Not as big as the Brewer’s Festival in July, but still fun, the Winter Brewer’s Festival was held this last weekend in Pioneer Courtouse Square.
I was busy with my Christmas shopping, so I didn’t make it down until Sunday. Even then we didn’t stay long because E had a headache.
I only got to try a few beers. The selection runs to sweeter, heavier malty beers. Just the thing to curl up with in front of a fire.
Alaskan Brewing Co
Alaskan Spruce Tip Winter Ale
Round caramel notes, with a gentle fizz, it holds on to the side of the tongue. It didn’t taste like spruce to me, but E got a strong flavor of spruce.
Brasserie St Feuillen
Le Roeulx Belgium
St Feuillen Cuvee de Noël
Generally I like Belgian beers and I like this one too. It is very sweet, with strong flavors of orange and spice, making a heady, strong brew.
Fearless Brewing Co
Fearless Strong Scotch Ale
Drink enough and you’ll be fearless, too. Malty and strong, with nutty overtones, very warming.
Hazel Dell Brewpub
Weinachten Fest Bier
Like bittersweet chocolate, this ale goes straight to the back of the mouth. Unlike a lot of the malty beers available, it is not sweet at all. It’s an adult taste, bitter without being overhopped.