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Leinenkugel’s Grapefruit Shandy


From the Brewer – “A traditional shandy is beer mixed with a little something extra, like lemonade, soda or ginger ale. Leinenkugel’s® Grapefruit Shandy is our take on this tradition. Each batch begins with our traditional Weiss beer. We then combine it with natural white grapefruit flavor that adds a note of fresh-cut citrus to brighten a great day by the lake.

Great with light dishes like summer salads and vinaigrette citrus-marinated grilled shrimp and blueberry-lemon cheesecake bars.

Hops: Cluster
Malts: Blend of Wheat & Pale
Hop Bitterness (IBU’s): 13.5
Alcohol by volume: 4.2%
Format: 6 packs
Seasonality: Spring-Summer


Shiner Prickly Pear

Shiner-Prickly-PearCrisp, Refreshing, No Spines

From the Brewer – “Doubly good in triple digits, our unique summer seasonal is made with the fruit of the prickly pear, a cactus native to Shiner, Texas. With a tart, citrusy flavor and a crisp finish, it’s the best use of cactus yet.”

Hop Bitterness (IBU’s): 20
Alcohol by volume: 4.9%
Format: 6 Packs
Seasonality: Summer

Anchor Brewing Siason Spring Ale

Anchor-Brewing-Siason-Spring-AleA sharply refreshing Belgian-style ale with a California twist

From the Brewer – “Saisons originated with the rustic farmhouse ales of Wallonia, a mostly French-speaking region of Belgium. Bière de saison was brewed during the saison froide (cold season) for consumption during the warmer months. Today saisons are made and enjoyed year-round. As brewers, we were drawn to this beer style’s enigmatic history, the freedom it offers, and the creativity it demands.

Anchor Saison™ Spring Ale is a traditional Belgian-style saison with a California twist. The distinctiveness of roasted Belgian wheat malt is enhanced by the peppery, clove-like flavors of a locally cultured saison-style yeast. And, for this release, we chose three California ingredients—lemongrass, lemon peel, and ginger—whose synergy adds a tangy crispness and herbal spiciness to this sharply refreshing, uniquely Californian saison.

The completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869 and the Southern Pacific’s “Sunset Route” in 1883, coupled with the advent of refrigerated railcars, made it possible for California brewers and farmers to ship their products out of state. Local artists and lithographers were engaged to create imaginative labels for bottles of beer and crates of fruit. Many of the latter featured colorful vignettes of California scenery framed by mouthwatering images of fresh citrus.

Inspired by those early fruit-crate labels and the ingredients in this release of Anchor Saison™ Spring Ale, our label features an original hand-colored 1873 lithograph of the Golden Gate as seen from Telegraph Hill. Our saison’s California ingredients—hand-drawn by our label artist Jim Stitt—adorn it, creating a uniquely Anchor label for a uniquely Anchor brew.”

Hops:Chinook, Nelson Sauvin
Malts: Two-row barley malt, red wheat malt, Belgian toasted wheat malt
Alcohol by volume: 7.2%
Format: 6 packs
Seasonality: Spring

Flying Dog Tropical Bitch Belgian Style IPA

Flying-Dog-Tropical-Bitch-Belgian-Style-IPAFrom the Brewer – “For years she’s gone walking. And time after glorious time, she never disappoints. We released Raging Bitch for our 20th anniversary, so a spin on the Belgian IPA you know and love only made sense for our 25th.”

Pairs with: Pineapple and mango dominate with subtle passionfruit and sticky sweet, yet crisply bitter, hop notes. Give this beer a whirl with spicy Mexican and you’ll never go back to a mango margarita again.

Malts: Pale Malt, Caramel Malt
Hops: Warrior, Galaxy, Amarillo
Yeast: Belgian
Hop Bitterness (IBU’s): 55
Original Gravity: 16 Plato
Alcohol by volume: 8%
Format: 6 packs
Seasonality: Winter-Spring

Dogfish Head Piercing Pils

Dogfish-Head-Piercing-PilsFrom the Brewer – “A Perry-Pils hybrid, Piercing Pils is a Czech Style Pilsner brewed with a White Pear Tea and Pear juice.  Both the juice and the tea were added in the kettle during the whirlpool (after the boil) for maximum flavor and aroma contribution.  The Pear fruit complexity pierces right through the spicy Czech Saaz hops beautifully, adding a gentle acidity to this pale lager that makes for a crisp refreshing sipper.  Amarillo hops add nuanced citrus notes that meld perfectly with the fruit.

