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. Beers will be updated the evening before each day of the event.

    Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

  • Bear Republic Brewing Co.

    Bear Republic Brewing Co.
    Prepare To Be Boarded (2012)

    Barrel-Aged Spiced StoutABV: 8.1% • IBUs: 50 • O.G.: 20.5° • F.G.: 5.0°
    This barrel aged stout is rich with the flavors of molasses and spices of the East Indies and the Caribbean, the same spices that enriched the coffers of empires (and pirates) during the 17th and 18th centuries. Including allspice, black pepper, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and mace, this true "pirate stout" is as black as coal and will put you in the right holiday spirit.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Cloverdale, CA bearrepublic.com BeerAdvocate RateBeer

  • Bear Republic Brewing Co.

    Bear Republic Brewing Co.
    Santa's Lost Wallet (2013)

    Specialty BlendABV: 10.8% • IBUs: 34
    In the course of some off-season revelry at Bear Republic, Santa lost his wallet at the bar. Upon recovery of the wallet, Santa and the brewers crafted this dark and luscious blend of ales. The base is a brandy barrel-aged Belgian brown ale that features the sweet notes of brandy, house-made candi syrup, and a touch of nutmeg; blended for balance.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Cloverdale, CA bearrepublic.com BeerAdvocate RateBeer

  • Bear Republic Brewing Co.

    Bear Republic Brewing Co.
    Tartare (2013)

    Berliner-Style WeisseABV: 4.0% • IBUs: 8
    A dry and tart Berliner-style wheat beer spontaneously fermented in a 2500 gallon oak vessel. One of the world's classic sour beer styles, Tartare is Bear Republic's interpretation of the beer style dubbed as "The Champagne of the North".

       Beer Location: OUT

    Cloverdale, CA bearrepublic.com BeerAdvocate RateBeer

  • Bear Republic Brewing Co.

    Bear Republic Brewing Co.
    Barrel-Aged Clobberskull

    English Estate OctoberABV: 10.5% • IBUs: 35
    An English Estate October Ale is brewed with 10% raw wheat and 10% split peas. Fermented with our house Scottish ale yeast and barrel aged for 100 days in 1st beer use French Oak barrels.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Cloverdale, CA bearrepublic.com BeerAdvocate RateBeer

  • Bear Republic Brewing Co.

    Bear Republic Brewing Co.
    Brandy Barrel-Aged Grizz

    Flanders Oud BruinABV: 9.7%
    The Grizz is an already limited Belgian-style brown ale. This version enjoys an extended vacation on the sultry beaches of brandy barrels. Still profoundly malty but with a sharp tartness from the wild yeast.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Cloverdale, CA bearrepublic.com BeerAdvocate RateBeer

  • Bear Republic Brewing Co.

    Bear Republic Brewing Co.
    Barrel-Aged Rum Pirate Stout

    Imperial StoutABV: 11.0%
    Description Coming Soon.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Cloverdale, CA bearrepublic.com BeerAdvocate RateBeer

  • J.W. Lees & Co.

    J.W. Lees & Co.
    Harvest Ale [Cask] (2009)

    English Barley WineABV: 11.5%
    Harvest Ale is a vintage barley wine made from the first hops of the year and the very finest British malt. Very quickly the beer created a following of ale enthusiasts who recognised its quality. In the past 26 years, whilst retaining a cult following, the beer has grown in popularity and in some bars around the world it has gained legendary status. [3 Tickets - Tasters Only]

       Beer Location: OUT

    Manchester jwlees.co.uk

  • Oakshire Brewing

    Oakshire Brewing
    Swiss Mrs. Alpine Alt (2013)

    Milk Chocolate Sticke AltABV: 7.8% • IBUs: 30
    Swiss Mrs. is a Sticke Alt, a darker and stronger variation of a traditional German Altbier. This version was mashed with toasted marshmallows - of course - and has a small addition of lactose and cocoa nibs in the kettle and bright tank for a full flavored and indulgent finish.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Eugene, OR oakbrew.com

  • Reverend Nat's Hard Cider

    Reverend Nat's Hard Cider
    Providence

    Traditional New England Apple WineABV: 10.2%
    Our good friends in the north counteract the bitter chill of winter with this traditional drink, big in flavor, bold in character. Made with prime California raisins, dark Maldivian muscovado, whole Indonesian cinnamon and nutmeg and fermented to complete dryness on toasted American oak, it is free of the troublesome sparkles like a mulled wine.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Portland, OR reverendnatshardcider.com



  • Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 @ 6:00 PM

  • Burnside Brewing Co.

