2012 Portland Holiday Ale Festival + Win Beer Package ($60) | Pioneer Courthouse Square, Four Dozen Rare Winter Beers, 17,000+ Attendees

We are giving away a beer package for the 2012 Portland Holiday Ale Festival on Wednesday, November 28 through Sunday, December 2, 2012. The package includes two mugs and 20 tokens!

To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, November 26 after Midnight.

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From our sponsors at Holiday Ale Festival:
2012 Portland Holiday Ale FestivalPortland Holiday Ale Festival
Wednesday, November 28 @ Noon – 10 p.m.
Thursday, November 29 – Saturday, December 1 @ 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday, December 2 @ 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
$30 general admission package | $65 VIP admission package (Package Info Below)
21 and Over
Purchase tickets at holidayale.com

Pioneer Courthouse Square
701 SW 6th Avenue Portland, OR 97204
(503) 223-1613

The 17th annual Holiday Ale Festival will take place Nov. 28 through Dec. 2 at Pioneer Courthouse Square, located at 701 SW Sixth Ave. in downtown Portland, on the MAX Light Rail line. The popular event will feature at least four-dozen big, bold ales designed to fend off the cold chill of a long winter night. From Belgians, barleywines and CDAs to winter warmers, porters and stouts, these beers have either been crafted specifically for the event or are hard-to-fine vintages, underscoring the event’s reputation as one of finest gathering of winter beers anywhere in the nation.

Event hours are Noon to 10 pm Wednesday, 11 am to 10 pm Thursday through Saturday, and 11 am to 5 pm Sunday. To avoid the lengthy lines that often accompany Northwest beer fests, the recommended days for attendance are Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. The Holiday Ale Festival is for ages 21 and over.

What makes this festival standout from other similar events is the beer selection: the festival works with every brewery involved to make sure they send a beer that has either been made or blended specifically for the event, or is a rare or vintage beer that isn’t commonly tapped in the state.

To enter and consume beer, the purchase of an entry package is required. The general admission package at the door costs $30 and includes the 2012 tasting mug and 10 taster tickets. Advance general admission packages cost $30 and include the tasting mug, 12 taster tickets and expedited entry all five days. Advance VIP packages are available for $65 and include the tasting mug, 28 taster tickets, a bottle of water, access to VIP lines (including special tappings) and express entry all five days. Express re-entry requires a wristband and the 2012 mug, and is subject to the festival’s capacity. Previous year’s mugs will not be filled. Advance packages are available online at www.holidayale.com after Oct. 19.

Once inside the festival, a full mug of beer costs four taster tickets, and a four-ounce taste costs one ticket. Certain limited release and special tappings may not be available in full mug pours, or may cost double tickets. Additional beer tickets can be purchased for $1 apiece. Designated drivers in a party of two or more may purchase a designated driver wristband for $5, which includes Crater Lake Root Beer or bottled water for the duration of the stay.

Despite being held outdoors during one of the coldest months of the year, more than 17,000 festival attendees stay warm and dry over the five day festival under clear-topped tents that cover the venue. Gas heaters create a cozy ambiance beneath the boughs of the region’s largest decorated Christmas tree. In addition to beer tasting, the festival also features meet the brewer events, a root beer garden, food vendors, beer pairings with cupcakes & cheese, event merchandise and a coat and bag check that raises funds for the Children’s Cancer Association.

One of the event highlights is often the beer names themselves: this year, look for Frosty’s Revenge, Blitz’n Prancer, Milk & Cookies, Figgy Pudding and Very Ill Tempered Gnome. The marjority of the beers hail from Oregon, but there are also breweries representing Washington, California, Colorado, Delaware and Montana.

Returning to the event is the ninth annual Sunday Beer Brunch, taking place on Dec. 2 from 11 am to 1 pm on the upper level of Pioneer Courthouse Square. The auxiliary event features European pastries, cured meats and artisanal cheeses to accompany an assortment of exclusive vintage winter beers not available at the festival itself, plus special large format bottles to be shared. Tickets cost $65 and are available at www.holidayale.com.

For more information, visit www.holidayale.com or call 503-252-9899.

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546 Responses to 2012 Portland Holiday Ale Festival + Win Beer Package ($60) | Pioneer Courthouse Square, Four Dozen Rare Winter Beers, 17,000+ Attendees

  1. Christian Campbell November 19, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

    I would love to attend the Holiday Ale Festival as I’ve never been, before (work schedule / personal schedule have prevented attending in the past). I try to attend every other local beer/wine festival that I can each year – I’ll live in this area for the rest of my life for the wine/beer/liquor options we have (there’s just no competition anywhere else).

  2. adam wood November 19, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    Beer me!

  3. Soco November 19, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    I would like to attend the festival because I could use a night out and it sounds like a fabulous event…..and I like good beer!

  4. Michael November 19, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

    I may have achieved all my life goals if I win these. oh and I love beer

  5. Mike W November 19, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

    *All I want for christmas*

  6. Beth November 19, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    I want this, but I fear my heart may explode with joy.

    Nah, still want it!

  7. Kristen November 19, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    Help me beat these winter time blues with some winter time brews :)

  8. Peter Hoherd November 19, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

    Love me some hearty, rib-sticking, winter-time meal-beers… especially when enjoyed in PDX but ESPECIALLY when enjoyed in PDX during the Portland Holiday Ale Fest.

  9. Scott November 19, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    Yes please! Winter beer fest for the win!

  10. Natalie November 19, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    I love beer! I love the holidays! I love Pioneer Courthouse square! I hate waiting in long lines…. VIP Tickets please and thank you!

  11. christine yim November 19, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    i would love to go and bring this sweetheart i have been dating for the past few months! he has never been to the holiday ale fest before!!

  12. Luke November 19, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    I would like to attend because I really like beer and there are sure to be several on tap that I’ve never tried.

  13. Barbara Robertson November 19, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

    I’d love to go! I try to support our amazing beer scene, both by buying & trying different kinds and by volunteering at beer fests.

  14. Jeffrey Beedy November 19, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

    I want to go real bad.

  15. Molly Conroy November 19, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

    I pour beer over my cereal!

  16. Lauren November 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

    Winter beers under the sparkling Christmas tree, heaven.

  17. Berenice November 19, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

    I want to go the mostest, realest bad.

  18. Christina charvat November 19, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    Finally!!! PSU has arranged finals week to be before the beerfest! Ive been trying to come back to these tasty holiday brews for two years! Make a hardworking students day PDX pipeline? It would be amazing!

  19. Sian November 19, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    please pick me so I can drink myself some delicious brews

  20. Jessie November 19, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    I would like to attend this festival and be apart of a true portland holiday tradition. Tasty beers, a christmas tree and holiday spirit what more could we ask for?

  21. Matt November 19, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

    I would love to win because the Holiday Ale Fest is my favorite beer festival of the year and an unbeatable holiday tradition.

    I’m constantly enamored by the inventive brews that breweries come up with, and to experience it all in the shade of the tree in Pioneer Courthouse Square is pretty truly magical.

  22. Stephanie November 19, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

    Oh how I love winter beers. This sounds amazing!

  23. Karl November 19, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

    I loves me some holiday brews, and what better reason for a long overdue visit with old friends.

  24. Kenneth Schmidt November 19, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

    I will make it my personal mission to taste every beer.

  25. Becky November 19, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

    I should win because it is almost my birthday and what better way to spend it?

