The Beer: Anchor Christmas Ale

From the same brewery that brings you the venerable Anchor Steam Beer comes a Christmas Ale. "Our Special Ale" as it is also known, is a hand-crafted, full-bodied "Winter Warmer" that pours a deep mahogany color. The top-secret recipe changes from year to year, as does the hand-crafted label, but the flavor is always chock full of holiday spices, evident in both the nose and taste.

This ale is special indeed: It's velvety in texture, without that post-sip, post-swallow chalkiness that some ales leave behind. The malt presence combines nicely with a fruity essence of cherries, raisins, and dates.

The Food

Winter Warmers, such as this offering from Anchor, pair well with poultry -- a staple during the holidays -- as well as more gamey meats, if that's your thing. And if you're serving pumpkin pie, you're in for a real treat, as this ale will be a fine complement to your delish dessert.

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