Anchor Brewing Blog

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Anchor Brewing’s San Francisco Beer Week 2018 Events

Looking for 2019’s events? Click here for the list! It’s that time of year again: San Francisco Beer Week is the stuff of hop head dreams and we’re thrilled to offer up a number of awesome events jampacked with exclusive brews, pairings, and more! We’re hosting events both here at the brewery and Anchor Public Taps, as… read entire article

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Cooking with Beer: Anchor Steam Mac and Cheese

When it comes to comfort foods, it doesn’t get much better than good old fashion macaroni and cheese. Recently, Country Living shared their own twist on the cozy classic featuring our own Anchor Steam Beer. Not only is this dish perfect for cooler months, it’s a major crowd pleaser at family gatherings, as well! Anchor… read entire article

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Introducing Anchor’s 43rd Annual Christmas Ale

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: our 2017 Christmas Ale officially hits shelves today! For our 43rd annual release of this Anchor tradition, our brewers created a smooth and creamy winter warmer with rich flavors of cacao, toffee, and roasted nuts, plus subtle hints of honey and herbal spice. In 1975 Anchor released the… read entire article

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Introducing Anchor Public Taps – A New Pilot Brewery and Bar

Before Anchor became a full-fledged commercial brewery, it was a beer and billiards saloon near Russian Hill. A lot has changed over our 121-year history, but we’re still big believers that great beer plus great friends will surely bring great times. With that in mind, we couldn’t be more excited to announce our new pilot… read entire article

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Handcrafted in San Francisco: Anchor Coffee Porter

Coffee and beer lovers, rejoice! We’re thrilled to finally unveil our newest beer, Anchor Coffee Porter: a San Francisco collaboration brew made with Four Barrel’s unique Flash-Chilled Coffee. An innovation on a craft classic, Anchor Coffee Porter is inspired by Anchor Porter, first brewed in 1972, providing a delectable twist on the first modern American… read entire article

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Drink Steam Week 2017

Anchor Brewing Company will once again celebrate Anchor Steam Beer, with the return of Drink Steam Week August 13-20, 2017. Back in 2015, the Mayor of San Francisco proclaimed the third week of August to be Drink Steam Week, celebrating Anchor’s pioneering role in the American beer industry and continued commitment to brewing in San… read entire article

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From the Barrel: Old Potrero Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Stout

Anchor Brewing’s barrel aging program is growing, slowly but surely. You can’t rush these things, literally and figuratively. Lucky for us, the marriage between brewing and distilling has been an ongoing tradition at Anchor. Almost 30 years after Fritz Maytag bought Anchor Brewing, igniting the American craft beer revolution, Fritz founded Anchor Distilling in 1993. Anchor… read entire article

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Anchor Brewing Debuts Third Release in their Pacific Siren Series, Blood Orange Blonde

We’re thrilled to announce our third release in the Pacific Siren Series, Blood Orange Blonde– a refreshingly unique blonde ale made with juicy and tart blood oranges. Blood Orange Blonde has the delectable taste of the blood orange. The fruit is deep crimson in color with enticingly rich aroma and tangy-sweet juiciness which provides a distinctive… read entire article

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Anchor Beer Cocktail: Porter Pop

Anchor Beer Cocktail: Porter Pop Our friends at Anchor Distilling let us know that April 19th is National Amaretto Day. (Who knew?!) Naturally, we used it as an excuse to collaborate. Together we created a delicious beer cocktail called Porter Pop, featuring our beer and spirits from Anchor Distilling’s impressive portfolio. Amaretto, which means “little bitter” in… read entire article

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Anchor Brewing Teams Up with San Francisco Giants for Second Collaboration Beer Release, Los Gigantes

We’re very excited to announce our second limited edition collaboration brew with the San Francisco Giants, Los Gigantes, a crisp, clean, and crushable Mexican style lager. Baseball and San Francisco have gone hand in hand for more than 100 years. With roots that date back to the California Gold Rush, Anchor is intrinsically tied to the… read entire article

