18th Annual Holiday Ale Festival Preview – Updated Limited Tap List

Holiday Ale FestivalPortland’s last large beer festival of the year begins one week from today. The 18th annual Holiday Ale Festival will take place from Wednesday, December 4th through Sunday, December 8th in its usual location of Pioneer Courthouse Square. This years festival will feature 47 beers, one cider and one braggot along with the special limited tappings each day.

Anticipating over 17,000 attendees, festivities begin at 11am on Wednesday, December 4th. The festival hours are 11 am to 10 pm Wednesday-Saturday, and closing out from 11 am to 5 pm Sunday. Beware, to avoid lengthy lines, the recommended days for attendance are Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. “If I could only attend one day, I would go on Wednesday,” says event manager Preston Weesner. “It’s like opening a gift that you have been waiting for: why wait any longer if you don’t have to?”

The 18th annual Holiday Ale Festival gathers together more than four dozen of these winter warmers for a joyous five-day celebration. The beers featured are rich, robust and full of complex flavors. From Belgians to barleywines, porters to winter warmers, and spiced ales to stouts, these beers have either been crafted or blended specifically for the event or are hard-to-fine vintages. The lowest alcohol beer is Rock Bottom Brewing’s “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out Kid,” a Helles that comes in at 4.8% ABV. On the opposite end, the highest alcohol beer is Lagunitas Brewing’s High West Whiskey Barrel Aged Cappuccino Stout at 12.5% ABV.

Santa at Holiday Ale Festival

What they all share in common is their rarity – the festival works with every brewery involved to make sure they are sending a product that has either been made specifically for this event, or is a rare or vintage beer that isn’t commonly tapped in the state – which has solidified the event’s reputation as the premier winter beer tasting venue on the West Coast.

And if the 49 featured beers are not enough, at least 16 additional products are poured as special limited tappings. In most cases, this fine selection of rare or vintage brews are limited to just one single keg. They are allocated to four special tappings on Wednesday through Saturday.

Despite being held outdoors during one of the coldest months of the year, more than 17,000 festival attendees stay warm and dry over the five day festival under clear-topped tents that cover the venue. Gas heaters create a cozy ambiance beneath the boughs of the region’s largest decorated Christmas tree. In addition to beer tasting, the festival also features meet the brewer events, a root beer garden, food vendors, beer pairings with cupcakes & cheese, event merchandise and a coat and bag check that raises funds for the Children’s Cancer Association.

Outside the Holday Ale Festival

To enter and consume beer, the purchase of an entry package is required. The general admission package at the door costs $30 and includes the 2013 tasting mug and 10 taster tickets. Advance general admission packages cost $30 and include the tasting mug, 12 taster tickets and expedited entry all five days. Advance VIP packages are available for $75 and include the tasting mug, 28 taster tickets, a bottle of water, access to VIP lines (including special tappings) and express entry all five days. Express re-entry requires a wristband and the 2013 mug, and is subject to the festival’s capacity. Previous year’s mugs will not be filled. Advance packages are available online here. Once inside the festival, a full mug of beer costs four taster tickets, and a four-ounce taste costs one ticket. Certain limited release and special tappings may not be available in full mug pours, or may cost double tickets. Additional beer tickets can be purchased for $1 apiece. Designated drivers in a party of two or more may purchase a designated driver wristband for $5, which includes Crater Lake Root Beer or bottled water for the duration of the stay. You must be 21 years or older to enter.

Returning once again will be the 10th annual Sunday Beer Brunch that will take place on December 8th from 11 am to 1 pm on the upper level of Pioneer Courthouse Square. The auxiliary event features European pastries, cured meats and artisanal cheeses to accompany an assortment of exclusive vintage winter beers not available at the festival itself, plus special large format bottles to be shared.

2013 HAF Pinup Angel - Too Risque For Brewpublic

The special Limited Tapping Schedule has just been announced for each day. All beers are double tickets unless noted; some are tasters only. The beers will pour until they run out from the times listed below.

