It’s the most wonderful time for a beer!
It’s the hop-happiest season of all!
There’s a buzz in the air of Pioneer Courthouse Square
when mugs flow with ales…
That’s enough of that, but from Nov. 30-Dec. 4, prepare to uncork a beer-inspired carol from of your own during downtown Portland’s annual Holiday Ale Festival. This celebration of winter suds set beneath the region’s largest decorated Christmas tree features big, bold beers designed to keep revelers warm on cold winter nights* — 2016 selections included 2 Towns Ciderhouse‘s “Nice & Naughty” cider with honey and seasonal spices like clove and cinnamon; Keg Nog, a barley wine from Burnside Brewing Co. with notes of caramel and molasses and a hefty 10% ABV; and Alameda Brewing Co.‘s “Papa Noel’s Special Reserve” ale, aged in Dickel Tennessee Whiskey barrels. Every beer is made or blended specifically for the festival, so you’re not likely to find them anywhere else.
The event also includes delicious, holiday-themed foods, live music and a Sunday brunch with exclusive beers alongside European pastries, cured meats and artisan cheeses. Wear some Santa pants, because you’re going to need a bigger waistline.
*On the off chance that the strong beers aren’t enough to keep you warm, the festival’s clear-top tent and gas heaters ought to do the trick.