Scenes from Holiday Ale Fest '13

Holiday Ale Fest '13 is on! The 18th installment of Portland's winter beer extravaganza opened today under clear skies and frigid (for Portland standards) weather. As expected, opening day crowds were light, lines were short, and the entire taplist was flowing.

For the first time, I actually stuck to my game plan and sampled everything on my tasting list. My favorites were Yule Goat (Deschutes), Cherry Diesel (Cascade), The Twerking Elf (Stickmen), and Gargantua (Eel River). Tastes and preferences differ, so I won't provide my tasting notes. Instead, be sure to check out the festival's taplist, which provides detailed descriptions for each beer.

The festival ends on Sunday, so make sure you plan a trip down to Pioneer Square to enjoy some unique winter beer!

Did you attend Holiday Ale Festival? What were your favorites?

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