Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. Our special ale brewed with spices with natural flavors added. This is the thirty-first Christmas Ale from Anchor Brewing, San Francisco. This is the thirty-first Our Special Ale from the brewers at Anchor. It is sold only from early November to mid-January. The Ale’s recipe is different every year, but the intent with which we offer it remains the same: joy and celebration of the newness of life. Since ancient times, trees have symbolized the winter solstice when the earth, with its seasons, appears born anew.