Anchor Our Special Ale 2008.

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2008/12/05 20:39:43 (permalink)

Anchor Our Special Ale 2008.

Dearfolk,
Anybody seen any of it yet?... Bottles or draught: either one? I eagerly await its appearance in lovely, laconic (but good beer loving) Athens, Georgia.
Inquisitively, Ort. Carlton in 30601-Land.
P. S. For those of you who have not had this amazing treat, it is truly one of the great ales of the world. No two years' recipes are alike.
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    santacruz
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    RE: Anchor Our Special Ale 2008. 2008/12/08 14:49:28 (permalink)
    Yes it is out in the Bay Area. Sometimes I hesitate to buy it. It sometimes tastes fantastic but sometimes like Pine Needles depends on the recipe, each year different.
    Went on the Brewery tour and it is first class, got to yack with the brewers and taste a good amount of the Golden/Black and Wiessen brews.
    All in all they put out a superior product.
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    Mosca
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    RE: Anchor Our Special Ale 2008. 2008/12/08 16:08:43 (permalink)
    In 1965, Anchor was the only craft brewery in the US. Today, there are over 1500.
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    RE: Anchor Our Special Ale 2008. 2008/12/08 16:27:04 (permalink)
    And isn't it fun...trying to get around to trying them all!!!!!
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    RE: Anchor Our Special Ale 2008. 2008/12/08 20:46:53 (permalink)
    Ort, I saw it locally just a few days ago. Just on a whim, I asked the guy stocking the cooler (a young man who appeared to be in his 20's) if he liked the Anchor or the new Celebration Ale better. He said he hadn't had the new Anchor Steam yet, but he loved the Celebration. He said he thought it was hoppier than normal this year.

    Well, I don't know, but since he took such an interest in my question, I couldn't insult his recommendation. I bought the Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, and it was darn good.

    I'll be picking up a 6 of the Anchor Christmas Ale this week.
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    Ort. Carlton.
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    RE: Anchor Our Special Ale 2008. 2008/12/09 00:31:17 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Bushie
    I'll be picking up a 6 of the Anchor Christmas Ale this week.


    Bushie,
    Then it ought to be here shortly.
    Let me know what you think of it, wouldja?
    Unspecialized, Ort. Carlton in Bereft Athens, Georgia.
    P. S. Celebration Ale is a tad hoppier this year... it may have to do with the availability of hops from year to year. Or has the so-called hop shortage ended?
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    Ort. Carlton.
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    RE: Anchor Our Special Ale 2008. 2008/12/09 00:34:06 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Mosca
    In 1965, Anchor was the only craft brewery in the US. Today, there are over 1500.


    Mosca,
    And don't count Straub's as a craft brewery (even if they are one!).
    Gad... I think of all those vanished Pennsylvania brands that I never got to try... DuBois, Fuhrmann & Schmidt, Columbia, Kaier's, and dozens of others....
    Well Beerded, Ort. "I Hate To Shave" Carlton in Bristly Athens, Georgia.
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    RE: Anchor Our Special Ale 2008. 2008/12/09 06:56:11 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Ort. Carlton.

    quote:
    Originally posted by Mosca
    In 1965, Anchor was the only craft brewery in the US. Today, there are over 1500.



    And don't count Straub's as a craft brewery (even if they are one!).


    The "official" definition of a craft brewery by the industry organization for the small brewers, The Brewers Association (a definition that many, including myself, have some trouble with) includes the provision that they be: "Traditional: A brewer who has either an all malt flagship (the beer which represents the greatest volume among that brewers brands) or has at least 50% of it’s volume in either all malt beers or in beers which use adjuncts to enhance rather than lighten flavor."

    So, that provision disqualifies Straub, since they use corn as a adjunct. For that matter, it also retroactively disqualifies Anchor circa 1965, since at the time of Maytag's purchase of the brewery, the beer was also adjunct-brewed.

    But, back on subject, I'm really enjoying this year's OSA, which has been on the shelves in NJ for several weeks.

    By the late 1990's, I was burned out on it and didn't buy in for several years after than (so, I wound up with some rather old vintages in the cellar since I often didn't finish the 6 pack) but lately (last and this year) I've drifted back to it.

    Still not crazy about most spiced or otherwise flavored beers- I mean, that's what HOPS are for!
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    RE: Anchor Our Special Ale 2008. 2008/12/11 13:26:03 (permalink)
    I haven't seen the Special Ale yet in NJ, but then again, I haven't really looked for it for the past few years.

    On the other hand, as was mentioned above, this year's Celebration Ale seems to be much better than ever. I picked up a case of it at Costco ($25 I think, a real good price) and had a couple last night and was very pleasantly surprised. I was expecting it to be its usual decent but not exceptional self, but it was much much better than that. Glad I bought the case.
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    RE: Anchor Our Special Ale 2008. 2008/12/13 21:53:36 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Ort. Carlton.

    quote:
    Originally posted by Bushie
    I'll be picking up a 6 of the Anchor Christmas Ale this week.


    Bushie,
    Then it ought to be here shortly.
    Let me know what you think of it, wouldja?
    Unspecialized, Ort. Carlton in Bereft Athens, Georgia.
    P. S. Celebration Ale is a tad hoppier this year... it may have to do with the availability of hops from year to year. Or has the so-called hop shortage ended?


    ORT.

    After dragging my feet on buying the 6 (no reason other than sloth), I strolled into a place today (The Dig Pub in Cedar Park, TX), and they had Anchor Christmas on tap! I had to pinch myself to make sure I hadn't kicked the bucket...

    I would have to say that I liked it, but it was rather nondescript. I took great efforts to try and identify the tastes, without success. I wrote it off as perhaps my allergies fogging my taste buds, but the barmaid said that EVERYONE has been saying the same thing.

    I would REALLY like to hear your take, when you taste it.

    I surrounded it with a 512 Wit (Austin wheat), and a Live Oak IPA (Blanco, TX). Perhaps the Wit affected my buds, but it wasn't very hoppy. (It was, however, very yummy.)

    Thirstily, Bushie in 78665.
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    RE: Anchor Our Special Ale 2008. 2008/12/13 22:31:56 (permalink)
    Seriously now, Bushie, we need to drink some beer together.
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    RE: Anchor Our Special Ale 2008. 2008/12/14 04:06:18 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Poverty Pete

    Seriously now, Bushie, we need to drink some beer together.


    You and I have drunk several beers together, and in fact, I can now talk semi-intelligently about beer because of your tutelage.

    And I also notice that I made a grievous error in my former post. Live Oak is an Austin beer, not from Blanco. Real Ale is the Blanco brewery. Sorry.
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    Ort. Carlton.
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    RE: Anchor Our Special Ale 2008. 2008/12/14 23:20:02 (permalink)
    Dearfolk,
    Still haven't found it and still haven't tasted it. Right now, I'm off to The Blind Pig to see if they've gotten it in. My thirsties and hungries are taking over my persona! Snalg.
    Signoffically, Ort. Carlton in 30601-Land.
    P. S. Be back tomorrow night.
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    RE: Anchor Our Special Ale 2008. 2008/12/15 13:43:44 (permalink)
    They sell it by the case at our local Publix in FL, Or that's what the guy at the party this week end told me where he got it. so I'd think it would be in Athens too. A bit more hoppy than regular Steam I guess, but I haven't had Celebration or Anchor Steam in a couple of seasons and been drinking Terrapin and Bells lately.
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