The very first Anchor Our Special Ale label, in 1975, featured a classic Christmas tree, but in '76, the label showed a huge Douglas Fir—much too big for decorating.
The 1978 label was one of our favorites, inspired by an evergreen in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Unfortunately we couldn't find a bottle from 1977. Anyone have one to share?
This label riffed on the original 1975 label, with some fun lettering to spice it up.
The label from 1980 featured an oak.
The special ale for 1981 showed an olive tree.
The red 1982 label stands out from the crowd, with a little Tanoak in the center.
A wintery Greek Fir was the centerpiece of the 1983 label.
The Anchor team calls this label the "Tree of Life."
Calligraphy and a Golden Chinquapin were featured on the 1986 label. (Unfortunately we weren't able to track down a bottle from 1985, which showed a Pacific Madrone.)
The 1987 label showed a A Douglas Fir and a Coast Redwood.
Back in '88, the label showed a White Spruce.
At the center of the label in '89: a Sycamore Maple.
According to the folks at Anchor, the 1990 label was inspired by Cezanne.
The pretty Paper Birch was featured in 1991.
Swirly text and a Ponderosa Pine.
The Special Ale label showed a Paradise Apple in 1993.
Another classic rendition of the original label design.
1995 was the year of the Coconut Palm.
One big White Oak.
If you go back in time to 1997, the Anchor special Christmas ale will show a Scots Pine on the label.
California Juniper starred in 1998.
In 1999, Anchor partied with a Desert Ironwood on the label.
The red-and-green 2000 label showed two California Nutmeg trees.
The 2001 label celebrated Christmas in California with a California Fan Palm.
A Fremont Cottonwood appeared on the 2002 label.
The label featured a Sitka Spruce (and some lovely lettering) in 2003.
The 2004 label had a classic Christmas tree drawn simply, inspired by the label of the first-ever Anchor Christmas ale in 1975.
A California Live Oak graced the label in 2005.
At the center of the 2006 label, Stitt drew a European Beech.
A Valley Oak appeared on the 2007 label.
Back in 2008, the Christmas beer label included season's greetings and a Jeffrey Pine.
In 2009, the Christmas ale label showed a Monterey Cypress.
2010's bottle showed a Maidenhair Tree (also known as Ginkgo biloba.)
The 2011 label featured a Great Basin Bristlecone Pine.
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The 2012 label shows a Norfolk Island pine.