creates the mouthwateringly complex… read entire article

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December 9, 2016

Under The Crown: A Brewery is Saved

Anchor Historian Dave Burkhart brings us interesting tales of Anchor’s past, guided by the factoids printed on the underside of Anchor Steam Beer crowns.  Under every Anchor Steam Beer crown (we brewers call bottle caps crowns) is a little piece of Anchor lore. Each represents anywhere from ounces to tons of research, and there are over 200 different… read entire article

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November 10, 2016

Under the Crown: A Brewery is Born

Anchor Historian Dave Burkhart brings us interesting tales of Anchor’s past, guided by the factoids printed on the underside of Anchor Steam Beer crowns.  Under every Anchor Steam Beer crown (we brewers call bottle caps crowns) is a little piece of Anchor lore. Each represents anywhere from ounces to tons of research, and there are over 200… read entire article

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November 3, 2016

Stewards of Steam: Maintaining & Innovating Our Craft

For over a month, we’ve posted a weekly blog series- Stewards of Steam – showcasing our craft and our people. We’ve focused on our dedication to making handcrafted beer in San Francisco and what it takes to continue to do that. We’ve talked about how Anchor maintains its role as a pioneer in American craft… read entire article

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November 1, 2016

Introducing Anchor’s 42nd Annual Christmas Ale

We are excited to announce the release of our 2016 Anchor Christmas Ale. A deliciously smooth winter warmer with notes of seasonal spices and a malty backbone, this year’s brew marks the 42nd annual release of this Anchor tradition. Sold only from early November to mid-January, the Christmas Ale recipe is different every year, as is… read entire article

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