  26. Nicole November 19, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

    Holiday Ale? Yes, please. Never been.

  27. Vanessa November 19, 2012 at 4:37 pm #

    I’d love nothing more than to guzzle some dark winter brews in the midst of magical Pioneer Courthouse Square!

  28. Amanda November 19, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

    Freshly 21 and haven’t been able to make it to a beer festival yet! Born and raised here in Oregon and adore the holidays for all reasons, including the winter ales! I love my state, never leaving. :)

  29. Kelli November 19, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

    Its my first Christmas in PDX. The closest thing to family are friends and lagers. I should go.

  30. Loren November 19, 2012 at 5:35 pm #

    I love the Holiday Ale Festival and I wait all year long to drink the most amazing ales from all over.

  31. Kevin November 19, 2012 at 6:16 pm #

    Hey, keep up the good work guys. I’m assuming you post we’re supposed to comment on is this one for the tcikets. Why I would like to go: Living in Portland for 3+ years I’ve always passed the Holiday Ale Festival but unfortunately have not had the funds to attend. Unless there is some Thanksgiving bonus my work has not told me about, the same will hold true this year. I’m a beer lover and PDX Pipeline follower (iPhone, facebook, site) who appreciates a good Porltand beer festival. Thanks Pipeline!

  32. Ian November 19, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

    Holiday Ale Festival, whoo hoo!

  33. Fred November 19, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

    Would love to win tickets for this event. Thanks for the opportunity, PDXPIPELINE.

  34. Mike November 19, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

    Dear Holiday Ale Fest,

    I miss you so much and I will not rest until I am back in the warm embrace of your loving arms.


  35. Sean November 19, 2012 at 8:08 pm #

    Must. Win. Love. Beer. Please. . . . . Pretty please. . . . With hops on top.

  36. carolina teel November 19, 2012 at 9:19 pm #

    I would like to try out the latest beers and to mingle with the local folks. The free tickets would make a nice early Christmas present for a friend :)

  37. Teresa Beam November 19, 2012 at 10:14 pm #

    That is my husband’s birthday weekend, plus we could really use a date night, and what could be better than an evening of seasonal beer? Please help me give him a wonderful birthday present!

  38. Robin November 19, 2012 at 11:22 pm #

    So here is my plea… This is my favorite beer festival. What’s not to love about Rich, delicious holiday ales? PLUS, the festival will be right before I head off into the woods in the cold and rain (maybe even snow!) with 17 high school students for 3 days, so I really really really need some liquid courage before I take off on this endeavor! Thanks and cheers!

  39. Lin November 20, 2012 at 12:02 am #

    I love beer. I love seasonal ale. This is a event I would love to attend!

  40. Tosha November 20, 2012 at 8:40 am #

    We are brand new to Portland and hail from Kansas City, home of Boulevard Brewing. We’ve been told the best brews are now right in our backyard and would love a chance to meet the locals and try their winter ales! Pick me!

  41. Lindsay November 20, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    I would LOVE to win tickets for my husband to attend this festival! He’s from Portland and loves beer but since he parted ways with his previous job, we’ve been unable to enjoy the AMAZING beer that Portland has to offer! Having a ticket would let him enjoy it!

  42. Lindsay November 20, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    And of course, I would love to attend with him!

  43. melissa November 20, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    I have wanted to attend this festival for years, ever since I turned 21 and back to Portland. BUT I was working holiday retail at the time, and was never actually abel to go. The irony: I was working at Macys, just kiddy-corner from the square where it all goes down. Now I am back again from school, jobless and paying off massive amounts of school debt, and all I want to do to help brighten the holidays is get inside those beer tents! Please please please pick me!!

  44. Mathew November 20, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

    I just turned 21, and love winter ales. I think this would be the best way to get my holiday cheer going, because I couldn’t afford this festival otherwise! Help a brotha out?

  45. sean November 20, 2012 at 7:43 pm #

    I’d like to win because this is exactly what I asked Santa for last year and he didn’t bring it so here’s pdxpipeline’s chance to one-up Ol’ St. Nicholas.

  46. mariana November 20, 2012 at 9:40 pm #

    Best beer festival of the year!!

  47. BruceB November 20, 2012 at 10:35 pm #

    this fest usually falls on my birthday so would make an awesome BD present for me. oh and i love winter brews so this is my favorite Portland beer festival. thx!

  48. Dennbam November 21, 2012 at 12:52 am #

    Drink till you want me

  49. Diana November 21, 2012 at 7:54 am #

    Please pick me! I want to start liking winter beers more!

  50. Christine November 21, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    I’ve been waiting for this all year!

  51. Dennis November 21, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    I love beer!

  52. Sabrina November 21, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    Impoverished do-gooder desiring a treat of crispy spicy ale, please

  53. Frankie November 21, 2012 at 10:26 am #

    Although I brew my own beer… I still enjoy holiday crafted beers :)

  54. Dave November 21, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    My wife and I love the Holiday Ale Fest! My favorite aspect is the rotating taps of rare/aged ales; can’t miss Mirror Mirror and the procession of Jim’s. It’s also a great opportunity to drink with Santa and see the Ramblin’ Rod-style Patch People.

  55. Pressten November 21, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

    mmmmmmmmmm BEER… I have would love to go to winter ale fest!!

  56. Sara Kelly November 21, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    From changing horrendously smelly dirty diapers to waking up at four am like a zombie to rock a kicking infant, my husband has made it through the first year of our son’s life beautifully and with few complaints.

    HE DESERVES THIS!! A night of relaxation, discovering new brews and enjoying old favorites. Help me help him before he totally loses it.

  57. Sean November 21, 2012 at 6:20 pm #

    Why: I’m 22 and have been tasting wines and beers since 21. Being able to experience such a wide variety would be amazing.

  58. armando November 21, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

    all my friends are going, and i want to go too!

  59. Nathan day November 21, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

    The cure for what ales me!

  60. Trevor Jacobson November 21, 2012 at 6:58 pm #

    The only thing better than drinking big holiday brews downtown would be drinking FREE holiday brews downtown!!!

  61. Heather November 21, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

    The Holiday Ale Fest is the perfect start to the holiday season! Mmm beer.

  62. John November 21, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

    I’d love to take my dad! I’m 22, he’s already taken me to quite a few. It’d be nice to return the favor!

  63. Roger November 21, 2012 at 9:18 pm #

    Nothing better this time of year than wonderful stout winter ales to warm you up on the cold winter days. Would so love to be a part of this event and winning these passes would be just the ticket!

  64. Leonard November 21, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

    I never miss the Holiday Ale Fest

  65. Don Lowman November 21, 2012 at 10:15 pm #

    This is the winter beer fest to go to! I would love to get some tickets!


  66. Michele November 21, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

    If beer was a river and I was a duck, I’d swim to the bottom and drink it all up! But beer ain’t a river and I ain’t no duck, so let me win tickets and I’ll drink to luck!

  67. Aprilruthie November 22, 2012 at 12:29 am #

    Woooooah…. sooo many entries…. I love beer more than all these fools combined (no, really)!
    I would take someone who deserves a freebie way more than me (I am a broke slacker. My buddy is a hard working great friend who has ale instead of blood running thru his veins & appreciates small craft as much as I do).
    This festival is tha bessssss bc you get to see the brewers get all lovey-lovey with their uber special special kegs- & seeing that many happy nerds in one place is my kind of party!

