Holiday Ale Festival in Portland, OR

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The typical holiday traditions may include baking cookies or decorating the house with lights, but for many beer lovers, the Holiday Ale Festival in Portland is the best time of the year. Coming up on its 22nd year, the Holiday Ale Festival is the West Coast’s premier winter beer tasting venue. The cheerful five-day event is in downtown Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square. Attendees will stay warm and cozy under the clear top tent that has a perfect view of the downtown skyline. The event is fully stocked with delicious ales and gas heaters to keep attendees warm. And speaking of ales, the festival will offer more than 50 different winter beers.

These brews, which have been specially made for the Holiday Ale Festival, are full of rich and complex flavors that complement the winter atmosphere. Attendees shouldn’t worry about missing out on any of the unique and tasty beers, the festivals will be five days long, so there is plenty of time to taste some of the best ales in the Pacific Northwest.

The festival’s star attraction is the Sunday Beer Brunch. The brunch features a European style breakfast and a marvelous line-up of beers. The menu includes Belgian waffles, quiche, varieties of local cheeses and much more. Be sure to reserve your tickets to the Beer Brunch in advance so you don’t miss out.

You don’t have to be a beer aficionado to attend. If you are up for meeting new people and drinking quality winter ales then this festival is for you. The festival runs from November 29 to December 3. To order tickets, visit