McMenamins' Kris Kringle Takes Flight

Do you know which Oregon holiday seasonal beer has been brewed since 1986? The answer is McMenamins' Kris Kringle. Tomorrow, McMenamins will release the 27th edition of its Yuletide Holiday Ale. Does that make Kris Kringle the longest running holiday seasonal in Oregon? I expect it does. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.

Strangely enough, I don't think I've ever tasted it. Well, that's about to change. The brewing team at McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse kindly invited me over to pick up a growler and a bottle their holiday treat. I didn't get a chance to taste it yet, but wanted to share the news of the release. I'll include Kris Kringle in my upcoming series on winter seasonals and will share my tasting notes soon.

For more details about Kris Kringle, check out the description below. You can find it tomorrow though December 24th at a McMenamins location near you.

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McMenamins Seasonal Beer Release
Kris Kringle
Official Release Date: November 15, 2013

Just in time for the holidays, the busy-as-elves McMenamins brewers have created another wonderful gift for your taste buds this holiday season.  The 2013 version of Kris Kringle is a hearty and robust ale with a big and bold malt complexity as well as an intense and flavorful hop profile.  This “winter warmer” highlights the rich, toasty, aromatic and chocolaty malt flavors as its very sturdy foundation.  Generous amounts of four different hop varieties were added in five different additions, which delivers a magnificent and massive hop assault.  McMenamins brewers hope you enjoy this years’ version of our old Holiday favorite, Kris Kringle.  Happy Holidays and a Wonderful New Year!

Malts: Pale Ale, Munich, Wheat, 15L & 120L Crystal, Chocolate

Hops: Nugget, Chinook, Cascade, Santiam

OG: 1.068   TG: 1.015   ABV: 6.84   IBU: 90   SRM: 15

Buzz words: Robust, Hoppy, Festive

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