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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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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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October 19, 2016

Stewards of Steam: Coordinating Quality

Welcome to our latest installment of Stewards of Steam; a blog series that showcases our craft and our people. The Anchor team—or the Stewards of Steam as we like to refer to ourselves—keep alive our tradition of making handcrafted beer in the city of San Francisco. We are dedicated to maintaining our time-honored brewing methods… read entire article

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October 13, 2016

Stewards of Steam: Pioneering Our Craft

If you’ve been following our Stewards of Steam weekly blog series, you’ve noticed by now that Anchor Brewing is dedicated to continuing to make handcrafted beer in San Francisco and to remain a pioneer in American Craft Beer. The Stewards of Steam are the people who work at Anchor and make this possible. We are… read entire article

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October 10, 2016

Anchor Brewery Tours – An Insider’s View

The Anchor Brewing tour is a fun, educational, and beer-filled experience enjoyed by San Francisco locals and tourists alike. The tours include a visit to the brewhouse, the fermentation rooms, the conditioning cellars, and the bottling shop with explanations of the various steps in the brewing process. And, for everyone’s favorite part, the tours conclude with an extensive… read entire article

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October 6, 2016

Stewards of Steam: The Keepers of Tradition

Here at Anchor Brewing, we are dedicated to maintaining our role as a pioneer in American Craft Beer. The Anchor team, or the Stewards of Steam as we like to refer to ourselves, keep our tradition of creating handcrafted beer in the city of San Francisco alive. Our history guides us and provides us with a solid foundation from… read entire article

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September 27, 2016

Stewards of Steam: Dedicated to our Craft

We’ve been brewing handcrafted beers in San Francisco since 1896. Over these past 120 years, we’ve weathered the ups and downs of the brewing industry. Most recently, we’ve watched as America’s craft brewing industry has seen the most rapid growth in its history with well over 4,000 breweries across the country. Many established craft brewers are looking… read entire article

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September 14, 2016

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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September 1, 2016

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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September 22, 2015

A Day at the Brewery: Anchor Steam Beer from Brewhouse to Bottle

Bob Brewer takes you through the brewing process for Anchor Steam Beer, from brewhouse to bottle. Around 5:30 a.m. on any given day, the first-shift brewers arrive at Anchor, change into their signature white coveralls, and begin the first brew of the day. Today they are brewing Anchor Steam Beer – five separate brews to be… read entire article

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June 11, 2015

Brewing Insights: The Lab

The Anchor lab (right) is located directly adjacent to the brewhouse. Quality. Consistency. Every day. No matter which beer, which day of the week, the weather outside the brewery, the season… the quest to maintain a high level of quality and a consistent flavor profile in every Anchor brew is perpetual. If you work in… read entire article

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April 23, 2015

Liberty Ale 40th Anniversary Brew

Saturday, April 18 marked the 40th anniversary of the first brew of Liberty Ale in 1975. A few years ago, Dave Burkhart, Anchor’s Design & Graphics Production Manager and Brewery Historian, wrote about that first brew in 1975, which celebrated the 200th anniversary of Paul Revere’s famous ride on April 18, 1775. Dave joined the Anchor brewers in… read entire article

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April 2, 2015

Nitro vs Cask Beer: How Are They Different?

By Matt Canter, Certified Cicerone® and member of the Anchor Marketing team. As educated craft beer enthusiasts (you wouldn’t think we would spend all day here at Anchor without completely geeking out learning as much as we can about craft beer, now would you?) we’re fortunate to find ourselves in close proximity to a plentiful selection craft beer bars… read entire article

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February 26, 2015

Anchor Terminology: The Grist Mill

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. Every brewery has a grist mill. Sometimes referred to as the “malt mill,” the grist mill breaks apart the malt to expose the starch body of the grain. It… read entire article

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November 13, 2014

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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August 27, 2014

Beyond the Bottle: Craft Beer in Cans

Bob Brewer looks at the growing trend of packaging craft beer in cans. Beer in cans has been around for a long time. Starting shortly after the repeal of prohibition, American breweries began experimenting with the idea as a way to replace the glass bottle as the primary package for beer – a concept fully endorsed by… read entire article

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July 30, 2014

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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