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2012 Amnesia Winter Ale Festival

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If you have not gotten your fix of winter warmers at the Holiday Ale Festival, or perhaps you just wanted to avoid beer geeks ticking off their tastes or the soul crushing crunch of humans rubbing shoulders, either way the Amnesia Winter Ale Fest is for you.

Returning this Saturday, December 8th, this mini alternative fest is an annual tradition. The fest celebrates the cold, dank days of Portland winter with a killer selection of warming ales from Amnesia Brewing, as well as some of their friends.

$20 will get you a 2012 signature festival GLASS mug, 10 tickets, a menu sheet, a sticker, and a free pint coupon from Amnesia’s new Washougal location, opening in the beginning of the new year!

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 2011 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 2011 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 cold pressed coffee and vanilla bean infused version.

Guest Winter Ales:

Burnside Brewing
Winter Elixir
A big, strong Ale brewed with copious amounts of Columbus and Amarillo hops pillowed throught to give this warming brew a chewy complex body and a friuty, juicy hoppiness.
8.7 ABV,  77.4 IBU

Strong Cascadian Dark Ale 


Imperial Stout

A traditional English-style strong stout made with three different roasted malts, a large portion of Munich malt for body, and a touch of brown sugar for added complexity. 
8.1% ABV, 52 IBU

The Commons
Dark Belgian Ale

Brewed strong with Boysenberries added after primary fermentation. Underlying chocolate notes support the residual dark fruit flavor and the yeast esters from one of our house Belgian strains. 
10.5% ABV


Winter Warmer
The recipe for this malty, caramel holiday beer was passed down to the brewer by Old Man Gower. According to the brewer, “It was Christmas Eve in the drunk tank. An old man said to me, ‘Won’t see another one.’ And then we sang a song, The Rare Old Mountain Dew. I turned my face away, and he told me about this brew.”
19.5 Plato   8.0%   52 ibu

Strong Ale

Salmon Creek

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

Saturday, December 8th. Noon-10pm.
Amnesia Brewing on North Mississippi St. in Portland Oregon.
832 N. Beech St. ( to be exact)

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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