December 3rd - December 7th, 2014 | Pioneer Courthouse Square | Portland, Oregon

More than 50 potent winter ales are featured at this year's event, all of which are created specifically to bring warmth and cheer to the holiday season. These aren't beers you'll find in the supermarket - our brewers have put together special recipes just for the Holiday Ale Festival.

Limited Release Beers

Limited Release Beers

The Limited Release Beers are special vintage beers for which there is a very limited supply. These beers typically require additional tickets for a taster, with a select few also offered as full mug pours of varying ticket cost. To help ensure as many people as possible get a fair chance of trying at least one of these beers, we stagger their tapping throughout each day of the fest (Wednesday through Saturday only).

TBD - To Be Determined • GTHT - Gone Today, Here Tomorrow • OUT - Sold Out

All Limited Release Beers are double tickets unless noted (onsite); some are tasters only. Beers are subject to change.

    Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 @ 11:00 AM

  • Cascade Brewing

    Cascade Brewing
    Sang Noir (2009)

    Barrel-Aged Sour AleABV: 10.2% • IBUs: 5
    A big, full-bodied double Flanders style Double Red comes from a blend of several barrel aged beers, aged on 100 pounds of Bing Cherries, with portions of the beer aging in Heaven Hills and Maker's Mark Whiskey barrels and Pinot Noir Barrels. For sweet high notes, Bourbonic Plague and Blond Quad aged in Minnesota oak were added.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Portland, OR cascadebrewing.com

  • Collaborator

    Collaborator
    Moore Maibock (2010)

    MaibockABV: 7.5%
    Produced only for the Holiday Ale Festival, the Collaborator Moore Maibock, featuring Saaz hops, is a Bavarian strong golden lager that was commonly produced during the brief period between the severe winters along the northern edge of the Alps, when people hunker down indoors, and the hot summers, when people flock to the beer gardens.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Portland, OR oregonbrewcrew.com

  • Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

    Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
    Midas Touch

    Herbed/Spiced BeerABV: 9.0% • IBUs: 12
    This sweet yet dry beer is made with ingredients found in 2,700-year-old drinking vessels from the tomb of King Midas. Somewhere between wine and mead, Midas will please the chardonnay and beer drinker alike.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Milton, CT dogfish.com BeerAdvocate RateBeer

  • Hair of the Dog Brewing Co.

    Hair of the Dog Brewing Co.
    JIM (IV) (2009)

    Strong BlendABV: 10.0%
    A Holiday Ale/HotD collaboration honoring the late Jim Kennedy, this blend features Doggie Claws, Adam, Fred from the wood, and Blue Dot, with a keg of English Brown Ale, German Bock, and American Strong Ale, and finished off with Cantillon St. Lamvinus, Scaldis Noel, Corsendonk Christmas Ale, and Orval.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Portland, OR hairofthedog.com BeerAdvocate RateBeer



  • Thursday, December 5th, 2013 @ 11:00 AM

  • Crooked Stave

    Crooked Stave
    Cranberry & Spices (Vielle)


    From the Vieille series, the cranberries offer an acidic hit of fruit to balance the solid backbone of of the infamous Crooked Stave earthy funk. This pours reddish-pink and mostly clear, with a pink-tinted lacing.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Denver, CO crookedstave.com BeerAdvocate RateBeer

  • Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

    Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
    Burton Baton (2012)

    Imperial IPAABV: 10.0% • IBUs: 80
    Hopped with Warrior and Glacier varieties, primary fermentation takes place in open vessels using two yeast strains, one American and one English. For added complexity, the beer is conditioned on French Oak barrel staves for four months before being dry hopped with Glacier at the rate of a half-pound per barrel. This elixir is then blended 50/50 with 90 Minute IPA.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Milton, CT dogfish.com BeerAdvocate RateBeer

  • Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

    Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
    Helldorado (2012)

    Barley WineABV: 11.7%
    Blonde barley wine hopped with Eldorado hops.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Paso Robles, CA firestonebeer.com

  • Lompoc Brewing

    Lompoc Brewing
    Bob's Memorial Braggot (2009)

    BraggotABV: 7.0%
    Brewed in the summer of '08 and blended and bottled in March '09, this beer is 2.25 parts mead to 1 part brown ale. The late Bob Farrell, one of the true gentlemen of the Oregon craft-beer world, was a great fan of braggot, and helped blend this before his untimely death from cancer. We raise our glass to Bob when we drink this!

       Beer Location: OUT

    Portland, OR lompocbrewing.com

  • New Belgium Brewing Co.

