A Different View of Holiday Ale Fest Beers

    
The 2010 Holiday Ale fest kicks off in just 2 days!  By now, you have probably seen the beer list and its delicious descriptions on this blog or the HAF website.  But what you've seen was probably just a long list.  I thought it would be fun to see the information about the standard release beers in a different way.

I created a few graphs that give you more insight into the beer.  I also sorted the information in a way that I hope is helpful as you ponder your holiday ale quaffing adventures.  Let's begin...


By Style:  Strong Ales represent 45% of beers at the fest!  Belgian Ales and Porters are the second and third most common styles, respectively.  




By Brewer Region:   72% of the beers (33) are from Oregon.  18% (8) are from California.  Only 10% (5) of the beers are from Washington, Alaska, Nevada, and even one from Belgium. 




By City within Oregon:  Of the 33 beers from the Beaver state, 17 (52%) are from Portland.  Bend is home to four beers and Eugene is sending us two.  Ten other cities are each providing one beer.




Brews by Style:  If you're interested in certain styles, here's your cheat sheet.

Belgian Ale
Belge d'Hiver
Black Pepper Belgian Pale Ale
Blitzen  
Concentrated Evil  
Franc'ly Brewdolph
Nor'Easter
Scaldis Noel
Streaking the Quad

Brown Ale
Parson Brown 

Dark Lager
Very Noddy Lager

Doppelbock
Weezin-ator  

IPA
Old Grogham Winter IPA

Lager
Bockus
Moore Holiday Ale  

Other
Ginger Beer
Lips of Faith Selections
Steins Christmas Ale

Porter
Aegir's Cauldron
Black Dynamite  
La Niña Coffee Porter
Paddler's Porter
Smoked Porter w/ Vanilla Beans
Union Barrel Fermented Porter  

Red Ale
Climax Noel (2009)  
Rudolph's Imperial Red  

Saison
Cranberry Saison

Sour Ale
Ebeweesner Scrooge
Femme Fatale
Sang Noir

Stout
Pavlov's Russian Imperial Stout
Toe Tingler Stout
Unconventionale

Strong Ale
Alaskan Barley Wine (2008)
Brown Mashuggana
Festeroo  
Figgy Pudding, Olde Stock  
Ho Ho Ho Slapper
Jewbelation Blend  
Kentucky Christmas
Lost Glove
Mrs. Claws  
North the Fourth
Old Foghorn
Old Knucklehead Barley Wine
Papa Noel's Moonlight Reserve
Pray For Snow  
Very Ill-Tempered Gnome  

Let me know if you found this interesting or somewhat helpful.  Be sure to check out my preview of 13 Holiday Ale Fest brews.  Enjoy the Festival!!

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2010 Holiday Ale Festival: A First Taste

 
Yesterday, I attended a Holiday Ale Festival preview at Bailey's Taproom and sampled 13 beers that will be served at the festival.  I thought I’d share my impressions about the beers and am grouping them into 3 categories:


MUST TRY:  All of the beers at the festival are unique.  However, these are “extra” special in my opinion.  I highly recommend you spend $1 to sample these. 
  • Sang Noir  (Sour Ale), Cascade Brewing Co.  A sour red ale aged for more than a year in Pinot and Whiskey barrels and then blended with Bing cherries.  I just visited Cascade Brewing’s Barrel House last week where they serve Sang Rouge, a slightly different version aged in oak barrels.  If you’ve never tried a sour ale—now is the time!
  • Figgy PuddingOlde Stock  (Strong Ale), Block 15 Brewing Co.  There’s been a lot of talk about this beer—and for good reason.  It starts with an English Pale.  Then it’s matured in brandy barrels, conditioned with mission figs, and spiced with Ceylon cinnamon and nutmeg.  This version is aged with a wild yeast strain that provides a bit of earthiness and funk (good funk) that’s not present in the bottle version.  Get it while it lasts…
  • Franc’ly Brewdolph (Belgian Red), Lompoc Brewing Co.  Created for the festival, this Belgian style red was aged in Cabernet Franc barrels for 13 months and then blended with Brewdolph.  It has a spicy aroma and a distinct oak finish.
  • Nor’Easter  (Belgian Strong Ale), Migration Brewing.  A Belgian made with New England Maple Syrup, which provides a nice touch.  The sweetness is not overdone, so no need to bring pancakes—though it should pair nicely.

Franc'ly Brewdolph


BIG BOLD HOLIDAY ALES:  Great ambassadors of Holiday brews.  All have something unusual thrown into the mix.

