21st annual Holiday Ale Festival Announces Beer/Cider List
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Holiday Ale Festival will officially come of age this year as it celebrates the 21st annual event, Nov. 30 through Dec. 4 at Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW Sixth Ave. Known for assembling a prestigious lineup of winter offerings, the festival will feature more than 50 specialty beers and ciders that have either been crafted specifically for the event or are hard-to-fine vintages.
Despite being held outdoors during one of the coldest months of the year, more than 14,000 festival attendees stay warm and dry over the five-day festival under clear-topped tents that cover the venue. Gas heaters create a cozy ambiance beneath the boughs of the region’s largest decorated Christmas tree. In addition to beer and cider tasting, the festival also features meet the brewer events, a handcrafted soda garden, food vendors, cheese parings, a coat/bag check, a raffle, and an iClick photo booth from The Oregon Lottery.
The festival offers a varied collection of offerings, from Belgians to barley wines, porters to winter warmers, and sour ales to stouts. What makes this festival standout from other similar events is the selection: the festival works with every brewery involved to make sure they send a beer or cider that has either been made or blended specifically for their fans at this event, or is a rare or vintage product that isn’t commonly tapped in the state.
This year’s lineup of participating breweries and cideries and beer descriptions is available at www.HolidayAle.com. Limited release offerings will be announced closer to the event.
Advance general admission costs $35 and includes the 2016 tasting glass – a Govino flexible BPA-free polymer glass that is shatterproof, recyclable and reusable – and 14 taster tickets, plus expedited entry all five days with a print at home ticket. General admission at the door is the same price, but includes only 12 tickets and no expedited entry. Advance VIP packages cost $100 and include the tasting glass, 30 taster tickets, special VIP beer lines with little to no waiting, exclusive VIP only vintage beers, bottled water and express entry all five days. Advance tickets are available at http://holidayale.com/advance-tickets.php.
Once inside the festival, a full beer costs four taster tickets, and a taster costs one ticket. Certain limited release and special tappings may not be available in full pours, or may cost extra tickets. Additional beer tickets can be purchased for $1 apiece. Previous years’ glasses will not be filled. Express re-entry requires a wristband and the 2016 tasting cup, and is subject to the festival’s capacity. Designated drivers in a party of two or more may purchase a designated driver wristband for $10, which includes Crater Lake soda or bottled water for the duration of the stay. (Non-designated drivers may purchase soda for $1/glass.) Designated drivers are not allowed to drink any alcohol.
The festival matches then quadruples the proceeds from all designated driver tickets, the soda garden, the coat and bag check and merchandise sales. Those proceeds are donated to the Children’s Cancer Association’s MyMusicRx program, which delivers the healing power of music to children battling cancer and their families.
Attendees are encouraged to avoid drinking and driving; the festival is located right on the MAX Light Rail Line, and has also partnered with Lyft (first-time users can use code HolidayAle16 to receive $10 off).
Event hours are 11am to 10pm Wednesday through Saturday, and 11am to 5pm Sunday. The Holiday Ale Festival is for ages 21 and over. For more information, visit www.holidayale.com.
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2 Towns Ciderhouse, Bourbon Barrel Nice & Naughty, Imperial Cider
54° 40′ Brewing Co., Hill de Prune Oud Bruin, Oud Bruin
Alameda Brewing Co., Papa Noel’s Special Reserve, Session Barrel-Aged Porter
Bear Republic Brewing Co., ’Twas the Beer Before Christmas, Blended Dark & Sour Ale
BridgePort Brewing, Ruckus, Wheat Wine
Burnside Brewing Co., Keg Nog, Whiskey Barrel-Aged Barley Wine
Collaborator, Bacon Cigar, German Rauchbier
Deschutes Brewery, Ginger Cookie Imperial Porter, Spiced Imperial Porter
Double Mountain Brewery, Rennervate, Imperial Stout with coffee, vanilla beans and cinnamon sticks
Drake’s Brewing Co., Grape Fermented ZinDrakonic, Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
Drinking Horse Brewing Co., Yule’s Gold Belgian Holiday Ale, Belgian Golden Ale
Ecliptic Brewing, Barrel-Aged Tarantula Belgian Dubbel Ale, Belgian Dubbel Ale
Eel River Brewing Co., Glass Trees, Oaked Kristall Märzen
Falling Sky Brewing, Satyr Sauce Smoked Barleywine, Smoked Barleywine
Fat Head’s Brewery, Master Bolt of the Solstice, Pinot Noir Barrel-Aged Belgian Golden Strong
Feckin Brewery, Feckin De Los Muertos, Whiskey Barrel-Aged Espresso Horchata Porter
Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Winter Ruby Cider, Oak Aged Cranberry Cider
Firestone Walker Brewing Co., F1, Double IPA
Fort George Brewery, All Seeing Pie, Barrel-Aged Stout
Fremont Brewing, “S’mores” Bonfire Ale, Winter Ale
Full Sail Brewing Co., Bourbon Aged Northwest Red, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Red Ale
Gigantic, Holy Cow!, Imperial Milk Stout
Golden Valley Brewery, Dundee Bypass, Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter
Heater Allen Brewing, H-E-Doppelsticke, Doppelsticke
Hopworks Urban Brewery, Cedarcalifragilistic, Imperial Winter Ale
Lagunitas Brewing Co., Barrel-Aged Imperial Pils with Ginger and Quenepa, Barrel-Aged Imperial Pilsner
Lompoc Brewing, Cherry Christmas, Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale
Loowit Brewing Co., Snow’s Ghost, Golden Stout
Mazama Brewing Co., Kind of a Fig Deal, Aged Belgian Brown Ale
McMenamins Edgefield Brewery, Lord of Misrule 2016, Imperial Stout
Migration Brewing, Bridgetown IPA, West Coast IPA
Natian Brewery, Communion, Imperial Red Ale
Nectar Creek, Top Bar, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Coffee/Bourbon Mead
Ninkasi Brewing Co., Griswold, Imperial Red Ale with Cherry
No-Li Brewhouse, #WhiteRazzMocha, Coffee Stout
Old Town Brewing, Kris KringAle, Spiced White Ale
Ordnance Brewing, Imperial Bloops, Imperial Fruit Wheat Ale
Pelican Brewing Co., Abuela’s Casita, Holiday Stout
Plank Town Brewing, Bock the Halls, Honey Doppelbock
Portland Cider Co., Holiday Juniper, Cider
Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider, Where Apple Pies Go When They Die, Cider
Rogue Ales, Piece de RYEsistance, Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged Belgian Dubbel
Ross Island Brewing
with Culmination Brewing, Ross Island Strong Ale, English Strong Ale
Rusty Truck Brewing Co., Milk Chocolate Baltic Porter, Baltic Porter
Santiam Brewing, Pirate Stout: Govna’s Reserve, Rum and Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout
Sixpoint Brewery, Big Raspy Bourbon, Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout with Raspberries
StormBreaker Brewing, Zero Visibility, Winter Warmer
Vanguard Brewing Co., Lee’s Coconut Snowballs, American Strong Ale
Wandering Aengus Ciderworks, Golden Door, Cider
Widmer Brothers Brewing, Winter Happiness, Doppelsticke Alt/Glühbier
Wolf Tree Brewery, King of the Forest, Oud Bruin
Worthy Brewing, French Press Dark Saison, Black Saison with Coffee
Zoiglhaus Brewing/PINTS Brewing, A Tipple for Nikolaus, Barrel-Aged Fruit and Spice Lager