2010 Holiday Ale Festival: Meet the Beers...and Eve

The 2010 Holiday Ale Festival is kicking off in 12 days!  I just got the updated beer list with detailed descriptions of each beer.  Check it out!

There are so many incredible and unique beers on this list!  If you want to taste these, you need to make a trip to the Holiday Ale Festival which runs from December 1 - 5 in Pioneer Courthouse Square in Downtown Portland. 

Also, I'd like to introduce you to Eve, the official pinup girl of the 2010 Holiday Ale Festival.  Looks like she's getting a jump start on sampling the fine festival ales.  Don't worry about her attire (or lack thereof), the tents at the Festival are heated, so she'll be just fine.  I just wonder why she isn't wearing any green or red...

Which ones are you most looking forward to sampling?

11/29 update:  I sampled 13 of the beers during a  media preview.  See the details here.

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10 Barrel Brewing Co
Pray For Snow
Strong Ale
Dark copper in color with slight reddish hues and a light tan head,  this beer features a big, malty aroma with a Munich character. A spicy noble hop aroma, medium-bodied mouthfeel, and German malt flavor profile with slight roasty notes lend a subtle toffee sweetness balanced with spicy hop bitterness and slight alcohol warming.
Alameda Brewing Co
Papa Noel's Moonlight Reseve
Strong Ale
Kettle and dry hopping with East Kent Goldings imparts this ale with traditional British character. After fermentation it was aged with whiskey soaked French white oak spires, lending some dryness to the huge amount of Crystal malt employed in the grain bill. You may taste hints of toffee, raisins, chocolate or caramel.
Alaskan Brewing Co
Alaskan Barley Wine
Barley Wine
This 2008 vintage Alaskan Barley Wine is a full bodied ale, mahogany in color and brewed with an array of complementing malts. Multiple hop additions in the boil and dry hopping during fermentation provide contrast to the big malt character resulting in the smooth balance that distinguishes this specialty brew.
Bear Republic Brewing Co
Ebeweesner Scrooge
Sour Ale
Ebeweesner Scrooge is a blend of many beers, including a smoked red ale, a barrel aged black beer and a portion of Bear Republic's own 'spank.'
Beer Valley Brewing
Ho Ho Ho Slapper
Strong Ale
This winter warmer is brewed with six different malts and a hint of zesty Pacific Northwest hops.
Block 15 Restaurant & Brewery
Figgy Pudding, Olde Stock
Brandy Barrel Aged Strong Ale
This haunting Strong Ale is brewed with English pale and specialty malts and molasses, then matured in freshly emptied brandy barrels and conditioned with mission figs. It's gently spiced with Ceylon cinnamon and whole nutmeg and further aged with English stock wild yeast.
Boneyard Beer Company
Femme Fatale
Sour Ale
This Sour Ale has been fermented with raspberries and cranberries.  It's medium bodied and red/brown in color, with a somewhat fruity nose.
Breakside Brewery
Breakside Belge d'Hiver
Belgian Strong Ale
Brewed using Belgian Pils malt, wit yeast, and an absurd amount of Continental hops, this light colored brew defies easy style categories and stakes out new territory in the brewing world. It's finished with a touch of secret holiday spices for additional complexity.
BridgePort Brewing Co
Old Knucklehead Barley Wine
Barley Wine
Old Knucklehead combines pale, caramel and chocolate malts with English Goldings, Cascades and Chinook hops.
Buckbean Brewing Co
Very Noddy Lager
Imperial Schwarzbier
