Tuesday, November 17, 2009

2009 Winter Beer Festival Presented by Washington Beer Commission

      It is that time of the year ladies and gentleman. Time for the winter beer fest. Come and taste all the lovely winter warmer's at Hale's ales in Seattle. the list is extensive and the days will be long so show up thirsty. I will also be covering the festival live on Saturday the 5th so keep your eyes peeled. So here is the low down and the beer list.

Dates & Hours: 
Friday, December 4th, 5-10pm (WABL* Hour: 4-5pm)
Saturday December 5th, 1-10pm (WABL* Hour: 12-1pm)
*Open exclusively to WABL members.

Hale’s Palladium @ Hale’s Ales Brewery

4301 Leary Way NW, Seattle, WA 98107
$23 advance/$25 at the door.
Admission includes a tasting cup and six 5.5oz beer tastes.
Additional tokens are available at $1.50 each.
Designated driver admission is $5 and available at the door only.
We accept cash and check only. Sorry, no credit cards!
This is a 21+ only event.
Admission and token sales will end at 9:15pm and taps will close at 9:30pm so please make your plans accordingly.

Anacortes Brewery- Anacortes
Noel Winter Ale (Winter Ale)
Strong brown holiday ale brewed with mild American noble hops. Brown malt provides a rich flavor.
Klosterbier (Black Pilsner)
Originally brewed under the guidance of the visiting Brewmaster of Kalt Loch Brewery in Bavaria and modeled after a beer made for the Engelberg monastery. Made with Palisades and Mt. Hood hops.

Baron Brewing Co.- Seattle
Liberator Doppelbock (Doppelbock)
A deep amber to dark brown colored beer with a rich and complex malty flavor. It has a touch of roast character and no hop flavor. The hop bitterness is generally only high enough to balance the malt flavors to allow moderate sweetness in the finish. 7% ABV.
Baron Pilsner (Pilsner)
A traditional Northern German Style Pilsner with a fantastic malty aroma with a slight spice from the hops. The sparkling mouthfeel gives way to a soft malt sweetness that is followed by a long, dry, crisp finish. The balanced clean finish taunts the mouth to take another drink.

Big Al Brewing- Seattle
Dark Roast (Tropical Stout fermented with Belgian yeast)
A sweet stout balanced with intense flavors of chocolate, nuts and roasted espresso. Belgian yeast lends a fruity finish to this surprisingly drinkable beer.
Winter Warmer (Strong Ale)
A strong ale with dark toffee caramel malt flavors, a firm lingering bitterness and a kick that will put the merry in your Christmas.

Big Time Brewery- Seattle
666 - The Resurrection (Belgian Dark Strong Ale)
Novemberfest (Strong Harvest Ale)
A stronger version of the Octoberfest Harvest Ale with lots of Simcoe hops accented with Amarillo Hops. 7% ABV.

Boundary Bay Brewery- Bellingham
Cabin Fever (Winter Ale)
A strong ale or "winter warmer" with dark red-brown color and a very rich malty flavor.
A honey- amber colored IPA with good body, fairly strong alcohol content and an aggressive fresh hop quality.
Imperial Oatmeal Stout (Oatmeal Stout)
A black, very rich and full bodied stout with a silky smoothness that gives way to a long roasty finish.

Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen- Bellingham
Schwarzbier (Schwarzbier)

Dark, bitter, chocolate, dry, smooth brandy restrained bitterness.
Strong Ale (Organic Ale)
Somewhat strong, dark amber, caramelized fruity, balanced bitterness.

Diamond Knot Brewing Co.- Mukilteo
Industrial Ho!Ho! (Winter Seasonal) 08
A robust “winter warmer” ale. Ruby brown in color with a slightly sweet, fruity nose. Very hoppy yet balanced with residual sweetness.
Bourbon Industrial Ho!Ho! (Winter Seasonal) 07
A 2007 keg of Industrial Ho!Ho! with bourbon-aged oak chips.
Copper-colored with a malty character upfront. Intensely bitter with hits of grapefruit and cedar.

Elliott Bay Brewing Co.- Burien
Noäle Holiday Ale (Dunkel Weizen Bock)
Deep, rich brown color. Smooth malt flavors with slight hint of roastiness and hop spiciness. 7.35% ABV. 35 IBU.
Smoked Porter (Smoked Porter)
Smoked by David Richter of Briess Malting with 100% NW Alder Wood. 5.8% 32 IBU.

Elysian Brewing Co.- Seattle
Bifrost Winter Ale (Winter Ale)
A bold hoppy and smooth ale brewed with Pale malt and small amounts of Munich and Crystal malts. Bittered with Magnum, finished with Amarillo and Styrian Golding hops. 7.5% ABV.
Bête Noel Belgian Ale (Belgian Ale)
Brewed with Pale, Munich, Castle Aromatic and roasted barley and black malts, with amber Belgian candy sugar added to the kettle. Bittered with German Northern Brewer, finished with Hallertauer hops and fermented with Belgian Golden Ale yeast. 8.5% ABV.

