Brother Yusef Live in the Beer Garden

5568339Saturday, June 16
7 – 10 pm

Bring your pops out for an evening of Brother Yusef’s Organic, Deep-Fried Fattback Blues this Saturday night.

The foot-tappin’ tunes start at 7 and goes till 10 pm.

No cover charge, all ages are welcome.
No reservations either, just grab a table and be ready to make room for new friends.

And buy your Dad a couple of beers.

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Lovely Useful Things

A Growler Like a Greek Amphora


Anaheim Brewery Growler circa 2018

We’ve long admired the idea behind “reduce, re-use, recycle.”  It feels good to bring a water bottle to work, to use a cloth napkin, brew coffee to drink out of a stoneware mug.  We choose to surround ourselves with things the are both useful, Earth-friendly, and pleasing to the eye.

Amphora 150-300 BCE

Amphora circa 300 BCE

Which brings us to growlers.  Once merely a metal pail filled with lager at the local saloon (see  Why a “Growler?”), today’s growlers are lovely useful things.

A crowler or can of beer gets drunk and the can is hopefully recycled.  That’s it, the can is gone from your life, but a growler when it’s empty has pride of place on the shelf.

The ancient Greeks and Romans called their growlers amphorae.  They used amphorae to store and to transport wine throughout the Mediterranean .  Like ancient amphora, the Anaheim Brewery growler has a wide neck and curved shoulders that slope into a base.   A lovely useful thing to transport your beer throughout Orange County and beyond.

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2018 Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day: Unite Belgian Tripel

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The badass women of beer from the Orange County Pink Boots Society with the director of the Orange County Family Justice Center Foundation.

On International Women’s Day, the newly-formed Pink Boots Society of Orange County gathered at Anaheim Brewery to collaborate on this year’s batch of Unite Belgian Tripel.

pink-boots-brew-dayLast summer members of Pink Boots Society met in Denver with Yakima Chief-Hopunion at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival to create a hop blend all members would use for their Pink Boots Collaboration Brew.  The blend is fruity, with subtle tropical, citrus and herbal notes. The blend features Simcoe®,  Loral®, Citra®, Palisade® and the ever-popular Mosaic®.


20180308 Jacque Fields, Tracey Theodore and Mary Ann Duck grind coriander

Jacque, Tracey, and Mary Jane prepare the coriander while Emily talks to reporter Sarah.

Women representing breweries, beer bars, and beer enthusiasts from as far away as Temecula joined Barbara in the brewhouse on March 8th.  Each person brought at least one ounce of coriander to add to the kettle.  When lightly crushed and steeped in the wort, this spice gives off a floral and citrus-laden aroma.  When the coriander aroma merges with the Pink Boots hop blend, the citrus becomes even more pronounced.  The women joked that the brewery smelled like Fruity Pebbles®!

We’ve created a Unite Brew since it’s inception in 2014 as International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day or IWCBD.  It’s now called Pink Boots Collaboration Brew.  This beer is unique in that every participating brewery donates a portion of the proceeds to the national Pink Boots Society.  Anaheim Brewery also donates a portion to our local Orange County Family Justice Center, which provides victim assistance and empowerment programs to survivors of family violence (click here to learn more about OCFJCF).

Unite Label croppedUnite Belgian Tripel is usually available only on draft. This year, we commissioned graphic artist Trevor Kelly to create a label that would celebrate the women who work in the beer industry and reference the 1920’s style of the Packard Building where Anaheim Brewery currently resides (more in this post: The Packard Building).  The result is this striking Art Deco inspired design.

Unite Belgian Tripel will be released on Friday, April 6th.  Join us in the Beer Garden and raise a glass to the women who made it possible.

Barbara & Greg

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Dark Scotch Ale Has Its Own Pint Glass. You Can Have One, Too.

The Artist and the Label

Dark Scotch Ale Label

We are so fortunate to live and work in  downtown, also know as the Anaheim Mother Colony.  When we decided to revive the Anaheim Brewery, we asked the artist Chris Maya, our friend and neighbor, to create the paintings for our original beer labels.  Chris Maya is a self-taught artist whose artwork reflects the Spanish Colonial styles and regions of the Southwestern United States.

Dark Scotch Ale Pint Glass

The Dark Scotch Ale label is a favorite.  The Craftsman cottage on the label pays homage to the architecture of our Anaheim Colony neighborhood, with a wooden siding and a stone chimney.  A single leaf of the overhanging tree branch has changed to deep orange, signaling the coming cool season.

The Beer

With rain in the forecast this week, what better time to release this year’s Dark Scotch Ale, and a pint glass to enjoy it in.

Dark Scotch Ale is a traditional top-fermented beer.   Roasted barley provides the rich, dark color, while generous levels of unfermentable sugars give it a full body and deep, malty flavor.

The pint glasses are five dollars each.  Grab a glass and share a beer with your neighbor.

Barbara & Greg


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Gifts for the Beer Lover

. . . when you don’t know their size:

Tap Handles

Tap Handles are 50 each. We’ve seen them used as gear shifters, too.

Stein lid down

Steins from Germany are 19 and 39 each. The pewter lid is perfect for engraving.