Wednesday at 11am

  • 2010 Collaborator Moore Maibock
  • 2013 Dogfish Head Midas Touch
  • 2009 Jim (IV)
  • 2009 Cascade Sang Noir

Thursday at 11am

  • 2008 Oskar Blues Ten Fiddy
  • 2009 Lompoc Bob’s Memorial Braggot
  • 2012 Firestone Helldorado

Thursday at 5pm

  • 2013 Crooked Stave Cranberry Spiced Vieille (Special Crooked Stave/Cascade Live sour blending)

Friday at 11am

  • 2013 Oakshire Brandywine
  • 2008 Oskar Blues Chubbourbon
  • 2011 Bison Tangerine Trees and Marmalade Skies

Friday at 5pm

  • 2009 Bear Republic Old Baba Yaga (Meet the Brewer Peter Kruger)

Saturday at 11am

  • 2012 Dogfish Head Burton Baton
  • 2008 Great Divide Espresso Aged Yeti
  • 2012 Alaskan Perseverance Ale (Pilot Series)
  • 2012 Dogfish Head Hellhound On My Ale

More importantly the taplist of the regular 47 beers, one cider and one braggot is listed below with their descriptions. These beers will be pouring throughout the festival.

10 Barrel Brewing Co. – Beernog
Spiced Winter Ale • ABV: 7.5% • IBUs: 28
It’s not eggnog, it’s beernog! This spiced winter ale is actually nothing like eggnog, but you should drink it instead. Brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, rum-soaked raisins and cocoa nibs, this is a dangerously easy-drinking winter ale.

2 Towns Ciderhouse – Barrel-Aged Nice & Naughty
Barrel-Aged Cider (Bourbon) • ABV: 10.5%
This specialty cider is fermented with dark Meadowfoam honey and aged in Bourbon barrels. Crammed full of cheerful winter spices that mingle with the wood and sweet Bourbon aromas, this cider is sure to warm up your cold, dark nights.

Alameda Brewing Co. – Long Beard’s Baltic Porter
Baltic Porter • ABV: 6.4% • IBUs: 30
Brewed just for the festival, this beer features a traditional malt base with a few modern day adjustments. An addition of cherry wood smoked malt lends a warm – almost sweet – smoke to the beer, while chocolate rye and Tettnang hops add a nice spice, as well as another layer, to the rich, dark malt base. This beer starts big and sweet, transitions to roast and smoke with a slight alcohol burn, and finishes smooth on the palate.

Base Camp Brewing Co. – White Squall
Wheat Wine • ABV: 10.7% • IBUs: 60
The Base Camp brewers love a big, robust barleywine, but to really let their house ale yeast shine, they created the White Squall Wheat Wine. A HUGE grain bill showcasing white wheat spreads a deep blanket of malty goodness, with layers of yeast-derived fruity esters and spicy phenols swirling through it. The White Squall has shaped up to be one of their very favorite winter brews, and they hope you’ll love it as well!

Bear Republic Brewing Co. – Santa’s Lost Wallet
Specialty Blend • ABV: 10.8% • IBUs: 34
In the course of some off-season revelry at Bear Republic, Santa lost his wallet at the bar. Upon recovery of the wallet, Santa and the brewers crafted this dark and luscious blend of ales. The base is a brandy barrel-aged Belgian brown ale that features the sweet notes of brandy, house-made candi syrup, and a touch of nutmeg; blended for balance with Bear Republic’s roasty Big Bear Black Stout and molasses-heavy Pirate Stout.

BridgePort Brewing Co. – Oak-Aged Honey Porter
Oak-Aged Honey Porter • ABV: 7.1%
This is a malt-driven beer with a jet-black hue and lots of roasty flavors. The roastiness is complemented with honey, added to the kettle and in finishing. The beer is aged on American white oak to give added flavors of caramel and vanilla for a smooth finish.

Burnside Brewing Co. – It Makes Reindeer Fly
Imperial Rye Ale • ABV: 8.3% • IBUs: 29
When the Burnside fellas got together to talk beer for the HAF, they agreed they had to make the perfect holiday brew: it had to be big, malty and unique. They started with loads of rye and specialty malts and continued to fortify with a reindeer’s favorite treats; heirloom carrots from Prairie Creek Farms in Joseph, OR, and raisins for sustained energy. So here it is, a beer so special It Makes Reindeer Fly!

Cascade Brewing – Cherry Diesel
Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout (Bourbon) • ABV: 11.0% • IBUs: 50
Brewed with chocolate and roasted malts, organic black strap molasses and dark Belgian candi sugar, then aged for five months in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels on Papua New Guinea vanilla beans and blended with cherries, aromas of dark sweet chocolate, Bourbon, molasses and cherries present themselves up front, while finishing with a slight Bourbon heat and a lingering sweet dark chocolate and cherry sweetness.

