ON TAP 22 Anchor Christmas Ale 2021 5.16G
Spiced Dark Ale
Fans of classic beers and branding will find joy in learning that Anchor Brewing Company’s seminal Christmas Ale (aka Our Special Ale) will return this year with the same authentic design elements of the last 47 years. Earlier in 2021 the 100+ year old San Francisco, CA based brewery announced a total rebrand that had traditionalists up in arms. Even with many new modern beers, 12oz cans, and a more current brand design, it’s refreshing to see Anchor is sticking with the old school hand drawn tree labels for Christmas Ale.
Anchor Brewing made history as one of the first American breweries to release a holiday beer following Prohibition, and has continued the yearly tradition ever since. Each year, Anchor bottles a new, secret recipe paired with a festive hand-drawn label commemorating the winter solstice and the joy of changing seasons.
During Anchor’s seminal 125th anniversary year, the Anchor brew team, led by brewmaster Tom Riley, crafted a Christmas Ale that amplifies notes of rich, bittersweet chocolate with hints of raspberry and light mulling spices such as cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and cardamom. The dark, silky-smooth brew maintains last year’s 7% ABV. The 2021 label showcases a hand-crafted image of the iconic Western Joshua Tree, epitomizing the natural beauty of California’s high desert. A portion of sales from the 47th edition will benefit One Tree Planted, a non-profit dedicated to global reforestation planting millions of trees across 43 countries.
Anchor Brewing Company
1705 Mariposa Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
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