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Stewards of Steam: Coordinating Quality

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Welcome to our latest installment of Stewards of Steam; a blog series that showcases our craft and our people. The Anchor team—or the Stewards of Steam as we like to refer to ourselves—keep alive our tradition of making handcrafted beer in the city of San Francisco. We are dedicated to maintaining our time-honored brewing methods and yet we continue to innovate and push the boundaries of our craft to remain a pioneer in American Craft Beer.

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Material Procurement

In order to get that six-pack of Anchor Steam Beer on the shelf, a lot needs to happen— and not just at Anchor Brewing. Well before we start brewing beer, there are materials being produced that are key to this process, from hops to glass bottles. Then, what about getting the necessary materials in the right quantities delivered to the brewery at the right time? Luckily, Anchor has very talented people who manage all of the components of material procurement and inventory management. Part of that responsibility is making sure we get the right amount of what we need when we need it. Equally as important, we need to get these materials for the best prices so we can continue to provide the best value for our customers. The work of these Stewards of Steam, while behind the scenes, is absolutely crucial to keeping our beer in the hands of our fans.

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Charlie, Materials Supervisor

“I am Charlie. I am the Materials Supervisor and I have worked at Anchor for 3 years.

There is a reason we should continue to bemoan the decline of manufacturing in America, and it’s not just the loss of middle-class jobs.  There is a certain pride and camaraderie created when a group of people work together to create something, especially when the end result has the pedigree and pure ability to be enjoyed, like Anchor beers.  In my position, I get to see that process happen not just in our brewery, but also with the box makers, can manufactures, label printers, designers, maltsters, and hop growers that we partner with to get our beer made and delivered to market. I get to meet a lot of people in those industries who have a long history and a certain reverence for Anchor Brewing. I appreciate getting to be part of that.”

Anchor’s Brewhouse

In today’s brewing landscape, most U.S. breweries use automated, stainless steel brewhouse systems. That’s not the case at Anchor though. All of our beer is made in a 100% copper brewhouse that is not automated. Yes, the upkeep and efficiency can be a challenge, but we love the tradition! Our brewhouse equipment hails from Germany and requires the engagement and expertise of a talented, attentive brewer. Our beers are virtually handmade by skillful brewers who spend their days crafting beer in our one of a kind copper brewhouse.

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Dane, Brewer

“I am Dane. I am a brewer and I have worked at Anchor for almost 9 years.

The reasons I love working at Anchor are beyond plentiful. When it comes to the core, however, it is easy. I am quite fond of both the craft and the company (as in co-workers). The craft focus is so unique here. It often reminds me of long homebrew days, but with fancier tools (and friends). The personal touch is hard to beat in the industry. As for our employees, they are outstanding. The comedy, the love, and the memories help uphold a culture without rival.”

Quality Assurance

At Anchor, we practice the time-honored art of classical brewing, employing state-of-the-art methods to ensure that our beers are always pure and fresh. We know of no brewery in the world that matches our efforts to combine traditional, natural brewing with such carefully applied, modern methods of sanitation, finishing, packaging and transporting. Our Quality Assurance team monitors every stage of the brewing and packaging process to ensure Anchor maintains the level of quality we promise our fans.

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Andrea, Quality Assurance Supervisor

“I am Andrea. I am the Quality Assurance Supervisor and I have worked at Anchor for 23 years.

What do I love about working at Anchor? The smell of sweet wort drifting from copper vessels, literally keeping history alive as Steam beer ferments in open fermenters. The honor I feel keeping this tradition going and working to assure the quality of our beer never wavers.”

Next time you grab a pint or six-pack of Anchor, #RaiseYourAnchor to Charlie, Dane, Andrea, and the rest of our #StewardsofSteam for their hard work behind the scenes.

From all of us at Anchor Brewing, we’d like to extend a sincere thank you to our fans, supporters, and craft beer enthusiasts for your continued support, which allows us to do what we love; work hard to brew quality, handcrafted beer in San Francisco. Use our Anchor Beer Finder to find a cold brew near you!


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