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Anchor Christmas Ale 2018

The Wait is Over… Our 44th Annual Christmas Ale is Here!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, Anchor fans! We’re pleased to introduce our 2018 Christmas Ale, a subtly spiced and sumptuously smooth winter warmer. This year’s brew marks the 44th annual release of this beloved holiday tradition. Back in 1975, Anchor released the first holiday beer in America since Prohibition.  Year after year,… read entire article

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Introducing Anchor’s 43rd Annual Christmas Ale

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: our 2017 Christmas Ale officially hits shelves today! For our 43rd annual release of this Anchor tradition, our brewers created a smooth and creamy winter warmer with rich flavors of cacao, toffee, and roasted nuts, plus subtle hints of honey and herbal spice. In 1975 Anchor released the… read entire article

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Cooking with Craft Beer: Christmas Ale Egg Nog

Holiday spirit is in the air, there’s no denying it.  Here at Anchor, the holidays are greatly anticipated, as they mark the annual release of our ever-changing Anchor Christmas Ale. To many of us, the holidays also bring special recipes- but why stop with the food when drinks can be incorporated too? We’re excited to share with you… read entire article

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Holiday Beer Cocktails from Anchor Brewing & Distilling

The holidays are in full swing and we’re celebrating with festive beer cocktails, featuring our 2016 Christmas Ale and Junípero Gin from Anchor Distilling! Our Anchor Christmas Ale is a highly anticipated seasonal delight with this year marking the 42nd annual release of this celebrated Anchor tradition. The ale’s recipe is different every year—as is the tree… read entire article

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Introducing Anchor’s 42nd Annual Christmas Ale

We are excited to announce the release of our 2016 Anchor Christmas Ale. A deliciously smooth winter warmer with notes of seasonal spices and a malty backbone, this year’s brew marks the 42nd annual release of this Anchor tradition. Sold only from early November to mid-January, the Christmas Ale recipe is different every year, as is… read entire article

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Christmas in July with Anchor Brewing

We might be months from hearing sleigh bells ring, but with the first brew of this year’s Anchor Christmas Ale already in the books, we’re in the mood to celebrate. We’re celebrating “Christmas in July” at the brewery all month long with a special Christmas in July Bucket, filled with bottles of Anchor Christmas Ales… read entire article

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Ask Bob Brewer: Aging Anchor Christmas Ale

Rob (via blog comment): How long can I age the annual Christmas Ale and still have it taste the way you would want it to taste? I have a few small 2013 bottles left from last year, and my local beer/ wine store still has some large 2013 bottles for sale? Still good? Bob: Around this time… read entire article

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The Story of Anchor’s
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By Dave Burkhart, Anchor Brewing Historian and Design & Graphics Production Manager ’Tis the season—of contractions like ’tis, of goodwill, of gift giving, of merriment, and, of course, of tradition. At Anchor, we’ve been celebrating the season with a longtime tradition of our own called Our Special Ale (also known as Anchor Christmas Ale). “Old… read entire article

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ANCHOR’S 2013 CHRISTMAS ALE

By Dave Burkhart, Anchor’s Design & Graphics Production Manager and Brewery Historian Anchor has been brewing its uniquely traditional Christmas Ale since 1975. The recipe is different every year and so is the tree on the label. Since ancient times, trees have symbolized the winter solstice when the earth, with its seasons, appears born anew.… read entire article

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Spicing Up the Season with Holiday Brews

Although the hop plant has been known and used for a variety of purposes since ancient times, its use in brewing did not become widespread until the 16th century.  Prior to that time, beers were flavored and balanced by the addition of herbs and spices of all kinds. A blend of herbs, known as “gruit,”… read entire article

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