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Introducing San Franpsycho® IPA 12oz Cans!

We’re thrilled to announce our limited-edition collaboration brew, San Franpsycho® IPA, is back and in cans for the first time. Just in time for summer, this juicy IPA is more ready than ever for sunny hikes, days at the beach, or cheers around the campfire. Overflowing with stone fruit aromatics and strong floral hops, San Franpsycho® IPA is… read entire article

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Decoding Anchor: Finding the Packaging Date on Your Beer

Over the years, we’ve had a few iterations on our packaging dates. As of December 4, 2018, Anchor fans can now decipher the freshness of their brew with more ease than ever. Because we want our customers to enjoy our beer at its freshest, we changed our packaging date coding system away from our traditional coding to a more easily readable… read entire article

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Introducing Baykeeper IPA – A Collaboration IPA Brewed for Fierce Champions of the San Francisco Bay

San Francisco born and raised, Anchor is lucky to be surrounded by the San Francisco Bay, one of the world’s most impressive waterways and one of California’s most important ecosystems. That’s why we partnered with local nonprofit Baykeeper to create Baykeeper IPA, a bright and delicious IPA brew. Baykeeper, who has defended the Bay from… read entire article

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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

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Introducing Brewers’ Pale Ale Citra—the Second Release in our Evolving Hop Series

Brewers’ Pale Ale Citra Hop Blend, a crisp and quaffable American Pale Ale packed with citrusy hop flavor, is officially on shelves now! Brewers’ Pale Ale is an evolving hop series brewed by brewers, for brewers. And now, Anchor is proud to share this second rendition with our beloved beer community. The Citra Hop Blend of… read entire article

Anchor Steam Cans

A New Spin on a Classic: Introducing Anchor Steam Beer in 19.2oz Cans!

Arriving just in time for summer adventures, Anchor Steam Beer is finally available in cans for the first time! This 19.2oz offering gives beer fans even more opportunities to enjoy Anchor Steam wherever they go, be it lounging on the beach, out on a hike, or grilling with friends. Best of all, these convenient cans are… read entire article

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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

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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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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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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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Anchor Brewing Debuts Third Release in their Pacific Siren Series, Blood Orange Blonde

We’re thrilled to announce our third release in the Pacific Siren Series, Blood Orange Blonde– a refreshingly unique blonde ale made with juicy and tart blood oranges. Blood Orange Blonde has the delectable taste of the blood orange. The fruit is deep crimson in color with enticingly rich aroma and tangy-sweet juiciness which provides a distinctive… read entire article

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Anchor Brewing Teams Up with San Francisco Giants for Second Collaboration Beer Release, Los Gigantes

We’re very excited to announce our second limited edition collaboration brew with the San Francisco Giants, Los Gigantes, a crisp, clean, and crushable Mexican style lager. Baseball and San Francisco have gone hand in hand for more than 100 years. With roots that date back to the California Gold Rush, Anchor is intrinsically tied to the… read entire article

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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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Introducing Blackberry Daze IPA, a Funky Fusion of Rich Earth and Ripe Fruit

We’re thrilled to announce the release of Blackberry Daze IPA™, a synergistic union of blackberries and hops. Because the blackberry was once wildly rampant in California, it is our ideal choice for this singular Anchor brew.  Blackberry Daze IPA (6.5% ABV) gets its hop bitterness and some hop aroma in the brewhouse, but most of… read entire article

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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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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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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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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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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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