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April 4, 2012

Anchor Terminology: Coolship

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. A coolship was originally a very large, shallow vat that was used to facilitate the cooling of hot wort in the days before mechanical refrigeration. A coolship has a… read entire article

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March 14, 2012

Anchor Terminology: The Strike

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. The Strike The strike refers to the emptying of the brew kettle after the boil is finished. At Anchor, the strike also involves the removal of the spent hops… read entire article

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March 7, 2012

It’s All About Bock

There’s a lot of lore surrounding bock beer. What is it? What’s up with the goat? How did it get its name? Is it really made from the residue at the bottom of the tank? The beer we now know as bock originated in the Northern German city of Einbeck, probably as far back as… read entire article

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February 11, 2012

Zymaster™ Series No. 1: California Lager – Part 2

In part one of our post, we introduced No.1 California Lager – the inaugural brew of our new Zymaster™ Series. In this second part, we take a closer look at how lager beer came to be brewed in California and the breweries that led the way. THE CALIFORNIA LAGER REVOLUTION “The meaning of the word… read entire article

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February 10, 2012

Zymaster™ Series No. 1: California Lager – Part I

Boca Brewing Company first brewed a lager in the winter of 1875-76.  Photo courtesy of the Verdi History Center, Verdi, Nevada. Anchor Steam® Beer’s roots date back to the sundry and mysterious adaptations and improvisations of brewers to the primitive conditions they faced during the California gold rush, long before icehouses and modern refrigeration made… read entire article

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