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Introducing the 45th Annual Anchor Christmas Ale

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Anchor Christmas Ale 2019

Anchor Christmas Ale 2019


We’re so excited to finally announce the release of our 2019 Christmas Ale, a highly anticipated, limited-edition delight.  Now in its 45th annual rendition, the 2019 Anchor Christmas Ale presents a smooth and velvety spiced flavor profile this holiday season.  Brewed using a new, secret recipe each year, Anchor Christmas Ale has become the quintessential winter warmer all season long.

Forty-four years ago, Anchor Brewing Company released one of the first holiday beers in America since Prohibition and has continued this annual tradition ever since.  Year after year, Christmas Ale is crafted with a heavily guarded recipe and designed with a unique hand-drawn label, but the inspiration behind each brew remains the same: joy for the changing seasons and celebration of the newness of life.  Sold only from early November to mid-January, Anchor Christmas Ale is rich with robust malt flavor, yet balanced and drinkable, making it the perfect drink for holiday gatherings near and far.


“We are committed to preserving Anchor Christmas Ale’s signature style while adding new ingredients to enhance this annual delicacy.  Slightly darker than last year’s Christmas Ale, the 2019 edition is layered with toasted caramel and coffee flavors with subtle hints of Mexican chocolate, rounded out with herbaceous spices.  Crack open a bottle for a spiced whiff of western evergreens, roasted malts, and coastal flowers,” says Anchor Brewmaster, Scott Ungermann.  “It’s a rich, round and full bodied-treat with a silky, smooth finish.  Christmas Ale is best served in a big open glass at a table full of family and friends.”

As each Christmas Ale recipe evolves, so does its hand-drawn packaging, created by long-time Anchor Illustrator Jim Stitt, who has created Anchor’s Christmas Ale labels since 1975.  Since ancient times, trees have symbolized the winter solstice when the earth, with its seasons, appears born anew.  This year, Stitt illustrated the Western Arborvitae – the “tree of life” – across the label.  It is an evergreen conifer native to Northern California, the same region that Anchor has called home for over 123 years.  Before modern medicine, properties of Western Arborvitae leaves were believed to have healing properties – hence, the moniker “tree of life.”  2019 Anchor Christmas Ale proudly wears this tree and symbolizes the start of a strong, healthy beginning.

Anchor’s 2019 Christmas Ale is available in 6-packs and gold-foiled 50.7 oz. magnum bottles, as well as on draught in select stores, bars, and restaurants including Anchor Public Taps and the Anchor Brewing Taproom in San Francisco.

For more information on the history of Anchor Christmas Ale, please watch the following video: Anchor Christmas Ale Video.  You can find a brew near you by using the Anchor Beer Finder.


Readers Comments (7)

Your Holiday brew was featured on CW31 this morning. I was very impressed with the segment. I didn’t realize that 45 years have passed with this great tradition. It is especially appreciated as Anchor has been a top rated brewer always offering fantastic brews throughout all those years not just at Christmas time. Thank you!

by Peter Roddy | Nov 01 | Reply

Thank you so much for the kind words, Peter! We hope you’ll enjoy this year’s brew!

by Anchor Brewing | Nov 01 | Reply

My uncle ted Mutz used to do all your printing @ Regal Graphics

Question Do you have the large Christmas Ale. Fro sale at the tasting room?
And second I really miss your Christmas parties since my uncle passed any chance of coming this year w my wife?

by Michael Means | Nov 01 | Reply

Hi Michael,
Thanks for commenting and letting us know about your uncle!
Yes, you can buy the magnums in our gift shop. Sadly, we haven’t done a large Christmas party in quite some time. Hoping to bring them back eventually, though!

by Anchor Brewing | Nov 05 | Reply

Merry Christmas
Happy New Year
My Favorite Beverage I wait all year for it
First one I had was 1985

by Bill Blake | Nov 01 | Reply

Have enjoyed these Christmas bees for years. Hopefully I’ll be able to get it in Idaho.

by Dine Smith | Nov 04 | Reply

Been enjoying and collecting bottles every year since 1996!. Can’t wait to get my hands on this year’s!

by Tom B | Nov 06 | Reply

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