    Burnside Brewing Co.
    Barrel Aged Permafrost (2011)

    Winter Strong AleABV: 8.3% • IBUs: 77 • O.G.: 20.0° • F.G.: 4.0°
    This big, strong, unfiltered ale was brewed with seven different malts and copious amounts of Columbia and Amarillo hops pillowed in the middle to give this warming brew a chewy complex malt body and a unique fruity, juicy hoppiness throughout. This special batch was aged in local Big Bottom Whiskey barrels to impart a depth of flavor.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Portland, OR burnsidebrewco.com

  • Fish Brewing Co.

    Fish Brewing Co.
    Gingerbread Ale (2013)

    Winter Red AleABV: 5.0% • IBUs: 21
    This is an ideal winter red ale to enjoy on a cold afternoon. Fish Tale's Gingerbread Ale will remind you of grandma's cookies during the holiday season. Well-balanced Apollo and Palisade hops combine with crystal and Munich malts. Add to that, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon, and you have a Christmas ale even Santa can't resist.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Olympia, WA fishbrewing.com BeerAdvocate RateBeer



  • Thursday, December 4th, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

  • Cascade Brewing

    Cascade Brewing
    Sang Noir (2011)

    Barrel Aged Sour AleABV: 9.3% • IBUs: 9 • O.G.: 20.0° • F.G.: 3.5°
    This NW-style sour ale is a blend of red and double red beers that were aged in Pinot Noir and Bourbon barrels for 12-24 months. Look for sharp dark cherry and slight Bourbon notes in the nose and the first sip, where tart cherries and oak will soon take over and take you on a wine-like journey ending with a dry, tart fruit finish.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Portland, OR cascadebrewing.com

  • Deschutes Brewery

    Deschutes Brewery
    The Abyss (6 Year Vertical) (2008)

    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 (2008-2013). This should not be missed!

       Beer Location: OUT

    Bend, OR deschutesbrewery.com

  • Deschutes Brewery

    Deschutes Brewery
    Frosty the Snow Quad (2009)

    QuadrupelABV: 9.0% • IBUs: 20
    Containing pilsner and 2-row malts with white cane sugar added throughout the boil, half of this small batch beer was aged for 6 months in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. The whole batch was then blended and put in pinot barrels for another 6 months, with the pinot barrels buried in a snow cave for the final two days.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Bend, OR deschutesbrewery.com

  • Deschutes Brewery

    Deschutes Brewery
    Lost Barrels of Mirror Mirror (2009)

    Oak-Aged Barley WineABV: 10.7% • IBUs: 51
    As part of the Reserve Series, the brewers discovered some "lost" barrels hidden in the back corner of the warehouse. They set aside this special 100% barrel-aged version of Mirror Mirror for occasions such as the Holiday Ale Festival. Lucky you!

       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



  • Thursday, December 4th, 2014 @ 3:00 PM

  • Eel River Brewing Co.

    Eel River Brewing Co.
    Noel Barrel-Aged Blend (2012)

    Christmas Spiced Imperial Red AleABV: 8.4% • IBUs: 50 • O.G.: 18.8° • F.G.: 3.8°
    This Imperial red ale was brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves, then blended with Eel River's Triple Exultation, which had been aged in Bourbon barrels for six months.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Fortuna, CA eelriverbrewing.com

  • 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



  • Thursday, December 4th, 2014 @ 8:00 PM

  • Sixpoint Brewery

    Sixpoint Brewery
    Barrel-Aged Imperial Otis Stout

    Barrel-Aged Imperial Oatmeal StoutABV: 10.5% • IBUs: 55
    One of two sixtels left in existence on planet earth, this special J.D. Willet bourbon barrel aged elixir was born in the caves in Kentucky and somehow one of them ended up at the Holiday Ale Fest! After marrying a "double" version of their oatmeal stout with the Willet wood, they present to you pure black velvet.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Brooklyn, NY sixpoint.com



  • Friday, December 5th, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

  • Collaborator

    Collaborator
    Collaborator Hallucinator Blend (2013)

    Specialty BlendABV: 7.5%
    The base of this beer is Collaborator Hallucinator, brewed in the late spring of this year and aged until the fall, when it was blended with a Cascade Brewing blending beer that brings subtle Bourbon tootsie roll notes to this aged malty old ale.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Portland, OR oregonbrewcrew.com

  • Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

    Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
    Helldorado

    Barley WineABV: 12.0%
    Helldorado has the lightest color of any of the beers in Firestone's barrel program but carries a great deal of interesting barrel character: vanilla, light char and amazing lavender-honey notes. Rich boozy honey liqueur character and loads of smooth sweet toasted malt to finish. The El Dorado hops dance in the background without playing a dominant role in the flavor profile.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Paso Robles, CA firestonebeer.com

  • Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

    Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
    Tequila Merkin

    Barrel-Aged StoutABV: 8.5%
    Tequila Merkin is Firestone Walker's beloved Velvet Merlin aged one year in freshly dumped 100% Blue Agave Tequila barrels from Jalisco, Mexico. This beer is not bottled and very limited release.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Paso Robles, CA firestonebeer.com

  • Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

    Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
    Maltose Falcons

    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

  • Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

    Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
    Wild Merkin (2012)

    Barrel-Aged Oatmeal Stout & Gueuze BlendABV: 8.5%
    A collaboration with the Holiday Ale Festival, this Barrelworks project is a blend of one-year-old Heaven Hill Bourbon barrel-aged Velvet Merkin that was blended with a touch of a young Gueuze from Firestone's sour program. The result is a lighter, brighter, but still barrel-forward Merkin for your sipping pleasure.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Paso Robles, CA firestonebeer.com

  • Hopworks Urban Brewery

    Hopworks Urban Brewery
    Kronan the Bourbarian (2013)

    Barrel-Aged Baltic Porter (Bourbon)ABV: 9.2% • IBUs: 25
    Deep like the Baltic Sea and as massive as the Swedish ship Kronan sunk in its icy waters, this brew is like a buried treasure. Stowed away in a Bourbon barrel for six months, it now brings to the surface a frothy tan head and rich aroma combining malt notes of chocolate, caramel and dark fruit with the essence of vanilla, smoke and oak.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Portland, OR hopworksbeer.com



  • Friday, December 5th, 2014 @ 3:00 PM

  • 10 Barrel Brewing Co.

    10 Barrel Brewing Co.
    Rare Breed (2012)

    Scotch Barrel-Aged Imperial Red AleABV: 11.0% • IBUs: 60
    Scotch barrels aren't found in most barrel cellars but we managed to source one barrel and fill it with another beer rarely seen in a cellar... Imperial Red Ale. Strong scotch flavors come through in this big beer. Drink it quick because it won't be here for long.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Bend, OR 10barrel.com



  • Saturday, December 6th, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

  • Elysian Brewing Co.

    Elysian Brewing Co.
    Doom (2012)

    Golden Treacle PaleABV: 7.4% • IBUs: 67
    It's a giant tremor of a pale ale, brewed with pale, Biscuit, Cara-Hell and C-15 malts, with oats and additions of golden syrup and golden raisins. German Magnum hops were used to bitter, while generous amounts of prized Citra and Nelson Sauvins lend flavor and aroma through late additions and two dry-hoppings.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Seattle, WA elysianbrewing.com

  • Lagunitas Brewing Co.

    Lagunitas Brewing Co.
    Hairy Eyeball (2013)

    American Strong AleABV: 9.4% • IBUs: 57
    A roasty, toasty, malty, hangover-halting beer. Especially formulated for when you wake up feelin' like you need to shave your eyeballs to see the new day.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Petaluma, CA lagunitas.com

  • Stickmen Brewery & Skewery

    Stickmen Brewery & Skewery
    The Twerking Elf (2013)

    Northwest Sour BrownABV: 7.2% • IBUs: 21
    Experimental and debuting at the Holiday Ale Festival, this beer will get your cheeks moving with nicely puckering notes of dark cherry, dried fruit and sour plum, along with malt backing from Vienna, Pilsner and seven other specialty malts. Be careful where you shake it!

       Beer Location: OUT

    Lake Oswego, OR stickmenbeer.com BeerAdvocate RateBeer



  • Saturday, December 6th, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

  • Viking Braggot Co.

    Viking Braggot Co.
    Winter Squash Porter (2013)

    BraggotABV: 7.8% • IBUs: 38
    Winter Squash Porter is truly a winter braggot. The combination of a strong malt profile and turnip honey provides the backbone to highlight the winter squash flavor. The brewers hand carved and roasted the 150 pounds of winter squash that were added to the mash. Features Chinook, Cascade and Willamette hops, as well as herbal and spice additions.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Eugene, OR drinkviking.com BeerAdvocate RateBeer



  • Saturday, December 6th, 2014 @ 2:00 PM

  • Base Camp Brewing Co.

    Base Camp Brewing Co.
    White Squall (2013)

    Wheat WineABV: 10.7% • IBUs: 60
    The Base Camp brewers love a big, robust barleywine, but to really let their house ale yeast shine, they created the White Squall Wheat Wine. A HUGE grain bill showcasing white wheat spreads a deep blanket of malty goodness, with layers of yeast-derived fruity esters and spicy phenols swirling through it.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Portland, OR basecampbrewingco.com BeerAdvocate RateBeer



  • Saturday, December 6th, 2014 @ 3:00 PM

  • Stone Brewing Co.

