Anchor Brewing Blog

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

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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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February 19, 2014

Ask Bob Brewer: “Floaties” in Craft Beer

Bob Brewer answers your questions about the world of beer and brewing. Bryan (via Facebook): Bob, could you please address beer ‘floaties’ – the particles sometimes hanging out in the bottles of craft beers? Bob: Good one, Bryan. There are different types of ‘floaties’ caused by different things. I like to think of them as… read entire article

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February 14, 2014

IN THE ROOM
THE STORY OF ANCHOR IPA

By Dave Burkhart, Anchor’s Design and Graphics Production Manager and Brewery Historian Every Anchor brew begins with a story, a raison d’être. Without that story the recipe would be just a recipe and the label just a label. The story of Anchor IPA™, like the stories of Anchor California Lager® and Anchor Steam® Beer, has… read entire article

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February 8, 2014

San Francisco Beer Week 2014

SF Beer Week is back! The festivities kick off Friday, February 7 with the Opening Gala in San Francisco, followed by nine days of beer dinners, tap takeovers, and other events showcasing craft beer from the Bay Area and throughout California. We hope you’ll Raise Your Anchor with us at one (or more) of the… read entire article

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January 29, 2014

Ask Bob Brewer: Porter vs. Bock

Bob Brewer answers your questions about the world of beer and brewing. Ward: Anchor Bock seems similar in style to some porters. What characteristics differentiate Anchor Bock? Bob: To start with, Ward, one of the key distinctions between bocks and porters are their respective origins – bock being of German origin and porter originating in Ireland… read entire article

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December 22, 2013

Cooking with Holiday Brews with Chef Ryan Scott

Chef Ryan Scott shares two recipes for holiday favorites made with Anchor Christmas Ale. Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas! How many times have you said those phrases in the past few weeks? In my restaurant, Market & Rye, my staff was more than eager to wish every customer “Happy Holidays” after Thanksgiving was through. But after a… read entire article

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December 12, 2013

Anchor Brewing Volunteer Day at China Camp State Park

The Anchor volunteer crew. On a brisk, clear day in late November, a group of Anchor employees gathered at one of California’s many beautiful state parks to help build an outdoor education classroom. The volunteer event took place at China Camp State Park, located along the shore of San Francisco Bay in Marin County, just… read entire article

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December 8, 2013

A Traditional Label for a Traditional Beer
ANCHOR’S 2013 CHRISTMAS ALE

By Dave Burkhart, Anchor’s Design & Graphics Production Manager and Brewery Historian Anchor has been brewing its uniquely traditional Christmas Ale since 1975. The recipe is different every year and so is the tree on the label. Since ancient times, trees have symbolized the winter solstice when the earth, with its seasons, appears born anew.… read entire article

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November 24, 2013

Cooking with Craft Beer: Thanksgiving Dinner Edition

Thanksgiving is probably my favorite time of year. As a chef, I have come to love the fall season and all the wonderful flavors that can be produced between sweet and savory. Another reason I love it is because my charity, Harvest From The Heart, is focused on helping those who are less fortunate on… read entire article

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November 6, 2013

Ask Bob Brewer: Open Fermentation

Bob Brewer answers your questions about the world of craft beer and brewing. A lively brew of Anchor Summer Beer in an open fermenter. From John in Cincinnati: Are all of Anchor’s beers fermented in open fermenters? Are your ales fermented any differently than your lagers? Bob: All of our products, whether ale or lager,… read entire article

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October 30, 2013

Ask Bob Brewer: What is “Racking” Beer?

Bob Brewer answers your questions about the world of craft beer and brewing. Dave: As a former home brewer, I thought racking was part of the bottling process, as I would use a racking cane to get the beer from the carboy to the bottle. What’s racking, or what’s the difference between racking and bottling?… read entire article

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