  • Papa Noel’s Moonlight Reserve  (Strong Ale), Alameda Brewhouse.  East Kent Golding hops provide medium bitterness and aroma.  Aged with whiskey soaked French white oak spires.  I tasted some chocolate and nutty flavors.  Very smooth.  
  • Ebeweesner Scrooge  (Sour Ale), Bear Republic Brewing.  Another sour ale—but this is smoked.  Exposure to mother nature through “open fermentation” adds to its unusual twang.
  • Lost Glove (Strong Ale), Coalition Brewing.  Nugget, Amarillo, and Northern Brewer hops are used.  Unusual mix of bitter and sweet.
  • Paddler’s Porter  (Chocolate / Vanilla Baltic Porter), Columbia River Brewing.  Brewed with chocolate nibs and Madascar vanilla beans.  It reminded me of a dessert beer and might provide a good end to your tasting session.  It’s smooth and sports a stealthy 8.5% ABV.
  • Weezin-ator  (German Doppelbock), Seven Brides Brewing.  A dark brown color with no head.  Aroma of roasted malt and coffee.  A little goes a long way.
  • La Niña Coffee Porter  (Porter), Vertigo Brewing.  I visited Vertigo earlier this month and sampled their beer.  I’ve been looking forward to tasting this.  Strong coffee aroma and flavor.  Starbucks would be proud!
  • Old Grogham Winter IPA  (Imperial IPA), Natian Brewing.  This is the ONLY IPA at the festival—seriously.  So if you need your lupulin fix, get a mug of this 86 IBU hop bomb that has a floral hop aroma and creamy mouth feel.

Weezin-ator


Old Grogham Winter IPA


CHANGE OF PACE:  Try these when your overloaded palate needs a break.  Sprinkle them in throughout your tasting session.
  • Cranberry Saison  (Belgian / French Ale), Gilgamesh Brewing.  Has a beautiful hazy peach color with a white head.  The light cranberry flavor is not overpowering.  At 5% ABV and 15 IBUs, this is one of the lighter ales at the festival.
  • Moore Holiday Ale  (Bohemian Imperial Pilsner), Holiday Ale Festival.  Based on a Maibock, but has less hops and more alcohol.  One of the few lagers at the festival.  I’d love to drink this in the summer.  If it gets too cold at the festival, grab this and imagine you’re at the beach (think Florida or California—not Oregon Coast).

Cranberry Saison

Although these 13 brews represent a small portion of the beers that will be served, I hope this helps you to develop your sampling plan.  The Festival website has detailed descriptions for all of the beers, so be sure to take a look before your visit.

I hope to provide another update after I do some more tasting on Wednesday and Thursday.  In the meantime, let me know what you’re looking forward to sampling.  Cheers!

11/30 update:  Click to see a different perspective on Holiday Ale Fest Beers.


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Cascade Brewing Barrel House: The House of Sour

   
During the Beer Bloggers Conference, I sampled Vlad the Imp Aler, made by Cascade Brewing Co. in Portland, OR.  This was one of the more memorable beers I tasted.  In most beers, the predominate taste sensations are bitter and sweet.  Vlad is unique because it's a SOUR beer.

Cascade Brewing Barrel House specializes in sour beers.  Before the conference, I read a lot about Cascade in the local press and was excited to visit earlier this week as part of a media event.  Cascade itself is unique because most of their beers are inoculated with lactobacillus (which provides the sour flavor), aged in oak barrels for up to a year, and then blended together to produce their premium line of specialty beers.  

Check out their beer list.  They produce over 47 varieties!  At any given time, 16 are on tap at the Barrel House. While most are sour varieties, they have several non-sour options—some aged in oak.

During the tour, Brewmaster Ron Gansberg guided us through the barrel aging rooms, explained Cascade's philosophy, and described how they use fruit in beer.  Check out my video interview with Ron.




Ron tapped a few barrels during the tour and gave us samples of beer that was still aging.  This was a such a unique experience and I really enjoyed it! 

In the cellar, I had the pleasure of chatting with Art Larrance, owner of Cascade and The Raccoon Lodge in Raleigh Hills.  As the founder of Portland Brewing Co. and the Oregon Brewers Festival, Art is a craft beer legend.  When I asked Art how they decided to specialize in sour beers, he said, "all of the other beer categories were taken."  He also mentioned how close proximity to wine country was an added benefit because they re-use wine barrels. 

While using oak barrels produces a unique and complex flavor, it's also pretty darn smart because it allows Cascade to avoid the intensive use of stainless steel equipment, which is very expensive.

