Gallery: Looking Back at Anchor Brewing's Christmas Ale

2007
2007

A Valley Oak appeared on the 2007 label.

2008
2008

Back in 2008, the Christmas beer label included season's greetings and a Jeffrey Pine.

2009
2009

In 2009, the Christmas ale label showed a Monterey Cypress.

2010
2010

2010's bottle showed a Maidenhair Tree (also known as Ginkgo biloba.)

2011
2011

The 2011 label featured a Great Basin Bristlecone Pine.

This Year's Beer
This Year's Beer

The 2012 label shows a Norfolk Island pine.

1976
1976

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.

1978
1978

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?

1979
1979

This label riffed on the original 1975 label, with some fun lettering to spice it up.

1980
1980

The label from 1980 featured an oak.

1981
1981

The special ale for 1981 showed an olive tree.

1982
1982

The red 1982 label stands out from the crowd, with a little Tanoak in the center.

1983
1983

A wintery Greek Fir was the centerpiece of the 1983 label.

1984
1984

The Anchor team calls this label the "Tree of Life."

1986
1986

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.)

1987
1987

The 1987 label showed a A Douglas Fir and a Coast Redwood.

1988
1988

Back in '88, the label showed a White Spruce.

1989
1989

At the center of the label in '89: a Sycamore Maple.

1990
1990

According to the folks at Anchor, the 1990 label was inspired by Cezanne.

1991
1991

The pretty Paper Birch was featured in 1991.

1992
1992

Swirly text and a Ponderosa Pine.

1993
1993

The Special Ale label showed a Paradise Apple in 1993.

1994
1994

Another classic rendition of the original label design.

1995
1995

1995 was the year of the Coconut Palm.

1996
1996

One big White Oak.

1997
1997

If you go back in time to 1997, the Anchor special Christmas ale will show a Scots Pine on the label.

1998
1998

California Juniper starred in 1998.

1999
1999

In 1999, Anchor partied with a Desert Ironwood on the label.

2000
2000

The red-and-green 2000 label showed two California Nutmeg trees.

2001
2001

The 2001 label celebrated Christmas in California with a California Fan Palm.

2002
2002

A Fremont Cottonwood appeared on the 2002 label.

2003
2003

The label featured a Sitka Spruce (and some lovely lettering) in 2003.

2004
2004

The 2004 label had a classic Christmas tree drawn simply, inspired by the label of the first-ever Anchor Christmas ale in 1975.

2005
2005

A California Live Oak graced the label in 2005.

2006
2006

At the center of the 2006 label, Stitt drew a European Beech.