November 30th - December 4th, 2016 | 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

2016 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 glass 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 Friday only).

TBD - To Be Determined • MPLT - More Pouring Later Today • 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. "Meet the Brewer" Beers will be announced the evening before each day of the event. All other limited release beers will be announced as "pop-up" tappings in real-time both here and on our social media feeds.

    Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 @ 11:00 AM


    NOTE: While we expect to tap these at the specified time, there may be a delay as these will tap once the previous limited release beer at the specified location runs out.
  • pFriem Family Brewers

    pFriem Family Brewers
    Scotch Barrel-Aged Imperial Brown

    Scotch Barrel-Aged Imperial BrownABV: 10.5% • IBUs: 45
    Scotch Barrel Aged Imperial Brown - a complex and dynamic, malty beer, aged in single malt Scotch barrels. It's filled with aromas of toffee and nutmeg, bold flavors of creamy vanilla bean and cinnamon, and a round, warm finish.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Hood River, OR pfriembeer.com

    Meet the pFriem Brewers!

    - Holiday Ale Festival Staff
  • pFriem Family Brewers

    pFriem Family Brewers
    Flanders Blonde

    Sour Blonde AleABV: 7.1% • IBUs: 19
    Flanders Blonde spends months in a Pinot Noir wine barrel before it's unleashed, brimming with notes of green apple and lemon. It's no wonder why gentlemen prefer blondes.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Hood River, OR pfriembeer.com

    Meet the pFriem Brewers!

    - Holiday Ale Festival Staff
  • pFriem Family Brewers

    pFriem Family Brewers
    Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout

    Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial StoutABV: 11.0%
    The first Imperial Stouts were high-alcohol concoctions brewed for Czar Peter the Great of Russia. Our own Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout absorbs the tannins of Oola Distiller's Bourbon Barrels for a full year, resulting in huge roasted malt, chocolate mousse, coconut and ripe cherry flavors that may leave you feeling like a bit of a monarch yourself!

       Beer Location: OUT

    Hood River, OR pfriembeer.com

    Meet the pFriem Brewers!

    - Holiday Ale Festival Staff
  • pFriem Family Brewers

    pFriem Family Brewers
    Cognac Barrel-Aged Belgian Dark

    Cognac Barrel-Aged Belgian Dark AleABV: 10.3%
    Before it aged in Courvoisier Cognac barrels previously housing distilled wine made from Ugni Blanc, it spent a year with a Belgian yeast strain, ensuring that the liquid made with pilsner malt and Dark Belgian Candi Sugar evolved gently with time and offering a pleasing degree of toffee, ripe plumb, Sherry, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg, and a touch of warm cherries.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Hood River, OR pfriembeer.com

    Meet the pFriem Brewers!

    - Holiday Ale Festival Staff


  • Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 @ 1:00 PM


    NOTE: While we expect to tap these at the specified time, there may be a delay as these will tap once the previous limited release beer at the specified location runs out.
  • Against The Grain

    Against The Grain
    70K

    Double Imperial Milk StoutABV: 13.1% • IBUs: 48
    Taking awesome and doubling it can only be double awesome. It's math. This is essentially the 35K recipe doubled. Then we decided to make it 2.5X awesome by aging it in Angel's Envy barrels for a really, really long time. The bourbon and oak flavors perfectly compliment the massive flavors in the double mega imperial milk stout.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Louisville, KY atgbrewery.com

  • BridgePort Brewing Co.

    BridgePort Brewing Co.
    Old Knucklehead (2011)

    Barley Wine-Style AleABV: 9.1% • IBUs: 65 • O.G.: 22.0° • F.G.: 5.9°
    Old Knucklehead is a barley wine style ale aged in American Oak Bourbon barrels, creating notes of vanilla, toffee and sherry.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Portland, OR bridgeportbrew.com BeerAdvocate RateBeer

  • Stone Brewing Co.

    Stone Brewing Co.
    Team Storm Brain BBA Oatmeal Porter

    Bourbon Barrel-Aged Oatmeal PorterABV: 9.3%
    Spotlight Series created by Team Storm Brain: Lead Brewer Jeremy Moynier & Senior Beer Release Program Manager Ben Lee.The beer has a full mouthfeel from the oats, a grape characteristic from the hops, and rounds out with a nice wood and bourbon finish.

