Every year since 1975, Anchor Brewing has created a new Christmas Ale. Each recipe is a little different, just like each label. The release celebrates the joy and newness of life. This year, you can celebrate a little more.
Anchor Distilling, the spirits division of Anchor Brewing has created White Christmas, a new spirit that has been distilled for 2012 Anchor Christmas Ale.
“At the end of the holiday season last year, we found ourselves with remaining stock of 2012 Christmas Ale, so rather than dumping it down the drain, we decided to try distilling it,” says David King, president of Anchor Distilling.
This beer meets liquor crossover is quite literally “The Spirit of Christmas Past.” White Christmas will be solely available in California for the Christmas season, and nationally in 2014. 90 Proof. ERP $49.99
Nose: Round and soft aroma with an inviting complexity. Bright holiday spices, clove, orange peel, poached apple.
Palate: Mellow on the front palate, with structure and intensity coming to life on the finish, which warms and lingers for a long time with notes of spiced apple, baking spices and dried fruit.
Of course, what spirit would be good without a good cocktail recipe:
Anchor White Manhattan
2oz White Christmas
1oz Maurin White Vermouth
.25oz Luxardo Triplum
Dash Fee Bros. Orange Bitters
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and stir with ice. Strain and serve up with an orange twist.