Anchor Brewing Blog

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

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Stewards of Steam: Maintaining & Innovating Our Craft

For over a month, we’ve posted a weekly blog series- Stewards of Steam – showcasing our craft and our people. We’ve focused on our dedication to making handcrafted beer in San Francisco and what it takes to continue to do that. We’ve talked about how Anchor maintains its role as a pioneer in American craft… read entire article

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Introducing Anchor’s 42nd Annual Christmas Ale

We are excited to announce the release of our 2016 Anchor Christmas Ale. A deliciously smooth winter warmer with notes of seasonal spices and a malty backbone, this year’s brew marks the 42nd annual release of this Anchor tradition. Sold only from early November to mid-January, the Christmas Ale recipe is different every year, as is… read entire article

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Stewards of Steam: Designing, Packaging & Sharing our Craft

Welcome to the next installment of our weekly Stewards of Steam blog series, where we share about our craft and our people. Anchor Brewing is dedicated to continuing to make handcrafted beer in San Francisco. The Stewards of Steam are the people who work at Anchor and make this mission possible. We are proud to remain… read entire article

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Stewards of Steam: Coordinating Quality

Welcome to our latest installment of Stewards of Steam; a blog series that showcases our craft and our people. The Anchor team—or the Stewards of Steam as we like to refer to ourselves—keep alive our tradition of making handcrafted beer in the city of San Francisco. We are dedicated to maintaining our time-honored brewing methods… read entire article

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Stewards of Steam: Pioneering Our Craft

If you’ve been following our Stewards of Steam weekly blog series, you’ve noticed by now that Anchor Brewing is dedicated to continuing to make handcrafted beer in San Francisco and to remain a pioneer in American Craft Beer. The Stewards of Steam are the people who work at Anchor and make this possible. We are… read entire article

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Marine Brewology: An Anchor Brewing & Monterey Bay Aquarium Collaboration

Anchor Brewing has always had ties to the ocean, having brewed beer in “the city by the bay” for 120 years. While there’s no written record of how Anchor got its name, it’s assumed that it came from brewing in a city surrounded by ocean where much of the culture and economy revolved around the ports.… read entire article

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Anchor Brewery Tours – An Insider’s View

The Anchor Brewing tour is a fun, educational, and beer-filled experience enjoyed by San Francisco locals and tourists alike. The tours include a visit to the brewhouse, the fermentation rooms, the conditioning cellars, and the bottling shop with explanations of the various steps in the brewing process. And, for everyone’s favorite part, the tours conclude with an extensive… read entire article

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Stewards of Steam: The Keepers of Tradition

Here at Anchor Brewing, we are dedicated to maintaining our role as a pioneer in American Craft Beer. The Anchor team, or the Stewards of Steam as we like to refer to ourselves, keep our tradition of creating handcrafted beer in the city of San Francisco alive. Our history guides us and provides us with a solid foundation from… read entire article

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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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Cooking with Craft Beer: Anchor Mango Peach Galette

Summer is setting in as the days continually get longer and warmer. Seasonal fruit becomes available from stone fruit to strawberries. And what goes better with a warm summer day than Anchor’s Mango Wheat? To celebrate the changing of the seasons, we partnered with Chef Ken Hernandez once again to bring you a delicious Cooking with… read entire article

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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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Cooking with Craft Beer: Anchor Steam Ice Cream

  By now you may have noticed the mutual infatuation Anchor Brewing and Humphry Slocombe have for one another, two San Francisco companies working to delight the taste buds with suds and sweets. Anchor Steam Beer is America’s first craft beer and San Francisco’s original since 1896. Humphry Slocombe’s “ice cream for adults” pushes the boundaries of… read entire article

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Anchor Steam vs. Anchor Dry-Hopped Steam: What’s the Difference?

California Commons are a uniquely American style of beer; created by fermenting lager yeast at warmer ale temperatures. This creates a hybrid between the two beer styles, though lager yeast is always used. Anchor Steam® Beer is the original California Common made in San Francisco since 1896. To give this classic beer a radically traditional twist,… read entire article

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The Yard Series Beers, Exclusively Served at the Anchor Beer Garden

The Yard Series is a series of experimental brews available only at the Anchor Beer Garden by the bay in San Francisco. Currently on tap, you can try any or all of these one-off beers for a limited time. Our Potrero Pale Ale “O.P.P.” 6.2% ABV 46 IBUs A Pale Ale brewed with 100% 2-row pale malt and… read entire article

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Anchor California Lager Grant Helps El Capitán State Beach

Throughout September, we’re highlighting our partnership with the California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) and encouraging Anchor fans to take advantage of a special rate to become a member. Anchor Brewing is dedicated to its role as a steward for environmental conservation, preserving California’s natural heritage and outdoor lifestyle for generations to come. Anchor has supported the foundation… read entire article

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Proper Glassware: Does The Beer Glass Really Matter?

There is a whole lot of talk about which glass is appropriate for serving a given style of beer and why it’s important to do so. In days of yore, drinking vessels were whatever was in reach and held liquid. These were variously tankards, flagons, pots, jacks, clay mugs, goblets, and horns just to mention… read entire article

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Cooking with Craft Beer: Flying Cloud SF Stout Ice Cream

If you’ve attended an event at the Anchor Brewery over the past few years, chances are you’ve tried one of the delicious flavors of beer ice cream created by San Francisco’s own Humphry Slocombe. From Anchor Steam Cream to a tasty scoop made with Go West! IPA, Humphry Slocombe’s “ice cream for adults” pushes the boundaries… read entire article

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California State Park Grant: Jack London State Historic Park

From now through the end of September, we are highlighting our partnership with the California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) and encouraging fans of Anchor to chip in and become a member. Anchor Brewing is dedicated to its role as a steward for environmental conservation, preserving California’s natural heritage and outdoor lifestyle for generations to come. As… read entire article

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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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