They sneak into our bottle shops in the dead of night, revealed under fluorescent light to an unwelcome and premature soundtrack of soft-rock renditions of Jingle Bells and Silent Night. They're coming: Christmas beers, spiced to the hilt with nutmeg, cloves, and ginger.
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Whether the holidays make you think of sugar plums and snowmen or overly opinionated family members and a roast burning in the oven, there's one thing that seems to draw folks together like nothing else this time of year: booze. Here's our guide to the best beer options for several possible holiday feasts.
Over the years craft breweries have reached beyond the classic winter warmer to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year—here are some of our favorite non-traditional holiday beers.
This year was the 38th release of Anchor Brewing's Our Special Ale. Each year, the Christmas beer recipe is a little different—though it's always secret—and the label features a different tree. When we visited the San Francisco brewery recently, we had a good time looking back at early editions.
While the recent history of Christmas beers is rather marketing-driven, both in the US and around the world, the tradition of brewing special beers for this time of year draws on a number of deeper traditions.