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Saying thanks for Anchor Christmas Ale

Anchor Christmas Ale PosterNot long ago beer drinkers had to wait until the Monday before Thanksgiving to get their hands on the most recent Anchor Christmas Ale. And for more than a dozen years after Anchor first brewed the beer in 1975 it might have been the only American-made Christmas beer they could find. Brewing a special beer for the holidays is still another tradition the San Francisco brewery revived.

Times have changed. Holiday beers have been on the shelves since September. There are hundreds of festive choices.

But there’s still something special about opening a bottle of Anchor Christmas Ale on Thanksgiving, or maybe a different vintage or three. There’s a reason we’ve spread Anchor bottles across the top of the page.

Anchor produces a different label every year with a different tree, explaining “the intent with which we offer it remains the same: joy and celebration of the newness of life. Since ancient times, trees have symbolized the winter solstice when the earth, with its seasons, appears born anew.”

The brewery also sells a poster with all 40 labels on it, available at its online store.

DrinkTanks Custom Beer Growlers

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DrinkTanks Custome GrowlersYou heard us correctly: Custom beer growlers. Not only does DrinkTanksTM make some of the sweetest looking growlers on the planet, they also have the smartest features both inside and out. DrinkTanksTM are highly durable, safe, and sanitary. When you order online, you can personalize your DrinkTanksTM custom beer growlers with stylish and durable powder coating. You can even have it engraved with your name or artwork, making it a truly one-of-a-kind treasure. Micro brew lovers rave about our Keg Cap, which turns your growler into a personal keg. Not only does it allow you to dispense the beer without opening the growler, it creates a method to preserve the life of the beer by injecting CO2. Find out more here and don’t overlook the special offer page.

Black Friday: A new beer holiday

Lakefront Black FridayWe’re not sure when this became official, but drinkers get more opportunities each year to celebrate Black Friday with beer. For several years, some bars and brewpubs have been hosting special events the day after Thanksgiving, providing and opportunity for those not interested in shopping.

Now more breweries are getting in the act. This is the fifth year Goose Island is releasing Bourbon County Brands on Black Friday. At the release event in Chicagoin 2013 more than 500 people were in line by the time the beer went on sale. This year, the company it will hold special Black Friday events in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Jacksonville, Fla., Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and San Francisco. In addition, some stores in other states plan celebrations when they receive their allocation of Bourbon County beers. The most prominent is Bourbon County Brand Stout, which the brewery first made in 1992. The variations are Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout, Bourbon County Brand Barleywine, Vanilla Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout, and Proprietor’s Bourbon County Brand Stout.

For the fourth year in a row, Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee is holding a day-long party featuring a limited-edition beer. The exclusive brew, Black Friday™ Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels, will be available only at the brewery and only for one day.

Lakefront’s Black Friday event will start at 8 a.m.. In addition to the special beer, the Lakefront Brewery Beer Hall will offer beermosas, Stone Creek coffee, baked French toast and breakfast skillets; a live deejay from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and a live band, the Brewhaus Polka Kings, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m..

Patrons will also receive a free Black Friday pint glass with each bottle they purchase, while supplies last. Full details about the event can be found on the brewery’s Black Friday website.

The Chosen Beer

Build your own menorahShmaltz Brewing Company once again celebrates the holiday with new beers, a gift pack and a contest. The eight-pack of 12-ounce bottles includes the two new beers — the 18th Anniversary Jewbelation 18 and Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The Beer Dark Ale (8 malts, 8 hops, 8% ABV). It also has the barrel-aged sour beer, 2014′s Funky Jewbelation, Rejewvenator, the collaboration beers with Terrapin Brewing (Reunion Ale ’14 – A Beer For Hope) and Cathedral Square Brewery (St. Lenny’s – The Immaculate Collaboration), Death of a Contract Brewer Black IPA, and Messiah Nut Brown Ale.

The gift pack includes a custom glass, Chanukah candles and a “Build Your Own” Beer menorah portrait by Jennifer Maher. Transform each of the 8 iconic bottles, plus one Shamash bottle (0 malts, 0 hops, 0% ABV), into your own beer menorah. The brewery invites fans to submit a photo of their menorah in its 5th Annual “Build Your Own Beer Menorah” competition on Facebook.

Toast with beer?

Jelly made with beerIt’s a silly pun, but we can’t resist.

These jellies made with beer aren’t just for breakfast. Here’s the story from the website:

“The indulgence of craft beer meets handmade, small batch preserves in this set of beer jellies—including one each of IPA, Black IPA, Porter and Oatmeal Stout. Intrepid former archaeologist and hardcore foodie Nancy Warner moved to Vermont and, inspired by the bountiful local food and beer culture, transformed a variety of beers from notable local craft breweries into enticingly unique jellies. The traditional ingredients of beer (hops, malt and yeast) are rendered into jellies that balance malty sweetness with the hop profiles of the beer styles used: floral and spicy notes in the IPA and Black IPA, smoky-sweet in the porter, roasty and earthy in the stout. Add a distinctive touch to cheese platters, use them to glaze meats, mix them in cocktails and salad dressings, use them for irresistible baking (like peanut butter and porter muffins), or indulge in a grown-up pb&j!”

Only in Vermont.