Anchor Brewing Blog

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

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Anchor Brewing Volunteer Day: Fort Ross State Historic Park

Up the California coast about 70 miles north of San Francisco lays Fort Ross; a historic fort built by the Russian American Company over 200 years ago as a home base for Russia’s fur trade. This commercial company, commissioned by Russia’s tsarist government, managed all Russian exploration, trade, and settlement in the North Pacific. Fort… read entire article

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When a Brewmaster Works Under the Same Roof as a Master Distiller

A talk with Anchor Brewmaster Mark Carpenter about Zymaster Series No. 7: Potrero Hill Sour Mash IPA. The idea for the 7th beer in our Zymaster Series came about in a variety of ways. The first brainstorming session had the group involved leaning toward making some adaptation of a rye IPA. As Anchor Brewmaster Mark Carpenter pondered… read entire article

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Ask Bob Brewer: Serving Beer Properly

Question (via email): How can I order my favorite beer at my local bar and test to see if they’re serving it correctly? Am I getting the best possible product presentation? Bob: When ordering in a bar, there are several things to look for when being served up your favorite beer – or any beer for… read entire article

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Trick or Treat? Bob Brewer on Pumpkin Beers and Halloween

Bob Brewer shares his thoughts on pumpkin beers, fall seasonals, and the traditions of Halloween. Around this time of year we often get asked if we had ever thought about brewing a pumpkin beer. Well, actually we hadn’t, but plenty of other breweries have. Pumpkin beers are all the rage lately, and sell very well in some… read entire article

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Ask Bob Brewer: Beer Color, Texture, and ABV

Question (via email): How do brewers get a beer to be dark and 4% alcohol but some beers are pale yellow and can be close to 10% ABV and higher? Where does the ABV come from? Bob: This question ties in with another closely related one which asks: Why do people assume that dark beer is heavy?… read entire article

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Ask Bob Brewer: Craft Beer Trends

Question (via email): Are there any trends in craft that you see that might have the popularity and durability of IPA? Bob: In my lengthy experience in the world of craft beer, I have seen many trends come, be the rage, and then fade. IPA, however, seems to be here for the foreseeable future. In… read entire article

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Today at GABF – October 4, 2014

Anchor brews flowed early and often as Day 2 of the Great American Beer Festival got underway. Friday evening is typically one of the livelier sessions, and this group of pirates kept the tradition alive. Bob Brewer is a fan of all things handmade, and Short’s Brewing Company’s unique tasting bar, built with recycled materials from a… read entire article

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Today at GABF – October 3, 2014

The 2014 edition of the Great American Beer Festival opened Thursday evening with thousands of craft beer enthusiasts enjoying over 3,500 beers from 700+ craft breweries. There were smiles all around as the beer started flowing at 5:30 sharp at the Anchor booth. While we certainly enjoy pouring Anchor brews for festival visitors, we’re also happy to… read entire article

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Today at GABF – October 2, 2014

Bob Brewer and co-pilot, John (also navigation and logistics technician), hit the road earlier this week for our annual road trip from San Francisco to Colorado’s Rocky Mountains for the Great American Beer Festival. The rest of the crew joined them in Denver on Wednesday and began preparing for the festivities. The setup is now… read entire article

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Anchor Brewing Volunteer Day: Half Moon Bay State Beach

Anchor employees recently continued their commitment to giving back to California State Parks with another successful volunteer day. This time we headed southwest of the City to Half Moon Bay State Beach. A cool, overcast morning transitioned to a warm, sunny afternoon as the Anchor team worked alongside Cal Parks staff to remove invasive plants from the… read entire article

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Ask Bob Brewer: Filtering Water Used in Anchor Brews

Mike D. (via email): Hey Bob! I took the tour (loved it!) and was told that you guys use regular old San Francisco tap water. My question is about filtering the water. Do you not filter it because you don’t need to, or because you like some aspect of the water that you don’t want to… read entire article

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Anchor Adventures Photo Contest Winners

We’ve had a ton of fun looking through the photos we’ve received all summer long for our Anchor Adventures Photo Contest. Before we get to the awards, we’d like to raise an Anchor and say, “Cheers!”  to everyone who took the time to capture a summer adventure with an Anchor brew. We received over 200 entries from beautiful places across the… read entire article

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Beyond the Bottle: Craft Beer in Cans

Bob Brewer looks at the growing trend of packaging craft beer in cans. Beer in cans has been around for a long time. Starting shortly after the repeal of prohibition, American breweries began experimenting with the idea as a way to replace the glass bottle as the primary package for beer – a concept fully endorsed by… read entire article

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Linda Rowe: 40 Years at Anchor

By: Jeevan Subbiah Amidst the pillars that support the iconic and historic Anchor Brewing Company, there is a rock. The rock is Linda Rowe, Director of Finance and Administration. “She is the business rock that we built the brewery upon,” stated Fritz Maytag during Linda’s recent all-brewery celebration luncheon. “I didn’t make a business decision… read entire article

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Stern Grove Festival | LoCura & Sergio Mendes

San Francisco’s Sigmund Stern Grove had to loosen its belt a notch in order to fit in the over-sized crowd that showed up for Sunday’s Stern Grove Festival performance. The typically tranquil setting was transformed into a sea of dancing fans as the Latin grooves from San Francisco’s own LoCura and Brazil’s beloved Sergio Mendes energized the audience. Of course, a cold brew… read entire article

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Lager: The Most Popular Beer on the Planet

Bob Brewer looks at the history and evolution of lager, the most popular beer style on the planet. Many of us who inhabit the craft corner of today’s American brewing industry, myself included, have at times tended to dismiss the vastly greater and hugely popular pale lager style of beer. As of early 2014, the… read entire article

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Stern Grove Festival | Rufus Wainwright

After a bustling morning in San Francisco, marathon running shoes were exchanged for blankets, baguettes, and an Anchor brew or two as music enthusiasts gathered at Stern Grove for a delightful afternoon performance. Quartet San Francisco got the afternoon started with an eclectic blend of pop and classical arrangements, followed by the beloved Rufus Wainwright, who single-handedly… read entire article

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Stern Grove Festival | Boogaloo Assassins

Two emphatic slices of world music took the stage at Stern Grove this past weekend to brighten up a gray San Francisco Sunday. The afternoon began with the high-energy sounds of “Mali” by Vieux Farka Touré. The upbeat vibe continued as the skillful salsa grooves of Roberto Roena and Boogaloo Assassins filled the afternoon air. We had a great time once… read entire article

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Stern Grove Festival | Funky Meters

Sunday was an afternoon of funk and soul at the Stern Grove Festival, as Sugar Pie Desanto and the godfathers of funk, the Funky Meters, filled Sigmund Stern Grove with their legendary sounds. The vibe emanating from the stage was contagious, and the crowd felt the energy, staying on their feet to move and groove from the first note… read entire article

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