Winter Warmers- the Best of the Northwest Holiday Beers
The Halloween decorations and zombie costumes are back in the garage, and it isn’t quite time to start cooking the Thanksgiving turkeys, but true Portland beer enthusiasts know exactly how to celebrate this time of year: holiday brews!
These dark, malty beers are perfect for the change in season, often with more alcohol content to keep you warm and added flavors like fruit and spices to pair with the holiday season. Whether you’re sipping yours in front of the fire or in a crowded bar with friends, these hearty brews will keep you toasty all winter long.
Recently released Portland beers:
Stingy Jack Pumpkin Ale- Laurelwood Brewing
Snow Day, American Black Ale, 6.2%- Concordia Ale House
2011 Abyss Imperial Stout- Deschutes Brewing
Abominable Winter Ale- Hopworks Brewing
Strong NW Saison (aka ‘Saison de Roxana’)- Breakside Brewing
C-Sons Greetings- Lompoc Brewing
Sleigh’r- Ninkasi Brewery (Eugene, OR)
Jubelale- Deschutes Brewery
Vinter Varmer- Laurelwood Brewing
Brrr- Widmer Bros. Brewing Co.
Ebenezer Ale- Bridgeport Brewing Co.
Santa’s Little Helper- Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.
Try them for yourself!
Portland’s 2011 Holiday Ale Festival will be held Wednesday, November 30th through Sunday, December 4th at Pioneer Courthouse Square. With over 40 breweries sampling their special selection of handcrafted stouts, porters and barelywines, you will be sure to stay warm and toasty while you enjoy the holiday festivities.
Here’s a sneak peek at a few of the special 2011 Holiday Ale Festival beers:
Deschutes: Super Jubel
Bridgeport: Vintage Old Knucklehead
Hopworks Urban Brewery: Kentucky Christmas
Laurelwood Brewing: Bonaparts Retreat
Lompoc Brewing: Cherry Christmas
Lucky Labrador Brewing: Candied Scottish Holiday
Rogue Ales: Rogue Creamery 75th
Widmer Brewing: Peppermint Paddy Porter