Ninkasi's Sleigh'r and Imperiale Return for the Holidays

The start of the long rainy season in the Northwest makes me crave rich, malty, dark beers. Ninkasi Brewing must have the same idea. Sleigh’r and Imperiale are now widely available for your malty drinking pleasure!

Sleigh'r, Ninkasi's Dark Double Alt Ale, has been brewed since 2009.  This beer is meant to be enjoyed fresh, but last winter I sampled a two-year old bottle. I was impressed by how well it held up. It was incredibly smooth! You can see my review of both fresh and two-year old Sleigh’r here.

Imperiale, an Imperial Stout brewed since 2011, is also available. I have not yet tasted this beer, but will do so soon.  For more details about Sleigh’r and Imperial, take a look at the information provided by Ninkasi below.

I’m also glad to see that Ninkasi is shipping a 12 bottle variety pack. The winter edition feature bottles of Total Domination, Oatis, Believer, and Sleigh’r.

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 Sleigh’r Dark Doüble Alt Ale and Imperiale Imperial Stout Return this October 

EUGENE, Ore. — Cheers to winter with returning cold-weather favorites from Ninkasi Brewing Company. Inspired by the cold winter months, traditional beer styles, blissful days on the mountain, and even a little heavy metal, Sleigh’r Dark Doüble Alt Ale and Imperiale Imperial Stout are the perfect remedy to rock any winter day.

“The motivation for creating Sleigh’r was to make a beer that was different than other Northwest winter beers that feature big hop profiles and rich caramel flavor,” says Jamie Floyd, co-owner and founding brewer of Ninkasi. “We created a malt-forward yet dry, toasty and hardy beer brewed in the traditional German Alt way, only darker.”

Also offered this winter, Imperiale Imperial Stout is a rich, smooth but warming beer with lots of roasted malt flavor to fight off the winter months. “This is a great beer to have when reading a book in a cozy nook on a cold wintry day,” says Floyd.

Both beers pair well with the hearty foods served during the holidays and the winter months. “These beers make home-cooked meals and big banquets even more memorable.”

Each beer will be available in bottles and on-draft October through December.

Sleigh’r Stats
Style: Dark Doüble Alt Ale
Series: Seasonal Release Series
ABV: 7.2
IBU: 50
Starting Gravity: 1068
Malt: 2-Row Pale, Crystal, Munich, Carahell, Roasted Barley, Chocolate
Hops: Nugget
Available: On draft, 12 and 22-ounce bottles, fall variety 12-pack, winter variety 4-pack
Distribution: Oregon; Washington; Idaho; Montana; California; Alaska; and Vancouver, British Columbia

Description: A delicious Northwest seasonal brewed with winter in mind. A dark doüble alt ale, malty and delicious, it's sure to keep the winter at bay. And yes, Sleigh'r does rock!

Tasting Notes: An alt ferments with ale yeast at colder lagering temperatures. This effect gives alts a more refined and crisp lager-like flavor than traditional ales. The doüble alt means that it has been “Ninkasified." Regular alts are 5 to 5.5 percent ABV and 40 IBU's. Sleigh'r has a deep, toasted malt flavor that finishes dry and has 7.2 percent ABV and 50 IBU's keeping it in a perfect alt balance!

Imperiale Stats
Style: Imperial Stout
Series: Special Release Series
ABV: 9.1
IBU: 70
Starting Gravity: 1090
Malt: 2-Row Pale, Munich, Crystal, Flaked Barley, Roasted Barley, Black Malt, Carafa
Hops: Nugget
Available: On draft, 22-ounce bottles, winter variety 4-pack
Distribution: Oregon; Washington; Idaho; Montana; California; Alaska; and Vancouver, British Columbia

Description: Rich, full bodied and surprisingly smooth, Imperiale Stout has a big roast hit up front. Dark malt flavors are balanced with an ample hop bitterness to finish.

Tasting Notes: Roasted malt up front, with a smooth and creamy body warming the mouth. Caramel, toffee, molasses and a touch coffee notes are present but unified in one amazingly drinkable beer. Let us bundle you up!
Learn more about Ninkasi’s line-up of craft beers at

About Ninkasi Brewing Company
Founded in 2006 by Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge, Ninkasi Brewing Company continues to grow from its first batch of Total Domination IPA, to a 55-barrel brewing system located in Eugene, Ore.  Ninkasi’s Flagship beers—Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, Believer Double Red, Oatis Oatmeal Stout, and Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout—are sold throughout Oregon, Alaska, California, Idaho, Montana, Washington, and British Columbia. The brewery remains privately-owned and is committed to community support and giving. Ninkasi’s Beer Is Love program offers in-kind donations and support for organizations throughout its footprint.
For more information, call 541.344.2739 or visit 


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