San Marcos

Take it from the tap: Tom Arthur of Port Brewing and The Lost Abbey

Take it from the tap: Tom Arthur of Port Brewing and The Lost Abbey

For craft beer fans, few traditions are more cherished than the annual appearance of Christmas beers.

Tomme Arthur, part-owner/brewer at Port Brewing and The Lost Abbey in San Marcos, has been turning out these seasonal brews for 20 years. PACIFIC asked him how he puts a little ho-ho-ho in every bottle.

PACIFIC: What’s the first Christmas beer you tasted? What was your reaction?

Tomme Arthur: Going way back in time, I would think that Anchor Christmas, Sierra Nevada Celebration and Samuel Smith's Winter Warmer were probably my first experiences with Christmas beers. The Anchor beer I remember being very spicy, the Celebration joyfully...

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