Anchor Brewing Co. (San Francisco, California) has announced that their iconic Christmas Ale has officially returned for its 43rd annual release.
First released in 1975, Anchor Brewing’s Christmas Ale has been brewed each year since with “a new, secret recipe” and adorned with “a completely unique label” (click here to see them all). The 2017 Christmas Ale has been crafted to be “a smooth and creamy winter warmer with rich flavors of cacao, toffee, and roasted nuts, plus subtle hints of honey and herbal spice.” You can choose to enjoy Christmas Ale (6.7% ABV) fresh or you can age the beer to see how its “wintry spiced flavors evolve over time.”
“This year’s Christmas Ale has a strong malt profile that is enhanced with wintry spices,” said Anchor Brewmaster Scott Ungermann. “The beer pours a deep, dark, mahogany brown with a creamy, tan head. It has flavors of creamy bittersweet chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and toasted nuts, with a rich, smooth, velvety mouthfeel. This is the third year in a row that we peeled back the layers of spices, taking some ingredients out and making those remaining stand out even more. In the meantime, we added more specialty malts, some that we’re using for the first time. The combination of malts, spices, and hops add layers of complexity to the beer and bring this year’s ale to a new level.”
2017 Christmas Ale is available now and will be hanging around through the month of January 2018. You can expect to find this special holiday brew available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, gold-foiled 50.7 oz. magnum bottles (where permitted), and on draft at beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, California and throughout the rest of Anchor Brewing’s expansive distribution footprint. Prost!
Vital Information for 2017 Christmas Ale from Anchor Brewing Co.
Release – Seasonal, November 2017 to January 2018
Style – Winter Warmer
ABV – 6.7%
Malts – “Top Secret”
Hops – “Top Secret”
Fun Fact #1 – When it was originally released in 1975, Anchor Christmas Ale was “the first holiday beer in America since Prohibition.”
Fun Fact #2 – Concerning the label artwork: “Along with an evolving recipe, Christmas Ale portrays a new label every year. Since ancient times, trees have symbolized the winter solstice when the earth, with its seasons, appears born anew. This year’s tree is the Santa Lucia fir. Extremely rare, it is native and limited to California’s Santa Lucia Range along the central coast of California. The tree on this year’s label was hand-drawn by Bay Area artist James Stitt, who has been creating Anchor’s Christmas Ale labels since 1975.”
Suggested Food Pairings – “Anchor Christmas Ale is perfect for cozy nights by the fire, and it pairs well with holiday fare, whether it is a roasted turkey dinner, sweet potato pie, or roasted chestnuts.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 50.7 oz. magnum bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.anchorbrewing.com/connect/beer_finder