Fish Brewing Co.- Olympia
Winterfish Seasonal Ale (American Style IPA)
With a snappy hop character and robust alcohol strength, Winterfish is not another brown beer masquerading as seasonal ale. This is hearty session fare brewed for the season of celebrations. 7.5% ABV. 70 IBU.
Leavenworth Blind Pig Dunkelweizen (Dunkelweizen)
This unfiltered dark wheat beer is medium-bodied and smooth with a gently sweet character. Notes of chocolate and caramel mingle with a cereal malt flavor contributed by additions of malted wheat. 4.7% ABV. 25 IBU.
Spire Mountain Dark & Dry Apple Cider (Spiced Cider)
Dark & Dry’s assertive tartness is pleasingly balanced by a hint of molasses and brown sugar. More rounded and intricate than its sister ciders. 5% ABV.

Gilligan’s Brewing Co.- Seattle
Imperial Chamomile Ale (Herb/Spiced Beer)
A lightly hopped American wheat with additions of Chamomile flower, honey and vanilla beans. Light in color with hints of chamomile and vanilla.
Santa’s Secret Stash (Winter Ale)
Made with Hallertauer, Cluster, and Fuggle hops with hints of vanilla beans, all spice, nutmeg, Belgian candi sugar and sweet orange peel.

Hale’s Ales Brewery- Seattle
Hale’s Wee Heavy (Strong Scottish Ale)
A mahogany colored strong ale that is rich and mouthfilling. 7.2% ABV.
O’Briens Harvest Ale (ESB)
A NW classic- full flavored and brimming with hop character.
Cerberus Belgian Tripel (Belgian Tripel)
Pale in color, aromatic and strong. A limited release specialty beer. 10% ABV.
Barrel Aged Imperial Stout (Imperial Stout)

Iron Horse Brewery- Ellensburg
Belgian Black (Belgian Black Ale)
Dark, toasty, Belgian spice. Relatively light in body with subtle fruitiness.
Loco Imperial Red (Imperial Red Ale)
Big hops, big malt. 7.5% ABV.

Issaquah Brewhouse/Rogue Ales- Issaquah, WA
Yellow Snow IPA (IPA)
Pale golden in color with a hoppy fruity aroma. Big hop flavor up front complemented by medium body and hoppiness mid-palate.
Santa’s Private Reserve (Double Dry-Hopped Red Ale)
A double-opped Red Ale, reddish in color with a roasty, malty flavor and hoppy spruce finish.
Menage a Frog (Belgian Style Trippel)
A Belgian style Trippel with monster aromas derived from Belgian yeast and candied sugar. Dry and complex- the champagne of beers!

Trade Route Brewing Co.- Seattle
Purple Yam Porter (Porter)
A unique seasonal porter brewed with Asian purple yams (Filipino ube or Okinawan sweet potato) and grade-A Indian vanilla beans. 7% ABV.
Ginger Pale Ale (Herb/Spice/Pale Ale)
Crisp pale ale brewed with ginger, galangal (Thai ginger), and Mandarin orange peel. 5% ABV

Lazy Boy Brewing Co.- Everett
Mistletoe Bliss (Brown Ale)
A brown ale on steroids. Kissed with hints of cinnamon, spice and oranges to warm those cold winter nights.
Lazy Boy Red Velvet Porter (Porter)
Lazy Boy Porter blended with black cherries and a little something special.

Northern Lights Brewing Co.- Spokane
Winter Ale (NW Winter Ale)
Aggressively hopped with Ahtanum and Columbus hops. Dry hopping creates a hoppy aroma to go along with fruity esters and alcohol.
Pale Ale (American Pale Ale)
A true American style Pale Ale with a fruity hop bouquet and a smooth, full favored taste and a crisp dry finish.

Pike Brewing Co.- Seattle
Auld Acquaintance (Holiday Ale)
Festive and flavorful with a delicious hint of spice in the nose and on the palate. Lightly spiced with orange peel, coriander, cinnamon and nutmeg. 5% ABV.
Pike Entire (Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout)
A blend of 7 month old barrel aged Stout and an Imperial Stout aged in oak. Warming vanilla chocolate goodness.

Port Townsend Brewing Co.- Port Townsend
Port Townsend Winter Ale (Old Ale)
A seasonal Old Ale style rich in aromatic malts with some “new world” NW hops. 6.5% ABV.
Bogachiel Brown (Brown Ale)
A NW Brown Ale with a complex malt character that is balanced with what else? NW hops. 5.5% ABV.

Pyramid Breweries- Seattle
Snow Cap (Strong Ale)
A rich, full bodied winter warmer crafted in the tradition of holiday beers. This deep mahogany colored brew balances complex flavors with refreshingly smooth texture.
Pyramid Hefeweizen (Hefeweizen)
Pyramid’s American take on the Bavarian classis is unfiltered for a very flavorful yet remarkably refreshing taste.

