New to the market this year are cans of the Pacific Northwest’s longest running late fall seasonals, Kris Kringle Northwest Holiday Ale from McMenamins.
Through its history that dates back to 1986, Kris Kringle spent a majority of its years as a draft only offering. This lasted until the past few years when McMenamins Edgefield Brewery began bottling the seasonal beer in 22 ounce bottles. Fast forward to 2017 and now McMenamins has begun to can a few of its beers in 16-ounce cans, including this year’s Kris Kringle.
This year’s Kris Kringle is definitely a beer worth revisiting and just as with other years the 2017 beer tastes fantastic. It’s a beer that exemplifies a Northwest winter ale, strong malt character that is balanced with ample amounts of Centennial and Cascade hops.
Kris Kringle Northwest Holiday Ale Stats:
Just in time for the holidays, the McMenamins Brewers have created another gift for your tastebuds! This year’s winter warmer is a hearty and robust ale with a big and bold malt complexity. Toasty, caramel and fig flavors make up its sturdy foundation while two hop varieties added in five different additions deliver magnificent and intense hop flavor and aroma. Happy holidays! Malts:Pale, Munich, Wheat, Crystal 15, Crystal 120, Baird’s Chocolate Malt, Maltodextrin Hops:Centennial, Cascade Calories:292 Carbohydrates:29.0 OG: 1.068 TG: 1.015 ABV: 6.84 IBU: 87 SRM: 15
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 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 Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.