Anchor Brewing Blog

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

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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

Join Anchor Brewing in Supporting the California State Parks Foundation

Anchor Brewing has extended its partnership with the California State Parks Foundation, and we hope you’ll join us in our efforts to preserve and protect state parks. Through September, Anchor fans can become CPSF members at a special rate (just $20), and get a FREE CA State Parks hikers’ guide. Sign up by visiting calparks.org/anchor. “Enjoying our state’s natural beauty is a… read entire article

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Introducing Anchor Dry-Hopped Steam Beer, An American Craft Brew Classic Reimagined

We are excited to announce the debut of Anchor Dry-Hopped Steam Beer™, a limited release inspired by Anchor Steam® Beer, the original California Common. San Francisco’s famous Anchor Steam® Beer is unique for its brewing process which has evolved over many decades and is like no other in the world. To give this classic beer a… read entire article

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The Anchor California Lager & California State Parks Grant: Citizens For East Shore Parks

Anchor Brewing is proud to partner with the California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) to support efforts to conserve and enrich California’s natural beauty and history. In 2013, Anchor Brewing formed the Anchor California Lager Grant, to be awarded annually by the CSPF as a part of their Discretionary Grants Program to benefit state parks. A portion of the proceeds from Anchor… read entire article

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Drink Steam Week 2016 | August 14 – 21

Anchor Brewing Company will once again celebrate America’s first craft beer, Anchor Steam® Beer, with the return of Drink Steam Week August 14-21, 2016. In 2015, the Mayor of San Francisco proclaimed the third week of August to be Drink Steam Week, celebrating Anchor’s contribution to craft beer in America and continued commitment to brewing… read entire article

Crowning Achievements: Anchor Brewing Milestones

You might have noticed a date and a corresponding description underneath the crown of your last bottle of Anchor Steam Beer. Since 2015, in commemoration of 50 years since Fritz Maytag bought Anchor Brewing, igniting the American Craft Beer Revolution, Anchor Steam bottles include fun facts about Anchor’s rich history on the underside of each cap.  … read entire article

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Anchor Brewing & California State Parks: A Natural Partnership

Anchor Brewing Company is proud to celebrate California’s rich cultural and natural history while supporting the preservation of the Golden State’s unique heritage. Actively embracing California’s brewing traditions, Anchor California Lager® is our re-creation of a historic beer: the first genuine lager brewed in California. The label features a California Grizzly Bear, an icon for our state, as well as for… read entire article

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Cooking with Craft Beer: Grilled Go West! IPA Jalapeno Blackberry Wings

The weather is getting warmer and it’s time to roll out the grill after its winter hibernation. We’ve teamed up with San Francisco-based Chef Kenneth Hernandez to create this delicious recipe for jalapeno blackberry wings made with our Go West! IPA. Trust us, you’ll want to give these a try. Plus these wings pair great with… read entire article

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Cooking with Craft Beer: Liberty Ale Cold Wild Rice

Summertime and picnics are a perfect pairing, especially when craft beer is on the menu. When the beer is one of the ingredients, you’ve got a recipe for a tasty summer treat. We’ve teamed up with Chef Kenneth Hernandez again this summer to create some fun recipes for guests to enjoy with their picnics at San Francisco’s… read entire article

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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

Sumerian Beer Project

Originally written in ____, Anchor historian Dave Burkhart recounts the details of a unique project to re-create an ancient method of brewing. The historical roots of beer brewing are entwined with those of early bread baking; this is well known to every serious brewer. In 1988, we at the Anchor Brewing Company conceived the idea… read entire article

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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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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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