Anchor Brewing Company Unveils Coffee Porter

Bottle_Pint_Shot_CoffeePorterAnchor Brewing Company (San Francisco, California) recently introduced Anchor Coffee Porter as the brewery’s latest Limited Release offering.

Back in 1972, Anchor Brewing launched Anchor Porter as the “first modern American Porter.”  Innovation has always been at the soul of this long-standing classic, and it has inspired Anchor’s brewers to innovate once again with the creation of Anchor Coffee Porter.

Brewed in collaboration with San Francisco’s Four Barrel Coffee, Anchor Coffee Porter is made with Flash-Chilled Coffee – single-source Ethiopian coffee that is “brewed hot, then flash-chilled within 10 seconds to preserve all of the robust aromatics and key acids that you’d find in a great cup of coffee”.  This results in 6.7% ABV American Porter “of immense richness, intensity, boldness, and smoothness, with . . . a roasty malt backbone, a bold coffee aroma and complex layers of chocolate, nuts and spices.”

“The historic, art deco building on San Francisco’s Potrero Hill where Anchor resides today was a coffee roastery before it was a brewery,” said Brewmaster Scott Ungermann. “There’s a running joke at Anchor that it takes a lot of coffee to make beer. Now we’re collaborating with Four Barrel to do just that—literally. We start in the brewhouse, combining a robust malt bill inspired by our recipe for Anchor Porter. In the cellar, we add Four Barrel’s Flash-Chilled Coffee which was brewed and chilled especially for this beer. The addition occurs during secondary fermentation so the coffee is nicely integrated into the beer. The result is a coffee porter of immense richness, intensity, boldness, and smoothness, with deep aromas and mouthfeel of fresh-roasted coffee melded with dark-roasted maltiness.”

Anchor Coffee Porter rolls out this month and will be available through February 2018.  You can expect to find this Limited Release in 12 oz. bottles and on draft at beer-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, California and throughout the rest of Anchor Brewing’s expansive distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Anchor Coffee Porter from Anchor Brewing Company

Release – Limited, October 2017 – February 2018
Style – American Porter
ABV – 6.7%
Malts – 2-Row Pale, Caramel, Black & Wheat
Hops – Apollo
Added Ingredients – Flash-Chilled Coffee from Four Barrel Coffee
Suggested Food Pairings – “Anchor Coffee Porter pairs well with decadent foods like chicken and waffles, pot roast, crème brûlée and beignets.”
Fun Fact – “The beer is 10% coffee, and the brewmaster’s favorite coffee mug is featured on the label.”
Availability – 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.anchorbrewing.com/connect/beer_finder

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Blood Orange Blonde Debuts for Anchor Brewing Co.

Blood-Orange-Blonde-1-blog-thumbnail-1024x558_editedAnchor Brewing Co. (San Francisco, California) has officially launched Blonde Orange Blonde as the latest release from their Pacific Siren Series.

Hitting shelves and taps just in time for the summer months, Blood Orange Blonde is “a refreshingly unique Blonde Ale” that highlights “the delectable taste of the blood orange.”  This offering’s citrus characteristics actually begin to surface in the brewhouse when brewers add California orange peels to the kettle.  Blood orange – the Sanguinello cultivar – is then introduced during secondary fermentation to combine the fruit’s “enticingly rich aroma and tangy-sweet juiciness” with the base beer’s “mild hop bitterness, subtle malty sweetness, and . . . long, dry finish.”  Joining Mango Wheat and Meyer Lemon Lager, Blood Orange Blonde is now the third release currently available in Anchor’s Pacific Siren Series.

“Blood Orange Blonde is an exciting addition to our wildly popular Pacific Siren Series,” said Anchor Brewmaster Scott Ungermann. “This refreshing, crisp craft brew gets some of its citrusy aroma in the brewhouse, where California orange peels are added to the brew kettle. However, most of the action is in the cellar where the blood orange fruit—the Sanguinello cultivar variety—is added during secondary fermentation. The result is a fruit-forward blonde ale with a tangy citrus tartness, hints of sweet malt and honey notes and a dry orange peel bitterness at the back end.”

Blood Orange Blonde officially releases in May 2017 and will be available as a Year-Round offering. You can expect to find this new offering available in 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer bars, restaurants and retailers located in Alabama, Florida, California and throughout the rest of Anchor Brewing’s national distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Blood Orange Blonde from Anchor Brewing Company

Release – Year-Round/Pacific Siren Series, launching May 2017
Style – American Blonde Ale
ABV – 4.5%
Malts – Blend of Tow-Row Pale & Pilsner
Hops – Cluster & Experimental No. 431
Availability – 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.anchorbrewing.com/connect/beer_finder
Fun Fact – “The eye-catching packaging artwork for Blood Orange Blonde stays true to its Pacific Siren Series counterparts, donning an illustrated siren inspired by a 75-year-old California fruit crate label. Fruit-crate labels have a long and colorful history in California dating to the late nineteenth century. Most such agricultural art features enticingly succulent fruit and an idealized pastoral landscape. Anchor’s Pacific Siren Series labels however—as unique as the beers themselves—feature a stunning siren.”

