On Thursday night, Andy and I went to the 13th Annual Holiday Ale Festival at the Pioneer Courthouse Square.
For those of you that aren’t familiar with what this is, here’s a quote from the festival’s website:
Held in the heart of downtown Portland, the Holiday Ale Festival keeps attendees warm and dry under a large clear top tent that covers Pioneer Courthouse Square while allowing for views of the city lights. Gas heaters create a cozy ambience under the boughs of one of the region’s largest decorated Christmas trees.
More than 40 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. From Belgians and Barleywines to Porters and Stouts, these beers are rich, robust and full of complex flavors.
Unfortunately Andy and I didn’t get to try all of the beers available. Actually I’m sure our livers are thanking us for that as most of the beers are rather high in alcohol volume. Of the ones that we did try, New Belgium’s Abbey Grand Cru was a favorite for both of us. Andy usually likes stouts and porters while I prefer Belgian Style Tripel’s, reds, and ambers. Andy liked Lagunitas’s Imperial Pepper Stout.