In time for the 2016 holiday season, McMenamins has released its annual Kris Kringle Traditional Yuletide Ale and a brand new cider, Crangerine Dream Cider. Both are now available on draft at McMenmains locations and Kris Kringle is also available in 22 oz. bottles.
Released towards the end of every year just in time for the holidays is Kris Kringle Traditional Yuletide Ale. This year’s version is quite inviting with its malt backbone and intense hop profile. From sampling the 22 oz. bottle, the 2016 version is very appealing and brings back memories of winter warmers from many years back.
Kris Kringle Traditional Yuletide Ale Description:
This “winter warmer” highlights the toasty, rich and chocolaty malt flavors that make up its sturdy foundation. Generous amounts of two different hop varieties were added in five different additions, which deliver a magnificent and massive hop assault. Behind those delightful festive flavors are subdued hints of ginger and cinnamon.
Don’t delay, as Kris Kringle is only available through December 25th.
On the cider front, last week McMenamins released its latest seasonal cider with Crangerine Dream Cider. This new cider is described as having a bright garnet color, reflecting tart cranberry in this cider that is crafted with 10 local apple varieties at Edgefield Winery. Orange and tangerine give a lingering tangy round citrus finish.
Crangerine Dream Cider Stats: Fruit: Red Delicious, Honeycrisp, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Fuji, Opal, Gala, Jonagold, Newtown Pippins, Cripps Pink, Orange, Cranberry, and Tangerine ABV: 6.70
Learn more about McMenamins seasonal ciders and cider production here.
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.