Tag Archives: Anchor Brewing

Advent Beer Calendar 2013: Day 24: Anchor Christmas Ale

Today is the final day of the Beer Advent Calendar! And if you’ve made it all the through today, you’re treated with today’s beer pick, Anchor Christmas Ale—a beer I’ve featured every single year as I consider Anchor’s annual Our Special Ale to perfectly embody the spirit of the season and set the stage for the modern craft brewing “holiday beer” tradition. Every year since 1975 the brewers of Anchor Steam® Beer have brewed a … Continue reading →

Anchors Away!

This will probably be surprising but of the dozens of breweries I’ve visited I’ve never once taken the opportunity to tour the facility. I’m uncertain whether it was reluctance or an obsession in reaching the tasting room/bar quicker but that all came to a screeching halt with a recent tour of the San Francisco landmark, and American craft beer legend, Anchor Brewing Company. The tour was courtesy of the amazing Jann and James Robinson—who’d won … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2012: Day 1: Anchor Christmas Ale

It’s the first day of December and of course that means it’s time to break out your Advent calendars, and here on The Brew Site it’s the annual Beer Advent Calendar time as well, one of my favorite blogging times of the year! Each day of December from the 1st through the 24th I reveal a new Christmas (or other appropriately-themed holiday or winter) beer in Advent calendar fashion. The very first Advent calendar beer of … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2011: Day 10: Anchor Christmas Ale

Today’s beer pick has appeared on the Beer Advent Calendar every year since I started: Anchor Christmas Ale (also known as Our Special Ale). This is the beer that established the modern Christmas beer tradition in American craft brewing: first introduced in 1975, this is a dark, spiced ale with a recipe that is different every year (and is always a closely guarded secret). The label changes each year as well, featuring a different tree: … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2010: Day 22: Anchor Christmas Ale

Every year for the Advent Beer Calendar I’ve made it a tradition to select Anchor Christmas Ale for one of the days, and this year is no exception. The revitalization of Anchor under Fritz Maytag is in many ways the start of the revitalization of the American craft beer movement, and their annual Christmas Ale—brewed to a different recipe and featuring a unique label every year since 1975—is the venerable “grandfather” of the seasonal beer … Continue reading →