Ram Restaurant & Brewery- Seattle
Mall Walker (Strong/Old Ale) 07 & 08
Formerly known as Sleigher. A festival strong ale. 07 barrel-aged.
Dawgsled (Winter Ale) 06, 07 & 08
A rich, malty winter ale. 06 & 07 barrel-aged.
Hibenator (Winter Warmer)
A big, dark, malty winter warmer. Brewed with honey and spiced with ginger.
Bourbon Vanilla Nitro Porter (Porter)
Aged in a Makers Mark barrel with vanilla beans.

Redhook Ale Brewery- Woodinville
Winterhook (Winter Ale)
Full-body and deep chestnut color. Complex malt profile with hints of chocolate and caramel are the result of using nine different varieties of malts. The sweetness of the malts is balanced with four separate hop charges.
Double Black Stout (Stout)
A smooth Imperial Stout enhanced by the addition of rich, flavorful coffee and dark malts to create a big roasty flavor that is rounded out with a taste of honey.
Long Hammer IPA (IPA)
Embraces the IPA tradition of a strong hop profile while remaining approachable and easy to drink with its smooth flavor and clean finish.

Rock Bottom Brewery- Bellevue
Black Diamond Stout (Oatmeal Stout)
A rich full-bodied Oatmeal Stout. Finishes smooth and mellow. 6% ABV.
Hollydaze IPA (Imperial IPA)
A big hoppy Imperial IPA. Simcoe, Cascade and Amarillo hops dominate the hop profile. Los of malt but light on the caramel/crystal ones.

Schooner Exact Brewing Co.- Seattle
Hoppy Holidays (Strong Ale)
Deep, rich and flavorful, this ale will keep you warm on cold winter nights. Chocolate malt and special Europan yeast provide a unique character that will stay with you all year.
Cherry Hoppin’ Holidays (Strong Ale)
A variation on classic Hoppy Holidays. This rendition of our dark, warm winter beer with a hint of chocolate is refreshed with a brightness lent by macerated cherries.
3 Grid IPA (IPA)
Aggressively hopped with Yakima Valley hops, this brew is a true Northwest style crowd pleaser. The alchemists at Schooner Exact balance the hoppiness with a hint of malt, making this IPA one you can drink all night long.

Scuttlebutt Brewing Co.- Everett
10 Below Ale (Imperial Dunkelweisse) 07 & 08
Rich & smooth, like drinking a chocolate brownie.

Silver City Brewing Co.- Silverdale
Winter's Noche (Imperial Stout)
An extremely black beer with massive roasted malt character balanced with assertive hoping from Northwest Chinook hops, fruity esters and a sinister alcohol content. IBU 60, 9.5% ABV.
Whoop Pass Double IPA (Imperial IPA)
No doubt the boldest and hoppiest beer that Silver City has brewed. 50+lbs of the finest hops of that our Yakima Valley produces. Hops are infused, injected or otherwise inflicted upon a single 15 bbl batch. 85 IBU, 9% ABV.

Snipes Mountain Brewery- Sunnyside
Snipes Porter (Porter)
Rich roasted malt and slight smokey flavors are balanced with light hop aromatics.
Winter Coyote (Brown Ale)
An American Brown that has a big chocolate flavor with big hop aromatics.

Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Co.- Snoqualmie
Avalanche Winter Ale (Winter Warmer)
Deep ruby red when held to the light, full-bodied complex malt flavors dominate, with perfect balance provided by distinctive Yakima Chinook and Cascade hops. Big, rich, smooth and satisfying yet drinkable enough to enjoy more than just one. 6.8% ABV.
Black Frog Stout (Nitro Oatmeal Stout)
A dry Irish Stout with oatmeal poured on nitro.

Two Beers Brewing Co.- Seattle
Jive Espresso Stout (Stout)
Strong and steady malt tones, a subtle coffee and chocolate nose and hops that entertain your tongue.
Immersion Amber Ale (Amber)
Bright amber color, malty interlude and citrusy hop finish offer a full baptism in taste.
Echo IPA (IPA)
A robust Galena hops introduction slowly ushers in a surprising malty interlude before the resounding Cascade hops finish sweeps across your palate leaving you with a citrus memory.

2008 Winter Beer Festival WABL Beer* 
WABLation (Fresh Hop Wheatwine) by McMenamin’s/Scuttlebutt/Diamond Knot

WABLation is the classic tale of the Warrior and the Poet. The hops represent the Warrior. Ready to do battle from the first waft until the end when the lingering bitterness taunts you for another campaign. The malt doesn't fear dominance, it speaks a wonderful verse of earthy sweetness followed by delicate warming. It joins the fray with quiet confidence, knowing when things are tough it has the backbone to stand toe to toe with anything and articulate its elegant story. So as each combatent tries to assert dominance, they unwillingly become partners for your enjoyment. Two sides of the same coin. Brewed for the WABL 3rd Anniversary Party.
*Available exclusively to WABL members at the Holiday Gift Shop

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