Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor Small Beer

Anchor Small Beer

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Served in irony, Anchor Small comes in a 1.6 fl oz bottle and has an interesting story.  This low abv beer is made by using the second run off (see sparge) from the leftover grains used to make their Old Foghorn Barleywine.  This idea is actually very earth friendly and economical when you think about […] ... [Read more]

Anchor Porter

Anchor Porter

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In the midst of sampling their Christmas Ale (’99-’11 vertical) I took a break to indulge on this wonderfully crafted dark ale.  I’ve had this beer before, but it has been a few years since.  I wanted to revisit it for a few reasons:  1) it is good beer and 2) it is a great […] ... [Read more]

Anchor Christmas Ale 2005

Anchor Christmas Ale 2005

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Tree:  Quercus agrifolia (Coast Live Oak) I found the latin name rather humorous.  “Agrifolia” sounds close to agriphobia.  Not sure what would happen if a tree had a fear of farming?  I digress.  Another stout-like brew for this year’s batch.  It pours a deep mahogany with similar garnet hues as the 2002 vintage.  The head seemed […] ... [Read more]

Anchor Christmas Ale 2002

Anchor Christmas Ale 2002

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Tree:  Populus fremontii (Fremont/Alamo Cottonwood) Picking up where I left of yesterday, I found myself pouring vintage 2002.  The contents of the bottle was much darker this time around and the head much more dense than before.  Looking through the glass into some light and a clear garnet color was evident.  Familiar dark brown hues on […] ... [Read more]

Anchor Christmas Ale 2001

Anchor Christmas Ale 2001

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Tree:  Washingtonia filifera (California/Desert/Arizona Fan Palm) Pouring a deeper ruby reddish color it looked more like a Scottish style ale mixed with a Porter.  The head plumed rather fast and formed a tight knit beige barrier. When it came to the aroma, this year’s vintage had Scottish ale all over it.  Dark malt notes that were […] ... [Read more]

Anchor Christmas Ale 2000

Anchor Christmas Ale 2000

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Tree:  Torreya californica (California Torreya or Nutmeg) The start of a new decade.  I wonder what they added to the brew to make this beer that much more special.  In any case, it poured very similar to the year prior with a deep brown color.  One could argue that it is a brown ale or […] ... [Read more]

Anchor Christmas Ale 1999

Anchor Christmas Ale 1999

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Brewed since 1975 this seasonal Christmas ale (aka Our Special Ale) has become a tradition in and of itself.  The more I’ve learned about this beer, the more I want to add it to my holiday traditions.  There are a few interesting facts surrounding this beer that you must know. The ingredients are “top secret” […] ... [Read more]

Anchor Brekle's Brown Ale

Anchor Brekle’s Brown

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Celebrating 140 years of brewing tradition Anchor commemorates this beer to its founder Gottlieb Brekle.  With a killer first name this man started brewing in 1871 in San Francisco which later took the name by which it is now know.  Wanting to brew something in honor of Brekle current brewmaster Mark Carpenter used a trendy […] ... [Read more]

Anchor Christmas Ale 2006

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Well it’s Christmas Eve, 2010. Just 36 hours from now, Christmas will have come and gone. The extra ham or turkey will now go between two pieces of bread and the mashed potatoes and Jello salad will be nibbled ‘til they’re gone. So with the holiday season’s end in site, I wanted to make sure […] ... [Read more]

Anchor Humming Ale

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My initial experience with this brew came in April during Chicago Craft Beer Week when I went to a meet and greet with Fritz Magtag.  It was on tap, along with almost all Anchors beers, so I decided to give it a try. This Pale Ale was brew to be a new seasonal from August […] ... [Read more]