After the tour, it was time to sample some beer.  I decided to stick to the sour offerings.  As the say, when in Rome...

  • Blueberry:   A gorgeous pinkish-red color with a pink head.  Aroma and flavor of sour blueberries (surprise) and spice.  Lots of depth and complexity!
  • Spiced Cherry Blonde:  I tasted this minutes after it was tapped from the barrel (check out the video).  Starts as an oak aged strong blonde, 150 pounds of sour pie cherries are added, it's spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, and then spends another 5 months aging in oak.
  • Cascade de Kreik:  This beer spends over six months in lactic fermentation and aging in oak barrels. This NW style sour red ale is fermented for eight months with fresh whole Bing and sour pie cherries.

While I'm not a huge fan of traditional fruit beers, Cascade's barrel aging and blending process produces a fruit beer that is in a completely different league.

The sensory experience of drinking a sour beer cannot be compared drinking a traditional beer.  In my opinion, it's actually more similar to the wine experience.  If you've never had a sour beer, you should give it a try.  Needless to say, I'll be back to Cascade to sample more of their amazing beer!  With over 47 varieties, I have some work to do!


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Blueberry

Spiced Cherry Blonde
 
Cascade de Kriek


A Visit to The Great Divide

   
A few weeks ago, I attended The Beer Bloggers Conference in Boulder, Colorado.  For my last "official" stop, I visited Great Divide's Brewery & Tap Room in Denver.

Prior to visiting the Tap Room, I only had one taste of a Great Divide brew—and that was just the day before.  As part of a Speed Blogging event, I tasted a sample of Espresso Oak Aged Yeti (Imperial Stout).  After one taste, I knew I had to check out Great Divide while I was in town.

Tap Room guests are treated to 4 complimentary samples from their large beer menu.  I asked Colin, the bartender, to select for me.  Look at the gorgeous color of these beers!
  
  • Hades:  Belgian-style Golden Ale.  7.8% ABV.  Aroma of mixed fruit and floral with a similar taste.  High ABV, the but the taste of alcohol is not noticeable.
  • Wild Raspberry Ale: 5.6% ABV.  Poured a beautiful reddish-pink.  Aroma has, as expected, raspberries—and lots of them!  Raspberry flavor is nice and not overpowering.
  • DPA (Denver Pale Ale):  Pale Ale.  5.5% ABV.   English style pale ale that balances the caramel flavor of the malts with citrus hops.  Very refreshing!
  • Espresso Oak Aged Yeti:  9.5% ABV, 75 IBUs.  I was glad to get another sample of this before before leaving Colorado.  The flavor reveals itself in many layers—coffee, oak, roasted malts, vanilla, and loads of hops!  You'd never know it's 9.5% ABV.  My favorite of the bunch.


Their lineup has 23 different beers!  I'm glad I had the chance to learn about Great Divide as part of my trip.  Now I need to find some of their brews in Portland and do some more tasting!

Thanks to the Great Divide crew for making my last beers of the Beer Bloggers Conference great ones!  What are your favorite Great Divide Beers?  I don't know where to start!?!




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Review: Amber Ale, Kirkland Signature (Costco)

Amber Ale
Kirkland Signature (Costco) — San Jose, CA

Stats:
  • Style: Amber Ale
  • Bitterness:  25 IBU
  • ABV:  5.7%
  • Malts:  Not provided
  • Hops:  Not provided
  • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle

Description: “Coppery brown with rich, malty characterthis perfectly brewed amber ale gets its good looks from the dark roasted crystal malt that we import from England.  To give it some Western flair, it is moderately hopped with hops straight from the Yakima Valley in Washington."  — Kirkland Signature (Costco)


Random thoughts:   This is my 3rd review of Costco's line of Kirkland Signature Handcrafted beers.   Costco declined my request to provide more information.  I wasn't too crazy about their Pale Ale or Hefeweizen.  With two varieties left, I hope it gets better...

The tasting:  Color is is deep amber / copper.  It has a white head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves no lacing.  I'm didn't notice much in the aroma department.  Taste is mainly caramel malts with a bit of a nutty flavor.  Very little bitterness.  Medium bodied and nice carbonation.  While you can feel the effervescence in your mouth, this isn't over-carbonated like their Pale Ale and Hefeweizen.

Rating:  3 star.  I would drink this if someone gave it to me.   This a good beer.  The problem for me it comes in a mixed case with two beers I don't like.


