Anchor Brewing Blog

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

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January 23, 2013

Ask Bob Brewer: Bottle Conditioning & Yeast Cultures

Bob Brewer (yes, that’s his real name) answers your questions about the world of beer & brewing. John: What should I look for on a bottle if I want to take a yeast culture? Bob: John, almost all bottled beer these days does not contain any yeast. It’s all removed during the filtration process. There are,… read entire article

Ask Bob Brewer: Lager Yeast vs. Ale Yeast in Homebrewing

Bob Brewer (yes, that’s his real name) answers your questions about the world of beer & brewing. Today’s topic is yeast! Greg asked about employing a lager yeast or an ale yeast when home brewing a “California Common” and would the results be the same. He also asked about the specific differences between the malt bills… read entire article

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January 16, 2013

What’s in a Name?
Flying Cloud San Francisco Stout

By Anchor historian Dave Burkhart “And for to make the merry cheere, If smirking Wine be wanting here, There’s that which drowns all care, stout Beere; Which freely drink to your Lord’s health, Then to the plough, (the Common-wealth) Next to your Flailes, your Fanes, your Fatts; Then to the Maids with Wheaten Hats: To… read entire article

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January 9, 2013

The Barleywine Tradition

Although the term “barleywine” has been around for a lot longer – some historians have traced it back as far as ancient Greece – barleywine as a commercial product was only first labeled as such by the Bass & Co. Brewery in 1903. Stylistically-speaking, barleywine is an ale that is characterized by its full body… read entire article

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November 29, 2012

Spicing Up the Season with Holiday Brews

Although the hop plant has been known and used for a variety of purposes since ancient times, its use in brewing did not become widespread until the 16th century.  Prior to that time, beers were flavored and balanced by the addition of herbs and spices of all kinds. A blend of herbs, known as “gruit,”… read entire article

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October 13, 2012

Today at GABF – Saturday, October 13

It was another sold-out session on Day 2 of the Great American Beer Festival, with thousands of craft beer enthusiasts on hand to sample over 2,700 beers at the Colorado Convention Center. Continuing the theme from Thursday’s session, there were plenty of creative costumes among the crowd, adding to the festive atmosphere at the Anchor… read entire article

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October 12, 2012

Today at GABF – Friday, October 12

Craft beer lovers from far and wide converged on the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver for Day 1 of the 2012 Great American Beer Festival. Beer is social, and friends new and old stopped by the Anchor Brewing booth to Raise an Anchor and share thoughts and stories about craft beer. We kicked off… read entire article

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October 11, 2012

Today at GABF – Thursday, October 11

Excitement was in the air as we arrived in Denver for the 2012 Great American Beer Festival. Our gear was loaded into the Colorado Convention Center and the setup process began. The hard part is done. Now it’s time to enjoy some Anchor brews! Here’s what we’ll be pouring at Day 1 of GABF: Anchor… read entire article

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September 18, 2012

Ask Bob Brewer: Why do craft breweries not use twist off bottle caps?

Dylan: Why do craft breweries not use twist-off bottle caps? Bob: There are several reasons why. From a marketing perspective, twist-off caps have sort of a down market/ big brewery/ domestic lager/ light beer image associated with them in the eyes of the craft/ import consumer. Imported beers all have pry-off caps, which supports an… 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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September 6, 2012

Anchor Terminology: Dry Hopping

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. What is “dry hopping”? This brewing term refers to the process of adding hops to the beer while it is in the cellar tank, in addition to the hops… read entire article

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August 15, 2012

Anchor Terminology: Kräusening

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. “Kräusening” is the process of adding a proportion of active wort to cellar tanks containing fully-fermented beer.  The term “kräusen” refers to wort when it is at its most… read entire article

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August 8, 2012

Ask Bob Brewer: What’s the Difference Between Ale and Lager?

A question that regularly pops up during our tours or at tastings and special events is “What’s the difference between ale and lager?” Or sometimes, “What’s the difference between ale and beer?” First, the beer question. It’s all beer no matter what you call it. Beer is the all-inclusive description for an alcoholic beverage made… read entire article

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July 26, 2012

Much Ado About Small Beer

By Anchor Brewing historian Dave Burkhart Although we’ve been making our Old Foghorn® Barleywine-Style Ale since 1975, it wasn’t until 1997 that we tried—or assayed, as Shakespeare would have called it—to make a small beer from the same mash. The tradition of brewing two distinct beers from one mash is an ancient one—as Fritz Maytag… read entire article

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July 19, 2012

A Return to Maidstone, The Origin of Mark’s Mild

In the dark of night well before dawn, a Volkswagen bus travelled past the hedgerows and hop farms of Kent County, England. Mark Carpenter was behind the wheel on holiday, in September of ’69, two years before he joined Anchor Brewing. He was headed to the city of Maidstone, where unbeknownst to him, a single… read entire article

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July 5, 2012

Small Beer, Big Flavor

Much maligned in history and literature, small beer actually was a popular drink in medieval Europe. Essentially a low-alcohol brew made for the masses, it was considered a healthy drink in the days of unsanitary water supplies. However, in an age where strong ale was celebrated, small beer was looked down upon as an inferior… read entire article

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June 27, 2012

A Revolutionary Label for a
Revolutionary Beer

Anchor Brewing historian Dave Burkhart tells the story of Liberty Ale’s first ride. 1975 was a banner year for Fritz Maytag, his brewery, and the history of craft beer in America. In that one year we added three new beers—Liberty Ale, Old Foghorn, and Our Special Ale, AKA Anchor Christmas Ale—to our “lineup” of Anchor… read entire article

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