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Liberty Ale vs. Liberty IPA: What’s the Difference?

When Liberty Ale was released in 1975 it changed the world of craft beer. Brewed to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Paul Revere’s midnight ride, Liberty Ale was the first American IPA brewed after prohibition. This revolutionary forerunner of the modern IPA introduced America to the Cascade hop and the nearly lost art of dry-hopping, a… read entire article

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Introducing Liberty IPA, a Modern Twist on a Craft Classic

We’re excited to announce the release of Liberty IPA™, a bold and modern twist on an original craft classic, Liberty Ale®.  Like its predecessor, Liberty IPA (6.3% ABV) is made with two-row pale malt and Cascade hops.  It is the combination of Cascade with new hop varieties—Nelson Sauvin and El Dorado—that creates the mouthwateringly complex… read entire article

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Cooking with Craft Beer: Liberty Ale Cold Wild Rice

Summertime and picnics are a perfect pairing, especially when craft beer is on the menu. When the beer is one of the ingredients, you’ve got a recipe for a tasty summer treat. We’ve teamed up with Chef Kenneth Hernandez again this summer to create some fun recipes for guests to enjoy with their picnics at San Francisco’s… read entire article

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Liberty Ale: The “No Fuss” Commemorative Can

By Matt Canter, Certified Cicerone® and member of the Anchor Marketing team. Liberty Ale® was first brewed in 1975 to celebrate the bicentennial of Paul Revere’s historic ride. Now, as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the historic beer that started a revolution, we’ve released a commemorative, one-time offering of Liberty Ale in 12-oz. cans. The retro… read entire article

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Liberty Ale 40th Anniversary Brew

Saturday, April 18 marked the 40th anniversary of the first brew of Liberty Ale in 1975. A few years ago, Dave Burkhart, Anchor’s Design & Graphics Production Manager and Brewery Historian, wrote about that first brew in 1975, which celebrated the 200th anniversary of Paul Revere’s famous ride on April 18, 1775. Dave joined the Anchor brewers in… read entire article

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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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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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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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A Revolutionary Label for a
Revolutionary Beer

Anchor Brewing historian Dave Burkhart tells the story of Liberty Ale’s first ride. 1975 was a banner year for Fritz Maytag, his brewery, and the history of craft beer in America. In that one year we added three new beers—Liberty Ale, Old Foghorn, and Our Special Ale, AKA Anchor Christmas Ale—to our “lineup” of Anchor… read entire article

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The Tale of Pale Ale

Pale ale has an interesting history that involves invention, foreign trade, geological proximity, empire, and the roots of the industrial revolution in England. Much has been written about the genesis of pale ales, but it is generally agreed that the development of coke as a fuel for the roasting of malt, first recorded in 1642,… read entire article

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