Upcoming Beer Festivals - December 2013
December 4-8, 2013
Portland, OR - 17th annual Holiday Ale Festival
“The winter season holds many gifts for beer lovers in the form of big, bold ales designed to fend off the cold chill of a long winter's night. Each year, the Holiday Ale Festival annually gathers up dozens of these winter warmersfor a joyous five-day celebration. As a result, this quintessential Portland event has earned a reputation as the premier winter beer tasting venue on the West Coast. 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 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. From Belgians and Barleywines to Stouts and Sours, these beers are rich, robust and full of complex flavors. From December 4th through December 8th, 2013, come hoist a pint and toast to the spirits of the season. We look forward to seeing you at the Holiday Ale Festival...Cheers! ”
Visit 17th annual Holiday Ale Festival for all the information.
December 6-7, 2013
Seattle, WA – Winter Beer Fest
“The ever-popular Winter Beer Festival, December 6 and 7, 2013, takes flight from its longtime home in the quaint surroundings of Hale’s Palladium and lands at Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park in the Sand Point neighborhood of Seattle. This Washington Beer Commission holiday tasting event will feature more local breweries and be able to accommodate more than 1,000 craft beer connoisseurs per session. This year’s lineup will include dark malty stouts, robust winter warmers, barrel-aged gems and many more.”
The Winter Beer Fest’s webpage has the details.
December 7, 2013
Anaheim, CA – OC Brew Ho Ho!
“Join us Saturday, December 7th for an afternoon of unlimited beer tasting, great food, holiday music and a unique holiday shopping experience. Brought to you by the producers of Orange County’s “BEST Craft Beer Festival,” the OC Brew Ha Ha… The 2nd Annual OC Brew Ho Ho! will feature over 50 craft beers with an unprecedented line-up of limited release, seasonal, first release and holiday ales. The Brew Ho Ho! will also offer Orange County’s ONLY Brewery Merchandise Expo! Take advantage of this unique opportunity to get your holiday shopping done all in one place!”
For tickets and additional information, please visit OC Brew Ho Ho!’s web page.
December 7, 2013
Philadelphia, PA – Valley Forge Beer Festival
“The producers of the award-winning Philly Craft Beer Festival return to the Philadelphia area with the 3rd Annual Valley Forge Beer Festival being held on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA. The Expo Center is easy to get to and offers free on-site parking. The Producers predict a sell-out, following in the footsteps of the Philly Craft Beer Festival which has sold out weeks in advance for the last six years. The event will feature an incredible variety of beers from the local area, from across the country, and from around the globe. Shoulder to shoulder with the most popular local breweries will be amazing breweries from the country and around the world. Check back often, the list will be updated frequently.”
For all the details, visit Valley Forge Beer Festival website.
December 13-15, 2013
Vancouver (Esther Short Park), WA – Winter Brewfest
“Winter brings the cold, snow and asmazing seasonal beers! The NW is known for our microbrews and great breweries. You can travel around the US and nothing will compare. Not only are the Holidays filled with delicious food and goodies, we are blessed with tasty beers! From Ales to Hoppy bold IPA’s, there are plenty of seasonal brews for us to enjoy.”
Winter Brewfest’s website has all the information.
Essen, Belgium – Christmas Beer Festival
“O.B.E.R. (Objective Beer tasters Essen Region) organizes its Christmas Beer Festival every year. For two days visitors can taste more than 150 Belgian Christmas and winter beers. To let you judge the different brews at best, we use 15 cl tasting glasses. A glass can be obtained for 3 Euro, but if you return it to us when you leave, you get a full refund. However, lots of glasses are kept as souvenirs. Our beer list is regarded as one of the best in the world, with several scoops and interesting gems combined with world classics. As per last year we'll probably have more than 150 different bottled beers to taste, and 18 or 20 on draught. Hot served Gluhkriek will of course still be available as well. At last year's festival about 3000 thirsty Christmas-beer-lovers came to the festival in Essen. And not only from Belgium! We have a very international audience coming from all over the world, counting 32 countries last year! In 2006 we received the touristic charter "Jan Lambin" by ASG for our promotion of the Belgian Christmas beers. Check out our beer list regularly, or join the mailinglist. Just fill in "join Christmas mailing list" on this form, press send, and we'll keep you posted! A first temporary list will be available online the second half of November.”
For hotel and ticket information, and complete beer list please visit Christmas Beer Festival website.