Anchor Christmas and Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout Make AJC Winter List
December and January mark a joyous time for beer lovers, with an abundance of winter seasonals and special holiday offerings available at package stores, growler shops and beer bars.
Here’s a sampling of classic craft, international and local beers to brighten your celebrations.
Anchor Christmas Ale — Brewed every year since 1975, this is the granddaddy of American craft Christmas beers. The secret recipe changes every year, along with the artful label. But it’s always offered as a celebration of the season, exhibiting earthy flavors and subtle spiced aromas that linger in a creamy body with notes that range from pine and toffee to hints of honey.
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout — This all-time favorite winter seasonal, first brewed in 1994, is a celebrated American take on the Russian imperial stout style. There’s no chocolate added. Its dark cacao aroma and flavor is achieved through the blending of six malts and using three mashes. Best of all, it ages beautifully, and makes a gift that keeps on giving.