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#1 Angelhair

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 10:47 AM

Brass tacks:

 

Admission & Costs

*FREE* re-admission into the Festival all 5 days with wristband and current year's mug.  Make sure to keep on your wristband if you plan to attend again -- they are nazis about this.
     To enter and taste beers, the purchase of an initial tasting package is required. The package includes a souvenir mug, 10 beer tickets and costs $30 at the door (CASH ONLY).
Additional beer tickets can be purchased for $1 each. Previous years' mugs cannot be used and will not be filled; however, current year mugs can be reused on subsequent visits within the same yearly festival.
 
Advance Tickets are now on sale! Here; http://holidayale.co...nce-tickets.php
 
     Advance General Admission Tickets [$30] include a festival mug, 12 beer tickets and expedited entry all five days with wristband and current year's mug (provided the event is not at capacity). This advance purchase provides 2 additional tickets plus expedited entry as compared to standard admission at the door.
     Advance VIP Tickets [$75] include a festival mug, 28 beer tickets, express entry all five days with wristband and current year's mug (provided the event is not at capacity), a bottle of water and access to VIP beer lines (including Limited Release/Lounge Tappings).
 
A "taster" size pour of beer (4oz) requires one ticket (a few limited release and special tapping beers require two tickets). A full mug of beer (14oz) requires four tickets (some limited release and special tappings may not be available in full mug pours, or may be double tickets).
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Special Tappings
 
Limited Tapping Schedule. This may change without notice. All beers are double tickets unless noted; some are tasters only. The beers will pour until they run out.

Wednesday at 11am
2010 Collaborator Moore Maibock
2013 Dogfish Head Midas Touch
2009 Jim (IV) 
2009 Cascade Sang Noir

Thursday at 11am
2008 Oskar Blues Ten Fiddy
2009 Lompoc Bob's Memorial Braggot
2012 Firestone Helldorado

Thursday at 5pm
2013 Crooked Stave Cranberry Spiced Vieille (Special Crooked Stave/Cascade Live sour blending)

Friday at 11am
2013 Oakshire Brandywine
2008 Oskar Blues Chubbourbon
2011 Bison Tangerine Trees and Marmalade Skies

Friday at 5pm
2009 Bear Republic Old Baba Yaga (Meet the Brewer Peter Kruger)

Saturday at 11am
2012 Dogfish Head Burton Baton
2008 Great Divide Espresso Aged Yeti
2012 Alaskan Perseverance Ale (Pilot Series)
2012 Dogfish Head Hellhound On My Ale
 


#2 Angelhair

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 10:48 AM

Beervana has a great guide to the fest, with beers sorted by style:  http://beervana.blog...y-ale-fest.html



#3 Angelhair

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 11:11 AM

More listage:

 

Beers at about 10% or more (share these tastes):

 

2 Towns Ciderhouse Bourbon Barrel Nice & Naughty (barrel aged spiced cider)

Base Camp Brewing White Squall (Wheat Wine)

Bear Republic Santa's Lost Wallet (Specialty blend)

Cascade Brewing Cherry Diesel (Barrel Aged Imperial Stout)

Coalition Brewing Shenangins (Barleywine)

Crux Fermentation Oud Freakcake (Oud bruin) ((TWO tix))

Eel River Brewing Gargantua (Imperial strong ale blend)

Hop Valley Brewing The Wolfe (English style barleywine)

Lagunitas Brewing High West Whiskey barrel aged cappuccino stout)

Mazama Brewing Mazamanator (doppelbock)

New Belgium Barrel Aged Cascara Quad (barrel aged quad)

Widmer Brothers Biere de Noel (biere de garde)

 

 

On my list to try first (notice a coincidence?):

Cascade Cherry Diesel

Coalition Shenanagins

Collaborator Hallucinator Blend

Crux Fermentation Oud Dreakcake

Gigantic The Scut Farkus Affair

Golden Valley Santa's Smokin Bock

Hop Valley The Wolfe

HUB Kronan the Bourbarian

Lagunitis High West Whiskey Barrel Aged Cappuccino Stout

Mazama Brewing Mazamator

New Belgium Barrel Aged Cascara Quad

Old Town Brewing Pa Rum Pum Pum Pum

Seven Brides Blonde in a Bottle



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Posted 05 December 2013 - 12:01 PM

Updated special tappings list:

 

Today at opening
Main Bar: 2008 Oskar Blues Ten Fiddy
Main Bar: 2009 Lompoc Bob's Memorial Braggot
Small Bar: 2008 Oskar Blues Chubbourbon
Small Bar: New Belgium Paardebloem (1)
Sky Bar: 2012 Firestone Helldorado
Lounge: 2010 Collaborator Moore Maibock (Remaining)
Lounge: 2012 Dogfish Head Burton Baton
Lounge: 2013 Crooked Stave Spiced Vielle

