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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Anchor Christmas Ale is a Reason to Get Excited About the Holidays

Posted By on Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 3:18 PM

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As hard as it is to accept the rapidly approaching holiday season with joy and grace, there is one bright spot amid the impending crush of presents and air travel and general exhaustion: Anchor Christmas Ale. The spicy, piney, citrusy dark brew is back on shelves and taps for its 40th season. 

Its cover art changes every year, as drawn by James Stitt, who has been doing the Christmas Ale labels since 1975. This year features a giant sequoia, in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Act, which gave Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Big Tree Grove to California and kicked off the California State Parks.

Anchor is also making White Christmas again, the white whiskey the distillery made last year from leftover Christmas ale, though this year it's called Christmas Spirit. (For more on beer-turned-whiskey, check out my colleague Joe Eskenazi's July feature on the process.)

The brewery is also gearing up to release Winter Wheat, a dark ale brewed with malted barley and five different types of wheats, on Dec. 2.

Learn more about Stitt and the labels in last year's charming video about his label-drawing creative process:

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Anna Roth

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Anna Roth is SF Weekly's former Food & Drink Editor and author of West Coast Road Eats: The Best Road Food From San Diego to the Canadian Border.

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