Anchor Brewing Blog

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

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July 8, 2014

Stern Grove Festival | San Francisco Symphony

A patriotic weekend culminated in a special performance by the San Francisco Symphony at Stern Grove. The Symphony’s program joined the celebratory mood of 4th 0f July weekend festivities, featuring a delightful array of American music, with venerable artists Bernstein and Mancini among the choice picks. American-made brews, Anchor Steam, Anchor California Lager, and Anchor IPA were the perfect… read entire article

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July 2, 2014

Stern Grove Festival: Allen Stone | Yuna

Sunday, June 29 was one of those picture perfect (real) summer days in San Francisco, which brought out the crowds to bask in the bright California sun at Sigmund Stern Grove. And how appropriate to celebrate the summer sun with some jovial, uplifting, soulful music from Yuna and Seattle’s Allen Stone. We were pleased to join the masses to celebrate… read entire article

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June 30, 2014

Ask Bob Brewer: Pasteurizing Craft Beer

Bob Brewer answers your questions about beer and brewing. Gary Gillman, Toronto (via email): Why does Anchor continue to use pasteurization even for draft beer? Most craft beer I am familiar with is not pasteurized except for some bottled and canned product. Isn’t unpasteurized beer superior in flavor? Bob: Good question Gary, and one that comes up from time to time.… read entire article

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June 23, 2014

Stern Grove Festival Returns to San Francisco

Just in time for the first Sunday of summer, the Stern Grove Festival kicked off its 77th season this past weekend at beautiful Sigmund Stern Grove in San Francisco. Crowds poured into Stern Grove for the “Big Picnic” to witness the timeless work of two classic Motown artists, Patti Austin and the great Smokey Robinson. What better… read entire article

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June 18, 2014

Anchor Adventures Photo Contest

The entry period is over. Thanks to everyone who entered! Planning an adventure this summer?  Capture your Anchor Adventure with an Anchor California Lager – now available in cans! – or any Anchor brew, and enter it in our Anchor Adventures Photo Contest! Entries will be accepted through Thursday, August 21, 2014. Whether you’re at… read entire article

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June 17, 2014

Anchor Brewing and Chris Robinson Brotherhood Present Brotherhood Steam Beer

In the spring of 2014, our friends of Chris Robinson Brotherhood released their album “Phosphorescent Harvest” and kicked off their U.S. tour in the SF Bay Area. To celebrate, we tapped the first keg of our Brotherhood Steam Beer, a Golden State Collaboration of handcrafted California tunes and handcrafted California brews. Inspired by the brewing tradition of… read entire article

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June 5, 2014

Raising an Anchor and Supporting Parks at BottleRock Napa Valley

Were you in Napa, California for the Bottlerock Music Festival this past weekend? Our own Teagan Thompson was, and she put together a recap of the fun in the sun. The sun was hot and the beer was cold in Napa Valley for last weekend’s Bottlerock Music Festival. The three-day festival featured a wide variety of music,… read entire article

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June 4, 2014

Ask Bob Brewer: Aging and Cellar Time for Old Foghorn Barleywine

Bob Brewer answers your questions about beer and brewing. Carl Burger (via Facebook): I’d like to know more about Old Foghorn. Specifically it’s cellar time, and bottle aging prior to release. Cheers. Bob: This is an interesting question, Carl, and the answer involves a bit of Anchor history. Years ago, way back in the mists… read entire article

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May 28, 2014

Brewing Insights: The Cellar

An integral part of the brewing process involves the cellaring – or aging – of the beer. The amount of cellar time required for a fresh brew of beer varies according to beer style and other factors. Most ales, for example, require very little – if any – cellar time to finish, while lagers need… read entire article

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May 16, 2014

Alameda County Fair Homebrew Label Competition

Jim Stitt, longtime label designer for Anchor, and Dave Burkhart, Anchor’s Design and Graphics Production Manager, spent Saturday, May 10 together at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton CA. After enjoying some delicious BBQ and homebrew with the knowledgeable and affable judges of the Alameda County Fair (Bay Area Brew Off) Homebrew Competition, Jim and… read entire article

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April 30, 2014

Ask Bob Brewer: Refrigerator vs. Cellar for Aging Beer

Bob Brewer answers your questions about the world of beer and brewing. Bro Mist (via Facebook): Does beer age as well refrigerated? Or is cellar temperature best? And, What is your favorite beer to brew? Bob: When aging beer there are several things to consider along with just the temperature. Certainly cellar temperature, around 55 degrees… read entire article

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April 18, 2014

What’s Wrong with this Picture?

Brewery Historian Dave Burkhart and Brewery Loyalist Melba Moeck on Anchor’s “Earthquake Beer” A few months ago we received this nice email from longtime Anchor fan Melba Moeck: After the 1989 earthquake Anchor Brewing bottled beer with upside-down labels. If someone at Anchor Brewing is interested in a six-pack of these unopened bottles that could… read entire article

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April 9, 2014

Ask Bob Brewer: Liberty Ale in a Cask?

Bob Brewer answers your questions about the world of beer and brewing. Alex: What would happen if Liberty Ale were put in a cask?  Bob: Alex, Liberty Ale was not intended to be  a “cask” ale. We certainly could produce a similar product but it would not be the same on several levels. First, Liberty Ale… read entire article

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April 2, 2014

Anchor Terminology: The Grant

Bob Brewer, Anchor’s resident expert on beer & brewing, takes a behind-the-scenes look at the craft brewing process and the terminology used in the Anchor brewhouse. When visitors come to Anchor Brewing and see our beautiful traditional copper brewhouse for the first time, one of the questions they invariably ask is, “What is that thing… read entire article

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March 26, 2014

Ask Bob Brewer: Is Liberty Ale an APA or an IPA?

Bob Brewer answers your questions about the world of beer and brewing. Brian (via Twitter): Love your Liberty Ale, is it an APA or an IPA? Bob: This is a good question, Brian, and the answer requires a bit of history. When we first brewed Liberty Ale in 1975, the term “IPA” (India Pale Ale)… read entire article

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March 21, 2014

Fermenter Installation – March 19, 2014

If you were in our neighborhood on Potrero Hill in San Francisco Wednesday morning, you might have noticed some activity and lots of heavy equipment outside as two new fermenters were delivered for installation. The fermenters were guided into place with the help of two industrial cranes. With the new fermenters in place, our fermenting capacity… read entire article

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March 20, 2014

A Saison for the Season

By Dave Burkhart, Anchor’s Design & Graphics Production Manager and Brewery Historian Saisons originated with the rustic farmhouse ales of Wallonia, the mostly French-speaking, southern region of Belgium. Bière de saison was brewed during the saison froide (cold season) for consumption during the warmer months. In other words, Belgian farmers brewed their farmhouse ales/saisons “in… read entire article

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March 13, 2014

Seeing the Elephant: The Making of the Anchor IPA Video

“Every Anchor brew begins with a story…” As Dave Burkhart – Anchor’s Design and Graphics Production Manager and Brewery Historian – wrote in his recent post about the story of Anchor IPA, “Without that story, the recipe would be just a recipe and the label just a label.” Video has been an important part of… read entire article

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March 4, 2014

See the Elephant in Chicago! Anchor IPA Release Parties

Anchor IPA is now available in Chicago! To celebrate the arrival of Anchor IPA in the Windy City, we’re throwing release parties at fine establishments throughout Chicago March 3-6. Find the release party below that best fits your schedule and join us for taste of this adventurous new brew! Monday, March 3 Fischman’s: 6 p.m.… read entire article

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