12th Annual Holiday Ale Festival
Most likely, it will be cold. And yeah, it'll probably be rainy. But under the big white tent in Pioneer Square, the heaters and strong beers will warm you plenty. It's time again for the annual Holiday Ale Festival!
This year's festival features 41 different beers including traditional styles such as IPAs, Olde Ales, Barleywines, Strong Ales, and Belgians. Mixed in with these, you'll also get a chance to try a few elusive styles like Red Wheat Wine, Quad Pale, and a very complex blend from Hair of the Dog. For four days, you can come out to Pioneer Square and sample some of the best hand-picked beers around this season, many of which were created specifically for this event.
Most of the beers are Oregon brewed, but others are from our West Coast neighbors, a showing from Colorado, and a couple from Belgium. This West Coast predominance is a great showcase for illustrating the strengths and variety of our styles. You might recognize some of the beer names, but most have an extra bit of holiday fun thrown in: bourbon barrel aged, oak barrel aged, vertical blends, and other surprises.
The beers served here range from about 5.3% to 12% ABV. A little number crunching reveals that the average ABV across all 41 beers is 8.1%! So, if you don't want to drive to the event, keep in mind that the MAX train has a stop just feet from the festival entrance. Be safe and enjoy Portland's 12th annual Holiday Ale Festival!
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