       Beer Location: 1

    Escondido, CA stonebrew.com



  • Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 @ 3:00 PM


    NOTE: While we expect to tap these at the specified time, there may be a delay as these will tap once the previous limited release beer at the specified location runs out.
  • Deschutes Brewery

    Deschutes Brewery
    The Abyss (3 Year Vertical) (2013)

    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 3 year vertical of this incredible brew (2013-2015). Don't miss this!

       Beer Location: OUT

    Bend, OR deschutesbrewery.com



  • Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 @ 5:30 PM


    NOTE: While we expect to tap these at the specified time, there may be a delay as these will tap once the previous limited release beer at the specified location runs out.
  • Alaskan Brewing Co.

    Alaskan Brewing Co.
    Perseverance Ale (Pilot Series) (2011)

    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



  • Thursday, December 1st, 2016 @ 11:00 AM


    NOTE: While we expect to tap these at the specified time, there may be a delay as these will tap once the previous limited release beer at the specified location runs out.
  • Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

    Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
    Samichlaus (2001)

    DoppelbockABV: 14.0%
    Yes, you read that right. A vintage 15 year old Samichlaus; brewed only once a year on December 6th and is aged for 10 months before bottling, Samichlaus is one of the rarest specialty beers in the world, ideal for aging, and older vintages become more complex with a creamy, warming finish.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Vorchdorf, Austria schloss-eggenberg.at BeerAdvocate RateBeer

  • Evil Twin Brewing

    Evil Twin Brewing
    Imperial Biscotti Break

    Imperial StoutABV: 11.5%
    The Roman Empire had a certain "je ne sais quoi" festive food culture, extravagant architecture and spectacular live entertainment. Listen - that's still all part of the secret Imperial ingredient - keep it cool, clean, confident, arrogant and flamboyant. Forza Imperiale.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Brooklyn, NY eviltwin.dk

  • Nectar Ales

    Nectar Ales
    Black Xantus (2008)

    Imperial StoutABV: 11.0%
    Aged on a blend of Bourbon, Brandy and neutral barrels, this Jobella Coffee charged imperial stout coats the palate with oatmeal, coffee, chocolate and roasted grain notes. Pouring a dark mahogany-brown with a deep beige/mocha head, its aroma provides hints of blackberry, campfire, licorice, chocolate and espresso.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Paso Robles, CA firestonebeer.com

  • Stone Brewing Co.

    Stone Brewing Co.
    Depth-Charged Double Bastard (Espresso)

    Espresso Strong AleABV: 11.2%
    Brewed with espresso beans, this is a lacerative muther of a beer. The evil big brother of Arrogant Bastard Ale, it is strongly suggested you stay far, far away from this beer. Those foolish enough to venture close enough to taste will experience a punishingly unforgiving assault on the palate. 'Course there's always the masochists...

       Beer Location: OUT

    Escondido, CA stonebrew.com



  • Thursday, December 1st, 2016 @ 12:00 PM


    NOTE: While we expect to tap these at the specified time, there may be a delay as these will tap once the previous limited release beer at the specified location runs out.
  • Boneyard Beer

    Boneyard Beer
    Suge Knite (2011)

    Imperial StoutABV: 14.0%
    Pronounced just like the infamous gangsta rap producer - is the Evander Holyfield of ales: a serious heavyweight. Inspired by another oversize stout, Dark Lord, from 3 Floyds, with whom Boneyard Brewmaster Tony Lawrence previously collaborated on Boneyard's Cascadian ale, Armored Fist.

       Beer Location: MPLT

    Bend, OR boneyardbeer.com

  • Deschutes Brewery

    Deschutes Brewery
    Not The Stoic (2014)

    Belgian-Style QuadABV: 12.0%
    Brewed with pomegranate & molasses, 15% aged in oak wine barrels and 15% aged in oak rye barrels. The result - a contemplatively brewed quad created in homage to all those who doubted the original. This unrepentant rendition is definitively Not The Stoic.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Bend, OR deschutesbrewery.com



  • Thursday, December 1st, 2016 @ 1:30 PM


    NOTE: While we expect to tap these at the specified time, there may be a delay as these will tap once the previous limited release beer at the specified location runs out.
  • New Belgium Brewing Co.

