Anchor Brewing Blog

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

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October 23, 2013

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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October 12, 2013

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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October 11, 2013

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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October 10, 2013

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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September 5, 2013

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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August 28, 2013

Craft Originals: Mark Carpenter on America’s First Craft-Brewed Beers

No other brewery in America can claim the number of “firsts” that are part of the brewing heritage here at Anchor Brewing Company. To celebrate our history of innovation, we’ve created the Craft Originals 12-pack, a collection of America’s first craft-brewed beers. Each Craft Originals 12-pack features four legendary brews together in one package for… read entire article

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August 22, 2013

Summer Sights & Sounds at Stern Grove

We are proud to have been a sponsor of the Stern Grove Festival once again for the 2013 season. The Stern Grove Festival is an admission-free performing arts series held at beautiful Sigmund Stern Grove, an outdoor amphitheater in San Francisco, where the spectacular setting and friendly atmosphere are as much a part of the experience… read entire article

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August 14, 2013

Craft Brewing Insights: Open Fermentation

Fermentation is an integral part of the brewing process. Fresh wort from the brewhouse is placed into vats or tanks and yeast is added. The yeast consumes the sugars in the wort and converts them into ethanol and carbon dioxide, and along the way, generates heat and multiplies exponentially.   In today’s modern brewing, fermenters… read entire article

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August 8, 2013

Cellar Tank Installation – July, 2013

Four shiny new cellar tanks enchere recently added to our cellar room here at the brewery. We caught up with cellarman Ryan Akers, who shared a few details about the new tanks and how they will be used. What will the new tanks be used for? Ryan: The new cellar tanks will be used for… read entire article

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August 6, 2013

Our Winners in the Anchor Brewing Summer Beertography Challenge

We’ve had a lot of fun looking through the great summer photos that were submitted for our Summer Beertography Challenge. Today we’re Raising an Anchor and toasting to everyone who took the time to capture a summer moment with an Anchor brew. There are some very talented Beertographers out there! Speaking of Beertography, we’d also… read entire article

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August 2, 2013

Ask Bob Brewer: Whole-Cone Hops vs. Hop Pellets

Bob Brewer answers your questions about the world of craft beer and brewing. From Greg in Chicago: On your website you say that you use only whole cone hops, is this still true? I’m a home brewer and a big fan of craft brews and I have visited many brewpubs and craft breweries, both big… read entire article

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July 2, 2013

Fourth of July Beer Bites with Chef Ryan Scott

Former “Top Chef” contestant and San Francisco Chef Ryan Scott shares some of his Fourth of July Favorites featuring Anchor brews. I love beer. It’s just a fact that everyone that knows me is aware of. When I was getting my beer and wine license for my restaurant, Market & Rye, in Potrero Hill, the… read entire article

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July 1, 2013

Announcing the Anchor Brewing Summer Beertography Challenge

Imagine this picture-perfect scenario: Its summer. Blue skies and sunshine above. You’re with friends and family, doing what what we all love to do in the summertime – drinking delicious craft beer and enjoying good company. Sounds pretty good, right? We think so, too, and we’re excited to announce a fun reason to snap a… read entire article

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June 21, 2013

Brews & Baseball in San Francisco

 Anchor Marketing Manager Daniel Cruz writes about the connection between hand-crafted beer and America’s pastime in the City by the Bay and beyond. A few weeks ago I had a good day at work. A fellow marketing manager asked if I would be interested in writing a blog post from the marketing perspective, a first… read entire article

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June 13, 2013

What’s in a Name?
Fort Ross Farmhouse Ale

The History of Northern California is Never More Than a Tank of Gas Away Anchor historian Dave Burkhart on the story behind Zymaster No. 4. How did Fort Ross, a nineteenth-century Russian fur-trading colony ninety miles north of San Francisco, become the name of the latest release in our Zymaster® Series? The answer is in… read entire article

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June 11, 2013

The Season for Saison: The Story of Farmhouse Ale

Farmhouse ale, or “saison,” as it is now more commonly known, originated in Wallonia, which is the French-speaking part of Belgium. The style is historical and has strong artisanal roots, having been brewed in a distinct region for several hundred years by individual farmers rather than by commercial breweries. Belgian saisons were traditionally brewed by… read entire article

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