Throughout Europe during the holiday season many towns and cities host Christmas Markets that feature an array of merchandise from hand crafted jewelry, clothing and foods. This is also a time for adults to enjoy a few seasonal beverages that include the popular glühwein. But for beer fans it is the more exclusive glühbier that is well worth the effort in seeking out.
After spending the past 3 weeks in Switzerland I was fortunate enough to find a few glühbiers at various Christmas Markets around the country. What I encountered was some very interesting mulled beers that are brewed to be served warm and not cold. A few that stood out included Tiersteiner Bräu Glühbier from Switzerland and the delightful Liefmans Glühkriek from Belgium.
Tonight, Friday, December 18, Bazi Bierbrasserie will feature a European style evening of warm, spiced beers known as Glühbier from breweries near and afar. Organized by Hilda Stevens and Brian Yaeger, the two wanted to bring this European flavor of glühbiers for Portlanders to enjoy. From 5:00 to 9:00pm Bazi will feature a variety of beers from Belgium including Brouwerij De Troch and Petrus, Switzerland with BFM Brewing and of course a few here from Oregon.
The Glühbier lineup includes:
Barley Brown’s Cerveza Negra Caliente (Chili Black Beer)
BFM Brewing La Dragonne
Cascade Mulled Apple Sour
Brouwerij De Troch Winter Gueuze
Petrus Oud Bruin
Zoiglhaus Brewing Niklaus (Ginger Dopplebock)
Also look for German and Belgian Christmas Market style treats, cocktails and more. Glühbiers will range from $3 to $5 each for 5 oz pours that will encourage a night full of sampling these rare varieties of warm, mulled beers. Prost!
Bazi Bierbrasserie 1522 SE 32nd Ave Portland, OR 97214
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 25 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in the archives of Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @hopapalooza.