Portland’s Holiday Ale Fest

This celebration of winter suds is set beneath Portland's majestic holiday tree.

Holiday Ale FestivalRevelers toast beneath the ale fest's clear tent.
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    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* — 2015 selections included 2 Towns Ciderhouse‘s “Nice & Naughty” bourbon and candied ginger cider; Vertigo Brewing‘s Insomnia Coffee Cream Ale (flavored with cold brewed coffee and lactose); and Alameda Brewing Co.’s “Cookies for Papa” ale, made using cranberries, cocoa nibs and bourbon vanilla beans. 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.

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