Anchor Brewing Blog

A look into our culture, history, and insights into the Anchor Brewing process.

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Today at GABF – Saturday, October 12

So this happened… The lively crowd at Friday’s session of the Great American Beer Festival showed up thirsty. We poured through eleven kegs of Anchor brews – from Anchor Steam to Zymaster No. 5. Yes, you read that correctly. If you stopped by the Anchor booth at GABF yesterday, you had a chance to try… read entire article

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Today at GABF – Friday, October 11

It was a full house at the Colorado Convention Center as the 2013 Great American Beer Festival kicked off with Session 1 Thursday evening. Thousands of craft beer enthusiasts from around the country and beyond descended on downtown Denver to enjoy 3,100 beers from over 600 U.S. breweries. Before the session started, Brewers Association President… read entire article

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Today at GABF – Thursday, October 10

  Our annual road trip from San Francisco to Colorado’s Rocky Mountains for the Great American Beer Festival wrapped up with Bob Brewer and John – the navigation and logistics technician – arriving in Denver on Tuesday. The rest of the crew arrived in town on Wednesday, and it was time to get ready for… read entire article

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A Handmade Label for a Handmade Beer
BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red

By Dave Burkhart, Anchor’s Design & Graphics Production Manager  and Brewery Historian Early in 2013, we made the final decision to create a new fall seasonal. The choice of what style to brew, what it should taste like, how to brew it, what to call it, and what the label should look like are five… 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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Ask Bob Brewer: Zymaster Series

Bob Brewer answers your questions about the world of craft beer and brewing. From Maria in Santa Barbara: I’ve just heard about your Zymaster series of special brews. I recently had a bottle of Ft. Ross Farmhouse Ale and loved it! The label says number four. How many have you made? Will there be any… read entire article

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Craft Originals: Mark Carpenter on America’s First Craft-Brewed Beers

No other brewery in America can claim the number of “firsts” that are part of the brewing heritage here at Anchor Brewing Company. To celebrate our history of innovation, we’ve created the Craft Originals 12-pack, a collection of America’s first craft-brewed beers. Each Craft Originals 12-pack features four legendary brews together in one package for… read entire article

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Summer Sights & Sounds at Stern Grove

We are proud to have been a sponsor of the Stern Grove Festival once again for the 2013 season. The Stern Grove Festival is an admission-free performing arts series held at beautiful Sigmund Stern Grove, an outdoor amphitheater in San Francisco, where the spectacular setting and friendly atmosphere are as much a part of the experience… read entire article

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Craft Brewing Insights: Open Fermentation

Fermentation is an integral part of the brewing process. Fresh wort from the brewhouse is placed into vats or tanks and yeast is added. The yeast consumes the sugars in the wort and converts them into ethanol and carbon dioxide, and along the way, generates heat and multiplies exponentially.   In today’s modern brewing, fermenters… read entire article

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Cellar Tank Installation – July, 2013

Four shiny new cellar tanks enchere recently added to our cellar room here at the brewery. We caught up with cellarman Ryan Akers, who shared a few details about the new tanks and how they will be used. What will the new tanks be used for? Ryan: The new cellar tanks will be used for… read entire article

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Our Winners in the Anchor Brewing Summer Beertography Challenge

We’ve had a lot of fun looking through the great summer photos that were submitted for our Summer Beertography Challenge. Today we’re Raising an Anchor and toasting to everyone who took the time to capture a summer moment with an Anchor brew. There are some very talented Beertographers out there! Speaking of Beertography, we’d also… read entire article

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Ask Bob Brewer: Whole-Cone Hops vs. Hop Pellets

Bob Brewer answers your questions about the world of craft beer and brewing. From Greg in Chicago: On your website you say that you use only whole cone hops, is this still true? I’m a home brewer and a big fan of craft brews and I have visited many brewpubs and craft breweries, both big… 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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Fourth of July Beer Bites with Chef Ryan Scott

Former “Top Chef” contestant and San Francisco Chef Ryan Scott shares some of his Fourth of July Favorites featuring Anchor brews. I love beer. It’s just a fact that everyone that knows me is aware of. When I was getting my beer and wine license for my restaurant, Market & Rye, in Potrero Hill, the… read entire article

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Announcing the Anchor Brewing Summer Beertography Challenge

Imagine this picture-perfect scenario: Its summer. Blue skies and sunshine above. You’re with friends and family, doing what what we all love to do in the summertime – drinking delicious craft beer and enjoying good company. Sounds pretty good, right? We think so, too, and we’re excited to announce a fun reason to snap a… 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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What’s in a Name?
Fort Ross Farmhouse Ale

The History of Northern California is Never More Than a Tank of Gas Away Anchor historian Dave Burkhart on the story behind Zymaster No. 4. How did Fort Ross, a nineteenth-century Russian fur-trading colony ninety miles north of San Francisco, become the name of the latest release in our Zymaster® Series? The answer is in… read entire article

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The Season for Saison: The Story of Farmhouse Ale

Farmhouse ale, or “saison,” as it is now more commonly known, originated in Wallonia, which is the French-speaking part of Belgium. The style is historical and has strong artisanal roots, having been brewed in a distinct region for several hundred years by individual farmers rather than by commercial breweries. Belgian saisons were traditionally brewed by… read entire article

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Why Beer Matters
A Handmade Book About Handmade Beer

With Anchor historian Dave Burkhart and guest blogger David Johnston Mark Sarigianis contacted me last year with the hope that Anchor might be able to help David Johnston and his Sharp Teeth Press with the publication of Evan Rail’s extraordinary essay on Why Beer Matters. I was already familiar with Rail’s Good Beer Guide to… read entire article

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