  68. Liz November 22, 2012 at 12:29 am #

    My partner is a homebrewer.so we go to lots of fests. But, my personal favorite is the holiday ale fest-i love the beers, the crowd and the atmosphere. Best one all year by far! Our problem is that were a social worker and a therapist and that equals a very tight budget for things like fests. But wed love the chance to go!

  69. tim November 22, 2012 at 12:32 am #

    I’m as homebrewer and love to support oregon beer events. The beer atmosphere out here is unbeatable and a big reason I plan to never leave!

  70. liz November 22, 2012 at 12:36 am #

    My partner is a homebrewer so we support lots of fests. But, this once is my favourite by far! Great people, beer and atmosphere

  71. Shane November 22, 2012 at 12:36 am #

    I have been waiting for this all year…would love to go admit would be hard to afford otherwise.

  72. Alli gabbert November 22, 2012 at 12:37 am #

    My childhood friend is coming this weekend and I’d love to consume some figgy pudding and milk & cookies, just like in the old days.

  73. Suzanne Strickland November 22, 2012 at 12:37 am #

    Because Benjamin Franklin loves me and wants me to be happy.

  74. Kacy November 22, 2012 at 1:34 am #

    OOh! I really want to get warm and toasty by tasting all the delicious creative holiday ales this festival has to offer!!! Help satiate my curiosity!!

  75. Roy Nifoussi November 22, 2012 at 1:41 am #

    great way to taste several beers and how better to do it than to share it with a friend.

  76. Bob November 22, 2012 at 1:45 am #

    because i entered another contest

  77. Alethea November 22, 2012 at 4:33 am #

    I love beer. Especially FREE, craft beer!

  78. Julie hoover November 22, 2012 at 6:03 am #

    I want to experience the velvet merkin one more time!

  79. Shauna M November 22, 2012 at 6:25 am #

    I would like to go because my partner is a mechanic from Germany who works for a brewery. I am a bartender always looking for new product to showcase. Between the two of us you cant find a.more beer loving couple. Please pick me.

  80. michele November 22, 2012 at 6:49 am #

    I’d like to try Figgy Pudding and Very Ill Tempered Gnome!

  81. Christina November 22, 2012 at 6:52 am #

    Job hunting…on a tight budget…would love to win tickets to this event. Cheers!

  82. Jeff November 22, 2012 at 7:11 am #

    Big beers for a dreary winter day.

  83. Becky November 22, 2012 at 7:23 am #


  84. Shanez November 22, 2012 at 7:36 am #

    Just moved to Portland and I can’t afford to do anything. A free Ale Festival would make my holidays!! :o)

  85. Brian November 22, 2012 at 7:58 am #

    I love beer, promise to bring lots of people, and I promise to take public transportation to and from the festival.

  86. Nick November 22, 2012 at 8:05 am #

    I love puppies!!!!!!!

  87. Tiffany pelott November 22, 2012 at 8:11 am #

    The winter ale fest is the best way to kick off the winter season in Portland. Lots of great costumes, beer and friends!!!I

  88. Cory November 22, 2012 at 8:22 am #


  89. Jason w November 22, 2012 at 8:30 am #

    Pretty please, pick me! 20 tokens would be a good start for the festival. I’m ready for the holiday cheer!

  90. jas November 22, 2012 at 8:43 am #

    because my homebrewing husband deserves a break!!!

  91. jake moore November 22, 2012 at 8:46 am #

    The holiday beer fest is the best time for beer. Winter beers are my favorite. I am a dad of three that doesn’t get out that often. Please set me up and I will be a happy pappy.

  92. Grant November 22, 2012 at 8:54 am #

    Do you have the cure for what Ales me? I think you do… (it’s beer). New in town would love to start packing on the winter weight.

  93. Bret November 22, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    I’ve never been to a beer fest in PDX! It’s time to change this sad fact!!

  94. Kim November 22, 2012 at 8:57 am #

    I love beer festivals! This is the one I always miss, so I would love to win tickets!

  95. Martay November 22, 2012 at 8:58 am #

    Ho Ho Ho Santa wants to go.

  96. Anthony November 22, 2012 at 9:41 am #

    My favorite kind of beers and my favorite Portland beer festival! Would loooooooooove to win tickets to this!!

  97. Jen Y. November 22, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    Three words: Holiday. Ale. Festival.

    Three more words: I’ve. Never. Been!

    Three additional words: Off. The. Chain.

    Also: Children’s. Cancer. Association. :)

  98. Benito Juarez November 22, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    I’m so excited. Last years was a blast!!

  99. stu November 22, 2012 at 9:54 am #

    I want in on the fun!

  100. Alethea November 22, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    We live for beer! Enough said.

  101. Nola Borland November 22, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    Here’s hoping, once again, that I win this one!! Would love to treat my son to this event..

  102. El November 22, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    Would love to surprise my husband with this awesome festival!

  103. Tim November 22, 2012 at 10:13 am #

    “B-double E-double R-U-N – “BEER RUN”

    Well, I can’t really run as my knees ain’t what they used to be, but if Godzilla were to appear on the horizon in an agitated state, I’m sure I could sufficiently haul posterior quickly and safely out of the way of the king of all monsters and hopefully deep into the heart of the Holiday Ale Fest thanks to you!

  104. Lisa November 22, 2012 at 10:38 am #

    We have friends in town and would love to show off Portland’s beer scene. Portland, in general, but definitely the beer!

  105. Nina November 22, 2012 at 11:13 am #

    Portland does love its beer! Would love to go.

  106. Ryan November 22, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    This is one beer festival that I’ve never been to, but sure would like to. I’ve been trying to register for a volunteer shift on the holiday ale festival, but apparently all of the shifts are already spoken for.

  107. Jeff November 22, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

    Can’t wait to bust out the Buddy The Elf costume again for this event!

  108. washsquarehomes November 22, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

    I would love to attend, I’ve never been. I enjoy trying new beers, ales, fall harvest.

  109. Coni Rios November 22, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    I have been having beer fest withdrawals for a few months. I plan on only working half days during the Holiday Ale Fest so I can partake in the libations and revelry.

  110. McKinze November 22, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    My husband is a HUGE beer fan… I’d love to treat him to this! :)

  111. Arni November 22, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    I want to sample the big, bold wintertime brews that I can’t get anywhere else!

  112. seth francis November 22, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    As Christmas approaches and the weather gets colder,
    there is nothing more fun and nothing bolder,
    then a gathering of friends at a winter ale fest,
    where the people are happy and the beer is the best,
    There is no better way to get in the mood,
    just drink a dark beer and devour some food,
    and as you’re laughing away and loosing track of the time,
    should loudly with pride “thank you PDX Pipeline!”

  113. Mari Tamiyasu November 22, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    I’ve been a wine person but am learning more about beer and love it! This sounds like a great way to sample delicious ales. I’d buy a ticket but can’t afford it. A free ticket would be amazing!

  114. Alex November 22, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

    because i want to drink a lot of booze and look at boobs.
    booze n boobz.

  115. Georgiana November 22, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    I would love to surprise my husband with tickets to Portland’s Holiday Ale Festival. We are usually out of town this time of year–but we finally get a Portland Christmas and what a great way to celebrate it!! Thanks PDX Pipeline!!

