2011 Holiday Ale Fest @ Pioneer Courthouse Square

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Must be 21+ to attend.

Entrance on 6th Ave.

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16th Annual Holiday Ale Festival
The 2011 Holiday Ale Festival Welcomes You!

This year’s event will be Wednesday, November 30th – Sunday, December 4th, 2011.

The winter season holds many gifts for beer lovers in the form of big, bold ales designed to fend off the cold chill of a long winter’s night. Each year, the Holiday Ale Festival annually gathers up dozens of these winter warmers for a joyous five-day celebration. As a result, this quintessential Portland event has earned a reputation as the premier winter beer tasting venue on the West Coast.

Held in the heart of downtown Portland, the Holiday Ale Festival keeps attendees warm and dry under a large clear top tent that covers Pioneer Courthouse Square while allowing for views of the city lights. Gas heaters create a cozy ambience under the boughs of one of the region’s largest decorated Christmas trees.

More than 40+ breweries will be featured at this year’s event, all of which are created specifically to bring warmth and cheer to the holiday season. These aren’t beers you’ll find in the supermarket – our brewers have put together special recipes just for the Holiday Ale Festival. From Belgians and Barleywines to Porters and Stouts, these beers are rich, robust and full of complex flavors. And there will be 12+ special tappings, and we’re going to go big this year in celebration of our 16th anniversary!

Come hoist a pint and toast to the spirits of the season. We look forward to seeing you at the Holiday Ale Festival…Cheers!

Additional beers upstairs!
Don’t make the mistake of missing the beers in the upper “SKY” bar.  Some of the rarer beers are located here: follow the signs to “MORE BEER” up the stairs and past the lounge- it’s worth the trip!  Also, due to the Sunday Belgian Beer & Brunch Event, the entire upstairs will be closed on Sunday. All remaining beers from the upstairs Sky Bar (#5) will be moved downstairs to various bar locations (#1-4); see the mobile web app (http://m.holidayale.com) for updated locations.
Sunday Beer & Brunch Event
The 8th annual “beer and brunch” event will be held Sunday, December 4th, 2011 from 11am to 1pm, and will feature a European-style Brunch includes at least four special  brews not part of the standard festival selection. Tickets are limited and will go on sale in late October/early November.

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2011 Limited Release Beers
In addition to the 40+ winter seasonals at the event, each year we go deep in to the cellar to bring out a few rare kegs. In most cases, these are rare or vintage brews typically limited to just a single keg…

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Cheers for Charity
The Holiday Ale Festival is proud to encourage responsible drinking by offering complimentary hand-crafted Crater Lake Rootbeer for designated drivers. A coat/bag check will also be available this year for just $2 per item. Proceeds will support the Children’s Cancer Association.

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2011 Beer list
We have a great lineup of beers on tap for 2011, with so many of them being specially brewed, taken from deep from the cellar and even artistically blended for incredible flavor profiles.

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