40 years of distinction

Since 1975, we've brewed a distinctive Christmas Ale to accompany each holiday season. And each unique craft beer recipe has received an equally distinctive hand-drawn label, featuring a different tree. Take a tour through the 40 years of Christmas Ale labels below.

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1975

The Original Christmas Ale Tree.

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1976

Giant Sequoia, Sequoiadendron giganteum.

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1977

Douglas Fir, Pseudotsuga menziesii.

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1978

Inspired by an evergreen in the Sierra Nevadas.

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1979

Inspired by the Original Christmas Ale Tree.

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1980

Oak Tree, Genus: Quercus.

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1981

Olive Tree, Olea europaea.

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1982

Tanoak, Notholithocarpus densiflorus.

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1983

Greek Fir, Abies cephalonica.

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1984

"Tree of Life."

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1985

Pacific Madrone, Arbutus menziesii.

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1986

Golden Chinquapin, Castanopsis chrysophylla.

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1987

A Douglas Fir and a Coast Redwood, Pseudotsuga menziesii and Sequoia sempervirens.

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1988

White Spruce, Picea glauca.

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1989

Sycamore Maple, Acer pseudoplatanus.

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1990

Inspired by Cezanne.

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1991

Paper Birch, Betula papyrifera.

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1992

Ponderosa Pine, Pinus ponderosa.

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1993

Paradise Apple, Malus pumila.

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1994

Inspired by the Original Christmas Ale Tree.

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1995

Coconut Palm, Cocos nucifera.

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1996

White Oak, Quercus alba.

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1997

Scots Pine, Pinus sylvestris.

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1998

California Juniper, Juniperus californica.

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1999

Desert Ironwood, Olneya tesota.

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2000

California Nutmeg, Torreya californica.

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2001

California Fan Palm, Washingtonia filifera.

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2002

Fremont Cottonwood, Populus fremontii.

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2003

Sitka Spruce, Picea sitchensis.

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2004

Inspired by the Original Christmas Ale Tree.

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2005

California Live Oak, Quercus agrifolia.

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2006

European Beech, Fagus sylvatica.

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2007

Valley Oak, Quercus lobata.

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2008

Jeffrey Pine, Pinus jeffreyi.

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2009

Monterey Cypress, Cupressus macrocarpa.

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2010

Maidenhair Tree, Ginkgo biloba.

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2011

Great Basin Bristlecone Pine, Pinus longaeva.

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2012

Norfolk Island Pine, Araucaria heterophylla.

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2013

California White Fir, Abies concolor.

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2014

Giant Sequoia, Sequoiadendron giganteum.

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