  116. Boomerpdx November 22, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

    I love the beer names! Last years favorite – “Barry White’s Voice in a Bottle”

  117. Lyle November 22, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

    I would love to win this on account of I am disabled and live on a fixed income and can not afford to go out also my 25 year old son will be here visiting this weekend and it would be a great outing to enjoy with him

  118. Helen Y. November 22, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

    My brother recently turned 21 and I would absolutely love to take him to this event. They are so much fun, especially during the holiday. I’ve never been to Portland and getting away for a little while, sounds like a perfect bonding opportunity.

    Please & Thank you!

  119. Sarah Machacek November 22, 2012 at 5:32 pm #

    Why??? Because I love beer! And I love portland!! It’s the perfect combo!!

  120. Benjamin November 22, 2012 at 6:12 pm #

    I’ve lived in Portland six years now and beer fests are still the best thing about this place. Never been to a Christmas one, though. Can’t wait for those specialty beers. I also owe my buddy some payback so this would be for him. Well, me too, obviously.

  121. Benjamin November 22, 2012 at 6:14 pm #

    I’ve lived in Portland six years now and beer fests are still the best thing about this place. Never been to a Christmas one, though. Can’t wait for those specialty beers. I also owe my buddy some payback so this would be for him. Well, me too, obviously.

  122. Drew November 22, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

    I would love to win tickets to this

  123. Minda November 22, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

    A family tradition!

  124. nick ragazzo November 22, 2012 at 7:02 pm #

    I am a chef that just arrived in Portland a week ago and since I will be cooking at a new restaurant downtown, it would benefit me greatly to sample some of the local brews.

  125. steadybrew November 22, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

    this is the best beer fest every year by far. the atmosphere under the tent but still outside is amazing. the best time to go used to be during the civil war game but it’s moved this year. thanks for the chance at tix for this, it’s a great time!

  126. JLM November 22, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

    b/c i love beer!

  127. Karen H November 22, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

    30+ years of Oregon beer and we have never been to the Holiday Ale Festival. Now is the time!

  128. Joel Hamberg November 22, 2012 at 8:20 pm #

    Great winter beers! Cold outside, warm inside!

  129. Tristan Reynolds November 22, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

    This was Timmy’s last request before the accident. But His wife will take his place now. I will give her and her girlfriend the tickets. ;)

  130. Cody Lyons November 22, 2012 at 10:41 pm #

    Coming home to Portland from Los Angeles specifically for the Ale Festival. Free tickets would be amazing.

  131. Bonnie November 22, 2012 at 11:38 pm #

    Obviously drinking those beers will make me look like the girls in the ad. I must go!

  132. Jeff November 22, 2012 at 11:39 pm #

    I hope I win: I like beer, and I’m pretty thirsty right now. Thanks!

  133. Lucas Gray November 23, 2012 at 12:20 am #

    Can’t wait to sample the winter beers!

  134. panda November 23, 2012 at 12:58 am #

    winter is coming

  135. Heidi O November 23, 2012 at 1:31 am #

    Love to drink beer! Crossing my fingers I win. :-)

  136. Leslie November 23, 2012 at 5:59 am #

    We’ll have out of town guests that weekend who would love the festival. Thanks!

  137. Ryan November 23, 2012 at 9:04 am #

    Being a transplant to Portland the Holiday Ale Fest is a great event. Always an awesome beer line up, the event is run perfectly by a freindly staff and a great way to be apart of the Portland beer scene.

  138. Stacy November 23, 2012 at 9:12 am #

    I want to drink delicious holiday beer and sing carols around the giant christmas tree!

  139. Danny November 23, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    Help…I need to take a friend to a event during the day on Dec. 1st, so his wife can get the house ready for his 55th surpise Birthday Party….Help…nothing else going on that day

  140. Peggy November 23, 2012 at 9:15 am #

    Need to get my husband out of the house….so he can we can get the Party for our friends 55th birthday party….

  141. Danny November 23, 2012 at 9:22 am #

    Help….I need to get a friend out of his house, while his wife gets the surprise Birthday party set up….he will be 55 years old….

  142. Diane Quinney November 23, 2012 at 9:44 am #

    Why would I like to attend the Holiday Ale Festival?? Because I LOVE beer!! It sounds like great hoilday fun!!

  143. mollie November 23, 2012 at 9:54 am #

    My favorite holiday tradition!! I’m going to this either way, but I could really use the free tickets!!!

  144. Harvard November 23, 2012 at 9:59 am #

    Because i look forward to this every year! Tis the season!!

  145. KJ November 23, 2012 at 10:29 am #

    What the Holiday Ale Festival needs are two fun girls who especially love dark beer (but otherwise would not be able to attend)!

  146. Sarah November 23, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    Pick me! The friend I’m taking is pretty in pink! Lots of Holiday Ale = pink cheeks!

  147. deb November 23, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    Winter beers are unique and creative! especially during the holiday time more special time to celebrate drinking…

  148. Bill November 23, 2012 at 11:49 am #

    If I win, I will drink beer, I will share beer, it will be merry, and it will be good.

  149. Brian November 23, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

    Smiles. Laughs. Beers. Portland.

  150. Mana November 23, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

    Rainy portland goes so well with dark beer! It brightens my day☆ It’s my cure, my light for the Seasonal Affective Disorder!

  151. Angel November 23, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    I’d love to take my husband to this. What a great way to start the holiday season!

  152. jackie November 23, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    This event is awesome! It’s a great season to get warmed up with some beer and there will be lots of good beer here!

  153. Erika November 23, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

    I’m not pregnant – nor trying… yet – but I concluded yesterday that Porter would be an adorable name for a boy (or girl!). Oh, how I love my Porter! It would also be especially nice to share some cheer with my sweet, hard working man at the Holiday Ale Festival! :)

  154. Hannah November 23, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

    Attended last year for the first time- came away with an appreciation for many new beers, some hilarious memories, and a handful of new friends! Hope to bring many more folks with me this year. One of the best things do to in Portland in the rainy cold winter!

  155. Jessica November 23, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

    I have much to be thankful for, beer of course is high on the list. However I am currently on antibiotics for 10 days that allow no alcoholic consumption, and what better day to end my stint of sobriety than a beer fest!!! I want to win!

  156. Joy November 23, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    I’m a big bold gal that loves big bold ales! I would be so at home here! Pick me please :)

  157. toby November 23, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    Would love to go, have never been!

  158. Jeff Losel November 23, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    Beer is my life – my life for beer

  159. Casey November 23, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    Guests coming to town. They will need some beer.

  160. Brittany November 23, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    I love this ale festival, it’s one of my favorites!

  161. Connie November 23, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

    I am from Georgia and need to drink to deal with the crappy Oregon winter!!!! Please

  162. Kaila November 23, 2012 at 4:14 pm #

    I would love to try all the delicious beers!

  163. Brian November 23, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    I’m about to enter the Coast Guard and a nice evening before I leave would be great

  164. Rachelle November 23, 2012 at 6:12 pm #

    I have always wanted to attend the festival and this is my first year living in Portland! Beer is the best way to celebrate the best time of the year. I’m dying to go!

  165. Al November 23, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

    yes yes yes please, I drove by this last year and it looked like a good time!

  166. Mike November 23, 2012 at 7:12 pm #

    I’m looking to enjoy some winter brew and hopefully meet some cute beer loving ladies.

  167. Jon newton November 24, 2012 at 6:41 am #

    Went to this a couple of years ago and had a blast. Would love to go to this very cool event again. Winter beers are my favorites.