    New Belgium Brewing Co.
    Paardebloem

    Belgian Strong Pale AleABV: 9.0%
    Using dandelion greens to bitter a Belgian-style ale blossomed from our brewers collaborating with Red Rock Brewing. This being our sixth interpretation together since 2008, expect a wonderfully complex ale fermented with wild Belgian yeast and blended with just a touch of wood-aged beer.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Fort Collins, CO newbelgium.com

  • Oskar Blues

    Oskar Blues
    Ten Fiddy (2008)

    Imperial StoutABV: 9.4% • IBUs: 98
    Deep flavors of chocolate, malt, coffee, cocoa and oats roll across your tongue with the first sip. Made with an enormous amount of two-row malts, chocolate malts, roasted barley, flaked oats and hops, this beer aims to please your dark beer needs.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Longmont, CO oskarblues.com BeerAdvocate RateBeer

  • Oskar Blues

    Oskar Blues
    Chubbourbon (2008)

    Barrel-Aged Scotch Ale (Bourbon)ABV: 8.0%
    This is the Bourbon barrel-aged version of Old Chub, a Scottish style ale brewed with copious amounts of crystal and chocolate malts, and a dash of beechwood-smoked malts. The cola-colored beer features a dense, tawny head, a creamy mouthful and flavors of caramel, chocolate and lightly roasted malt. Complex and rich, it finishes with a whisper of smokiness.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Longmont, CO oskarblues.com BeerAdvocate RateBeer



  • Thursday, December 5th, 2013 @ 5:00 PM

  • Holiday Ale Festival

    Holiday Ale Festival
    Crooked Stave/Cascade Live Sour Blending

    Live Blending
    Featuring Crooked Stave Cranberry & Spices and Cascade Creamsicle. The sweetness of the oranges are sure to provide a perfect balance with the tartness of the cranberries, with just the right amount of seasonal spice.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Portland, OR holidayale.com

    Come meet Preston from Cascade and Chad from Crooked Stave in this special live blending meet/greet event.

    - Holiday Ale Festival Staff


  • Friday, December 6th, 2013 @ 11:00 AM

  • Bison Brewing Co.

    Bison Brewing Co.
    Tangerine Trees and Marmalade Skies (2011)

    Barrel-Aged Belgian TripelABV: 9.0%
    A Belgian Tripel barrel-aged with pectin-free Naval orange marmalade in Evan Williams barrels providing hints of vanilla and tangerine peel. We only have one of these kegs, so it will go quick.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Berkeley, CA bisonbrew.com

  • Deschutes Brewery

    Deschutes Brewery
    The Abyss (6 Year Vertical) (2007)

    Russian Imperial StoutABV: 11.0% • IBUs: 86
    A deep, dark imperial stout, The Abyss has almost immeasurable depth and complexity. Hints of molasses, licorice and other alluring flavors make it something not just to quaff, but contemplate. We're featuring a 6 year vertical of this incredible brew (2007-2012). This should not be missed!

       Beer Location: OUT

    Bend, OR deschutesbrewery.com

  • Deschutes Brewery

    Deschutes Brewery
    Jubel (2010)

    American Strong AleABV: 11.0%
    Discovered by accident two decades ago when a clumsy burglar didn't realize the weight of his stolen keg of Jubelale. It froze in the season's sub-zero temperatures, only to be discovered the next morning by Gary Fish, Deschutes Brewery owner. More than half the liquid in the keg had frozen and the rest was a very cold, highly concentrated 'Jubelale on steroids'.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Bend, OR deschutesbrewery.com

  • Deschutes Brewery

    Deschutes Brewery
    Virgin Sacrifice

    Cherry Russian Imperial Stout
    Description coming soon.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Bend, OR deschutesbrewery.com

  • Oakshire Brewing

    Oakshire Brewing
    Brandywine

    BrandywineABV: 9.5%
    Brandywine is our 2012 Barleywine, called Ol' 2 Planker that was aged for one year in used Brandy Barrels. Layers of fruit, oak, mild vanilla, and sweet wine intertwine with the bold malty flavors of the Barleywine. The hops have faded leaving a complex malty elixir.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Eugene, OR oakbrew.com



  • Saturday, December 7th, 2013 @ 11:00 AM

  • Alaskan Brewing Co.

    Alaskan Brewing Co.
    Perseverance Ale (Pilot Series) (2012)

    Russian Imperial StoutABV: 9.0% • IBUs: 50
    This limited edition Imperial Stout is brewed with glacier-fed water, birch syrup from the Alaska Birch Syrup Co., fireweed honey from Alaskan Bee Apiaries, brown sugar and an array of different malts including malted oats and a dash of our world famous alder-smoked malt.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Juneau, AK alaskanbeer.com

  • Bear Republic Brewing Co.