Blackberry Daze IPA Launches as New Year-Round from Anchor Brewing Co.

blackberry-daze-bottle___pint_shotAnchor Brewing Co. (San Francisco, California) recently announced that Blackberry Daze IPA has officially joined the brewery’s portfolio of Year-Round offerings.

When the time arrived for Anchor Brewing Co. to create a fruit-infused India Pale Ale, the brewers decided to represent their home state by selecting the blackberry, a berry “once wildly rampant in California”, as the featured fruit.  Blackberry Daze IPA receives a solid foundation of hops in the brewhouse, but the majority of the beer’s flavor and aroma arrives once “the fruit is added during secondary fermentation.”  It is here that this brew receives a dry-hopping with a “special blend of loamy, herbaceous hops” to marry with “the brightness and deep complexity of the blackberries.”  This all results in a 6.5% ABV IPA that is “a funky synthesis of rich earth and ripe fruit, hop bitterness and blackberry tartness, with alluring color and aromas up front, sublimely intense flavors, and a refreshingly dry finish.”

“Blackberry Daze IPA is a natural continuum to our growing list of beers made with fruit,” said Anchor Brewmaster Scott Ungermann.  “When using fruit in an IPA, we want something that stands up to and also pairs nicely with the hops. Blackberries uniquely compliment the hops, rather than contrast with them. We add some fruit to the brew kettle towards the end of the boil, giving the beer a nice berry jam aroma. Then we add fresh berries in the cellar, imparting a sharp tartness that compliments the beer’s hoppy flavors. The result is an IPA with upfront bitterness that’s countered by tartness and slight sweetness from the berries, creating a play between tart, sweet, and bitter.”

Blackberry Daze IPA is available now in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft.  Fruit-lovin’ hop heads can track this one down at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, California and throughout the rest of Anchor Brewing’s expansive distribution footprint.  Having achieved legendary status in American craft brewing, it is well known that Anchor Brewing Co. only sends out the highest quality offerings to represent them on shelves and taps across this country.  With that truth in mind, be sure to check out Blackberry Daze IPA the next time you find yourself in need of a fruit-infused IPA.  Prost!

Vital Information for Blackberry Daze IPA from Anchor Brewing Co.

Release – Year-Round, launching late-February 2017
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.5%
Hops – Citra & Bravo; dry-hopped with Ekuanot, Citra & Denali 
Malts – 2-Row Pale
Added Ingredients – Fresh blackberries
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.anchorbrewing.com/connect/beer_finder

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Anchor Brewing Reinvents a Classic with Release of Liberty IPA

anchorlipa-bottle-pint-shotAnchor Brewing Company (San Francisco, California) has officially announced the limited release of Liberty IPA, a modern twist on the brewery’s classic Liberty Ale.

Originally brewed in 1975 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Paul Revere’s midnight ride, Anchor Brewing Company’s Liberty Ale was the first American IPA brewed after prohibition . . . [and] introduced America to the Cascade hop and the nearly lost art of dry-hopping.”  Over 40 years later, Anchor is now releasing Liberty IPA as an updated take on this original craft classic.

“Liberty IPA is a revolutionary brew—reimagined,” said Anchor Brewmaster Scott Ungermann. “The beer is a bright straw golden color and boasts aromas of dank and resinous pine up front, with bold citrus and grapefruit notes on the back end. You can really taste the assertive bitterness, with hints of a light biscuit malt base and a smooth, dry finish. Liberty IPA is a celebration of the Cascade hopped IPA’s that Anchor first popularized back in 1975 and remain at the forefront of American craft beer trends.”

Liberty IPA is available now and will be around for a limited time in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft.  You can find this one at craft beer-friendly establishments in Alabama, Florida and throughout the rest of Anchor Brewing’s nationwide distribution footprint.  When you grab your sixer or pour of Liberty IPA, I highly suggest you get some Liberty Ale to enjoy alongside it.  Not only will this be a fun side-by-side experience, it will also prove to be a fine history lesson that traces the growth of American IPAs from their most recent rebirth to present day trends and practices.  You simply cannot go wrong when you are able to double down to get both your drink and learn on at the same time.  Prost!

Vital Information for Liberty IPA from Anchor Brewing Company

Release – Limited, January to April 2017
Style – American IPA
ABV – 6.3%
Malts – 2-Row Pale
Hops – Cascade & Nelson Sauvin. 
Dry Hops – Cascade, Nelson Sauvin & El Dorado
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.anchorbrewing.com/connect/beer_finder
Fun Fact – “Taking cues from the original Liberty Ale packaging, the newly designed Liberty IPA label features the bald eagle, a symbol of strength and freedom.”

Anchor Christmas Ale Returns for 42nd Year

2016christmas-beerandglassAnchor Brewing Co. (San Francisco, California) has announced that the 42nd Annual release of Anchor Christmas Ale has headed out to distribution.