    New Belgium Brewing Co.
    Love (Peach Oscar)

    Sour Brown Ale with PeachesABV: 6.0%
    This now-legendary barrel was born more than 30 years ago and first used to produce Elijah Craig 25-year bourbon. It then traveled from Kentucky to Portland by a man named Tom and spent nearly 18 months aging Hair of the Dog's Cherry Adam From The Wood.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Fort Collins, CO newbelgium.com



  • Thursday, December 1st, 2016 @ 2:00 PM


    NOTE: While we expect to tap these at the specified time, there may be a delay as these will tap once the previous limited release beer at the specified location runs out.
  • Stone Brewing Co.

    Stone Brewing Co.
    Oaked Arrogant Bastard

    Strong Ale Aged on Oak ChipsABV: 7.2%
    This is an aggressive beer. You probably won't like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to be able to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth. We would suggest that you stick to safer and more familiar territory - maybe something with a multimillion-dollar ad campaign aimed at convincing you it's made in a little brewery, or one that implies that their tasteless fizzy yellow beer will give you more sex appeal.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Escondido, CA stonebrew.com



  • Thursday, December 1st, 2016 @ 3:00 PM


    NOTE: While we expect to tap these at the specified time, there may be a delay as these will tap once the previous limited release beer at the specified location runs out.
  • Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

    Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
    Maltose Falcons (2014)

    BrownywineABV: 13.6% • IBUs: 32
    A collaboration beer with Los Angeles' oldest home-brew club for their 40th anniversary, this is a rum soaked chocolate pound cake. Loads of rich, silky cocoa dusted malt character with a sturdy yet elegant balance on hop spice and boozy barrel accents.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Paso Robles, CA firestonebeer.com

    Come meet Thomas Blackburn from Firestone Walker!

    - Holiday Ale Festival Staff
  • Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

    Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
    Anniversary XVIII (2014)

    Strong Ale BlendABV: 12.5%
    A blend of beers 76% Barley Wine style beers, 19% Stout and 5% Imperial IPA. XV introduces their new blonde barley wine Helldorado and features vintage Sticky Monkey, Parabola, Velvet Merkin, Good Foot, Bravo, and Double Jack just to name a few. Big and rich, sweet and malty, bourbon and oak. This beer has it all.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Paso Robles, CA firestonebeer.com

    Come meet Thomas Blackburn from Firestone Walker!

    - Holiday Ale Festival Staff
  • Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

    Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
    Imperial Smoked Walker's Reserve

    Imperial Smoked PorterABV: 10.0% • IBUs: 50
    Imperial Smoked Walker's Reserve is a throwback to an original staple in early Firestone history: Walker's Reserve Porter. The brewers enhanced the original recipe and incorporated the addition of Weyermann Beech smoked malt as a majority of the base malts, lending a noticeable yet subtle smoke profile complementing the rich chocolate and caramel flavors. The use of rolled oats in the mash provide for a thick and chewy body.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Paso Robles, CA firestonebeer.com

    Come meet Thomas Blackburn from Firestone Walker!

    - Holiday Ale Festival Staff
  • Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

    Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
    Krieky Bones

    Cherry Flanders Red AleABV: 5.7%
    This beer begins its life as a Flanders Red style beer aged 24 months in a 2200 gallon French oak foeder. Sour Montmorency cherries are added and allowed a secondary fermentation. The aroma is of cherry pie complete with flavors of pie crust and spicy notes. Vienna malt notes give way to an assertive acidity, and a bright carbonation.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Paso Robles, CA firestonebeer.com

    Come meet Thomas Blackburn from Firestone Walker!

    - Holiday Ale Festival Staff
  • Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

    Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
    Parabajava

    Imperial StoutABV: 13.0%
    Parabajava is a collaboration with the famed Intelligentsia Coffee Company, utilizing their El Diablo espresso blend. The coffee brings intense coffee house espresso aroma - roasty caramel, toffee, molasses and fresh ground coffee notes. The flavor melds well with the big rich character of the stout - complementary roasty flavors, dark baker's chocolate, and more caramel which pairs well with Parabola's rich malt and smokey oak bourbon notes.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Paso Robles, CA firestonebeer.com

    Come meet Thomas Blackburn from Firestone Walker!

