Anchor Brewing Blog

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

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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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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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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

Ask Bob Brewer: Yeast for Stouts and Porters

Thanks Again (via Facebook): What’s your favorite yeast strain for stouts and porters? Bob: We make a Porter on a regular basis and have brewed a stout recently. Both were fermented with our ale yeast that is also used for every other ale we make.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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: Most of our products, whether ale or lager, are… read entire article

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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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Great American Beer Festival 2013

It’s been just over a week since we disconnected the taps, packed up our gear, and headed back to San Francisco following the 2013 Great American Beer Festival in Denver. As always, good times were had by all, and of course, plenty of beer was poured. We thought it would be fun to take a… read entire article

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Today at GABF – Saturday, October 12

So this happened… The lively crowd at Friday’s session of the Great American Beer Festival showed up thirsty. We poured through eleven kegs of Anchor brews – from Anchor Steam to Zymaster No. 5. Yes, you read that correctly. If you stopped by the Anchor booth at GABF yesterday, you had a chance to try… read entire article

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Today at GABF – Friday, October 11

It was a full house at the Colorado Convention Center as the 2013 Great American Beer Festival kicked off with Session 1 Thursday evening. Thousands of craft beer enthusiasts from around the country and beyond descended on downtown Denver to enjoy 3,100 beers from over 600 U.S. breweries. Before the session started, Brewers Association President… read entire article

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Today at GABF – Thursday, October 10

  Our annual road trip from San Francisco to Colorado’s Rocky Mountains for the Great American Beer Festival wrapped up with Bob Brewer and John – the navigation and logistics technician – arriving in Denver on Tuesday. The rest of the crew arrived in town on Wednesday, and it was time to get ready for… read entire article

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A Handmade Label for a Handmade Beer
BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red

By Dave Burkhart, Anchor’s Design & Graphics Production Manager  and Brewery Historian Early in 2013, we made the final decision to create a new fall seasonal. The choice of what style to brew, what it should taste like, how to brew it, what to call it, and what the label should look like are five… read entire article

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Celebrate Sailing in San Francisco with Anchor Steam® Beer and “The Anchor’s Cup” Cocktail

We’re celebrating San Francisco’s sailing traditions throughout the month of September as the City hosts the 34th America’s Cup. As a part of Anchor Brewers & Distillers’ planned activities, Anchor Steam® Beer has been named the official beer and Junípero® Gin has been named the official gin to San Francisco’s hometown team, ORACLE TEAM USA.… read entire article

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Ask Bob Brewer: Zymaster Series

Bob Brewer answers your questions about the world of craft beer and brewing. From Maria in Santa Barbara: I’ve just heard about your Zymaster series of special brews. I recently had a bottle of Ft. Ross Farmhouse Ale and loved it! The label says number four. How many have you made? Will there be any… read entire article

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