    Bear Republic Brewing Co.
    Old Baba Yaga (2009)

    Imperial StoutABV: 11.5%
    Named for the witch who guarded the fountain of life and death in Russian folklore, the black depths of this Russian Imperial Stout hold coffee, licorice, and bittersweet chocolate flavors.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Cloverdale, CA bearrepublic.com BeerAdvocate RateBeer

  • Cascade Brewing

    Cascade Brewing
    Creamsicle (2012)

    NW-Style Sour Strong Blonde aleABV: 9.0%
    This NW style sour strong blonde ale was barrel aged six months, then aged 'marshmallow style' and blended with orange stock. Soft marshmallow and hints of citrus are noticed up front. Sweet candy, vanilla and marshmallow cover the palate and lead to a slightly tart, citrus finish with a lingering marshmallow note.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Portland, OR cascadebrewing.com

  • Deschutes Brewery

    Deschutes Brewery
    The Sage Pumpkin

    Herbed Pumpkin AleABV: 7.5% • IBUs: 24
    'Tis the season for the warming spiced notes of pumpkin. We went out on a limb from the traditional pumpkin ale and added rubbed culinary sage at the end of fermentation. Spicy, earthy, aromatic and warming, this beer prepares you for the crispness of the air outside.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Bend, OR deschutesbrewery.com

  • Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

    Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
    Hellhound On My Ale (2012)

    Imperial IPAABV: 10.0% • IBUs: 100
    Working again with our friends at Sony Legacy, Dogfish Head pays tribute to Mississippi Delta bluesman Robert Johnson, who, according to legend, sold his soul down at the crossroads in a midnight bargain and changed music forever. We're gettin' the hellhounds off his trail and into this finely-crafted ale. Dry-hopped with 100% Centennial hops.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Milton, CT dogfish.com BeerAdvocate RateBeer

  • Great Divide Brewing

    Great Divide Brewing
    Espresso Oak-Aged Yeti (2008)

    Barrel-Aged Imperial StoutABV: 9.5% • IBUs: 75
    A generous infusion of local Denver espresso adds yet another layer of complexity to this beer, combining with the vanilla oak character, intense roasty maltiness and bold hop profile to create a whole new breed of mythical creature.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Denver, CO greatdivide.com BeerAdvocate RateBeer

  • New Belgium Brewing Co.

    New Belgium Brewing Co.
    Paardebloem

    Belgian Strong Pale AleABV: 9.0%
    Using dandelion greens to bitter a Belgian-style ale blossomed from our brewers collaborating with Red Rock Brewing. This being our sixth interpretation together since 2008, expect a wonderfully complex ale fermented with wild Belgian yeast and blended with just a touch of wood-aged beer.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Fort Collins, CO newbelgium.com

  • Oakshire Brewing

    Oakshire Brewing
    Heavenly Oraz Burton (2012)

    Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout (Bourbon)ABV: 9.0% • IBUs: 57
    Heavenly Oraz Burton is our 2012 Imperial Stout, Oraz Burton, aged for one year in Old Fitzgerald Bourbon Barrels from the Heaven Hill Distillery. Layers of vanilla, oak, and bourbon intertwine with the big roasty and chocolaty Imperial Stout.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Eugene, OR oakbrew.com



  • Saturday, December 7th, 2013 @ 3:00 PM

  • Bear Republic Brewing Co.

    Bear Republic Brewing Co.
    Spiced Old Baba Yaga

    Imperial Stout
    Description coming soon.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Cloverdale, CA bearrepublic.com BeerAdvocate RateBeer

    Come meet Bear Republic's Brewmaster Peter Kruger at this meet/greet event.

    - Holiday Ale Festival Staff
  • Bear Republic Brewing Co.

    Bear Republic Brewing Co.
    Spiced Tartare

    Berliner-Style Weisse
    Description coming soon.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Cloverdale, CA bearrepublic.com BeerAdvocate RateBeer

    Come meet Bear Republic's Brewmaster Peter Kruger at this meet/greet event.

    - Holiday Ale Festival Staff
  • Bear Republic Brewing Co.

    Bear Republic Brewing Co.
    Tartare Rouge

    Berliner-Style Weisse
    Description coming soon.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Cloverdale, CA bearrepublic.com BeerAdvocate RateBeer

    Come meet Bear Republic's Brewmaster Peter Kruger at this meet/greet event.

    - Holiday Ale Festival Staff