  168. LaoOcean November 24, 2012 at 8:32 am #

    I hear so many good things about this festival but still haven’t been.

  169. kim boylan November 24, 2012 at 9:32 am #

    through the lips and over the gums,
    look out tummy here it comes!

  170. Earl D. November 24, 2012 at 9:33 am #

    Because I’ve never been!

  171. Justin November 24, 2012 at 9:33 am #

    My wife just spent nine months beer-free before pushing a living human out of her womb. She deserves a drink.

  172. Casaria taylor November 24, 2012 at 9:36 am #

    I’d love to take my hubby and his buds. He has been working very hard this year and could use the break.

  173. Sophie November 24, 2012 at 10:06 am #

    I would looooove to attend the festival for the first time. I always walk by it and am jealous that I don’t have tickets. Oh and did I mention that it’s just a couple weeks before my birthday?? Nothing like starting the celebration a little early! Pretty please?

  174. Verity November 24, 2012 at 10:20 am #

    My first Christmas in Portland & working in the beverage industry! It’d be irresponsible for me NOT to participate!

  175. jamie Stewart November 24, 2012 at 10:22 am #


  176. Bridget November 24, 2012 at 11:13 am #

    I love holiday ales, and holiday festivals!

  177. Lauriel November 24, 2012 at 11:21 am #

    This is my favorite beer festival of the year! The official start of the winter season!

  178. Stacey November 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

    I’ve never been but would love to go!

  179. David November 24, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    I can’t think of a better way to escape my children and my father-in-law at the same time!

  180. Brian J. November 24, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    I would love to be able to attend this event this year and show my best friend from Chicago what amazing holiday ales Oregon has to offer!

  181. michelle November 24, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    My beer lovin’ bff and I need some Holiday ales to kick off the Holidays!) Pick me!)

  182. blair November 24, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    It’s my turn to treat my seriously awesome friend to a beer fest – I would be giddy to get to go to this event.

  183. Nancy November 24, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

    Been going since this was called”Twelve Ales of Christmas”. Love this event.

  184. Diane November 24, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

    Portland’s living room is the most awesome place to share winter warmers.

  185. Scott November 24, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

    Just moved here this week from the East Coast for work. I want to see how the brews here compare to the Atlantic ales.

  186. Gaboo November 24, 2012 at 4:41 pm #

    I would love to take some friends to the fest and share some really amazing beer. Not to mention it is the perfect weather for some warming ales.

  187. Jacee November 24, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

    This really sounds like a fun festival. I would really like to attend!

  188. Jennifer November 24, 2012 at 6:09 pm #

    Pick me! I will treat my new-to-PDX coworker to the best beer festival in Portland~

  189. James November 24, 2012 at 6:37 pm #

    I went last year and this is the best beer festival in portland. I’m a super-poor college student and would love to be able to attend this year.

  190. Kasi Rodgers November 24, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

    I went last year and really loved the awesome multi-level setup, the holiday cheer in the air (everyone was so friendly and toasting everything), and especially the roasted chestnuts! I’d love to win tickets this year.

  191. Michelle C November 24, 2012 at 6:51 pm #

    Portland. Beer. Holidays.

    The trifecta! :)

  192. Jane November 24, 2012 at 6:58 pm #

    This ale festival looks awesome!! I love beer!!

  193. Codi November 24, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

    Love those winter warmers! Please pick me, I’d love to taste them all!

  194. Cindy November 24, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

    Happy Holiday Season PDX Pipeline! My husband and I stumbled upon the very first one 17 years ago….hardly anyone was there and it was soooo cold. We have never went back but I am sure it is a very cool event today. We would love to find out and we still have our mugs from the first event today :) We are in desperate need of a “date” Please, Please pick us. Thank You!!! Happy Holidays :)

  195. Heather Umphrey November 25, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    Hi! My name is Heather and my husband and I just got married on November 10th. We had a fabulous time and it was truly magical (everything that I had always dreamed of). However, we were the only one’s to pay for the wedding. It was worth every penny saved but does not leave us with much to spend for the holidays. My husband is a beer guru and moved to Portland in 2004 because he heard that is was called “bearvana” and could not wait to taste all the microbrews that Portland had to offer. We have gone to the Beer fest every year since then and would be almost sacrilegious not to go this year. We would love to win free tickets to the 2012 Winter Beer Fest!! We already have a craving for the “very ill tempered Gnome” : ) Thanks for considering us! Happy Holidays!!

  196. Addie November 25, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

    You had me at mugs!

  197. Katie K November 25, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    Mmmmms, please?

  198. sarah November 25, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

    We we would LOVE to attend Please :)

  199. Amy Spears November 25, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

    I would like to attend because I like beer!

  200. Karen Lovely November 25, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

    Put your boots on papa, grab a holiday ale
    Put your boots on papa, grab a holiday ale
    A dark for you, for me there’s somethin’ pale

    Prancer’s Revenge, Milk n’ Cookies or a Gnome
    Prancer’s Revenge, Milk n’ Cookies or a Gnome
    Bring a sack, so I can take them home

    Let’s go, go, go…to the ale festival
    Yeah let’s go, go, go to that ale festival
    We can eat, drink & dance, let that cold wind blow

    Price is right but free is hard to beat
    Price is right but free is hard to beat
    If I had 2 tickets, weekend sure be sweet

    Times is tight n’ I sure do want to win
    Yeah, times is tight, n’ I sure do hope to win
    Get that VIP, and we’ll walk right on in

  201. Chris November 25, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

    This is such a great event. I would love to take the boyfriend out and let him blow off a little steam before his college finals start the following week. I hope I win.

  202. izzy November 25, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    the person above has the best /\

    But id love to win because i otherwise could not afford the opportunity to attend and try those delicious holiday ales. This is going to a a very special weekend, back in ptown since being gone for a few months! cheeers <3

  203. daryle November 25, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

    My favorite beer fest in Portland!!

  204. Shannon November 25, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

    A great beer festival. So cozy and warm under that tent with yummy beers!!

  205. Mellissa Meek November 25, 2012 at 5:07 pm #

    I would love to go. My husband has always wanted to go. We just happen to be staying in Portland on Friday November 30th. We have not had a date night in a long time and can not wait to have a night away from the children., and I would love to surprise him with this. He would be estatic. If not, well I am sure we can find something to do in Portland this wonderful holiday season. Happy Holidays to you and good luck to all entering ;-) ~Mellissa

  206. Jacob November 25, 2012 at 6:01 pm #

    Here’s to Portland giving imports a run for their money! I would love to go to this festival to appreciate some of the northwests “other” artists.

  207. Dale November 25, 2012 at 6:20 pm #

    I want to go and I cannot go without winning.

  208. Emily November 25, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

    My dad’s never been to a beer festival and it would be fun to take him.

  209. Jack November 25, 2012 at 8:02 pm #

    I deserve to win the $60, because I’ll easily drink $120 worth of beer.

  210. Monica burnett November 25, 2012 at 8:18 pm #

    I want to go to this so bady!! I can’t afford it and fear I won’t get to enjoy the holiday season with awesome beer

  211. Twyla schneider November 25, 2012 at 8:19 pm #

    I have to make my poor friend leave the house and do something that isn’t kid friendly

  212. Nancy November 25, 2012 at 9:23 pm #

    Can’t wait to taste as many as I can, love the winter warmers!