This Imperial Schwarzbier has twice the malt and hops of the brewery's Black Noddy Lager, yielding an opaque black color, deeply rich and nutty malt flavor, a clean, hoppy bite, and noticeably high alcohol. It's a symphony of balanced intensity. 
Buckman Village Brewery
Buckman Ginger Beer
Specialty Beer
This honey-colored, bright botanically-bred ale features distinct freshly sliced ginger root notes on the nose and a lingering finish with secondary citrus and clean-spice aromas.
Cascade Brewing
Sang Noir
Bourbon Fruit Sour Red
This deep, dark double red was aged more than a year in Pinot and Whiskey barrels, then blended with a barrel of Bing cherries.  It's a deep, rich and complex NW double red.
Coalition Brewing
Lost Glove
Strong Ale
Golden Promise malt provides a sweet and biscuity base, with a rich sweetness added from Caramunich and Caramel 60 malts.  Nugget hops provide high bittering up front, with Amarillo and Northern Brewers in the back end to add a hop nose of citrus and piny spice. 
Aegir's Cauldron
Barrel Aged Porter
A Baltic Porter aged in Bourbon barrels, this beer has a viscous body with hints of chocolate and molasses followed by a Bourbon barrel finish. In Norse mythology Aegir was a god of the Sea and was known for throwing elaborate parties and brewing his beer with his nine daughters from an enormous cauldron. This was brewed in collaboration with homebrewer Kelly Collins.
Columbia River Brewing Co.
Paddler's Porter
Chocolate/Vanilla Baltic Porter  
This rich Baltic Porter is made with a blend of seven malts and both Nugget and East Kent Goldings hops.  The addition of chocolate nibs and Madagascar vanilla beans make this beer smooth and creamy.
Deschutes Brewery
Streaking the Quad
Belgian Strong Ale
This Strong Belgian Ale is fruity and full of flavor. Aged in rye whiskey barrels for nine months, its slightly spicy aroma promises to leave you with a warm fuzzy holiday feeling. 
Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
Stong Black Lager
Created in honor of Bacchus, the Roman God of Intoxication, this beer is big and chocolaty, with a roasty, malty flavor, a light beige head and a crisp finish. The Czech lager yeast keeps it all smooth and clean. All hail Bockus!
Eel River Brewing Co
2009 climax noel
Strong Belgian Hybrid
This is an Imperial American Style Red Ale fermented with a Belgian strong ale yeast.
Fifty Fifty Brewing Co
Concentrated Evil
Belgian Strong Ale
This Belgian Style Strong Dark Ale is brewed with raisins and exotic sugars.  The flavor speaks of raisins, Belgian yeast generated esters and an overall warming character from alcohol.
Firestone Walker Brewing Co
Union Barrel Fermented Porter
This elegant dark ale features robust flavors of toffee, caramel and bittersweet chocolate. It employs five specialty malts, as well as oat and barley flakes for added complexity and flavor. It was 100% produced on and fermented in the brewery's oak union system.
Fort George Brewery and Public House
North the Fourth
Strong Ale
This holiday delight was made with a two pounds of candy canes, 60 pounds of cranberries, and over 40 pounds of spruce tips. Chocolate, caramel and 2-row make up the malty profile, balanced out with US Challenger and Czech Saaz hops.
Gilgamesh Brewing
Cranberry Saison
Belgian/French Ale
This light bodied beer has a distinct saison flavor, with a natural tartness from cranberries grown on the Oregon coast. 
Hazel Dell Brewpub
Steins Chrismas Ale
Dark Chrismas Ale
An old homebrew recipe made for Christmas, this ale is a malty black brew with a creamy brown head.  The hoppy finish comes from a mix of dry-hopped Centennial and Amarillo hops.
Holiday Ale
Moore Holiday Ale
Imperial Pilsner

