Anchor Brewing Blog

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

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June 2, 2016

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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May 11, 2016

Ask Bob Brewer: Is Anchor Steam Vegan?

Bob Brewer answers your questions about the world of beer & brewing. @orangetreeleics (via Twitter): Heard on the grapevine Anchor Steam is vegan, is this true? Bob: Is Anchor Vegan? In a word, yes. In today’s world of dietary awareness there are a lot of words and phrases being thrown around to describe comestible products and their… read entire article

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March 9, 2016

Cooking with Craft Beer: Anchor Steam Cheesy Pretzel Bites

Beer and pretzels have been a favorite pairing of beer drinkers since… well, since beer and pretzels have existed. The saltiness of a pretzel pairs particularly well with the crisp finish and rich, distinctive flavor of Anchor Steam Beer, so when we saw a photo of these cheesy pretzel bites made with Anchor Steam, fresh out of the… read entire article

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March 3, 2016

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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February 3, 2016

Ask Bob Brewer: Does Beer Contain Fluoride?

Colin Richard (via Facebook): Does beer contain fluoride, or is the water they use filtered beforehand? Bob: The short answer is no. This is an interesting question that I have been asked before, often by people who are concerned by such things as the GMO debate or other environmental and health issues. Fluoride is a naturally occurring compound… read entire article

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Self-Guided Brewery Tour & Tasting Experience

Thousands of sports fans are descending upon the San Francisco Bay Area this week to join the pageantry surrounding football’s Big Game on Sunday, February 7th. We’re welcoming football fans to the City by the Bay by opening our doors to the public at our Potrero Hill brewery February 1-4 for a special self-guided tour &… read entire article

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January 27, 2016

Raise Your Anchor to Football’s Big Game in San Francisco

Find out where to Raise Your Anchor in San Francisco!  Check out our special updates and unique ideas to make sure you have an Anchor brew in hand while enjoying the game on Sunday, February 7. Special Open House and Self-Guided Brewery Tours San Francisco is opening its arms to sports fans worldwide January 30th… read entire article

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January 20, 2016

SF Beer Week 2016

It’s time for one of our favorite weeks of the year… SF Beer Week! The festivities get started Friday, January 22 with the SOLD OUT Opening Gala at Pier 35 in San Francisco, followed by nine days of beer dinners, tap takeovers, trivia nights, and other events showcasing craft beer from the Bay Area and throughout California. We… read entire article

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December 10, 2015

The Drink SF Beer Shuttle

It’s no secret that San Francisco’s craft beer scene is one of the best in the country, and thanks to our friends at the San Francisco Brewers Guild, it’s about to get even better. The Guild is introducing the “Drink SF Beer Shuttle,” which will make evening runs between SF breweries as part of their “Meet… read entire article

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November 30, 2015

Gift Ideas for Craft Beer Lovers

It’s always tough. Trying to figure out what to get that certain someone – or someones – on your shopping list who always seem to already have all the cool stuff. Well, if those hard-to-shop-for friends, family, and loved ones happen to enjoy a quality brew from time-to-time, your holiday shopping just got easier. From glassware to… read entire article

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November 19, 2015

Happy Beersgiving: Our Picks for Thanksgiving Beers

The Thanksgiving holiday is a great time to gather with family & friends to celebrate all that we’re thankful for. Great food is always a centerpiece to the celebration, and thankfully, so is great beer. Below are some recommendations for Anchor brews to pair with the home cooking and good times this Thanksgiving. Pregame – Anchor California Lager Before your friends… read entire article

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November 5, 2015

Ask Bob Brewer: Does Anchor Use GMO Hops?

Bob Brewer answers your questions about the world of beer & brewing. Chris Wright (via Facebook): Hello Bob, a big issue for me and many others is GMO crops. Can you tell me if you use GMO Hops? Bob: Hi, Chris. The debate over GMOs is heated and emotional and fraught with a staggering amount of misinformation… read entire article

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October 29, 2015

Anchor Barrel Ale: A Barrel-Aged Tribute

By Matt Canter, Certified Cicerone® and member of the Anchor Marketing team. In early 2015, Anchor Brewing introduced a new collection of beers to the world. Each beer was developed, tested, and brewed to be a little different than our more traditional, heritage beers like Anchor Steam® or Liberty Ale®. These limited-edition beers are meant to push our brewers’… read entire article

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October 9, 2015

Two Local Exhibitions Showcase Anchor Brewing History & Design

If you live in the Bay Area, or will be visiting this fall, two local exhibitions offer unique opportunities to learn about Anchor Brewing history and the inspiration behind the newest hand-drawn label for Anchor Christmas Ale. Established in San Francisco The Society of California Pioneers is presenting an exhibition called Established in San Francisco: Four… read entire article

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October 7, 2015

Raise Your Anchor in the Rockies: GABF 2015

Just over a week after we packed up the taps and the rest of our gear to head back to San Fransicso, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the highlights from the 2015 edition of the Great American Beer Festival. With over 3,500 beers poured by over 750 breweries, this… read entire article

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September 26, 2015

Today at GABF – Saturday, September 26, 2015

Session 2 of the Great American Beer Festival kicked off Friday evening with the traditional bagpipe and drum corps procession through the festival. The Friday session at GABF is typically a bit more “lively,” and this year did not disappoint. Festival attendees were invited to take part in a costume contest, and a number of creative costumes made… read entire article

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September 25, 2015

Today at GABF – Friday, September 25, 2015

The 2015 Great American Beer Festival opened Thursday evening in downtown Denver with thousands of craft beer enthusiasts enjoying over 3,500 beers from 750+ craft breweries. The Anchor crew was ready to pour, awaiting the masses inside the Colorado Convention Center. The doors opened to the public, and the Anchor brews were flowing fast and… read entire article

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September 24, 2015

Today at GABF – Thursday, September 24, 2015

Bob Brewer and his co-pilot John hit the road from San Francisco earlier this week for our annual road trip to Colorado’s Rocky Mountains for the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. The rest of the crew joined them on Wednesday and began setting up for the festivities. With the setup complete, the kegs are now chilling and we’re… read entire article

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September 22, 2015

A Day at the Brewery: Anchor Steam Beer from Brewhouse to Bottle

Bob Brewer takes you through the brewing process for Anchor Steam Beer, from brewhouse to bottle. Around 5:30 a.m. on any given day, the first-shift brewers arrive at Anchor, change into their signature white coveralls, and begin the first brew of the day. Today they are brewing Anchor Steam Beer – five separate brews to be… read entire article

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September 16, 2015

Zestily Unique: Anchor Meyer Lemon Lager™

Inspiration can strike at any time. For brewers, time is often spent talking about different herbs, beer styles, flavors, or brewing methods with an expectation of the final product. Other times, it’s a creative force built on brewing experience that drives new beers that launch into the stratosphere. Truthfully, many ‘inspirations’ live out their days… read entire article

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