Coalition Brewing Co. – Shenanagins
Barley Wine • ABV: 9.8% • IBUs: 70
Shenanigans Barley Wine is complex yet approachable, big and bold, and highly drinkable. Five different caramel malts provide a delightful malt sweetness and fruit notes, displaying the full range of caramel colors from 15L all the way up to 140L. Northern Brewer and Willamette make up the hop profile. Warning: This beer may lead to mischief, high jinks and tomfoolery.

Collaborator – Collaborator Hallucinator Blend
Specialty Blend • ABV: 7.5%
The base of this beer is Collaborator Hallucinator, brewed in the late spring of this year and aged until the fall, when it was blended with a Cascade Brewing blending beer that brings subtle Bourbon tootsie roll notes to this aged malty old ale.

Columbia River Brewing Co. – Hawaiian Christmas
Imperial Porter • ABV: 8.0% • IBUs: 45
This British style Imperial Porter was made with the addition of chocolate and fresh roasted coconut.

Crux Fermentation Project – Oud Freakcake
Oud Bruin/Flanders • ABV: 10.5% • IBUs: 35
Brewed to the Oud Bruin style with orange and lemon zest, then aged in Makers Mark barrels where the brewers added classic holiday fruits such as cranberries, figs, dates and raisins. Paying homage to the fruitcakes granny used to make with the only difference being, you won’t want to re-gift this one!

Deschutes Brewery – Yule Goat
Spiced Brown Ale • ABV: 5.4% • IBUs: 33
This limited release special ale is a celebration of Deschutes’ creative freedom. Aged one year in oak, the spiced brown ale underwent a secondary fermentation with brett in whiskey barrels. Dark, dried fruit, spice, licorice notes and the brett produced hints of cherry. This is a very limited release, enjoy it while you can!

Dick’s Brewing Co. – Code 1081
Winter Ale • ABV: 8.0% • IBUs: 70
This recipe is a throwback to 1995, originally brewed by the late Dick Young himself on the brewery’s initial three-barrel system. The brewing staff felt that by recreating this recipe for the Holiday Ale Festival, they could celebrate with friends and family and toast to Dick’s memory. This beer is a heavily hopped ale with black and chocolate malts that give it a dark and rich flavor.

Eel River Brewing Co. – Gargantua
Imperial Strong Ale Blend • ABV: 11.5% • IBUs: 80
Gargantua is first and foremost, BIG. It starts out with an Imperial strong ale that’s aged on vanilla for a little holiday twist. It’s then blended with Eel River’s Bourbon barrel-aged version of its Triple Exultation Strong Ale to bring in notes of oak and whiskey.

Elysian Brewing Co. – Doom (2012)
Golden Treacle Pale • ABV: 7.4% • IBUs: 67
Doom is the delicious aftershock, a variation on Sextacula, the beer brewed for Elysian’s 15th anniversary. It’s a giant tremor of a pale ale, brewed with pale, Biscuit, Cara-Hell and C-15 malts, with oats and additions of golden syrup and golden raisins. German Magnum hops were used to bitter, while generous amounts of prized Citra and Nelson Sauvins lend flavor and aroma through late additions and two dry-hoppings.

Firestone Walker Brewing Co. – Luponic Merlin
Oatmeal Stout • ABV: 5.5% • IBUs: 30
This wonderful roasty oatmeal stout has been infused with a combination of Citra, Centennial and Simcoe hops. This is a one-time only beer made just for the Holiday Ale Festival.

Fish Brewing Co. – Gingerbread Ale
Red Ale • ABV: 5.0% • IBUs: 21
This is an ideal winter red ale to enjoy on a cold afternoon. Fish Tale’s Gingerbread Ale will remind you of grandma’s cookies during the holiday season. Well-balanced Apollo and Palisade hops combine with crystal and Munich malts. Add to that, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon, and you have a Christmas ale even Santa can’t resist.

Fort George Brewery – Hogfather
Imperial Porter • ABV: 8.2%
The mythical Hogfather flies across Discworld once a year delivering presents, this year gracing all with a bold, black Imperial Porter that bears his name. Brewed at Fort George, where they believe that there is always time for another last minute and their inner child has never met its inner babysitter. At over 8%, this beer can help you get to the place where the falling angel meets the rising ape.

