Holiday Ale Festival scheduled for Dec. 1-4 in Portland, OR.
The Holiday Ale Festival, to be held in December in Portland, OR,
is billed as "the only beer festival in the Northwest to be held
outdoors in the dark, cold and often wet month of December." This
year the event will open one day early, extend its hours, and offer more
than 30 potent winter beers. The 10th annual festival will begin on
Thursday, Dec. 1, and continue through Sunday, Dec. 4 at Pioneer
Courthouse Square. Admission into the venue is free. A one-time purchase
2005 souvenir mug, required for tasting beer, costs $4. At the main bar,
featuring two-dozen regional winter ales, patrons pay $4 for each mug of
beer or $1 for a taste. At the "Big Boy Bar" there will be 10
exclusive beers, many of them imports, which will only be served in
taster sizes for $4. The Holiday Ale Festival celebrates the release of
regional craft-brewed winter brews. Festival goers will take shelter
under a large clear tent, heated by gas heating units. For more
information, check the web at www.holidayale.com.