Anchor Christmas Ale
Brewer: Anchor Brewing
Style: Winter Warmer
As in so many other areas, Anchor sets the standard for the craft brewing world when it comes to holiday ales. Marrying a profound respect for tradition with the restless spirit of experimentation and innovation, they've been producing their Christmas Ale (sometimes also labeled "Our Special Ale") since 1975. Every year, the recipe of this winter warmer changes, but it's always a dark brown ale with spices added.
Picking out the individual spices that find their way into each year's batch has become a time-honored ritual. The spices dance over a toasty malt base with hints of chocolate.
Each year since its inception, illustrator James Stitt hand-draws a new label for the beer. What remains constant is that the label features a new tree along with the message "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year."