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From: aimla!serpentine!ken@suntzu.West.Sun.COM (Ken Ellinwood)
Subject: Anchor Christmas Ale
Date: 1989-11-08 02:21:51 GMT

I finally took the opportunity to spend a weekday in San Fransisco, and since
the Anchor Brewery only offers its tour during the week, I obliged myself and
took it. The tour was interesting and informative and the tour guide (Mark)
gladly answered questions regarding recipes (with the exception of ingredient
ratios). We were told, for example, that Liberty Ale is made with only one
type of hops. It is bittered, finished and dry hopped with Cascade hops. The
label glue is an amonia based glue obtained from a company across the bay in
Oakland. Anyway, the point is that the information (and beer in the tasting
room) flowed freely. This generosity ended when the words "Anchor Christmas
Ale" were uttered. Not a word about the recipe was mentioned. And even
though the Christmas ale was in production at the Brewery, is was not on tap
in the tasting room. We were told that distributers who released the ale
before Thanksgiving would be cut off from thier supply. Our best efforts to
learn the ingredients or to taste it were quickly thwarted by the staff. The
question now remains: How did Doug Roberts, in New Mexico of all places, get
his hands on a bottle? I suppose that if we had been really, really sneaky,
we could have lifted a bottle or two out of the factory second boxes that were
sitting on the floor in the bottling room. But then it would have been a
question of where to put the bottles while we tried to make it out of the
brewery alive, since no one in our group was carrying a purse. So Doug, how
did you manage to get a bottle of Anchor's 1989 Christmas Ale?

The brewery tour is not a thing to be missed. Tours are at 1:00 during the
week and advanced reservations are required.

- Ken -

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