    - Holiday Ale Festival Staff
  • Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

    Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
    Sour Opal

    American GueuzeABV: 6.8%
    This American "Gueuze" represents a spectrum of flavors from a traditional barrel aged sour ale, complete with aromas of aged cheese and a distinct earthy mustiness that can only be found in a well cellared barrel aged sour. The complexity and balanced flavors of Sour Opal can be attributed first to the crisp assertive tannic acidity of the Viognier barrels. Oak-derived flavors and aromas mingle with guava, passion fruit, pineapple and tart cherry notes.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Paso Robles, CA firestonebeer.com

    Come meet Thomas Blackburn from Firestone Walker!

    - Holiday Ale Festival Staff


  • Friday, December 2nd, 2016 @ 12:00 PM


    NOTE: While we expect to tap these at the specified time, there may be a delay as these will tap once the previous limited release beer at the specified location runs out.
  • Eel River Brewing Co.

    Eel River Brewing Co.
    Gargantua (2013)

    Imperial Strong Ale BlendABV: 11.5% • IBUs: 80
    Gargantua is first and foremost, BIG. It starts out with an Imperial strong ale that's aged on vanilla for a little holiday twist. It's then blended with Eel River's Bourbon barrel-aged version of its Triple Exultation Strong Ale to bring in notes of oak and whiskey.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Fortuna, CA eelriverbrewing.com

  • Eel River Brewing Co.

    Eel River Brewing Co.
    Gargantua II (2014)

    Whiskey Barrel-Aged Imperial Strong Ale w/ VanillaABV: 11.5% • IBUs: 80
    Gargantua II started as an Imperial Strong Ale brewed with floor malted Marris Otter malt and a blend of English and German specialty malts. The beer was then aged on Bourbon vanilla beans and blended with a strong ale aged in Jack Daniels barrels for six months.

       Beer Location: MPLT

    Fortuna, CA eelriverbrewing.com

  • Eel River Brewing Co.

    Eel River Brewing Co.
    Gargantua III

    Barrel-Aged Imperial Strong AleABV: 12.3% • IBUs: 80
    This 3rd generation of Gargantua started its life as an Imperial Strong ale brewed with floor malted Marris Otter barley and premium English and German specialty malts. It was then blended with a strong ale that was aged for six months in bourbon barrels. This final blend was then aged on Madagascar bourbon vanilla beans and figs for a decadent holiday twist.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Fortuna, CA eelriverbrewing.com



  • Friday, December 2nd, 2016 @ 3:00 PM


    NOTE: While we expect to tap these at the specified time, there may be a delay as these will tap once the previous limited release beer at the specified location runs out.
  • Bear Republic Brewing Co.

    Bear Republic Brewing Co.
    Old Saint Chongo (2011)

    Winter Chocolate Wheat AleABV: 7.0% • IBUs: 35 • O.G.: 18.7° • F.G.: 5.8°
    This winter warmer is brewed with winter fireside contemplation in mind. Rich malts are complemented by cocoa nibs and Mexican chocolate, while the German wheat beer yeast strain lends banana-rama goodness. Old Saint Chongo, patron saint of our monkey friends, requested this beer himself. Relax in your favorite recliner and enjoy this banana split in a glass.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Cloverdale, CA bearrepublic.com BeerAdvocate RateBeer

    Come meet Peter Kruger from Bear Republic!

    - Holiday Ale Festival Staff
  • Bear Republic Brewing Co.

    Bear Republic Brewing Co.
    Do You Want To Build A Snowman? (2014)

    Barrel-Aged Golden BlendABV: 6.8% • IBUs: 20
    With brewers as excited as kids building a snowman after winter's first blizzard, this collaboration blend with Holiday Ale Festival's Preston Weesner pulls in four different barrels from the cellar, including Cuvee de Bubba, Pinot Noir re-fermented Kolsch, Tequila Barrel Aged El Oso Lager and Demolition Derby.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Cloverdale, CA bearrepublic.com BeerAdvocate RateBeer

    Come meet Peter Kruger from Bear Republic!