Great with pasta primavera, barbecue ribs, fish tacos, soft pretzel.

Hop Bitterness (IBU’s): 35
Alcohol by volume: 6%
Format: 6 Packs
Seasonality: Winter

2015 Anchor Steam Christmas Ale

2015-Anchor-Steam-Christmas-Ale2015 Anchor Christmas Ale. New tree. New recipe. Same traditions.

This is the forty-first annual Christmas Ale from the brewers at Anchor. It is sold only from early November to mid–January. The Ale’s recipe is different every year—as is the tree on the label—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.

Our tree for 2015 is the Deodar Cedar (Cedrus deodara), better known as the California Christmas Tree. Native of the Himalayas, it takes its name from the ancient Sanskrit devadaru, meaning timber of the gods. This coniferous evergreen, with its gracefully droopy branches and blue-green needles, has been a San Francisco favorite for over 150 years.

The annual search for the perfect tree for our Christmas Ale label usually takes us far afield. This one began and ended with the search for a parking space near the Brewery! Getting out of the car, we couldn’t help but notice the way the late-afternoon sun danced amid the branches of two lovely Deodars just half a block from Anchor’s front door.

Our longtime label artist Jim Stitt—who has been drawing trees for us since 1975—loved “our” Deodars and, like us, was amused that they were about as local as local gets! His charming illustration evokes the radiant beauty of our arboreal neighbors as well as the spirit of the season. Cheers from the Anchor brewers!

Alcohol by volume: 5.5%
Format: 6 packs, Magnums
Seasonality: Winter

Brooklyn Insulated Dark Lager

Brooklyn-Insulated-Dark-LagerFrom the Brewer – “Brooklyn Insulated Dark Lager is your protection against biting wind and soggy weather. German Munich, roasted Carafa, and Pilsner malts create a nimble, racy body, while a helping of American black barley adds just a hint of roast coffee. A light dry hopping of American and German hops pitter-patters across the nose and dives into the dry, warming finish. Try it with dark breads, hearty meats, and sturdy cheddars. If you still feel the chill, just add another layer and enjoy your insulation.

Food Pairings: Excellent with dark breads, hearty meats, game, wild fowl, barbecue, and sturdy cheddars.

Hops: Perle, Hallertauer Mittelfrueh, Amarillo, Centennial
Malts: German Munich, Carafa, Pilsner, American black barley
Original Gravity: 13.5° Plato
Alcohol by volume: 5.6%
Format: 6 Packs
Seasonality: Winter

Breckenridge Christmas Ale

Breckenridge-Christmas-AleFrom the Brewer – “The chill of a Colorado high-country winter calls for a beer with extra flavor and strength. Here it is. At over 7% alcohol, with a sturdy texture and rich flavors of caramel and chocolate, our holiday seasonal is the fermented equivalent of a good fire.”

Hops: Chinook, Mt. Hood
Malts: Two Row Pale, Caramel, Chocolate, Black
Yeast: Top Fermenting Ale Yeast
Hop Bitterness (IBU’s): 22
Alcohol by volume: 7.4%
Format: 6 packs
Seasonality: Winter

Winter Rental Black Lager

This seasonal lager is a darker beer with roasted malts and a hint of chocolate. Less hoppy than its predecessor Beach Haus®, Winter Rental® is yet another full-flavored, accessible style to add to the East Coast Beer Co. selection.

From the Brewer – “Winter Rental Black larger is inspired by the German Schwarzbier –  a hearty, yet soft and elegant brew that brings comfort to the late fall and winter months. Deep in color and flavor, you’ll savor winter rental’s subdued, up-front hop taste, delicious malty middle and balanced finish.”

Alcohol by volume: 5.6%
Format: 6 packs
Seasonality: Winter

Fegley’s Rude Elf’s Reserve

Fegley's-Rude-Elf's-ReserveA Belgian style Holiday Ale with attitude!

From the Brewer – “After being harassed by elves in the toy workshop and the reindeer in the stables, Rudy found his true calling in Santa’s brew house. Keeping his edge and focusing his talents, this elf created a spicy holiday brew that became a Christmas legend of its own.

Hops: German Tettnang
Malts: 2-row pale & caramel
Original Gravity: 1.100 Plato
Hop Bitterness (IBU’s): 25
Alcohol by volume: 10.5%
Format: 4 Packs
Seasonality: Winter

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