Upcoming Beer Festivals – December 2014
December 3-7, 2014
Portland, OR – 18th 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 warmers for 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 3rd through December 7th, 2014, 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 18th annual Holiday Ale Festival for all the information.
December 6, 2014
Philadelphia, PA – Valley Forge Beer & Cider Festival
“The producers of the award-winning Philly Craft Beer Festival and Pour the Core: Hard Cider Festival return to the Philadelphia area with the Valley Forge Beer & Cider Festival being held on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA. New this year…hard cider lovers will find much to enjoy as they join in on the festivities with the army of craft beer lovers as they unite under one roof at the Valley Forge Beer & Cider Festival. With more than 100 beers and ciders to try, this new and expanded Expo is sure to please. The Expo Center is easy to get to and offers free on-site parking. A sell-out is expected, so get your tickets early.”
For all the details, visit Valley Forge Beer Festival website.
December 12-14, 2014
Vancouver (Esther Short Park), WA – Winter Brewfest
“Kick off the holidays with a little Christmas cheer in the form of some tasty seasonal beer! Energy Events is proud to present the 3rd annual Vancouver Winter Brewfest for your holiday enjoyment. Join us for a jolly good time in the heart of downtown Vancouver at Esther Short Park. This year we are proud to host 30 local breweries with tasty seasonal beers to sample, as well as 5 beers from Belgium – the featured country of the 2014 Vancouver Winter Brewfest. So grab your friends, your holiday spirit and come join us for a mug or two!”
Winter Brewfest’s website has all the information.
December 13, 2014
Anaheim, CA – OC Brew Ho Ho!
“The OC Brew Ho Ho has become an OC favorite in the craft beer community: offering a festive, intimate experience for attendees who are filled with holiday cheer and thirsty for some one of a kind holiday beers! We aim to provide a fun, safe and easy experience. We encourage you to come and enjoy all the Brew Ho Ho has to offer. World Class Beer, Yummy Food, Festive friends and a unique Craft Beer holiday shopping expo!”
For tickets and additional information, please visit OC Brew Ho Ho!’s web page.
December 20-21, 2014
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 about 170 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. This year we’ll serve about 150-170 different bottled beers to taste, including 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 37 countries and 18 American States last year! To deal with the growth of the festival and to shorten the queue outside we’ll arrange a “fast lane” (snelkassa) where you can buy a set with a glass, a booklet with tasting notes and 9 tokens for 20€ (preferably exact change). If you still have your glass from previous years, don’t need a booklet or want less tokens you stil can go to the normal desk and buy each separately. Also we have made a deal with the landlord of the pub next to the hall. There will be 100 extra seats provided, as well as a couple of simple dishes for a fair price. Our beefstew, cheeses, sausage and soup will still be present in our own kitchen. (So as usual: please do NOT take your own food into the hall or in the café). At the pub will be at least 3 top Christmas Beers on draught too.”
For hotel and ticket information, and complete beer list please visit Christmas Beer Festival website.