Gigantic Brewing – The Scut Farkus Affair
Holiday Ale • ABV: 7.5% • IBUs: 70
This is Gigantic’s tribute to its favorite Hammond, Indiana Strong Man (He had yellow eyes…yellow eyes! So help me God, YELLOW EYES!). This is a malty and hoppy red beer, brewed with Haribo gummy bears and English toffee to celebrate the season.

Gilgamesh Brewing Co. – BAHS
Barrel-Aged Strong Ale (Bourbon) • ABV: 8.1% • IBUs: 15
This is a Scottish influenced strong ale, aged in Burnside Bourbon barrels. Bread, caramel and roasted notes, complemented by charcoal, cinnamon and oak, lace the palate.

Golden Valley Brewery – Santa’s Smokin’ Bock
Rauch Bock • ABV: 7.0% • IBUs: 24
This smoked lager was inspired by the Rauchbiers of Bamberg, Germany. Santa’s Smokin’ Bock was brewed using more than 60% beechwood-smoked malt, hopped with whole flower Tettnanger and Hersbrucker hops, and lagered for five weeks. It tastes like cuddling by a toasty festooned fireplace, in a glass.

Hop Valley Brewing Co. – The Wolfe
English-Style Barley Wine • ABV: 9.8% • IBUs: 80
Simpson Golden Promise, Caralight and Bairds Carastan malts provide this beer its deep golden hue and depth of complex malt flavors. The English WGV and Willamette hops balance it out, giving it a classic English hop character. Hop Valley’s first barleywine, The Wolfe is prime for winter sippin’!

Hopworks Urban Brewery – Kronan the Bourbarian
Barrel-Aged Baltic Porter (Bourbon) • ABV: 9.2% • IBUs: 25
Deep like the Baltic Sea and as massive as the Swedish ship Kronan sunk in its icy waters, this brew is like a buried treasure. Stowed away in a Bourbon barrel for six months, it now brings to the surface a frothy tan head and rich aroma combining malt notes of chocolate, caramel and dark fruit with the essence of vanilla, smoke and oak. Made big and bold with a smooth lager finish, it’s as rich and strong as an Austrian actor, but with more complexity.

Kells Brewpub – Fruit Cake Ale
Imperial Brown Ale • ABV: 6.7% • IBUs: 44
Finally two Irish favorites in one: a pint and a cake! Irish fruit cake is one of the holiday staples of the country, with nuts and dried fruit mixed into the cake to give every bite a variety of flavors. Brewed with the same idea in mind, a wide range of hops were used, some adding fruity notes and others acting as spices. The malt helps add the nutty quality and sweetness in this scrumptious brown ale. One fruit cake that won’t get tossed!

Lagunitas Brewing Co. – High West Whiskey Barrel-Aged Cappuccino Stout
Barrel-Aged Espresso Stout (Whiskey) • ABV: 12.5% • IBUs: 30
Brewed with boatloads of roasted coffee in each batch for that extra Krunk, this mondo coffee stout will leave you wondering whether you’re coming or going. Then the brewers decided to age it in some High West Whiskey barrels, just in case the coffee didn’t wake you up.

Laht Neppur Brewing – St. Dorothy’s Peach Cordial Ale
Strong Ale • ABV: 8.8% • IBUs: 18
St. Dorothy of Caesarea is a patron saint to both brewers and fruit orchards, making her a fitting tribute to this strong amber ale. In addition to real peaches and concentrated peach juice, a generous amount of honey, cinnamon and nutmeg have been added to spice up the holiday season. Noble Tettnanger hops add an underlying mild spiciness to round out the balance between malt, fruit and alcohol.

Lompoc Brewing – Revelry Red Ale
Barrel-Aged Sour Red Ale Blend (Wine) • ABV: 8.0%
This custom blend takes Lompoc’s Big Bang Red aged in Big Bottom Whiskey barrels with 80 pounds of sour cherries for nine months, and blends it with Big Bang Red aged in Maryhill Winery Port barrels for 11 months. The resulting beer is crimson in color, malty in body with notes of cherry and oak, and finishes slightly tart.

Mazama Brewing Co. – Mazamanator
Doppelbock • ABV: 9.9% • IBUs: 30
A Munich classic made local at Mazama, this doppelbock features big, sweet toasted malt flavors upfront, with warming alcoholic cheer and a roasty, toasty finish with just a hint of Noble hops. This strong lager is just the thing for toasting the good health of your warmest friends on the coldest nights.

