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Winter Warmers- the Best of the Northwest Holiday Beers

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

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

 

All-time favorites:

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

Cheers!