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My Thanksgiving Bomber Menu

    
My family is hosting Thanksgiving.  My wife appointed me to the task of cooking the bird.  I self-appointed myself to the more important task of selecting the beer.  Although wine certainly deserves a place at the Thanksgiving table, you won't find it at my house!

I know my guests drink beer, but I don't think they are craft beer drinkers.  My goal is to assimilate themBorg style.  So instead of buying a case, I selected a handful of bombers to expose my guests to the diversity of craft beer. Here's what I bought:

  • Mirror Pond Pale AleDeschutes:  A rock solid pale ale. Should appeal to most palates.
  • 1st Try Red,  Not So Pro Brewing Co.:  My 1st homebrew.  I'll slip this in like Sanka and see if anyone notices.
  • NightcapBridgePort:  Bourbon barreled Ebenezer.  I tasted this at the launch party.
  • Black Gold PorterAmbacht:  A Belgian-inspired brew from Hillsboro, Oregon.
  • Nameless Christmas BeerNot So Pro Brewing Co.:  My 2nd homebrew.  I brewed this in September intending to release it on Thanksgiving.  We'll see how it goes.
  • Arrogant Bastard AleStone:  Something more aggressive.  We'll see who's worthy....
  • IPACascade Lakes:  Time to crank up the IBUs.
  • Sleigh'rNinkasi:  A holiday dark double-alt.  I've been waiting to sample this one!
  • Old Boardhead Barleywine Ale, Full Sail Brewing:  Round it all out with a 9.0% ABV beer.
 
What do you think?  I'm planning to serve them in this order.  Does that seem right?  What are you serving as part of your Thanksgiving festivities?

Save travels and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.  Cheers!
  

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Brew Masters: A Not So Professional Review

 
Brew Masters premiered tonight on Discovery Channel.  The craft beer community and blogosphere were abuzz with excitement about the premiere—and for good reason.  The first episode was excellent.  I thoroughly enjoyed it! 

The premiere followed Sam Calagione, founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, as he and his team created "Bitches Brew," a beer made in partnership with Sony Records to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Miles Davis album.

Brew Masters provided a great behind-the-scenes view of a craft brewery.  I really enjoyed the scenes where Sam and his brewers (Floris and Bryan), formulated the Bitches Brew recipe.  I also appreciated the glimpse into some of the technical aspects of beer production including the search for a missing bottle filler as well as the cleanup of label glue run amok.

Brew Masters is a also great looking show.  I expect Discovery is spending some decent coin on the production of the show.  More importantly, the cast is very likable and fun to watch.  Sam is very charismatic and is a natural on TV.  Floris and especially Bryan, are equally entertaining. 

I expect Brew Masters will be a big hit for Discovery.  Reality "business" shows have been become fairly popular.  The formula is simple—follow a cast of interesting personalities as they labor to service the needs of their demanding clientele.  It has worked surprisingly well for tattoo parlors (Inked and L.A. Ink) and even cake decorating shops (Cake Boss and Ace of Cakes), for heavens sake!

In my humble opinion, the craft beer business is far more interesting and I expect we'll see another beer-related reality show in the not-too-distant future.  I think Greg Koch of Stone Brewing would make an excellent lead.  Great speaker, interesting personality, and top notch beer...

It will be interesting to see how the craft beer community reacts to the success of Brew Masters and Dogfish Head over the long term.  It's pretty clear that Dogfish will sell a LOT of beer as a result of the show—as they should.  I, for one, can't wait to taste Bitches Brew.  However, at some point, will Dogfish grow "too big" for the craft beer geeks?  Will they sell "too much" and become one of the dreaded "big brewers"?

Time will tell...  In the meantime, I offer Dogfish my congratulations and wish them the best of luck!  As they say, "a rising tide lifts all ships," and I expect the entire craft beer community will benefit from this exposure.

What did you think of the Brew Masters premiere?  Will the show be good for the craft beer industry?  Who would be a good host for the next craft beer reality show?  


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Review: Hefeweizen, Kirkland Signature (Costco)

Hefeweizen
Kirkland Signature (Costco) — San Jose, CA

Stats:
  • Style:  Hefeweizen
  • Bitterness:  26 IBU
  • ABV:  5.5%
  • OG:  Not provided
  • Malts:  Not provided
  • Hops:  Not provided
  • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle

Description: “Here's your German lesson for the day--Hefeweizen translates to mean 'wheat' and 'yeast, and our beer takes that to heart.  Combining a high percentage of malted wheat and a proprietary yeast strain, we have produced a American version of the classic German specialty.  A ligh level of effervescence and a low level of bitterness make this beer truly refreshing."  — Kirkland Signature (Costco)

Random thoughts:   This is my 2nd review of Costco's Kirkland Signature Handcrafted beers.   Costco declined my request to provide more information.  I wasn't too crazy about their Pale Ale, and I hope this one is better.  

