Tuesday, November 30

Portland Holiday Ale Fest Kicks off Tomorrow!

At 2:00pm tomorrow the wonderful Holiday Ale Fest kicks off. Information can be found at their website:

http://holidayale.com/index.php

5 days of extremely good craft beer will be pouring. From barleywines and blends, to sours and Belgians...  many diverse beers, and breweries will be present. This is usually the most anticipated brew event for me. I even took 8 days vacation from my usual full time job so I could at least attend 3 days of the event. The beers are heavy, and I live in Vancouver, WA. That means I will have to make more trips there this year so I can try as many as I can without getting intoxicated beyond belief which can be quite easy there with so many powerful beers.

The 2010 Holiday Ale Festival Beer List

Brews I especially look forward to trying:

- Bear Republic Brewing Company • Ebeweesner Scrooge
- Beer Valley Brewing Company • Ho Ho Ho Slapper
- Block 15 Restaurant & Brewery • Figgy Pudding, Olde Stock
- Boneyard Beer Company • Femme Fatale
- Columbia River Brewing Company • Paddler's Porter
- Firestone Walker Brewing Company • Union Barrel Fermented Porter
- Fort George Brewery & Public House • North the Fourth
- Hopworks Urban Brewery • Kentucky Christmas
- Lucky Labrador Brewing • Pavlov's Russian Imperial Stout
- Ninkasi Brewing Company • Unconventionale
- Shmaltz Brewing Company • Jewbelation Blend
- Southern Oregon Brewing Company • Mrs. Claws
- Three Creeks Brewing Company • Rudolph's Imperial Red  (Huge fan of the standard Rudolph's Red)
- Widmer Brothers Brewing Company • Black Dynamite

With some of the lists floating around out there, I am sure this doesn't touch everything that will show, but these are my picks from their official website.

Also don't forget some of the others that are really local. If you are visiting, don't miss my favorite sour to date from Cascade Brewing...  the Sang Noir. Pure enjoyment. Also don't hesitate to try Bridgeports Old Knucklehead Barleywine. I still haven't even had that yet, and hear it is delicious.

The Holiday Ale Festival tap schedule will be as follows:

Wednesday, Dec. 1st

  • 2:00pm - 10:00pm
Thursday, Dec. 2nd
  • 11:00am - 10:00pm
Friday, Dec. 3rd
  • 11:00am - 10:00pm
Saturday, Dec. 4th
  • 11:00am - 10:00pm
Sunday, Dec. 5th
  • 11:00am - 5:00pm

Don't miss the event! It is always a blast...  and usually starts to get crowded around 4pm and later...  so if you are an early sipper, or a late drinker...  there will be plenty of goodies there for all. See you there!

Drive sober, and be responsible!

Perry

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