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.
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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.