McMenamins (John Barleycorns) – Mele Kalikimaka Coconut Stout
Barrel-Aged Imperial Coconut Stout (Whiskey) • ABV: 9.0% • IBUs: 30
Christmas in the Northwest might not be exactly green & bright. We may not see the sun all day or the stars at night, but we can still enjoy a little island life. Flaked coconut was added to mingle with lightly roasted chocolate malts. This stout was then aged in whiskey barrels that once held McMenamins Hogshead Whiskey. The result is a smooth, sweet stout with hints of oak and vanilla flavors that mix perfectly with the coconut. Mahalo!

Migration Brewing – Big Sipper
Belgian Dark Pale Ale • ABV: 7.8% • IBUs: 75
This mahogany colored strong ale features a deep, layered body of chocolate, honey and caramel malts coupled with choice Northwest hops. Big Sipper is fermented with relatively neutral Belgian yeast that creates a restrained ester and phenolic profile, allowing the malt and hops to shine bright like the big dipper in the winter night.

Natian Brewery – McGuinness
Imperial Milk Stout • ABV: 9.2%
This roasty black ale was brewed with unfermented lactose to give the flavor profile a rich creaminess. It was then aged on Kahlua soaked Oregon oak; Kahlua is a liquor made with Arabica coffee beans that impacts the roasted malt and coffee flavors with a mild sweetness that blends well with the silkiness imparted by the lactose.

New Belgium Brewing Co. – Barrel-Aged Cascara Quad
Barrel-Aged Belgian Quad • ABV: 11.0% • IBUs: 22
This is a dark, strong and surprisingly delicate ale made with dates and coffee cherries. Channeling the Trappist tradition, it’s brewed with an ethereal malt bill and spiced with the fruit of the coffee bean (cascara). The aroma brings dates, cherries and pipe tobacco right to the nose and builds layers with hints of spice and fruity Belgian yeast. Once on the palate, Cascara Quad starts swinging clove, fig and molasses.

Ninkasi Brewing Co. – Belgian Single
Belgian Single Ale • ABV: 5.0% • IBUs: 20
Think Session Tripel: This beer features all of the flavor, finesse, smoothness and subtle clove esters of a Belgian style tripel, at a drinkable lower alcohol level.

Oakshire Brewing – Swiss Mrs. Alpine Alt
Milk Chocolate Sticke Alt • ABV: 7.8% • IBUs: 30
Swiss Mrs. is a Sticke Alt, a darker and stronger variation of a traditional German Altbier. This version was mashed with toasted marshmallows – of course – and has a small addition of lactose and cocoa nibs in the kettle and bright tank for a full flavored and indulgent finish.

Old Town Brewing Co. – Pa Rum Pum Pum Pum
Barrel-Aged Olde Ale (Rum) • ABV: 7.5% • IBUs: 40
This old ale is fit for a king, so in his honor, the poor boys at Old Town lay before you the finest gifts of dark caramel, toffee, and raisin malt flavors. Dark rum and oak notes from the barrel aging keep time and drum up the layered character of this ale. If you’re a poor boy too, sing along: Come, they told me, Pa Rum Pum Pum Pum.

Oskar Blues – Black Mamba
Dunkel Weizen • ABV: 5.6% • IBUs: 20
Roast malts, crystal malts and a copious amount of wheat were used to make this dark wheat beer fermented with Andechs Weizen yeast. Malt aromas blend nicely with banana and clove aromas and flavors.

PINTS Brewing Co. – Hibernator
Weizendoppelbock • ABV: 7.6% • IBUs: 18
Brewed just for the Holiday Ale Festival with all German malts, hops and yeast. Wheat malt provides the basis for the beer (and great head retention), while Pilsner, Munich and dark caramel malts make up the rest of the rich, malty and sweet profile. German Magnum hops contribute to the sense of spiciness alongside the phenolic clove note from the authentic Bavarian Hefeweizen strain, which also imparts the classic banana fruitiness to the brew.

Rock Bottom Brewery (Portland) – You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out Kid
Helles • ABV: 4.8% • IBUs: 25
Just shut up, put on the bunny suit, and have another helles.

