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October 5, 2016

Brewery Ommegang and Anchor Brewing in Wild Card Wager

Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY and Anchor Brewing in San Francisco, CA have agreed to place a friendly wager on the outcome of tonight’s MLB National League Wild Card game between the New York Mets and the San Francisco Giants. Sporting blue and orange, Ommegang President Doug Campbell challenged Anchor’s President Matt Davenport this morning… 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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August 26, 2016

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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August 12, 2016

The Anchor California Lager & California State Parks Grant: Citizens For East Shore Parks

Anchor Brewing is proud to partner with the California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) to support efforts to conserve and enrich California’s natural beauty and history. In 2013, Anchor Brewing formed the Anchor California Lager Grant, to be awarded annually by the CSPF as a part of their Discretionary Grants Program to benefit state parks. A portion of the proceeds from Anchor… read entire article

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August 4, 2016

Drink Steam Week 2016 | August 14 – 21

Anchor Brewing Company will once again celebrate America’s first craft beer, Anchor Steam® Beer, with the return of Drink Steam Week August 14-21, 2016. In 2015, the Mayor of San Francisco proclaimed the third week of August to be Drink Steam Week, celebrating Anchor’s contribution to craft beer in America and continued commitment to brewing… read entire article

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June 2, 2016

Say Hello to Anchor Brewing Growlers

We know. We’ve heard you. “It would be really cool if you guys had growlers.” “Could you imagine if Anchor had growlers?” Well, the wait is over. Growlers filled with your favorite Anchor brews are now available in the Anchor Brewing Taproom at our Potrero Hill brewery. But wait… there’s more. We’re also offering growler… read entire article

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March 3, 2016

Made in San Francisco Since 1896: A Beer-iversary at Anchor Brewing

By Dave Burkhart, Anchor Historian Much of San Francisco—and Anchor Brewing—history was lost in the 1906 SF Earthquake and Fire. However, a few great resources remain, including old newspapers and city directories. When Fritz Maytag bought the Brewery in 1965, one of the first things he did was go to the San Francisco Public Library,… read entire article

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October 9, 2015

Two Local Exhibitions Showcase Anchor Brewing History & Design

If you live in the Bay Area, or will be visiting this fall, two local exhibitions offer unique opportunities to learn about Anchor Brewing history and the inspiration behind the newest hand-drawn label for Anchor Christmas Ale. Established in San Francisco The Society of California Pioneers is presenting an exhibition called Established in San Francisco: Four… read entire article

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August 16, 2015

The City of San Francisco Proclaims August 16-23 as Drink Steam Week

August 2015 marks an important milestone for Anchor Brewing Company. Fifty years ago Fritz Maytag acquired and revived our San Francisco brewery, igniting a movement that would lead to today’s American Craft Brewing Revolution. In honor of this historic event, the Mayor’s office for the city and county of San Francisco has officially proclaimed August… read entire article

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January 25, 2015

Only More So Women of the California Gold Rush

By Dave Burkhart, Anchor’s Design & Graphics Production Manager and Brewery Historian “California, noted Wallace Stegner, is like the rest of the United States—only more so.”–Kevin StarrMost of the books written about the ’49ers might as well be called Men of the Gold Rush. Men of California, Men Who Made San Francisco, California: Men and… read entire article

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December 12, 2013

Anchor Brewing Volunteer Day at China Camp State Park

The Anchor volunteer crew. On a brisk, clear day in late November, a group of Anchor employees gathered at one of California’s many beautiful state parks to help build an outdoor education classroom. The volunteer event took place at China Camp State Park, located along the shore of San Francisco Bay in Marin County, just… read entire article

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June 21, 2013

Brews & Baseball in San Francisco

 Anchor Marketing Manager Daniel Cruz writes about the connection between hand-crafted beer and America’s pastime in the City by the Bay and beyond. A few weeks ago I had a good day at work. A fellow marketing manager asked if I would be interested in writing a blog post from the marketing perspective, a first… read entire article

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April 26, 2013

Steam Beer Billy – Part III

In this three-part series, Anchor historian Dave Burkhart recounts the true tale of a man, a goat, and their beer—not bock, as one might expect, but steam beer—in nineteenth-century San Francisco.   When we last heard from our heroes, Yankee Sullivan and his pet goat Jack were incarcerated, recovering from their steam-beer-induced New Year’s revelry.… read entire article

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April 25, 2013

Steam Beer Billy – Part II

In this three-part series, Anchor historian Dave Burkhart recounts the true tale of a man, a goat, and their beer—not bock, as one might expect, but steam beer—in nineteenth-century San Francisco.   In Part I of our story, we heard the San Francisco Chronicle’s account of the steam-beer-swilling San Franciscan and his steam-beer-swilling goat. The… read entire article

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April 24, 2013

Steam Beer Billy – Part I

In this three-part series, Anchor historian Dave Burkhart recounts the true tale of a man, a goat, and their beer—not bock, as one might expect, but steam beer—in nineteenth-century San Francisco. Disclaimer: What follows is a true story, exactly as told in the San Francisco papers 115 years ago. It is literally history. We do… read entire article

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September 13, 2012

The Last Duel in San Francisco History

Among the most arcane of Bay Area historical landmarks is the site of the Broderick-Terry duel, September 13, 1859. Designated California State Historical Landmark No. 19, two granite shafts mark the spots near Lake Merced (1100 Lake Merced Boulevard, Daly City) where two distinguished pioneer gentlemen stood in defense of their honor. Born in Washington,… read entire article

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