Thursday @ 5pm (Meet the Brewer/Live Blend)
Lounge: Crooked Stave Spiced Vieille / Cascade Creamsicle

Friday @ 11am
Main Bar: 2010 Deschutes Jubel
Main Bar: Deschutes Virgin Sacrifice
Small Bar: 2013 Oakshire Brandywine
Sky Bar: 2011 Bison Tangerine Trees and Marmalade Skies
Lounge: The Abyss 6 Year Vertical (2007-2012)

Saturday @ 11am
Main Bar: Deschutes The Sage Pumpkin
Main Bar: New Belgium Paardebloem
Small Bar: 2012 Dogfish Head Hellhound On My Ale
Sky Bar: 2012 Alaskan Perseverance Ale (Pilot Series)
Sky Bar: Oakshire Heavenly Burton
Lounge: 2008 Great Divide Espresso Aged Yeti
Lounge: 2009 Bear Republic Old Baba Yaga

Saturday @ 3pm (Meet the Brewer)
Lounge: Bear Republic Spiced Baba Yaga
Lounge: Bear Republic Tartare
Lounge: Bear Republic Spiced Tartare
Lounge: Bear Republic Tartare Rouge



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Posted 05 December 2013 - 12:50 PM

Without further ado, here are my recollections of yesterday's tasting.

 

First and foremost, it's cold.  Really fucking cold.  In years past, the sun would warm up the tents enough to make the charity coat-check a nice option to have.  They will not be making money this year.  Yes, it's warmer in the tents than it is outside, but still much colder than in years past, especially in the sky bar.

 

Some of these super big beers (and there are a lot of big beers this year) really need to warm up in order to enjoy them to their fullest.  Your entry package will include a tasting mug, which is the only mug that they will pour beer into.  However, it's legal to pour that beer into any other vessel that you want (like another old festival mug).  Let the higher proof one come up to temperature in the old mug while you taste another 'lighter' beer in this year's mug.  H/T Pete Dunlop.

 

The food situation is pretty bleak.  Saraveza is offering up bratwurst and grilled cheese sandwiches and the Waffle Window has savory and sweet waffles.m There's tiny cheese slices for sale and the ubiquitously stinky spiced nuts.  While outside food is not allowed, you could certainly get away with sneaking in snacks.  There are a lot of high alcohol beers in the fest, yet the water in one location: the northeast corner near the exit.

 

Onto the beers:

 

Nice:

Cascade Brewing Cherry Diesel (barrel  aged imperial stout) -- Perfect balance of dark chocolate and roasted malt with a bourbon and cherry sweetness.

Crux Oud Freakcake (oud Bruin/Flanders style) -- Worth the two tickets. Wonderful sour pucker follwed by a warming bourbon finish

Dick's Brewing Code 1081 (Winter ale) --  One of the few choices for hopheads

Fish Brewing GIngerbread Ale (red) -- At just 5% ABV, this is a great seasonal session beer.  A lit of flavor for very little alcohol.

Lagunitas High West Wheat Whiskey Barrel Aged Cappuiccino Stout -- if there was a buzz beer at the fest, this is it.  Many friends said it was their favorite.  Either that or some of us just like bourbon more than beer.

Mazama Mazamantor (doppelbock) -- I wouldn't say this is try to style, but it is a nice winter warmer.

Vertigo Barrel Aged Polar Blast (barrel aged vanilla porter) -- beery hot chocolate

 

Naughty:

Viking Braggot (winter squash porter) -- lots of pie spices make this one ok for a sip, but any more would be too cloying

Stickmen The Twerking Elf (Northwest Sour Brown) -- An experiment gone horribly wrong.

Ninkasi Belgian Single -- It's hard to stand this beer up against its heavy-weight neighbors, it has that sort of "lite" beer flavor

Golden Valley Santa's Smokin Bock -- has that artificial/chemical phenolic smoke flavor that I detest.

Bear Republic Santa's Lost Wallet -- too alcohol forward. A beer that needs a chaser!

Basecamp White Squall -- weirdo blend of badness.  Dumped.

 

 

Of the limited tappings and VIP pours:

Collaborator Moore Maibock -- not worth the extra ticket.  Ordinary.

Jim IV 2009 -- so delicious it makes me regret not buying it in bottles.

2009 Cascade Sang Noir -- wonderful, seek it out.

 

2008 Goose Island Bourbon County Stout -- The consistency of syrup.  Toasted marshmallow caramelness.  Another one I regret not buying more of when it was distributed here.  Five stars.  One of the best beers I've encountered in my lifetime.

Scaldis Noel 2010 -- Still a lot of heat, but delicious.

Old Stock 2002 (!!!) -- That is one mellow fellow.