Slideshow: Looking Back at Anchor Brewing's Christmas Ale

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