The Weird Science of High-Altitude Brewing

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When Chris Labbe started making beer at 10,159 feet there was no one to call when things didn’t go as planned. He had few high-altitude brewing peers, no playbook and certainly no sympathy if the beer wasn’t right. This harsh reality is the first thing Labbe, a brewer and co-founder…

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Drink Steam Week 2017

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Anchor Brewing Company will once again celebrate America’s first craft beer, Anchor Steam Beer, with the return of Drink Steam Week August 13-20, 2017. Back in 2015, the Mayor of San Francisco proclaimed the third week of August to be Drink Steam Week, celebrating Anchor’s pioneering role in the American…

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What Makes a Sour Beer Taste Sour?

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It’s in the back of a dingy old storage basement. The floor is made of dirt and there is the faintest, rhythmic trickle of water dripping somewhere nearby. The stale scent of must fills the air. In the depths of a fermentation cellar lies one lonely little bottle that looks…

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Where There’s Smoke: Will Smoke Beers Catch Fire?

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You could call Josh Cody a bit of a malt head. He, along with his brother, uncle and dad, own and operate Colorado Malting Company (CMC) in Alamosa, Colorado. In 2008, when the founded CMC, small brewers’ access to a variety of malts that provided localized flavor and character was…

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From the Barrel: Old Potrero Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Stout

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Anchor Brewing’s barrel aging program is growing, slowly but surely. You can’t rush these things, literally and figuratively. Lucky for us, the marriage between brewing and distilling has been an ongoing tradition at Anchor. Almost 30 years after Fritz Maytag bought Anchor Brewing, igniting the American craft beer revolution, Fritz…

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6 Craft Beer Bars That Changed Their City’s Beer Scene

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Breweries and craft beer bars have a symbiotic relationship. Pubs have been community centers of social activity for hundreds of years. Over the past 30 years or so, a growing number of bars and pubs have focused on bringing beer drinkers a better variety of beers, especially those from small…

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Hold the Fruit: 11 Summer Beers for People Who Appreciate the Classics

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Born in 1979, my parents raised me on the music of the Beach Boys, the Monkees and the big hair ballad rock of the early 80s. My joke is that if a song was released after 1985, I don’t know it. In the old brown Jeep Cherokee I drove to…

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Why Can’t I Buy that Special Release Beer Year-Round?

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Special craft beer releases are among a beer lover’s most anticipated days. Craft beer drinkers can’t wait for the party that accompanies a bottle release like Cigar City Brewing’s annual Hunahpu Day. Others look forward to the mystique surrounding the extreme rarity of the beer like that of Russian River…

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All is Ripe in the World: 2017 Summer Beers are Full of Fruit

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Beer is a beverage brewed to meet the seasons, so it’s no surprise that summer beers in 2017 are seeing an array of fruit-infused recipes. From 21st Amendment’s watermelon sour inspired by a popular predecessor to a raspberry sour Berliner Weisse meant to take you “Back to the Future,” if you’re…

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Anchor Brewing Debuts Third Release in their Pacific Siren Series, Blood Orange Blonde

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We’re thrilled to announce our third release in the Pacific Siren Series, Blood Orange Blonde– a refreshingly unique blonde ale made with juicy and tart blood oranges. Blood Orange Blonde has the delectable taste of the blood orange. The fruit is deep crimson in color with enticingly rich aroma and tangy-sweet…

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