2017 openers - Copy

Bottle openers make excellent stocking stuffers.

Army Style Hats

The green hat is printed in faded gold – reminds us of the old M*A*S*H tv show.  The black hat is embroidered in pale white.

When you do know their size:

Have a beer

Have A Beer Sweatshirts come in unisex chocolate brown hoodies, sized Small to 3XXX. Ladies wide neck pullover comes in sizes Medium to XL. Normally 35, both are specially priced at 29 each.

camp shirts

Swanky two-toned camp shirts for men come in sizes Medium to 2XL. These shirts run large; most men take one size smaller than usual. They are 39 each.


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Anaheim Oktoberfest

Stein pyramidIt’s our favorite time of year when we celebrate with music, food, and plenty of fresh Anaheim Oktoberfest Lager!

Back in the 1990’s, an apprentice at Paulaner Brewery in Munich found an old leather notebook in a room full of empty, ancient barrels.  The notebook contained a recipe for Oktoberfest beer, which he copied into his journal.  That apprentice became Greg’s first brewery boss.  Together, they updated the recipe and brewed it in Virginia in the early 2000s’.

We still use that 100-year-old recipe for our Anaheim Oktoberfest Lager.   It’s a malty Märzen, with lovely caramel and toffee notes, weighing in at a healthy 6.5 % abv.

A beer with a traditional background like ours deserves an authentic German stein.  Our salt glazed stoneware steins are hand-made in Germany.   The stoneware body is hand molded and the handle is also applied by hand.

Stein bottom

“Handarbeit” means Hand Worked or Hand Made.

“Salt glaze pottery is stoneware with a glaze of glossy, translucent, and slightly orange-peel-like texture which is formed by throwing common salt into the kiln during the higher temperature part of the firing process.  Sodium from the salt reacts with silica from the clay body to form a glassy coating of sodium silicate.

The craft and tradition of salt glaze stoneware goes back to the 15th century, when artisans of  the Westerwald region of Germany perfected the craft and developed their signature style of stamped medallions and cobalt blue decorations.” (source: Wikipedia)

The steins are $20 each.  Want one with a pewter lid? We’ll have more by mid-October.

Celebrate Oktoberfest at Anaheim Brewery Saturday, October 7th and 14th, 5 – 10 pm.  Plenty of German music, dancing, beer, and delicious food from the Viking Food Truck!



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Porter, Stout, Stout, Porter

peerless saloon

The Peerless Saloon, circa 1903.

“Peerless Porter” is named after John Cassou’s Peerless Saloon at 106 N. Los Angeles Street (what we know as Anaheim Boulevard).  According to advertisements in the Anaheim Gazette, the Peerless sold fine wines, liquors, and cigars, and  “Anaheim Beer on draft.”

peerless ad

Anaheim Gazette,May 6. 1909

One could argue for quite a long time (over quite a few pints) about whether stout came before porter, or porter before stout.  (As it happens, I’m one of the former.) According to Dr. Michael Lewis, in his book Stout, the first use of the word “stout” appears in a letter written in 1677.  “we will drink to your health in both stout, and best wine,” it says.  Some years, later, in 1722, Ralph Harwood, the owner of the Bell Brewhouse in Shoreditch, East London, is credited with “inventing” porter.  Though there isn’t a lot of hard-fact proof, the story goes along these lines:

In the pubs of the day, beer was served cask-conditioned, usually poured from more than one cask into a mug or tankard.  There were probably several reasons for this.  Malting at the time was inconsistent, resulting in beer flavors that could be unpredictable.  Blending from several (sometimes as many as six!) casks allowed the barman to mix these various flavors for a more predictable result.  There’s also a tax angle – hops were much less taxed than malt and the coal used to make it.  Barmen would blend highly hopped, lower strength (and less expensive) beers with sweeter, malty, expensive beers to make them go further.  Some were known to blend in stale, slightly “off” beer, rather than dump it!

Ralph Harwood’s idea was to do the blending in the brewery, and he concocted a brew to replace these mixtures, saving time for the publican at the Blue Last, a working-class pub in Shoreditch.  The brew contained large amounts of dark brown malt, resulting in a beer that was strong and dark.  Many of the workers who frequented the Blue Last were “porters,” strong backs for hire who carried the loads of goods, from warehouses to the marketplaces.  The name “porter” became attached to the beer, and it stuck.

Our “Peerless Porter”

Chocolate malt

Chocolate Malt

Brewing porter fills the brewhouse with the most amazing aromas.  We begin the brew with the finest North American two-row barley varieties, to provide sweet, malty aromas and very subtle nutty flavors.  We add generous amounts of caramel and chocolate malts to create a full-bodied ale with smooth chocolaty flavor, but without the aggressive bite that sometimes come from roasted malts.  The resulting color is deep and dark – think not-quite black with deep red highlights.  Willamette hops provide a mild, slightly spicy bitterness to balance the malt flavor and sweetness.  Our ale yeast adds a final hint of fruity aromatics.

Note: I was going to add a bit about pairing porter with food, when I came across the following words of wisdom.  “Nuff said, I think:

“Beefsteaks and porter are good belly mortar.” — Scottish proverb, 1760

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