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Jan 20, 2009 02:02 AM

Anchor Steam Christmas Ale

Does anyone know where you can buy this in the Boston area?

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  1. looks like it is now "bock" time:

    (maybe you already know that the christmas ale is offered only through "mid-january"). i suppose you've scoured the shelves of your regular suppliers. good luck.

    can i ask, though, if the christmas ale is very "spicy"? i.e., cloves, cinnamon, etc.?

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    1. re: alkapal

      I had a few bottles of the Christmas ale around Thanksgiving, and if I remember correctly, it was somewhat but not very spicy in the way you describe. I seem to remember a distinct cardamom note, along with other warming spices. Quite tasty.

      I haven't seen it around since the New Year, but I haven't been looking.

      1. re: alkapal

        Good luck finding Anchor Christmas Ale at this point; it's already been bought up at all the places I frequent.

        That this brew is spiced is immediately evident on the palate, but the spicing varies a bit each year, and it tends to be on the subtle side, in contrast to, say, the Harpoon beer, which is extremely heavy-handed with the cinnamon. One year I thought I tasted a hint of curry in the Anchor brew (and it worked, odd as that sounds).

      2. I would imagine that you could still find this on the better beer store's shelves in the Boston area. Downtown in Davis, Marty's, Charles st. liquors, etc.

        The spices change every year, and is not like your average cinnamon/clove/nutmeg spiced winter beers.

        And BTW, Anchor is name of the brewery Anchor Steam is just one of the beers they make.

        1. I found sid packsjust before Christmas at Gordon's in Waltham. Marty's only had it in large 2 liter bottles.

          1. I saw six-packs at Kappy's on Route 20 in Sudbury on Saturday (1/17).