    - Holiday Ale Festival Staff
  • Bear Republic Brewing Co.

    Bear Republic Brewing Co.
    Goodnight Sweet Prince

    Sour English Ale BlendABV: 8.0%
    A special blend of Clobberskull English Ale and Sonoma County Wild Ale provides for a rich, tart flavor. This one-of-a-kind beer was created as a tribute to the late, great Fred Eckhardt. Don't miss out on this very special brew.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Cloverdale, CA bearrepublic.com BeerAdvocate RateBeer

    Come meet Peter Kruger from Bear Republic!

    - Holiday Ale Festival Staff
  • Hair of the Dog Brewing Co.

    Hair of the Dog Brewing Co.
    JIM II (2008)

    Strong BlendABV: 10.0%
    A collaboration between Blender Preston Weesner and Alan Sprints, Brewmaster at Hair of the Dog. Blended at the Original Hair of the Dog Brewing, this recipe is the second installation to honor the late Jim Kennedy, a tireless promoter of craft beer who was responsible for bringing many of the European import beers that gave inspiration and education to many of the first and second generation brewers in Portland. This commemorative brew is a blend of beers including oak-aged Fred, Adam and Doggie Claws, with German Pilsner and Belgian Triple blended in for a crisp, dry finish.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Portland, OR hairofthedog.com BeerAdvocate RateBeer

    The FINAL Keg in Existence! Don't miss out!

    - Holiday Ale Festival Staff
  • Montavilla Brew Works

    Montavilla Brew Works
    Bourbon Barrel-Aged Old Montavillain

    Bourbon Barrel-Aged Strong AleABV: 9.0% • IBUs: 45
    A velvety-smooth, dark Strong Ale, aged in Eastside Distilling's Burnside Bourbon barrels for over a month. Aromas of soft dark malt, chocolate, and dark cherries combine with the complex flavors of vanilla, charred oak, caramel and coffee.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Portland, OR montavillabrew.com

  • New Belgium Brewing Co.

    New Belgium Brewing Co.
    Love (Oscar) (2009)

    Dark Sour Ale BlendABV: 6.8%
    Oscar is New Belgium's dark sour ale aged in oak foeders, including the original historical barrel, at the brewery. It is blended in various proportions using many of New Belgium's sour wood-aged beers, such as La Folie.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Fort Collins, CO newbelgium.com



  • Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 @ 11:00 AM


    NOTE: While we expect to tap these at the specified time, there may be a delay as these will tap once the previous limited release beer at the specified location runs out.
  • FiftyFifty Brewing Co.

    FiftyFifty Brewing Co.
    Eclipse Imperial Stout (Pappy Van Winkle) (2008)

    Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial StoutABV: 10.0%
    For 225 glorious days, this iteration of Eclipse Imperial Stout aged in 4 Pappy Van Winkle barrels ranging in age from 17 to 23 years. At first taste there is a large presence of dark chocolate, espresso and warmth from the alcohol of the beer. Oak barrel character then comes into play with hints of vanilla and coconut, followed by mild bitterness from the hops, and then a nice long lingering finish with hints of tobacco, dark dried fruit and more chocolate.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Truckee, CA fiftyfiftybrewing.com



  • Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 @ 6:00 PM


    NOTE: While we expect to tap these at the specified time, there may be a delay as these will tap once the previous limited release beer at the specified location runs out.
  • Drake's Brewing Co.

    Drake's Brewing Co.
    Zin Barrel-Aged Drakonic

    Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout BlendABV: 9.0% • IBUs: 40
    This year, exclusively for the Holiday Ale Festival, Drake's barrel program manager Travis Camacho worked with festival manager Preston Weesner to create a blend of Drakonic Imperial Stout that was aged for 8 months in Zinfandel barrels along with another zin barrel of Drakonic soured with Lactobacillus. The final blend showcases a balanced chocolate and bright berry profile with mild acidic tartness that bolsters the wine barrel characteristics.

       Beer Location: 1

    San Leandro, CA drinkdrakes.com