Winter beers aren’t typical brews, and likewise, holiday beer festivals aren’t typical beer festivals...
Your guide to the best holiday beer festivals in the Pacific Northwest
Pairing food and beer is one thing, but Christmas cookies and beer?
And not just any beer: winter beers, such as Midnight Sun Brewing’s
Arctic Devil, a 13.2% barley wine aged in whiskey barrels. Winter beers
aren’t typical brews, and likewise, holiday beer festivals aren’t
typical beer festivals. Picture rooms full of jolly beer lovers clad in
ugly holiday sweaters, reindeer antlers, and faux Santa beards—you may
even see a full-fledged Santa or two. This mix of holiday camaraderie
and high-alcohol specialty beers makes winter beer festivals the most
spirited of the year. But what exactly constitutes a “winter” or
“holiday” beer? In Portland, Hopworks Urban Brewery brewmaster Christian
Ettinger provides a professional perspective.
“When I think of holiday ales, I think of kicking off my snowboarding
boots after a powder day. I’m sitting in a ski lodge after getting my
ass kicked on the mountain, and all I want is to sit in front of a fire
with a big plate of nachos and a great beer.” They keep you warm; they
aren’t for sipping on a palm-tree-studded beach. Read the full article online---->