Holiday Ale Festival picture from above.

Image courtesy of the Holiday Ale Festival.

It is that time of year again for some holiday cheer and beer. One of Oregon’s most popular beer festivals is back for the 20th year, The Holiday Ale Festival in downtown Portland, Oregon. Check out the beer list here and read the press release below for a complete overview.

Group Cheers at HAF

Image courtesy of the Holiday Ale Festival

WHAT
20th annual Holiday Ale Festival
WHERE
Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW Sixth Ave, Portland
WHEN
Dec. 2 through Dec. 6
11am to 10pm Wednesday through Saturday, and 11am to 5pm Sunday
DETAILS
Despite being held outdoors during one of the coldest months of the year, nearly 14,000 festival attendees stay warm and dry over the five-dayfestival under clear-topped tents that cover the venue. Gas heaters create a cozy ambiance beneath the boughs of the region’s largest decorated Christmas tree. In addition to beer tasting, the festival also features meet the brewer events, a root beer garden, food vendors, self-guided beer pairings with cheese, event merchandise and a coat/bag check and raffle that raises funds for the Children’s Cancer Association. The event is for ages 21+.
What makes this festival standout from other events is the beer selection: the festival works with every brewery involved to make sure they send a beer that has either been made or blended specifically for the event, or is a rare or vintage beer that isn’t commonly tapped in the state. More than 50 beers and ciders will be in main lineup; a list of breweries and beer descriptions is available at www.holidayale.com.
COST
To enter and consume beer, the purchase of an entry package is required. Advance general admission packages cost $35 and include the 2015 tasting glass and 14 taster tickets, plus expedited entry all five days. General admission at the door is the same price, but includes only 12 tickets and no expedited entry. Advance VIP packages cost $100 and include the tasting glass, 30 taster tickets, special VIP beer lines with little to no waiting, exclusive VIP only vintage beers, bottled water, and express entry all five days. Advance tickets may be purchased at http://holidayale.com/advance-tickets.php.
Once inside the festival, a full beer costs four taster tickets, and a taster costs one ticket. Certain limited release and special tappings may not be available in full pours, or may cost double tickets. Additional beer tickets can be purchased for $1 apiece. Previous years’ mugs will not be filled. Express re-entry requires a wristband and the 2015 tasting glass, and is subject to the festival’s capacity.
Designated drivers in a party of two or more may purchase a designated driver wristband for $15, which includes Crater Lake Root Beer or bottled water for the duration of the stay; the festival will match all Designated Driver tickets sold as well as root beer sales and donate all the proceeds to the Children’s Cancer Association.
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