Looking Back at Anchor Brewing's Christmas Ale

[Photographs: Wes Rowe]

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. Jim Stitt, a local artist, has drawn nearly every label since the 1970s, and when we visited the San Francisco brewery recently, we had a good time looking back at early editions.

Check out our snapshots of 35 different bottles in the slideshow below, and tell us: what do you think of this year's special ale?