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Beer Cocktails for Springtime

The seasons are changing as the days get longer and warmer. Your down jacket gets moved to the back of the closet, the barbecue gets wheeled out, and the springtime festivities begin! While there’s nothing like cracking open a cold Anchor on a warm day, we thought we’d take that one step further and teamed up… read entire article

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Anchor Brewing Debuts Limited California Lager Golden State Warriors Packaging

We’re excited to announce the limited release of our Anchor California Lager Golden State Warriors packaging.  A flavorful, easy-drinking golden lager for the Golden State, Anchor California Lager is the perfect brew for gametime or anytime. The Warriors, whose final season in Philadelphia is best remembered for Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game, moved west at the… read entire article

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Introducing Blackberry Daze IPA, a Funky Fusion of Rich Earth and Ripe Fruit

We’re thrilled to announce the release of Blackberry Daze IPA™, a synergistic union of blackberries and hops. Because the blackberry was once wildly rampant in California, it is our ideal choice for this singular Anchor brew.  Blackberry Daze IPA (6.5% ABV) gets its hop bitterness and some hop aroma in the brewhouse, but most of… read entire article

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Under the Crown: Anchor in Pop Culture

Anchor historian Dave Burkhart brings us interesting tales of Anchor’s past, guided by the factoids printed on the underside of Anchor Steam Beer crowns Under every Anchor Steam® Beer crown (we brewers call bottle caps crowns) is a little piece of Anchor lore. Each represents anywhere from ounces to tons of research, and there are… read entire article

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SF Beer Week with Anchor Brewing

It’s time for one of our favorite weeks of the year… SF Beer Week! The festivities get started Friday, February 10 with the Opening Gala at Pier 48 in San Francisco, followed by nine days of beer dinners, tap takeovers, pairings, and other fun events showcasing craft beer from the Bay Area and throughout California. We hope… read entire article

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Liberty Ale vs. Liberty IPA: What’s the Difference?

When Liberty Ale was released in 1975 it changed the world of craft beer. Brewed to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Paul Revere’s midnight ride, Liberty Ale was the first American IPA brewed after prohibition. This revolutionary forerunner of the modern IPA introduced America to the Cascade hop and the nearly lost art of dry-hopping, a… read entire article

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Introducing Liberty IPA, a Modern Twist on a Craft Classic

We’re excited to announce the release of Liberty IPA™, a bold and modern twist on an original craft classic, Liberty Ale®.  Like its predecessor, Liberty IPA (6.3% ABV) is made with two-row pale malt and Cascade hops.  It is the combination of Cascade with new hop varieties—Nelson Sauvin and El Dorado—that creates the mouthwateringly complex… read entire article

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Cooking with Craft Beer: Christmas Ale Egg Nog

Holiday spirit is in the air, there’s no denying it.  Here at Anchor, the holidays are greatly anticipated, as they mark the annual release of our ever-changing Anchor Christmas Ale. To many of us, the holidays also bring special recipes- but why stop with the food when drinks can be incorporated too? We’re excited to share with you… read entire article

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Holiday Beer Cocktails from Anchor Brewing & Distilling

The holidays are in full swing and we’re celebrating with festive beer cocktails, featuring our 2016 Christmas Ale and Junípero Gin from Anchor Distilling! Our Anchor Christmas Ale is a highly anticipated seasonal delight with this year marking the 42nd annual release of this celebrated Anchor tradition. The ale’s recipe is different every year—as is the tree… read entire article

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Under The Crown: A Brewery is Saved

Anchor Historian Dave Burkhart brings us interesting tales of Anchor’s past, guided by the factoids printed on the underside of Anchor Steam Beer crowns.  Under every Anchor Steam Beer crown (we brewers call bottle caps crowns) is a little piece of Anchor lore. Each represents anywhere from ounces to tons of research, and there are over 200 different… read entire article

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