Each year, Portland plays host to the Holiday Ale Festival, the nation's preeminent winter beer festival. The 2014 festival closed yesterday. I attended, sampled a few of the beers and had a great time. But I'm still in the mood for more winter beers. With Christmas just a few weeks away, I decided to taste a few brewed specially for the holiday. To make my tasting list, the beer had to have "Christmas Ale" in its name. Believe it or not, I found four that met my stringent criteria:
- Christmas Ale, Bells Brewery, Kalamazoo, MI
- Christmas Ale, Breckenridge Brewery, Denver, CO
- Schlafly Christmas Ale, The St. Louis Brewing Co., St. Louis, MO
- St. Bernardus Christmas Ale, St. Bernardus Brouwerij, Watou, Belgium
I hope to taste and write about all of these before December 25th. Anchor Brewing has also released a Christmas Ale for forty consecutive years. I wrote about the 2010 edition, but have not tasted it since. If you've tasted this year's version, please let me know what you think.
What beers do you like to drink at Christmas (regardless of their names)?