Category Archives: Winter Beers

Meet the Man Behind Anchor Brewing’s Beer-Label Art, Jim Stitt

Anchor Brewing Co. Our Special Ale/Christmas Ale 2012

San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing Co. just posted a great new video spotlighting local San Francisco artist Jim Stitt, who has hand drawn the graphics on almost all of Anchor’s beer-bottle labels since the 1970s, including the trees on its annual Our Special Ale/Christmas Ale, which are different every year.

I’m a loyal Anchor drinker, and I’ve been bringing a magnum bottle of Anchor Christmas Ale to my annual family Christmas celebrations for years. One of my favorite things about the holiday season is picking up a new bottle of Anchor Christmas and checking out the new tree. I never knew Mr. Stitt’s name, but I’ve been appreciating his art for a long time.

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Happy 23rd Birthday, Samuel Adams Winter Lager

Samuel Adams Winter Lager

Growing up in Massachusetts and being the beer nerd that I am, I’ve always had an affinity for Samuel Adams and the Boston Beer Co. Back in the late 1990s, when I was in high school and I first started paying attention to the beer I was drinking, I quickly took notice of how Samuel Adams Boston Lager was different than any of the fizzy yellow piss beer most people brought to parties. Whenever somebody showed up with a 12 pack of “Sammys” instead of the usually 30 pack of Bud Light or MGD, other beer-conscious partygoers would swarm the dude with the Sam Adams in an attempt to trade a few cans of crap beer for a bottle of Boston Lager. I think that’s when my love affair with craft beer started. In fact, Sam Adams Boston Lager was probably the first “good beer” I ever drank.

I’m honestly not a huge fan of Samuel Adams Winter Lager—I much prefer the Boston Beer Co.’s Octoberfest and Summer Ale seasonals to Winter Lager. But the first bottles of Winter Lager shipped 23 years ago today, according to the Samuel Adams Twitter feed, so I’m wishing Winter Lager a happy beer birthday.

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