  213. Andrea Bosshardt November 25, 2012 at 10:41 pm #

    This would be the best anniversary present ever!!

  214. Brandy November 26, 2012 at 6:17 am #

    How else to survive both the winter doldrums and the advent of the holiday season (read: family that will not leave) than with copious amounts of delicious libations??

  215. Kristy November 26, 2012 at 6:18 am #

    So many beers to try, so little time.

  216. Joe November 26, 2012 at 6:21 am #

    These tickets would be a great present to my fiancee (who loves beer as much as I do, obviously) for our two year anniversary :)

  217. matt November 26, 2012 at 6:22 am #

    Holiday Ale Fest!

  218. Leslie November 26, 2012 at 6:24 am #

    Just had my sixth surgery in 22 months and BEER would be the perfect way to forget all about it….

  219. Terry November 26, 2012 at 6:26 am #

    Longtime microbrew fan; first time Holiday Alefest attendee.

  220. Mollie November 26, 2012 at 6:27 am #

    Nothing says Christmas in Portland like the Holiday Ale Fest!

  221. Morgan Savela November 26, 2012 at 6:31 am #

    I love beer. I have a 10 month old baby who kept me from this wonderful event last year. People get uncomfortable when an 8 month pregnant lady is out sampling beer.

  222. randi November 26, 2012 at 6:32 am #

    First holidays in Portland could use an Ale Fest to start them off right!

  223. Morgan Savela November 26, 2012 at 6:34 am #

    Wishing for a babysitter this week to be able to go.

  224. Steve Ferrero November 26, 2012 at 6:35 am #

    Would love to see what it’s all about!

  225. Mark Shavers November 26, 2012 at 6:36 am #

    Sounds fun.

  226. Alissa November 26, 2012 at 6:39 am #

    As an impoverished grad student, I can only afford to get drunk on someone else’s dime. Please pick me.

  227. Brian November 26, 2012 at 6:41 am #

    Love the holiday Ale Fest! I’d love to take my little brother (who just turned 21), and show him the crazy world of Holiday beers!

  228. AriH November 26, 2012 at 6:45 am #

    This would be an awesome present for a special someone who could really use the beer break. Holday ales may not be the solution for work burnout, but it sure helps to take a little time out and enjoy some pre-holiday beer cheer, and see the relativity of it all. Please pick me and help me make this gift of beer relief!

  229. Michael Cummings November 26, 2012 at 6:47 am #

    Born in Oregon in 67, and the Craft BEER keeps getting better.

  230. Kris November 26, 2012 at 6:48 am #

    I’m no more deserving than any of the other commenters but I’d be super thrilled if I won!

  231. Minh November 26, 2012 at 6:48 am #

    Beer me

  232. Heather November 26, 2012 at 6:49 am #

    I would love to go to the ale festival, as its my first Christmas in Portland, and it sounds amazing! We moved here from Texas in May, and are in love with this city, this state, and even the rain :)

  233. Carissa November 26, 2012 at 6:54 am #

    This fest is THE BEST!!!! We always look forward to it & nothing gets the holidays started better than sipping a bunch of yummy craft beers in our beautiful downtown living room. It’s a required event in our household, just like getting pictures with Santa :) cheers to another great Holiday Ale Fest!

  234. Ryan G. November 26, 2012 at 6:58 am #

    Beer is good for the soul.

  235. Mark November 26, 2012 at 6:58 am #

    Portland is my new home (and the best city on Earth) and what a better way to spend the Holiday season than at the epicenter of this great city drinking delicious brew under a warm tent hopefully in the rain with my best friend (my only family within 2000+ miles)!

  236. Dawn C November 26, 2012 at 6:58 am #

    Love the Holiday Ale Festival and getting in for free would be icing on the cake!

  237. Rachel Hammer November 26, 2012 at 7:02 am #

    What an awesome event! I missed it last year but would love to head down after work (its a hop, skip & a jump away) and try these amazing winter beers!

  238. nancy November 26, 2012 at 7:02 am #

    Wow, a lot of people want tot go to this event! And I know why; great fun! Count me in, please!!

  239. Tonya November 26, 2012 at 7:05 am #

    I’ve never missed this! Love the beer!

  240. Cheryl November 26, 2012 at 7:05 am #

    It’s my birthday Saturday! Pick me !

  241. Zak November 26, 2012 at 7:08 am #

    It’s the most wonderful fest of the year!

  242. Adam November 26, 2012 at 7:09 am #

    Yes please

  243. Carla November 26, 2012 at 7:12 am #

    Beer is everywhere
    In Pioneer Courthouse Square
    I’d love to be there!

  244. Teresa Beam November 26, 2012 at 7:15 am #

    I would love to win tickets to this Holiday Ale Festival for my hisband’s birthday, which is tomorrow! What a great way to celebrate his birthday and kick off the holiday season!

  245. Tim November 26, 2012 at 7:19 am #

    A friend asked me to go this year but have not answered him yet. Would love to surprise him by going AND getting us in free!

  246. Michael Grover November 26, 2012 at 7:20 am #

    My wife hasn’t been able to attend this festival for the past few years; I’d like to win this package so she can come along with me and enjoy the wonderful beers.

  247. Tommy November 26, 2012 at 7:22 am #

    Just want to go enjoy the brews!

  248. Megan November 26, 2012 at 7:22 am #

    I want to win because it is so cold here. so cold that only alcohol can thaw my soul…..

  249. Eric November 26, 2012 at 7:31 am #

    I would love to go since I’ve never gone!!

  250. Cori November 26, 2012 at 7:33 am #

    I would love to go! Please enter me. My boyfriend and I will be an asset to the festivities! Thanks

  251. Jay November 26, 2012 at 7:35 am #

    Mmmmmmm Beer!

  252. Jay November 26, 2012 at 7:36 am #

    Mmmmmm beer!

  253. suzanne November 26, 2012 at 7:36 am #

    Would love to have a night out and drink some beer!

  254. Phil November 26, 2012 at 7:37 am #

    I would like to attend because this is the last weekend before I leave for business trip to Japan!

  255. Carrie Schultz November 26, 2012 at 7:39 am #

    Every year I head to the holiday ale fest. I love the beer, the people watching, and the general jovial attitude of the crowd. Plus being able to see the tree through the tent is a big bonus.

  256. Kristin November 26, 2012 at 7:39 am #

    We are newer to the area and would love to taste all of the local brews!

  257. Kelsey Smoot November 26, 2012 at 7:40 am #

    I would really like to go because it is my first year in Portland, and the west coast in general from the Midwest. I think it would be great to be able to experience this event as well as try some awesome local brews.

  258. Matt November 26, 2012 at 7:40 am #

    The Holiday Ale Fest is a classic, but I haven’t been able to attend for the last few years… I’d love to reestablish the tradition!

  259. Katie November 26, 2012 at 7:40 am #

    I want free tickets because it’s the only way I can afford to go. The ale festival is a little out of my budget this holiday season.

  260. Theo November 26, 2012 at 7:42 am #

    Please give me those tickets to the beer fest. I’m thirsty, broke, and I’ll most surely be getting coal in my stocking this year.

  261. Brit November 26, 2012 at 7:47 am #

    I’d like to win so I can taste some delicious winter beers like the VELVET MERKIN!

  262. Nate November 26, 2012 at 7:47 am #

    I need some good winter beer to kick off the holidays!

  263. Anna Couzens November 26, 2012 at 7:47 am #

    All I want for Christmas!

