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...