We try the new Starbucks Gingerbread Latte, new Sprite Cranberry, Blue Moon Gingerbread Spiced Ale, and a whole slew of eggnogs.
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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.
American beer geeks have consistently worshiped the iconic hops of the Pacific Northwest: the grapefruity Cascade, the orangey Amarillo, the resinous Columbus. This obsession will likely continue into infinity, but there's a recent trend in American craft beer that bears acknowledgement: the growing popularity of Southern Hemisphere hop varieties, particularly from New Zealand and Australia.