December 2nd - December 6th, 2015 | 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.

Sunday Brunch Beers

2014 Sunday Brunch Beers

The Sunday Brunch Beers are exclusive to the Sunday Beer Brunch, which requires a separate admission. These beers are generally rare or vintage releases of styles well paired with the featured European-style brunch menu. In addition to the tap offerings, there are also some 1.5L-9L bottle-conditioned Belgian beers that get uncorked to put the finishing touches on the incredible Sunday Beer Brunch event.

Please note! The following beers are from 2014 as the 2015 list is still a work-in-progress.

  • Ace Cider

    Ace Cider
    Hard Perry Cider

    Hard CiderABV: 5.0%
    First released in 1996, this was the first Perry cider to ever be made in California. It became quite popular very quickly as it is so refreshing and light. It's made from delicious apple and pear juices. We use champagne yeast in all our ciders and ferment for them 10-14 days. We then cold-filter 4 times producing a lovely pear nose and a smooth semi-sweet mouth feel with a dry finish.

    Sebastopol, CA

  • Brasserie Dubuisson

    Brasserie Dubuisson
    Scaldis Noel (2009)

    Belgian AleABV: 13.0%
    This 13% Belgian Golden Strong Ale / Barley Wine is a huge holiday beer from Brasserie Dubuisson. It's has a classic caramel malt and holiday spice aroma, with marzipan, caramels and subtle peach note flavors that will have aged and transformed into plum, dates and deep caramels, with a lingering cognac warming finish that will play off the pastries nicely.

    Leuze-Pipaix, Belgium BeerAdvocate RateBeer

  • Brasserie Dupont

    Brasserie Dupont
    Avec Les Bons Voeux (2011)

    SaisonABV: 9.5%
    Translation: "With the best wishes of the Brewery Dupont". This is their Christmas beer, a Christmas Saision if you will. The effervescence brings forth a lemony nose with hints of clove, banana and pepper. Its malty richness stays on the tongue until the next sip. This very complex, yet extremely drinkable "winter saison" comes across at 9.5%.

    Leuze-Pipaix, Belgium BeerAdvocate RateBeer

    A year in the cellar has tempered the spices slightly and made this beer a much more balanced experience. Always a great beer, just a little better now. Perfect inspirational beer after all the gifts have been open, and before the clean up begins!

    - Holiday Ale Festival Staff
  • Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

    Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

    IPAABV: 6.5% • IBUs: 60
    Sixty-One marries two Dogfish Head innovations: beer/wine hybrids, which Dogfish has focused on for well over a decade with beers like Midas Touch and Raison D'etre, and continually-hopped IPAs. The name Sixty-One is a reminder that this beer is Dogfish Head's best-selling 60 Minute IPA plus one new ingredient: syrah grape must from California.

    Milton, CT BeerAdvocate RateBeer

  • Gilgamesh Brewing Co.

    Gilgamesh Brewing Co.
    Cranberry Sour Ale (2011)

    Sour AleABV: 6.8% • IBUs: 23
    Aged in Willamette Valley Vineyard's Pinot Noir Barrels. A clean crisp and pleasantly sour beer with notes of vanilla, toasted oak and a delicate cranberry finish.

    Turner, OR

    The brunch features European style pastries and cheeses; this beer will be great after a sweet pastry, or just before a decadent slice of cheese.

    - Holiday Ale Festival Staff
  • St. Feuillien

    St. Feuillien
    Triple (2009)

    Strong Belgian-Style TripelABV: 8.5%
    This beer has a white, smooth and very compact head. Its pale amber color is very characteristic revealing a distinctive maltiness. It has a rich aroma with a unique combination of aromatic hops, spices and the typical fruity bouquet of Belgian-style fermentation. Secondary fermentation in the bottle gives it a unique aroma due to the presence of yeast.

    Le Roeulx, Belgium BeerAdvocate RateBeer

    9L Salmanazar! This benchmark-style Belgian triple bottle has been cellar-aged for 3 years, elevating this beer above its peers. The hallmark maltiness has given way to a crisp refreshing dryness that lingers on the palate, while the champagne like bubbles carry the hop aroma throughout the beer ending with a soft dry floral note. This is a great opportunity for the group to share a beer.

    - Holiday Ale Festival Staff
  • Stone Brewing Co.

    Stone Brewing Co.
    Double Bastard Ale [Vertical]

    American Strong Ale / Double IPAABV: 11.2%
    This is one lacerative muther of an ale. It is unequivocally certain that your feeble palate is grossly inadequate and thus undeserving of this liquid glory...and those around you would have little desire to listen to your resultant whimpering.

    Escondido, CA

    3L Double Magnums! We'll have 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2013 to experience a progression from strong ale with hop notes to Double IPA. A wonderful opportunity to see what aging does to a single beer.

    - Holiday Ale Festival Staff
  • Stone Brewing Co.

    Stone Brewing Co.
    12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale (2012)

    Belgian Dark Strong AleABV: 9.0%
    A strong, dark Belgian-style beer with Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale was brewed with a Belgian yeast strain and features cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, rosehips, sweet orange peel, and a dash of clove. Spices and banana notes are prominently featured in the taste. As it warms, notes of caramel, dark toffee and molasses assert themselves. Overall, the dark beer provides a pleasant juxtaposition of roasted malts, hops and spice layers.

    Escondido, CA

    3L Double Magnum! This beer will transport you to a very warm place; the house is warm, a fire's going and grandma's in the kitchen baking away.

    - Holiday Ale Festival Staff