  264. Alisha Berthelot November 26, 2012 at 7:52 am #

    I would love to win because I haven’t had any alcohol in almost 4 months due to a cleanse/diet I’ve been on and this would be the perfect reward for my tough efforts.

  265. Tomas Hinsley November 26, 2012 at 7:53 am #

    Love to make it out to this! I’ve volunteered at beer fests, etc but never been able to actually “attend” one as a guest. Pick me!

  266. Dylan November 26, 2012 at 7:53 am #

    My girlfriend has not been able to attend the last three years but we finally think we can go together. It would be great to take on a free ticket to taste some of our favorite seasonal beers.

  267. Shelly November 26, 2012 at 7:58 am #

    My favorite brewfest of the year! Love me some delicious holiday beers.

  268. mike stanavech November 26, 2012 at 8:00 am #

    The Liver is evil and it must be punished.

  269. Lois November 26, 2012 at 8:01 am #

    This would make my husbands year! We are fairly new to Portland and just found out about this event through your email. I really appreciate the heads up. I hope we can go!

  270. Ricky quiroz November 26, 2012 at 8:01 am #

    I should win these tickets because I get really thirsty during the winter season and ales are the only quencher. Please pick me for the ticket package.

  271. Anna November 26, 2012 at 8:04 am #

    My husband got jumped over the holiday by some jerks looking for a fight and he’s been out of commission with a terrible concussion since Wednesdaynight. He is a commercial fisherman and has to begin the grueling crab season December 16th but hasn’t had any fun this holiday season due to terrible vertigo. I think he will be recovered by the festival and winning this would make him so happy. Thanks for your consideration.

  272. Scott November 26, 2012 at 8:05 am #

    Well let me throw my name into the mix, sounds like a good time.

  273. Kelsey November 26, 2012 at 8:06 am #

    woooo! Beer :D

  274. Gnarly November 26, 2012 at 8:06 am #

    I could go for some holiday brews!

  275. Nathaniel Hernandez November 26, 2012 at 8:08 am #

    The vinter varmers are the best!!

  276. steph November 26, 2012 at 8:09 am #

    I would love to go and have some winter ales on your tab. The best way to stay warm!

  277. Kim McClain November 26, 2012 at 8:09 am #

    I would like to go to get some great Portland brews!

  278. Amy November 26, 2012 at 8:09 am #

    I love beer. How fantabulous it would be to win. Ho ho ho!

  279. Dani November 26, 2012 at 8:09 am #

    I LOVE BEER and my Birthday I was in Minnesota with my family and unable to celebrate this would be the best Birthday present and I would bring lots of people with me to celebrate in Portland this weekend with the best beer!

  280. Roxanne November 26, 2012 at 8:10 am #

    I love beer festivals and yet I’ve never had the chance to attend this one! This year I’m finally in town and can attend. :-)

  281. Tom November 26, 2012 at 8:11 am #

    Coffee. Beer?
    Cofffffeeee. Beeeeer?
    C-O-F, B-E-E-R.

  282. Jill O. November 26, 2012 at 8:12 am #

    Because it finally ’tis the season for less hoppy and heavier beers!! …and because my GF will need a designated driver and I am the one of the two of us that can best control myself around all of that holiday cheer. …and because it is the best beer fest evah!!

  283. Hannah November 26, 2012 at 8:14 am #

    Me me me me! I’d love to go to wash away all my past terrible holidays and create a new one- getting drunk!

  284. Lorna November 26, 2012 at 8:14 am #

    Running late for work! Worth it for a chance to enjoy beers and holiday lights.

  285. pteryx November 26, 2012 at 8:17 am #

    to stay warm and lubricated

  286. Larry Clouser November 26, 2012 at 8:18 am #

    I would love to go as I have never been and my wife is new to the area.

  287. Liz November 26, 2012 at 8:18 am #

    I’ve never been to the Holiday Ale Fest, and I’ve love love LOVE to go!

  288. Nora November 26, 2012 at 8:18 am #

    Hi Pdx Pipeline!
    I have wanted to attend this event for several years and have never been able to make it. This year, I’m finally going… and to make it better… it’s my birthday weekend! It would be awesome to top it off with free tix and beer! Really, who wants to buy their own birthday beer? Egads! The horror!
    Almost 39,

  289. Carina November 26, 2012 at 8:20 am #

    Winter beers are my favorite! <3

  290. Matt Luce November 26, 2012 at 8:21 am #

    I want to go because I want to treat my friend who just got laid off and has never been. Too expensive of a festival with no job and three little ones to take care of. This is a great festival! Thanks!

  291. Rain Madrone November 26, 2012 at 8:21 am #

    It would make my winter warmer.

  292. BrianG November 26, 2012 at 8:22 am #

    Best fest of the year. Always love meeting Santa (and sharing a beer with him)… maybe ‘Sugar’ & ‘Spice’ will be there, too??? Let’s hope…

  293. Stephanie November 26, 2012 at 8:25 am #

    Nothing gets you through the holidays with family like a few (or twelve) good beers!

  294. Melissa November 26, 2012 at 8:27 am #

    Would love to get out of the house, away from our 3yr old and 3 month old and enjoy a nw winter night drinking!!

  295. Joshw November 26, 2012 at 8:31 am #

    Because it’s the best fest of the year!

  296. Maven November 26, 2012 at 8:33 am #

    Because I need some beer to make it through the holidays!

  297. Chad Wade November 26, 2012 at 8:36 am #

    This is my favorite beerfest anywhere, as prices have gone up it’s made it harder and harder to attend, would love to surprise my wife with this package!!

  298. Jodi November 26, 2012 at 8:40 am #

    Best brewfest ever!!!

  299. Becky W November 26, 2012 at 8:42 am #

    I have lived in Portland ten years and have never attended this festival and I would love to go! Please hook me up!

  300. Joe Orcutt November 26, 2012 at 8:44 am #

    I love big bold brews, my fav tasting of the year!

  301. Shaadi November 26, 2012 at 8:44 am #

    I would love to attend the holiday ale festival this year because it is one of my favorite yearly events in Portland! I went to it last year and it was amazing– it’s definitely that point in the year for me where I need some holiday cheer and attending the ale festival this weekend is definitely the right way to start that off!

  302. Adam November 26, 2012 at 8:46 am #

    I want to attend because beer is incredible and the NW can’t be beat. My girlfriend deserves a fun night out and I haven’t been able to do it for a while now. Good luck everyone!

  303. Jessie November 26, 2012 at 8:46 am #

    Yes! Pick me! Only the biggest, baddest beers come to this festival!

  304. Alissa November 26, 2012 at 8:46 am #

    My husband really really wants to go to this year, and he has been down in the dumps since a family member passed back in August. I’d love to be able to take him and let him have some fun!

  305. RE November 26, 2012 at 8:49 am #

    What a great way to kick off the holiday season!

  306. David November 26, 2012 at 8:49 am #

    I have heard about this festival for the last several years, but can never seem to get to it. I live for (or on) local craft beers & look forward to finally getting to this unique event.

  307. Gary November 26, 2012 at 8:51 am #

    Just spent many days moving and could sure use a break for some fun. Would love to attend!

  308. Barbara Zuercher November 26, 2012 at 8:51 am #

    my twin sister is here from Japan where there are no good microbrews. I would love to be able to take her to take some real beer and I have a fun day with her while she is here.

