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12 Beers of Christmas – Anchor, Our Special Ale 2009

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Anchor, Our Special Ale 2009
San Francisco, California

Anchor Anchor has been brewing its special batch of Christmas Ale since 1975, but it mixes up the recipe every year. This year’s ale is oaky brown with a spicy bite that settles into a mellow fruitiness that’s akin to snacking on a spiced fruitcake. Anchor keeps its ingredients secret for this batch, but judging by its pleasantly festive flavor one expects it’s something like plum pudding or candied fruit with spiced sugar cakes–maybe a copy of “A Christmas Carol” thrown in for good measure.