As the holidays approach, the grocery store aisles and bar taps around Portland are welcoming full-bodied seasonal ales to help weather the cold winter months.
This year, Widmer Brothers Brewing is back with its BRRR Seasonal Ale, while Bridgeport Brewing Company is helping to turn around bah-humbug tendencies with its Ebenezer Ale.
For travelers looking to sample seasonal ales not sold in stores, Portland’s annual Holiday Ale Fest offers dozens of brews created solely for the occasion. Running Nov. 30-Dec. 4, 2011, in Pioneer Courthouse Square, the 16th annual festival features heated clear-top tents that keep attendees cozy while sipping beers from more than 40 breweries. Its website features a full list of breweries and their 2011 submissions, ranging from Belgians and barley wines to porters and stouts.