PW's Year of Beer: Anchor Christmas Ale

By Eric San Juan
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We love beer. That's why we're devoting an entire year to discovering (and drinking) cold ones from near and far. Know of a beer worth shouting out? Send us a note at tips@philadelphiaweekly.com.

The folks at Anchor have been brewing a specialty beer for Christmas every year since 1975—in other words, since before almost every other craft brewer in America even existed—and changing the recipe each year to create something timely and unique. By keeping ingredients at nearly top secret levels, Anchor ensures that the only way to know what you’re getting is to drink up each batch every year.  This year’s batch is a reddish brown ale with a light caramel base with a dose of spices: You’ll get the essence of spruce in the aroma and in the dry finish. Mint, cardamom and hints of ginger laced with pine bitterness give 2013’s Anchor Christmas Ale the winter twist that makes this ever-changing beer a holiday tradition. Try it at Kennett.

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