Pre-gaming X-Mas Shopping

Matty D’s Beer Corner

Pre-gaming X-Mas Shopping

“For the red, white, and blue, and the freedom we deserve”


It might be a fridge-essential, a tailgate hit, the perfect Beirut can, or an off-the-beaten-path brew.  Maybe it came from a large production company, a local microbrewery, or from over the oceans.

The only common denominator is that it has to be beer. So crack open that cold one in your hand and listen in, maybe just maybe I’ll sway you onto your new favorite American pastime.


Beer of the Week:

Anchor Brewing Seasonal

“Merry Christmas Happy New Year”

Anchor Steam Brewing has been producing beer for since 1871 when German immigrants searching for gold went after hops instead. They do their excellent work out in warm San Francisco but just because the temperature is warm doesn’t mean they don’t know how to make a winter beer! Since 1975, Anchor Brewing has produced a winter seasonal beer starting in November and running through mid-January. The recipe is different every year and this is their 39th “Our Special Ale”. The recipe is secret including the alcohol level (estimated at 5.5%) but I can tell you that it is not an overwhelming beer. I’ve been eyeing a six-pack of this holiday treat for a couple weeks now and simply couldn’t resist. When poured the beer has dark, toasty feel with a think, brownish foamy top. The first wave of tastes is that of caramel and nutmeg then followed by a little hops surrounded by what can best be described as a cedar tree feel, which is apropos with the California White Fir painted on the label. The ale finishes with just a hint of brown sugar and oranges. I definitely recommend picking some of this joyous brew up and remember that it will never be out again so save the bottle and start a collection!

Happy Holidays!


If any readers or tweeters have any advice on beers to spotlight, give me a shout. Remember, America was built on beer and don’t let anyone tell you differently.

Never stop being merry!

Matty D


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