Anchor Brewing Blog

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

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July 7, 2016

From the Barrel: Anchor Brandy Barrel-Aged Stout Release

Sit back and let us tell you a story. A story of a rich, dark stout that found its way into brandy barrels, and eventually into our signature 1.5 L Magnum bottles. The story of this unique brew is really two stories: the story of the barrels and the story of the stout. The Barrels The story… read entire article

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July 5, 2016

Christmas in July with Anchor Brewing

We might be months from hearing sleigh bells ring, but with the first brew of this year’s Anchor Christmas Ale already in the books, we’re in the mood to celebrate. We’re celebrating “Christmas in July” at the brewery all month long with a special Christmas in July Bucket, filled with bottles of Anchor Christmas Ales… read entire article

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June 24, 2016

Raise Your Anchor to Summer Sounds at San Francisco’s Stern Grove Festival

  The Stern Grove Festival kicked off its 79th season June 19 at beautiful Sigmund Stern Grove in San Francisco. Janelle Monáe’s soulful style was the first of this year’s stellar lineup of performers on tap for the summer, with names like George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Hieroglyphics, and the San Francisco Symphony yet to come. And what better a… read entire article

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June 10, 2016

Happy Hour Tour & Tasting at Anchor Brewing

Who doesn’t love a great happy hour? We certainly do, and we’re proud to announce a new Happy Hour Tour & Tasting experience at our San Francisco brewery, offered Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 4:30 pm ($25 per person). Happy Hour at Anchor is a bit different than your neighborhood pub. First, you’ll learn about the rich history of Anchor… read entire article

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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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