Last night I went to the 2014 Holiday Ale Festival and I had a wonderful time! Great beer, good food and I saw lots of friends.
How awesome is Portland! We have many outstanding beer festivals, and we even get to enjoy one during the Christmas season!
If you have not ever been to the Holiday Ale Festival, do yourself a favor and go with a couple of friends and go taste the incredible beers! Many of these beers have been specially brewed for this event.
The Holiday Ale Fest takes place downtown Portland at the Pioneer Courthouse Square and runs through Sunday Dec 7th at 5 PM.
You can buy general admission tickets at the door for $35 and with that you get a mug and 12 Tickets. Some beers are are 1 ticket for a “taster” and others are 2 tickets for a “taster”. You have to be 21 and over to attend this event.
There are 55 beers listed in the 2014 Holiday Ale Festival program guide and i have been lucky enough to sample more than 20 of those 55.
Of the ones that I have sampled – my absolute favorite is the McMenamins Edgefield Lord Of Misrule. It is an extraordinary beer!
I also very much enjoyed the following 8 beers –
Ex Novo Brewing Moonstriker
Feckin Brewery Top O’ The Feckin’ Mornin‘
Finnriver Stone and Pome Cider
Fort George Brewery Santa’s Dinner Jacket
Lompoc Brewing Pinot Noir Barrel Aged Cheval de Trait Beige
Old Town Brewing Bluth’s Original Chocolate Banana Hefeweizen
Reverend Nat’s Providence (served hot)
Widmer Frosty the Muchieman
There are two Holiday Ale beers that I keep hearing about, that I have yet to sample – Kells Brew Pub AKA Boom Roaster and Viking Aurora.
I hope get back to the 2014 Holiday Ale Festival to try out these two and a few more. I am sure that among the 25 or so beers at the Holiday Ale Festival that I have not yet sampled, that there are a few more delightful gems!
Last night I had the Pork Belly Cubano from Bunk and – Oh baby! That is a great sandwich! get one for yourself and t6hank me later!
The Holiday Ale Festival Radio Interview
Here is a link to the podcast that Ken Wilson Media Maestro made from the live, in studio interview we did with Preston and Chris – – www.prp.fm/tasty-tuesday-dec-2-holiday-ale-festival
One of the things I love the most about the portland beer scene is all of the great friends I made in that community ! Here are some photos of the people I ran into last night at the Holiday Ale Festival!
Brian will at the Holiday Ale Festival Thursday and Sunday selling copies of Oregon Breweries. It is wonderful book – I highly encourage you to buy a copy!
Steve and Jeanne with the Portland Spring Beer and Wine Fest!
If you need a Christmas tree – Tim and Jana own the Earth and Sky Farm out in Oregon City and that is a great place to get a tree!
David Coyne, Tobiah McNeel, Mike Polish and Luke Barrett all with Fort George!
Preston Weesner with the Holiday Ale Festival!
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