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 39 labels on it, available at its online store.

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