Anchor Brewing Blog

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Tag Archives: Beer Packaging

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Introducing a Limited-Edition Anchor Steam® Artist Label for Summer

In collaboration with award-winning local artist Paul Madonna, Anchor Steam is now clad in a special limited-edition label throughout the entire summer that pays homage to the city’s artistic heritage. The Anchor Steam® Artist Label is an upward view of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge beneath overcast skies — the quintessential summer climate that San… read entire article

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Decoding Anchor: Finding the Packaging Date on Your Beer

Over the years, we’ve had a few iterations on our packaging dates. As of December 4, 2018, Anchor fans can now decipher the freshness of their brew with more ease than ever. Because we want our customers to enjoy our beer at its freshest, we changed our packaging date coding system away from our traditional coding to a more easily readable… read entire article

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A New Spin on a Classic: Introducing Anchor Steam Beer in 19.2oz Cans!

Arriving just in time for summer adventures, Anchor Steam Beer is finally available in cans for the first time! This 19.2oz offering gives beer fans even more opportunities to enjoy Anchor Steam wherever they go, be it lounging on the beach, out on a hike, or grilling with friends. Best of all, these convenient cans are… read entire article

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Under The Crown: A Brewery is Saved

Anchor Historian Dave Burkhart brings us interesting tales of Anchor’s past, guided by the factoids printed on the underside of Anchor Steam Beer crowns.  Under every Anchor Steam Beer crown (we brewers call bottle caps crowns) is a little piece of Anchor lore. Each represents anywhere from ounces to tons of research, and there are over 200 different… read entire article

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Under the Crown: A Brewery is Born

Anchor Historian Dave Burkhart brings us interesting tales of Anchor’s past, guided by the factoids printed on the underside of Anchor Steam Beer crowns.  Under every Anchor Steam Beer crown (we brewers call bottle caps crowns) is a little piece of Anchor lore. Each represents anywhere from ounces to tons of research, and there are over 200… read entire article

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Stewards of Steam: Maintaining & Innovating Our Craft

For over a month, we’ve posted a weekly blog series- Stewards of Steam – showcasing our craft and our people. We’ve focused on our dedication to making handcrafted beer in San Francisco and what it takes to continue to do that. We’ve talked about how Anchor maintains its role as a pioneer in American craft… read entire article

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Stewards of Steam: Designing, Packaging & Sharing our Craft

Welcome to the next installment of our weekly Stewards of Steam blog series, where we share about our craft and our people. Anchor Brewing is dedicated to continuing to make handcrafted beer in San Francisco. The Stewards of Steam are the people who work at Anchor and make this mission possible. We are proud to remain… read entire article

Crowning Achievements: Anchor Brewing Milestones

You might have noticed a date and a corresponding description underneath the crown of your last bottle of Anchor Steam Beer. Since 2015, in commemoration of 50 years since Fritz Maytag bought Anchor Brewing, igniting the American Craft Beer Revolution, Anchor Steam bottles include fun facts about Anchor’s rich history on the underside of each cap.  … read entire article

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Ask Bob Brewer: How much should a keg of Anchor beer weigh?

Jessica (via email): How much should a keg of Anchor beer weigh? Bob: I’ve been asked this question a lot over the years, Jessica – usually when a bar wants to reconcile their daily receipts with the volume of beer used. The only real way to determine how much beer is left in a keg is to… read entire article

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Ask Bob Brewer: Anchor’s Unique Bottles

Bob Brewer answers your questions about the world of beer & brewing. Marteinn (via Facebook): Hi there , may i ask where you get your bottles? I really like them and i want to use similar bottles for my future small brewery. Thanks. Bob: Our bottle story has a few interesting twists to it so… read entire article

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The Story of Anchor’s
Christmas Ale Magnums

By Dave Burkhart, Anchor Brewing Historian and Design & Graphics Production Manager ’Tis the season—of contractions like ’tis, of goodwill, of gift giving, of merriment, and, of course, of tradition. At Anchor, we’ve been celebrating the season with a longtime tradition of our own called Our Special Ale (also known as Anchor Christmas Ale). “Old… read entire article

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Beyond the Bottle: Craft Beer in Cans

Bob Brewer looks at the growing trend of packaging craft beer in cans. Beer in cans has been around for a long time. Starting shortly after the repeal of prohibition, American breweries began experimenting with the idea as a way to replace the glass bottle as the primary package for beer – a concept fully endorsed by… read entire article

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Designing Anchor Porter®: Thinking Inside the Box

Anchor historian, Dave Burkhart, tells the story of the unique collaboration that resulted in the label, 6-pack and crown (cap) for Anchor Porter. When you think of great food pairings for Anchor Porter® you might think of oysters, Thai food, or perhaps a nice marinade for barbecued salmon (my personal favorite). But Big John’s Hamburger… read entire article

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