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Amnesia Brewing’s Winter Ale Fest 2011

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UPDATED: December 1 4:24pm with Beer List

Cool news today that Amnesia Brewing is bringing back their Winter Ale Fest this December 10th. This small gathering of holiday-themed ales from Oregon is often a showcase for winter beers not featured at this week’s Holiday Ale Festival.

Details are still a bit scarce, but we know Amnesia will be pouring their annual releases of Frosty’s Revenge and SleighJerker, as per usual, along with aged versions,  including a Frosty’s aged on cognac-infused French oak. They are also releasing a new strong milk stout made with flaked oats and lactose sugar called The Milk of Amnesia, and will be tapping a firkin cask version, with vanilla bean added, special for the fest. Along with all this Amnesia Love, there will be eight other local winter warmers from:

$20= Winter Fest glass mug and 10 tickets, $1= ticket, 2 tickets= 1/2 mug, 4 tickets= full mug.
Still working on getting a couple of brewery’s beers/specs confirmed but here’s what I have:

Amnesia brews:
Strong, dark, robust ale with enough roastiness to beckon Porter like qualities but, with a Crystal hop dry hopping, citrus and pine sneak in to create a complex and intense quaff.
7.2%abv  55 IBUs 
*Also featuring a fest only 2010 version
Frosty’s Revenge
Big, malty, hoppy. Vengeance has never tasted so good! Maris otter, Munich, Vienna and Crystal malts along with Cascade and Amarillo hops.
8%abv,  65 IBUs 
*Also featuring a fest only 2010 version aged on Cognac infused French oak.
The Milk of Amnesia
A strong Milk Stout never before brewed by Amnesia. Made with loads of dark, roasted malts, flaked oats and Lactose (milk sugar) which leaves unfermentable sugar in the finished beer creating a sweet, creamy body.
6.5% abv,  25 IBUs 
*Also featuring a Fest only version with a whole vanilla bean added.

Guest Winter Ales:
Burnside’s first winter elixir. It’s a big, strong ale brewed with copious amounts of Columbia and Amarillo hops pillowed in the middle to give this chewy complex malt body a unique, fruity, juicy hoppiness throughout.
8.3% abv
77 IBUs 
Double Mountain-
Winter Ale
‘Tis the season to be jolly, so let us contribute with the return of the Fa. This year’s strong ale continues with bagfuls of Matt’s favorite hop — Centennials — and the gentle balance of a strong malty brew to warm your heart and soul.
Brewed with Gambrinus Pilsner malt, imported crystal malts, and Centennial hops.
7.5% ABV, 85 BU
This seasonal one-off from the brewery is a deep and flavorful winter brew. A solid malt profile is hopped English-style, with Brewers Gold and Fuggles, and spiced with bitter and sweet orange peel to bring it all together. Sweet malts and light candy greet you in the nose. Light hop spice notes and malt on the palate lead to a smooth mellow malty finish with just a hint of hop spice and bite. Just like the first frost, it’s a sign of things to come. Servus!
6.8% ABV / 70 IBU 
Hard Bop Brown
Open fermented with Upright’s new house ardennes yeast.  Perle and Cascade hops in the kettle and a Centennial dryhop create a strong, hoppy, winterized Brown ale.
9% abv,  55 ibu’s
The Prophet
A English Old Ale brewed with 5 kinds of malt, including honey and chocolate malts, along with 50lbs of Belgian candy sugar and 12lbs of raisins. This ale delivers a complex yet balanced mouthful of holiday spirit coupled with a slightly sweet finish.
7.8% abv, 75 IBUs 
Lucky Lab
What’s a Winter Ale Fest without a  Russian Imperial Stout? Brewed with loads of roasted and caramel malt and graciously hopped this ruskie is big and bold!
9.5%abv,  65 IBUs 
Caldera- Coconut Porter
Saturday December 10th 12pm-1opm 21+
Amnesia Brewing
832 North Beech Street  Portland, OR 97227

(503) 281-7708

Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding. Contact: [email protected]

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