    Stone Brewing Co.
    Red Wine Barrel-Aged Old Guardian (2013)

    Barley WineABV: 10.5%
    Stone's 2011 Old Guardian Barley Wine Aged in Temecula Red Wine Barrels.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Escondido, CA stonebrew.com

    Come meet Stone's Bill Sysak, or "Dr. Bill," as he's known in the inner circle of craft-beerdom, a master of zymurgical knowledge (made famous in part by his lavish beer tasting parties) and general beer wizardry.

    - Holiday Ale Festival Staff
  • Stone Brewing Co.

    Stone Brewing Co.
    Fyodor's Classic (2013)

    Russian Imperial StoutABV: 13.9%
    Rich coffee, bitter and milk chocolate flavors abound, while the dark charred oak, rich vanilla and caramel from the bourbon barrels synergistically elevate and further enhance the ultra-intense flavors of the original beer. The name we chose for this heady creation is a tip of the hat to Fyodor Dostoyevsky, one of the greatest, most influential novelists of Russia's Golden Age.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Escondido, CA stonebrew.com

    Come meet Stone's Bill Sysak, or "Dr. Bill," as he's known in the inner circle of craft-beerdom, a master of zymurgical knowledge (made famous in part by his lavish beer tasting parties) and general beer wizardry.

    - Holiday Ale Festival Staff
  • Stone Brewing Co.

    Stone Brewing Co.
    Spice Oddity (2013)

    Barrel-Aged Belgian Strong Dark AleABV: 11.3% • IBUs: 57
    The final, glorious chapter in the Vertical Epic Ale series, this dark and complex beer was brewed with Belgian yeast and a bevy of spices then aged in red wine barrels to create an incredible amalgamation of flavors ranging from fruit and molasses to cinnamon, allspice and coffee.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Escondido, CA stonebrew.com

    Come meet Stone's Bill Sysak, or "Dr. Bill," as he's known in the inner circle of craft-beerdom, a master of zymurgical knowledge (made famous in part by his lavish beer tasting parties) and general beer wizardry.

    - Holiday Ale Festival Staff


  • Saturday, December 6th, 2014 @ 4:00 PM

  • 2 Towns Ciderhouse

    2 Towns Ciderhouse
    Barrel-Aged Nice & Naughty (2013)

    Barrel-Aged Cider (Bourbon)ABV: 10.5%
    This specialty cider is fermented with dark Meadowfoam honey and aged in Bourbon barrels. Crammed full of cheerful winter spices that mingle with the wood and sweet Bourbon aromas, this cider is sure to warm up your cold, dark nights.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Corvallis, OR 2townsciderhouse.com

  • Fearless Brewing Co.

    Fearless Brewing Co.
    Old Fearless #1 (2013)

    Barley WineABV: 9.5%
    Ken first brewed this kick-in-the-pants Barley Wine nearly 20 years ago. He brewed it again in 2013 for Fearless Brewing Company's ten year anniversary as a tribute to our good friends and customers who made a decade of brewing from the magical waters of the Clackamas River possible.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Estacada, OR fearless1.com



  • Saturday, December 6th, 2014 @ 5:30 PM

  • Lompoc Brewing

    Lompoc Brewing
    Revelry Red Ale (2013)

    Barrel-Aged Sour Red Ale Blend (Wine)ABV: 8.0%
    This custom blend takes Lompoc's Big Bang Red aged in Big Bottom Whiskey barrels with 80 pounds of sour cherries for nine months, and blends it with Big Bang Red aged in Maryhill Winery Port barrels for 11 months. The resulting beer is crimson in color, malty in body with notes of cherry and oak, and finishes slightly tart.

       Beer Location: 1

    Portland, OR lompocbrewing.com



  • Saturday, December 6th, 2014 @ 9:00 PM

  • Fort George Brewery

    Fort George Brewery
    The Three Wisemen (2012)

    Barrel-Aged Imperial Oatmeal StoutABV: 9.9% • O.G.: 23.2° • F.G.: 5.0°
    The Three Wisemen honor the holiday tradition of gifting: in this case, gifting your liver an Imperial oatmeal stout that has been lovingly conditioned in Bourbon, Tequila and Rum barrels, then brought back together to form a wonderfully warming, cunningly complex and graciously gratifying Yuletide elixir.

       Beer Location: OUT

    Astoria, OR fortgeorgebrewery.com

  • New Belgium Brewing Co.

    New Belgium Brewing Co.
    Blackberry Whiskey Barrel-Aged Love

    Sour Ale BlendABV: 8.5%
    Perfectly soured Oscar, our dark base beer laid down in a Blackberry Whiskey barrel from Leopold Brothers Distillery. In the glass this Oscar is molasses in color with a hint of haze in its dark depths. Like a vat used to crush berries, it smells like moist ripe oak and blackberry jam, while faint flaky crust aromas remind you of a berry pie. A whiff of chocolate and ginger add complexity.

       Beer Location: 1

    Fort Collins, CO newbelgium.com