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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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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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Happy Hour Tour & Tasting at Anchor Brewing

Who doesn’t love a great happy hour? We certainly do, and we’re proud to announce a new Happy Hour Tour & Tasting experience at our San Francisco brewery, offered Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 4 pm ($25 per person). Happy Hour at Anchor is a bit different than your neighborhood pub. First, you’ll learn about the rich history of Anchor… read entire article

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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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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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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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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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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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Celebrate Sailing in San Francisco with Anchor Steam® Beer and “The Anchor’s Cup” Cocktail

We’re celebrating San Francisco’s sailing traditions throughout the month of September as the City hosts the 34th America’s Cup. As a part of Anchor Brewers & Distillers’ planned activities, Anchor Steam® Beer has been named the official beer and Junípero® Gin has been named the official gin to San Francisco’s hometown team, ORACLE TEAM USA.… read entire article

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BREWS & BASEBALL CIRCA 1909
COLLECTING SF SEALS BASEBALL CARDS
FOR ANCHOR BREWING

Anchor Brewing historian Dave Burkhart on the story of Anchor Brewing’s baseball-card collection. How many employees can say that the owner of their company was keeping track of their EBay purchases? And how many of those employees can say that the owner was concerned that they might not be buying enough old baseball cards with… read entire article

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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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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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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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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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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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“The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.”
Say What? Says Who?

Anchor Brewing historian Dave Burkhart uncovers the truth behind one of the most famous quotes about San Francisco that Mark Twain didn’t say. Mark Twain is what Fred Shapiro, author of the Yale Book of Quotations, calls “the great American quotation magnet.” If it’s clever, witty, or ironic, it simply must have been Twain (AKA… read entire article

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Brews & Baseball: Building Anchor Plaza at AT&T Park

Fans of Brews & Baseball have something new to look forward to this spring, summer, and fall in San Francisco. You may have already heard about Anchor Plaza at AT&T Park, an outdoor taproom that offers a selection of hand-crafted beers from Anchor Brewing, spirits from Anchor Distilling, and a delicious variety of food options… read entire article

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