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Tag Archives: Zymaster Series

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Anchor Brewing Volunteer Day: Fort Ross State Historic Park

Up the California coast about 70 miles north of San Francisco lays Fort Ross; a historic fort built by the Russian American Company over 200 years ago as a home base for Russia’s fur trade. This commercial company, commissioned by Russia’s tsarist government, managed all Russian exploration, trade, and settlement in the North Pacific. Fort… read entire article

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When a Brewmaster Works Under the Same Roof as a Master Distiller

A talk with Anchor Brewmaster Mark Carpenter about Zymaster Series No. 7: Potrero Hill Sour Mash IPA. The idea for the 7th beer in our Zymaster Series came about in a variety of ways. The first brainstorming session had the group involved leaning toward making some adaptation of a rye IPA. As Anchor Brewmaster Mark Carpenter pondered… 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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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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A Return to Maidstone, The Origin of Mark’s Mild

In the dark of night well before dawn, a Volkswagen bus travelled past the hedgerows and hop farms of Kent County, England. Mark Carpenter was behind the wheel on holiday, in September of ’69, two years before he joined Anchor Brewing. He was headed to the city of Maidstone, where unbeknownst to him, a single… read entire article

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Zymaster™ Series No. 1: California Lager – Part 2

In part one of our post, we introduced No.1 California Lager – the inaugural brew of our new Zymaster™ Series. In this second part, we take a closer look at how lager beer came to be brewed in California and the breweries that led the way. THE CALIFORNIA LAGER REVOLUTION “The meaning of the word… read entire article

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Zymaster™ Series No. 1: California Lager – Part I

Anchor Steam® Beer’s roots date back to the sundry and mysterious adaptations and improvisations of brewers to the primitive conditions they faced during the California gold rush, long before icehouses and modern refrigeration made traditional lager beer a viable California option. Early efforts notwithstanding, it wasn’t until the winter of 1875/76 that a California brewer… read entire article

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