Beer Birthday: Mark Carpenter

Today is Mark Carpenter’s 73rd birthday. Mark has been the head brewer at Anchor since 1971 and is responsible for much of their success over the years. Not too long ago, he celebrated his 40th anniversary at Anchor, and he began stepping back from his day-to-day duties, a process which took several years, but now is mostly retired, although happily I still see Mark from time to time around the neighborhood. He’s a terrific person and one of the nicest people I know. Join me in wishing Mark a very happy birthday.

Dave Suurballe with Mark at Anchor a few years ago.

Matt Salie, with Big Sky Brewing, and Mark at a recent Anchor Christmas party.

With Mark Carpenter, Anchor's brewmaster
Me and Mark at the Anchor Christmas party a few years ago.

Mark showing off a new release, Brekle’s Brown.

Mark, Herlinda Heras and me (I’m holding the third glass) toasting our friend Glenn Payne, how passed away in late 2015.


  1. beerman49 says

    From one Mark to another – happy septagenerain day! (albeit I’m posting 3 hrs after it ended). You’ve always been a 1st-Class guy (& a long-time friend & supporter of the San Andreas Malts)!

  2. Judy Ashworth says

    Hoppy Beerthday Mark!! I am so fortunate to call you friend. Always look forward to hanging with you. Cheers to you, much love Judy

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