Hop Valley Brewing Co
Strong Ale
Based on the brewery's interpretation of an English Style Old Ale, this is a big, deep red malty ale with just enough hops to balance it out.
Hopworks Urban Brewery
Kentucky Christmas
Strong Ale
Kentucky Christmas began its life as Abominable Winter Ale before being gently whisked away to a cavern deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Here, outside the reach of modern communications, it was laid to rest in freshly emptied Buffalo Trace Kentucky Bourbon barrels where notes of vanilla and spice mixed with citrus and caramel.
Lagunitas Brewing Co
Brown Mashuggana
Strong Ale
Shugga & Spice plus!  This is a cask conditioned version of the brewery's perennial favorite - Brown Shugga - dosed with mysterious spices and a splash of Boubon barrel Imperial Stout to keep things curious.
Laht Neppur Brewing Co
Toe Tingler Stout
Bourbon Barrel Aged Oatmeal Stout
A heavy oatmeal addition and extended boil time make this a rib sticking delight. Just a hint of bourbon flavor blended with subtle vanilla and maple syrup undertones make this beer worth savoring. Let it warm in your hands to stimulate the aromatics to their fullest potential.
Laurelwood Brewing Co
Black Pepper Belgian Pale Ale
Belgian Strong Ale
This Belgian Pale Ale features the spicy character of black peppercorns, adding a new twist to the traditional winter warmer.
Lompoc Brewing Co
Franc'ly Brewdolph
Belgian Red
This Belgian Style Red Ale was brewed with the Belgian Ardennes yeast strain in October 2009 and aged in Cabernet Franc barrels for 13 months.  It was then blended in a tank with the 2010 Brewdolph.  It has a malty and creamy body, a mild fruitiness, and a spicy, oak flavor. 
Lucky Labrador Brewing
Pavlov's Russian Imperial Strout
This is a big and dark winter warmer aged in Pinot barrels.
McMenamins Old St Francis School
Parson Brown
American Brown/Winter Warmer Hybrid
An American Brown with a kick, Parson Brown is more accurately a hybrid of the American Brown/Winter Warmer styles and full of roasted-nut flavor and full malty tones.  This is a bolder brown for the season with extra hops and extra body.
Migration Brewery
Belgian Strong Ale
This medium bodied, light copper colored Belgian Strong Ale is made with fresh New England maple syrup.  The full palette of flavor is highlighted by a slight sweetness coupled with subtle smokey, woody undertones.  Built on Belgian Pilsner, Munich, Biscuit and aromatic malts and rounded out with Noble hops, this beer is robust and delicious.
Natian Brewery
Old Grogham Winter IPA
Imperial IPA
Multiple additions of Palisade hops were added throughout the boil and dry hop schedule, along with high alpha American hops for bittering, Noble hops for aroma and a few other varieties in between to balance the heavy malt profile.  Rum soaked Oregon oak spires added during the final stages of fermentation bring flavor notes of caramel and vanilla to complement the bitterness.
New Belgium Brewing Co
Lips of Faith Beers
Adventurous Styles
New Belgium Brewing Co will be featuring -  in no particular order - a smattering of its Lips of Faith beers.  LOF is a series of beers made for the faithful, ranging from sour beers to saisons to otherwise adventurous styles of beers not made for wide consumption.
Ninkasi Brewing Co
Imperial Stout with Herbs
This rich, full-bodied Imperial Stout features lavender, taragon and heather to smooth out the edges.
Oakshire Brewing
Very Ill Tempered Gnome
Strong Ale
This bold and balanced beer features a complex malt profile of caramel, light fruit and toasty nut, backed up by a warming alcohol presence and a solid citrus hop blast. 
Rock Bottom Brewery
Belgian Tripel
Blitzen is a strong golden ale with a fruity and spicy aroma.  It's bright and effervescent with notes of clove, plum, apricot, pepper and peppermint, balanced with a dry maltiness.  The color is a deep gold, and it pours with a thick, rich, long lasting head.
Seven Brides Brewing
German Doppelbock
This beer is dominated by its strong, deep toasty flavors that have a full-bodied finish and a lingering sweetness from the complex mix of malts and Hercules hops shipped straight from Germany.  This little girl's beer packs a big punch.
Shmaltz Brewing Co.
Jewbelation Blend
Strong Ale
This is a special one-time blend brewed specifically for the Holiday Ale Fest. Multiple re-brewed vintages of the annual Jewbelation anniversary ale were blended together to create a bold, unique and very special Strong Ale.
Southern Oregon Brewing Co
Mrs. Claws
Strong Ale
Mrs. Claws is a naughty little barleywine crafted in a classic English style with a dark wheat and flaked oat element to give her a perfect body.   Don't be fooled by her smooth, balanced approach for she is quite complex.  She can be quite dangerous and will catch you by surprise if you're not careful; but if you treat her right, she will welcome you home and keep you warm all night.
Stone Brewing Co
Stone Smoked Porter w/Vanilla Beans
Spiced Porter
Stone Smoked Porter has a captivatingly deep mahogany color, complemented by a silky dark tan head. Rich, full bodied and robust, this smooth quaffable beer has subtle hints of chocolate and coffee with a subtle richness of fresh vanilla beans.
Three Creeks Brewing Co
Rudolph's Imperial Red
Imperial Red
This big, bold Imperial Red features ample malt, hops and attitude to impress the boldest of beer connoisseurs.  It's guaranteed to promote a big smile and huge red nose!
Vertigo Brewing
La Niña Coffee Porter
Robust Coffee Porter
Briess Pale balanced with roast, chocolate, caramel and Munich malts create a complex, rich porter that is infused with a dark roast coffee.  The winter warmer was lightly hopped to allow the coffee bitterness to help balance the maltiness of this robust beer.
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Black Dynamite
Specialty Baltic Porter
Brewer Scott Kacek bit into a lemon/peppercorn/chocolate bar and BOOM! - the idea for this beer was born.  Local chocolate nibs, fresh lemon zest and peppercorns were added at various stages.  The base beer, a Baltic Porter, was a natural selection to help hold up to the bold flavors.


  1. Is this info available in a PDF for printing and planning purposes?

  2. Great idea. This is a preliminary list, there will likely be a few changes. I believe the HAF will publish a final list and I will provide a link to it.

  3. The Holiday Ale Festival program will be available for free at the festival, and on the website in advance, likely late next week. Cheers!

  4. I love this time of year :)


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