For over four decades, Anchor Brewing has gifted craft beer fans a new Anchor Christmas Ale to enjoy during each holiday season.  Although every year’s release of Anchor Christmas Ale is brewed with a new recipe and then wrapped in a label displaying a different festive tree, the brewery’s intention “remains the same: joy and celebration of the newness of life.”  The recipe for each release may be “a heavily guarded secret,” but craft beer fans can always anticipate a Winter Warmer boasting “notes of seasonal spices and a malty backbone.”  For a better idea of what to expect from the 2016 vintage of Anchor Christmas Ale, here is what Brewmaster Scott Ungermann had to say about the brew:

“This year’s Christmas Ale has a strong malt profile enhanced with wintry spices. The beer is a deep mahogany brown with a creamy, tan head and boasts aromas of fruitcake, molasses, and fresh cut wood. The beer tastes of a roasted caramel malt, with notes of spiced chocolate and nuts. And it has a rich, smooth, and velvety mouthfeel. Every year we look forward to formulating our new Christmas Ale recipe and tasting the fruits of our labors. We are always excited to please beer fans with its ever-changing recipe and label. This year’s ale is the perfect beer for the winter season, whether you’re out on the slopes or relaxing next to the fire.”
– Anchor Brewmaster Scott Ungermann

Anchor Christmas Ale is only available from early November until mid-January.  This offering is available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, gold-foiled 50.7 oz. magnum bottles, and on draft at select craft beer establishments in Alabama**, Florida and throughout Anchor Brewing’s expansive distribution area.  Secure your bottles when you can and make Anchor Christmas Ale a part of any holiday celebration you plan on attending this year.  Prost!

(**Due to the fact that Alabama law currently prohibits the sale of beer in packaging larger than 750 ml, the magnum bottles will not be available in that state.**)

Vital Information for Anchor Christmas Ale (2016) from Anchor Brewing Co. 

Release – Seasonal, November 2016 through mid-January 2017
First Release – 1975
Style – Winter Warmer

ABV – 6.5%
Malt – “TOP SECRET”
Hops – “TOP SECRET”
Dry Hops – “TOP SECRET”
Fun Fact: The Tree – “Along with an evolving recipe, Christmas Ale portrays a new label every year. Since ancient times, trees have symbolized the winter solstice when the earth, with its seasons, appears born anew. This year’s tree is the ‘1,000 Mile Tree’ or the lone pine found during westbound construction of the transcontinental railroad. Discovered in 1896, it was a lone pine amidst a vast and desolate landscape. The tree on this year’s label was hand-drawn by Bay Area artist James Stitt, who has been creating Anchor’s Christmas Ale labels since 1975. His charming illustration of the 1,000 Mile Tree includes a person at the top of the tree with a mug of beer, honoring an old legend that railway passengers sometimes attempted to climb the tree.”

Anchor Brewing Introduces Dry-Hopped Steam Beer

Anchor-Dry-Hopped-Steam-Product-ImageAnchor Brewing Co. (San Francisco, California) recently announced that Anchor Dry-Hopped Steam Beer™ is headed to shelves and taps for a limited time beginning next month.

It may be a new take on the iconic Anchor Steam® Beer – the original California Common -, but the limited release of Anchor Dry-Hopped Steam Beer™ plans to make a name for itself with its own special recipe.  Dry-hopped with a blend of new and traditional hops, this new offering has “distinct aromas of citrus and stone fruit, and a lingering, bitter hop finish.”  Balanced by a light malt sweetness that is reminiscent of the original Anchor Steam®,  Anchor Dry-Hopped Steam Beer™ presents itself as a “brilliant amber in color with a tight, tan head” that is “moderately full in body, smooth and velvety.”

“Anchor Dry-Hopped Steam Beer is both a historical nod to our roots and a cutting edge, modern beer,” said Brewmaster Scott Ungermann. “We took our most popular, classic beer and gave it a contemporary twist by introducing a lighter body and an elevated, dynamic hop profile using new and classic hop varieties. The result is a California Common with a unique hop bitterness balanced by a light malty sweetness.”

Anchor Dry-Hopped Steam Beer™ will be available for a limited time in Alabama, Florida and throughout Anchor Brewing’s distribution area from September to December 2016.  Look for it at select craft beer-friendly establishments in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draught.  Prost!

Vital Information on Anchor Dry-Hopped Steam Beer™ from Anchor Brewing Co.

Release – Limited, September to December 2016
ABV – 5.4%
Malts – Blend of 2-Row Pale & Caramel
Hops – Northern Brewer; Dry-hopped with Cascade & Experimental No. 484
Packaging – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draught
Background on the Style – “California Commons are a unique American style of beer created by fermenting lager yeast at warmer temperatures similar to ales. This creates a hybrid between the two beer styles, though lager yeast is always used. Anchor Steam® Beer (4.9% ABV) is the original California Common made in San Francisco since 1896.”