Rogue Ales Brewery – Big Ass Rye Strong Ale
Barrel-Aged Rye Strong Ale (New Oak Foudre) • ABV: 7.5% • IBUs: 73
Big Ass Rye Strong is a big, American ale dedicated to Rogue’s Dream rye, grown on its farm in Independence, OR. The generous amount of rye gives this beer a thick body. It was subtly spiced and then aged 60 days in a Rogue Big Ass white oak barrel to round out the Meridian and Rogue Liberty hops and Rogue roasted chocolate malt.

Seven Brides Brewing – Blonde in a Bottle
Belgian Strong Golden Ale • ABV: 8.8% • IBUs: 30
Fermented with Belgian strong ale yeast, this beer pleases with mild Belgian notes and a golden straw hue. What lies beneath is the conditioning tank addition of fresh ginger. The spicy nature of this root will greet the palate as one taste slides into another. Ginger always wanted to be a blonde, and this winter, she went for it!

Slanted Rock Brewing Co. – Panty Hose Porter
Imperial Baltic Vanilla Porter • ABV: 8.4% • IBUs: 28
Out of grain bags, a fresh pair of panty hose were the savior to the flavor and gave this brew a signature touch. Panty Hose Porter features a distinctive aroma of caramelized sugars and chocolate-like characters of roasted malt and dark sugars. Dry-hopping with Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans added a rich, dark and creamy flavor. A very low hop aroma with still a hint of floral sweet hop complements the flavors.

Speakeasy Brewing Co. – Erotic Cake
Chocolate Milk Stout • ABV: 6.8% • IBUs: 20
This black as night chocolate milk stout was brewed and dry-hopped with TCHO cocoa nibs.

Stickmen Brewery & Skewery – The Twerking Elf
Northwest Sour Brown • ABV: 7.2% • IBUs: 21
Experimental and debuting at the Holiday Ale Festival, this beer will get your cheeks moving with nicely puckering notes of dark cherry, dried fruit and sour plum, along with malt backing from Vienna, Pilsner and seven other specialty malts. Be careful where you shake it!

Stone Brewing Co. – Spiced Unicorn Milk
Chai Milk Stout • ABV: 7.5% • IBUs: 30
Brewed just for the Holiday Ale Festival, this luscious, smooth and subtly sweet stout is flavored with chai spices that add amazing flavors and complexity. It is brewed with seven different grains and Columbus and Chinook hops. Lactose is added to add extra body and sweetness, while a blend of six spices, including cinnamon and cardamom, and black tea were added to provide the chai flavor.

Vertigo Brewing – Barrel-Aged Polar Blast
Barrel-Aged Vanilla Porter (Whiskey) • ABV: 8.6% • IBUs: 22
This is a bigger, bolder version of Vertigo’s Arctic Blast Vanilla Porter, blended with dark chocolate liqueur and aged in seven-year-old Big Bottom Whiskey straight Bourbon white oak barrels. This beer brings a strong chocolate and caramel malt presence that is balanced with mild charred oak and Bourbon notes with a hint of vanilla from both the Madagascar beans and the white oak barrels.

Viking Braggot Co. – Winter Squash Porter
Braggot • ABV: 7.8% • IBUs: 38
Winter Squash Porter is truly a winter braggot. The combination of a strong malt profile and turnip honey provides the backbone to highlight the winter squash flavor. This unique taste is achieved by the brewers hand carving and roasting 150 pounds of winter squash to be added to the mash. Chinook, Cascade and Willamette hops, as well as herbal and spice additions, provide a unique taste and aroma.

West Highland Brewing Co. – Highland Spiced Ale
Spiced Ale • ABV: 8.0% • IBUs: 30
Spiced with cinnamon, ginger, vanilla and maple, this ale nicely complements any holiday dessert. Using harvest apples to round out the flavor, the brewers crafted this ale to warm your soul as you gather with friends and family through the winter holiday season.

Widmer Brothers Brewing Co. – Biere de Noel
Biere de Garde • ABV: 9.5% • IBUs: 41
Biere de Noel is Widmer Brothers’ take on the Biere de Garde style, brewed with caramelized raisins and brown sugar to celebrate the holidays. This unique winter warmer offers a caramel and toasted malt backbone with notes of port, dried fruit and a slightly sweet finish making for a great holiday brew.


18th Annual Holiday Ale Festival
Pioneer Courthouse Square (located at 701 SW Sixth Ave. on the MAX Light Rail Line)
Portland, OR

Wednesday, Dec. 4 through Sunday, Dec. 8
Wednesday-Saturday: 11 am to 10 pm
Sunday: 11 am to 5 pm