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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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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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Stewards of Steam: Designing, Packaging & Sharing our Craft

Welcome to the next installment of our weekly Stewards of Steam blog series, where we share about our craft and our people. Anchor Brewing is dedicated to continuing to make handcrafted beer in San Francisco. The Stewards of Steam are the people who work at Anchor and make this mission possible. We are proud to remain… read entire article

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Anchor Steam vs. Anchor Dry-Hopped Steam: What’s the Difference?

California Commons are a uniquely American style of beer; created by fermenting lager yeast at warmer ale temperatures. This creates a hybrid between the two beer styles, though lager yeast is always used. Anchor Steam® Beer is the original California Common made in San Francisco since 1896. To give this classic beer a radically traditional twist,… read entire article

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Anchor Teams with the Giants on Orange Splash Lager

Fans of craft beer and baseball can celebrate – Orange Splash Lager™, the limited edition collaboration between Anchor Brewing Company and the San Francisco Giants, is now available in cans. First released in the fall of 2015 exclusively on draught, Orange Splash Lager is the first ever Major League Baseball and craft beer collaboration. It’s… read entire article

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Introducing Anchor Dry-Hopped Steam Beer, An American Craft Brew Classic Reimagined

We are excited to announce the debut of Anchor Dry-Hopped Steam Beer™, a limited release inspired by Anchor Steam® Beer, the original California Common. San Francisco’s famous Anchor Steam® Beer is unique for its brewing process which has evolved over many decades and is like no other in the world. To give this classic beer a… read entire article

Crowning Achievements: Anchor Brewing Milestones

You might have noticed a date and a corresponding description underneath the crown of your last bottle of Anchor Steam Beer. Since 2015, in commemoration of 50 years since Fritz Maytag bought Anchor Brewing, igniting the American Craft Beer Revolution, Anchor Steam bottles include fun facts about Anchor’s rich history on the underside of each cap.  … read entire article

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Anchor Barrel Ale: A Barrel-Aged Tribute

By Matt Canter, Certified Cicerone® and member of the Anchor Marketing team. In early 2015, Anchor Brewing introduced a new collection of beers to the world. Each beer was developed, tested, and brewed to be a little different than our more traditional, heritage beers like Anchor Steam® or Liberty Ale®. These limited-edition beers are meant to push our brewers’… read entire article

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Zestily Unique: Anchor Meyer Lemon Lager™

Inspiration can strike at any time. For brewers, time is often spent talking about different herbs, beer styles, flavors, or brewing methods with an expectation of the final product. Other times, it’s a creative force built on brewing experience that drives new beers that launch into the stratosphere. Truthfully, many ‘inspirations’ live out their days… read entire article

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Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the American Craft Beer Revolution

Every day, all of us at Anchor Brewing are charged with an important responsibility. In addition to the daily duties involved with creating and maintaining our growing portfolio of handcrafted beers, we are tasked with the stewardship of a truly iconic brand: Anchor Steam® beer. The ever-evolving task is to usher Anchor Steam into the memories and palates of today’s… read entire article

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Liberty Ale: The “No Fuss” Commemorative Can

By Matt Canter, Certified Cicerone® and member of the Anchor Marketing team. Liberty Ale® was first brewed in 1975 to celebrate the bicentennial of Paul Revere’s historic ride. Now, as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the historic beer that started a revolution, we’ve released a commemorative, one-time offering of Liberty Ale in 12-oz. cans. The retro… 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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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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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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Magnanimous Magnums
The Story of Anchor’s
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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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When a Brewmaster Works Under the Same Roof as a Master Distiller

A talk with Anchor Brewmaster Mark Carpenter about Zymaster Series No. 7: Potrero Hill Sour Mash IPA. The idea for the 7th beer in our Zymaster Series came about in a variety of ways. The first brainstorming session had the group involved leaning toward making some adaptation of a rye IPA. As Anchor Brewmaster Mark Carpenter pondered… 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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Seeing the Elephant: The Making of the Anchor IPA Video

“Every Anchor brew begins with a story…” As Dave Burkhart – Anchor’s Design and Graphics Production Manager and Brewery Historian – wrote in his recent post about the story of Anchor IPA, “Without that story, the recipe would be just a recipe and the label just a label.” Video has been an important part of… read entire article

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IN THE ROOM
THE STORY OF ANCHOR IPA

By Dave Burkhart, Anchor’s Design and Graphics Production Manager and Brewery Historian Every Anchor brew begins with a story, a raison d’être. Without that story the recipe would be just a recipe and the label just a label. The story of Anchor IPA™, like the stories of Anchor California Lager® and Anchor Steam® Beer, has… read entire article

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