The tasting:  Pours a golden straw color with two fingers of white head, which is long lasting and leaves some lacing.  Appearance is slightly hazy, less than I expected for the style.  As advertised, it's highly carbonated as I see lots of effervescence.  Aroma is mainly yeast.  Flavor is that of cereal-like malts, with no hop bitterness.  Body is light.  Mouth feel is carbonated fizz—too much for my preference.  

Rating:  2 star.  Drinkablebut not sure I really want to.   Kirkland Signature's Hefeweizen is better than their Pale Ale, but, I'd still pass on it.  The flavor is lacking—no fruit, no citrus, no clove.  Just carbonation, and loads of it.  Overall, a very bland and forgettable beer.

Have you tried Kirkland Signature's Hefeweizen?  What did you think of it?


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A Few Beers at Bailey's Taproom


On Thursday, I spent the day in downtown Portland at a conference with some co-workers.  After it was over, we went over to Bailey's Taproom for a few beers.  I had never been to Bailey's and was looking forward to my visit.

I live in the 'burbs of Portland and don't live close to a bar or taproom that offers such a diverse selection of craft beer.  Bailey's features 20 rotating taps (current offerings show below) as well as bottled beer.  So I made the most of my visit and sampled:

  • Velvet Mirkin, Firestone Walker  Cask conditioned Velvet Merlin.  This oatmeal stout packs loads of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate flavors.  Very smooth!  I'm a huge fan of Firestone Walker (you can see my FW reviews here). Their beers are consistently excellent, and this is no exception.  
  • Climax Noel, Eel River Brewing:  Dry-hopped, organic, imperial red ale.  Wow, this is a malt bomb!  Has some spice and fruity flavors and some light hops.
  • Armored Fist, Boneyard Brewing:  Imperial Cascadian Dark Ale.  At 10% ABV, this one packs a punch!  Nice melding of citrusy hops and roasted malts.  Medium bodied and nice mouth feel.  I like CDAs (or Black IPAs) and just brewed my own last weekend.

If I had more time, I would have tried their 5 beer sampler tray (for only $7.50).  I'm going to keep a close eye on Bailey's Tap list and will make more frequent visits downtown!  If you haven't been to Bailey's yet, it's definitely worth a visit. 


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Climax Noel & Velvet Mirkin





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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Brewery
Beer
Style
ABV
IBU
Description
10 Barrel Brewing Co
Pray For Snow
Strong Ale
7.6
37
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
8.5
40
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
10.4
60
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
7.5
20
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
10
50
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
11
44
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
6.5
10
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
8.1
55
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
9
69
Old Knucklehead combines pale, caramel and chocolate malts with English Goldings, Cascades and Chinook hops.
Buckbean Brewing Co
Very Noddy Lager
Imperial Schwarzbier
9.5
70
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
5
36
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
9.5
9
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
8.5
72
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. 
Collaborator
Aegir's Cauldron
Barrel Aged Porter
10.7
71
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  
8.4
46
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
9
23
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
Bockus
Stong Black Lager
7.1
45
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
10.5
30
This is an Imperial American Style Red Ale fermented with a Belgian strong ale yeast.
Fifty Fifty Brewing Co
Concentrated Evil
Belgian Strong Ale
10
28
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
Porter
5.9
45
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
9.6
80
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
5
15
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
7
65
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


TBA
Hop Valley Brewing Co
Festeroo
Strong Ale
8
50
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
8
70
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
10
51
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
7.2
35
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
7
25
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
7.6
50
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
Stout
10.4
68
This is a big and dark winter warmer aged in Pinot barrels.
McMenamins Old St Francis School
Parson Brown
American Brown/Winter Warmer Hybrid
6.5
35
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
Nor'Easter
Belgian Strong Ale
10
30
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
8.5
86
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
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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
Unconventional
Imperial Stout with Herbs
10
79
This rich, full-bodied Imperial Stout features lavender, taragon and heather to smooth out the edges.
Oakshire Brewing
Very Ill Tempered Gnome
Strong Ale
9.7
80
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
Blitzen
Belgian Tripel
8.4
35
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
Weezin-ator
German Doppelbock
9.7
71
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
10
44
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
9.5
65
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
5.9
53
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
9
80
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
6.3
20
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
7.8
50
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.