WA Beer Commission Celebrates 1st Annual Winter Beer Fest' & Winter Beers discussion

Starting this November 30th & December 1st, the Washington Beer Commission in collaboration with Hale's Palladium will be offering over 25 different winter beers of both type and strength.

To some the term Winter stirs up thoughts of hot chocolate, slay rides, snow, and the occasional chill that can only be warmed away by a nice hot cider. To others, Winter much like Fall ushers in darker colored ales, which feature strong toffee, roasted, and sweet flavors not found during the bright Spring and Summer months. With these dark, richer ales comes stronger alcohol that coarse a path of warmth, all the way down your throat.

The following will be featured at the festival (beer subject to change)

  • Anacortes Brewery
    Noel Ale (Christmas Brown Ale) served on Cask
    Broadsword Scottish Ale (Strong Scottish Ale)
    Kloster Bier (Black Pilsner)
  • Baron Brewing Co.
    Liberator (Doppelbock)
  • Big Time Brewery
    Yulefest (Winter Ale)
  • Boundary Bay Brewery
    Cabin Fever (Winter Ale)
  • Diamond Knot Brewing
    Industrial Ho!Ho! (Winter Seasonal)
  • Elliot Bay Brewing Co.
    Bok von Boorian (Belgian Bock)
    Noale Holiday Ale (Dunkelweizen Bock)
  • Elsyian Brewing Co.
    Bye-Bye Frost (Quad Pale Ale)
  • Flyer's Restaurant & Brewery
    Sick Duck Imperial Stout
  • Georgetown Brewing Co.
    Nine Pound Porter (Porter)
  • Hale's Ales Brewery
    Wee Heavy (Strong Scottish Ale) Bourbon Barrel Aged
  • Iron Horse Brewery
    Belgian Black (Belgian Black Ale)
  • Issaquah Brewhouse/Rogue Ales
    Chocolate Stout (Stout)
    Frosty Frog (Strong Ale)

  • Lazy Boy Brewing Co.
    Mistletoe Bliss (Robust Brown Ale)

  • Northern Lights Brewing Co.

  • Pike Brewing Co.
    Auld Acquaintance (Holiday Ale)

  • Port Townsend Brewing Co.
    Port Townsend Winter Ale (Old Ale Style)

  • Pyramid Breweries Seattle
    Snow Cap (Strong Ale) 2005 & 2007

  • Ram Restaurant & Brewery Seattle
    Dawgsled (Winter Ale) 2006 & 2007
    Sleigher (Winter Ale) 2006 & 2007

  • Redhook Ale Brewery Woodinville
    German Winter Wheat (Winter Ale)
    Winterhook (Winter Ale)

  • Rock Bottom Brewery Bellevue
    Frostbite Strong Ale (Imperial Amber Ale)
    Naughty Elves Barrel Reserve (Barrel Aged Belgian Dark/Sour)

  • Schooner Exact Brewing Co.
    Hoppy Holiday Winter Ale (Northwest Winter Ale)

  • Scuttlebutt Brewing Co.
    10 Below Ale (Imperial Dunkelweisse)

  • Silver City Restaurant & Brewery
    Winter Bock (Traditional German-Style Bock)
    Imperial Stout 2006

  • Skagit River Brewery- Mt. Vernon
    Trumpeter Stout (Imperial Stout)

  • Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Co.
    Avalanche Winter Ale (Winter Warmer)

  • Stix Pizza & Brewing Co.
    TBA (TBA)

  • Water Street Brewing Co.
    Burr’s Frosty Winter Ale (Winter Ale)

Some of the more sought after winter beers are ...

Stone Brewing Co. "Double Bastard" Ale, a strong ale that floats around the 10.00% Alcohol by Volume, and usually arrives around late October early November.

Anchor Brewing Co. "Our Special" Ale, sometimes also known also as "Christmas Ale", this dark brown ale, features cinnamon, molasses, raisins, sometimes plum, and a different spice each year. One of the oldest ales, this one can easily sit in your hand as well as age for a few years in the back of your fridge for a whole new taste.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. "Celebration" Ale, a citrus and piney flavored India Pale Ale, with a wonderful aroma that is sweet and with pine notes. A favorite of mine and I even have  a few from years back in my fridge.

Did I miss something lemme know.


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