Yay! It's that time of year when Anchor Brewing Company's Christmas Ale is available in the shops. This is the 41st time that Anchor has released their Christmas Ale, a tradition the company began in 1975. And drinking it is a tradition I started for myself some years later. I really look forward to the release of this ale, to me it means Christmas is coming. The recipe is different each year and it is always kept a secret. This year, Anchor decided to add less spices, a throwback to earlier iterations when the ales malty-ness was more prominent. And yes, the ale is quite malty this year, very fruity and very smooth.
The tree depicted on the 2015 label is a Deodar Cedar (Cedrus deodara), better known as the California Christmas Tree. Evidently, this cedar "has been a San Francisco favourite for over 150 years." Did not know that, but now I do.