Beer Run: Winter Seasonals, Round 2

 
During the past few weeks, winter weather has swept into Portland in full force.  So it has been an ideal time to sample the hearty brews that winter brings.  And I've been sampling...

I just finished Round 1 of my Winter seasonals.  I also enjoyed the Portland Holiday Ale Festival.   I didn't formally review those beers because most are not widely available.  However, if you want to read about those unique ales, check out the beer descriptions, my event preview, and my Day 1 summary.

Fortunately, there are still plenty of winter beers to sample.  These are ones you might be able to find, depending where you live.  So during the next week or two, you will learn more about:



When I think of holiday seasonals, I like rich, heavier beers, with a bit of spice or something unusual thrown in the mix.  We'll see if these deliver.

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11 comments:

  1. One of the best features of the winter ales is the names they come up with. You can really see creativity and a sense of humor with brewers this time of year.

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  2. They sure do have a good time with the names! Some my favorite names are Brewdolph (Lompoc) and Very Ill Tempered Gnome (Oakshire).

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  3. You could have your fans post their favorite names. I do like Brrr as a name.

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  4. Widmer one upped themselves with Brrrbon. A bourbon-barrel aged version of Brrr. Very creative!

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  5. 21st Amendment came up with a great name for a winter brew. It's now my new favorite: Ugly Sweater IPA. I need to find it.

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  6. What do you think about Brick Fruitcake Stout? That actually sounds tasty--except for the brick part.

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  7. Is is made with fruitcake? That would be weird.

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  8. I just made it up. But, maybe I'll do a homebrew someday and throw in a whole fruitcake and see what happens.

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  9. Good one! I would try it. I just had a couple of Festivale-Strong Winter Ale from Terminal Gravity from Enterprise, OR. Very good. Very Strong.

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  10. Mark, what a coincidence. I just tasted Festivale last night at Horse Brass Pub. I liked it. They did a vertical with the '09 and '08 editions. I didn't do the vertical because I wanted to try some other beers.

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  11. I just tried another winter ale.....Elysian (Seattle) BiFrost Winter Ale. Very light for a winter ale, but tasty just the same.

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