  309. Alyssa November 26, 2012 at 8:52 am #

    I’ve been to every beer festival BUT this one! It always evades me, much like Santa with his slippery, furtive tactics…would love to go this year and enjoy a brew in holiday cheer!

  310. Staci November 26, 2012 at 8:54 am #

    This event sounds like a lot of fun! I would love to go and try all the yummy new holiday brewskis ;) I would bring some awesome friends with me as well!!!! Happy holidays ;)

  311. whiseykitty November 26, 2012 at 8:54 am #

    Beer me! Winner! It is my husbands birthday today and I would love to surprise him (after midnight) with news that I won tickets to the event!

  312. Kailash Nathan November 26, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    I love the holiday ale fest. Strong winter warmer brews downtown at Pioneer Square are the best!

  313. Erin November 26, 2012 at 8:59 am #

    I haven’t been able to attend in the past, and it’s on my bucket list for this year! This is going to be a rough holiday season for me, and I am doing everything possible to surround myself with friends and create new positive memories of the holidays. I’d be more than grateful if I won this package!

  314. Nathan November 26, 2012 at 9:00 am #

    Guess what? I love beer.

  315. Aaron November 26, 2012 at 9:01 am #

    This is my favorite beer festival of the year! Best beer, friendliest people, and a whole lot of wholesome(ish) fun! Would love to attend again.

  316. jonathan November 26, 2012 at 9:01 am #

    I want to win because I am a beer dork who has heard great things of barleywine but has never tried one.

  317. Ria Torricelli November 26, 2012 at 9:03 am #

    It’s my birthday weekend… of course I’d love to win!

  318. Flo November 26, 2012 at 9:07 am #

    My boyfriend and I homebrew and we love to go to any of the beer festivals out there…to expose us to different flavors and let us know what is out there. Winning tickets would be an awesome early Christmas present Santa!!

  319. Lori November 26, 2012 at 9:10 am #

    My husband loves beer and I LOVE meed! Which you can also find at this beer rest. Can we just say NUM!

  320. Quiana November 26, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    The Holiday Ale Festival!! OMG that sounds like so much fun! What a way to knock myself out of this “winter funk” that’s starting to set in! … And get into the holiday spirit by the big Pioneer Square Christmas Tree! Tickets would just make my day! I’d love to grab a friend and go!!!

  321. Alejandra November 26, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    I’ve been to the festival before. Good beer, yum snacks and fun peeps. Again, free? Please?

  322. Marie Elena November 26, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    I could really use a date night with my husband. :)

  323. Talia November 26, 2012 at 9:12 am #

    This is the first beer fest i ever went to in Portland and the best by far! i would love to go back! thanks pdx pipeline!

  324. Roya November 26, 2012 at 9:16 am #

    I love this festival! The lights, the holidays, and the great beer. I would love to win tickets!

  325. Lauren November 26, 2012 at 9:17 am #

    I want to go b/c my sister has gone every year and for some reason I’m always working… but now I work only a few blocks away!

  326. Brenda November 26, 2012 at 9:18 am #

    love all of Beer Festivals Portland has and attend most all of them every year but the Holiday always gets me in the Christmas Spirit!!!

  327. Aaronson November 26, 2012 at 9:18 am #

    I live in Portland and I drink beer…who isn’t going to this?

  328. Pamela November 26, 2012 at 9:18 am #

    The Holiday Ale Fest has the best vibe of all the beer festivals. Oh, and beer is delicious.

  329. Steven November 26, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    It’s something I goto every year! It’s a special chance to get some one of a kind beer!

  330. Holly November 26, 2012 at 9:20 am #

    My friend is coming home for a visit back to Portland and picked this weekend so we can go to the Ale Festival. I’d love to treat him with free tickets!

  331. Ryn November 26, 2012 at 9:23 am #

    The holiday ale fest is my favorite beer festival by far! I’d love to win free tickets to get to try more beers!

  332. Josh November 26, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    They say it is better to give than to receive…and usually I agree, but if I won this package it would put that adage to a real test.

  333. Noah November 26, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    Because Wednesday is my birthday, and um beer!

  334. Becca November 26, 2012 at 9:25 am #

    It would be an AMAZING Northwest experience to add to my new life in Portland!!!!!!!!

  335. Tawny November 26, 2012 at 9:26 am #

    I NEED to win because my husband’s birthday is coming up, and this is the perfect treat for a home brewer!! :)

  336. Claire November 26, 2012 at 9:28 am #

    Ooh ooh! Pick me! I’ve been to several of the beer festivals in Portland, but not the Holiday Ale Festival yet!

  337. Kip K. November 26, 2012 at 9:29 am #

    It’s one of the few beer festivals I like to attend because it’s so different from others – the venue, beer selection & crowd. With a tight budget, I’m not able to afford to go this year, so it would be awesome to win this and be able to go.

  338. jed November 26, 2012 at 9:30 am #

    Pick me! I’d love to attend this and bring my special lady along as well!

  339. Steven November 26, 2012 at 9:33 am #

    This is the best event of the year!

  340. Sean November 26, 2012 at 9:33 am #

    I want to go, because I too, like beer.

  341. Chris November 26, 2012 at 9:33 am #

    I missed the brewers festival this year because of a family engagement and was disappointed to miss out on all that good beer. This is a chance for redemption! Thanks pdxpipeline.

  342. Justin Craft November 26, 2012 at 9:35 am #

    Unemployed Craft Beer Geek needs beer, badly.

  343. Tracy November 26, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    I am female, hear me roar
    Holiday Ale, give me more
    Oregon Beers, they’re the best
    Putting the competition, to the test
    The darker the better, so they say
    Cool, malty brews, at the end of the day
    Free drink tickets, that’s my plan
    To celebrate the season, with my girlfriend (had you fooled huh?)
    Happy Holidays PDX Pipeline!

  344. Randall November 26, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    Trying to get my girlfriend off beers with lemons in them.

  345. Keri November 26, 2012 at 9:43 am #

    I’d love to attend because this is my favorite beer fest!! Bring on the Super Jubel!

  346. Mindi November 26, 2012 at 9:43 am #

    Yum, beer! What better way to get into the holiday spirit!

  347. Vanessa November 26, 2012 at 9:44 am #

    I would love to ring in the holidays and my birthday (the 30th) with the best of holiday brews!

  348. Sofia November 26, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    Hi! It’s my birthday and tomorrow it’s my boyfriend’s and we just moved to Portland, and don’t know anyone, AND are still trying to find jobs. So we did not buy each other a present this year, and we have no one to celebrate with. This would be so much fun and cheer us up a great deal from missing our family and friends! We also love Oregon beer but have not been able to buy any in a while!

  349. Megan z November 26, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    This is my favorite Portland brew fest. I love the different tiers and beers!! It’s a great group of people!

  350. Anne November 26, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    Finally a chance to go to the holiday ale festival. I have never been before and a winter brown ale sounds so delicious right now. Hopefully double mountain has a holiday brew! Thanks

  351. Kevin November 26, 2012 at 9:47 am #

    I’d like to go to the festival since it is my FAVORITE beer festival all year. LOVE these rich, dark and heavy beers! :)

  352. Mark November 26, 2012 at 9:47 am #

    My favorite brew fests are during the cold winter nights. Under the Pioneer Courthouse Square Christmas Tree is just devine! Pick me! Pick me!

  353. Nader A November 26, 2012 at 9:47 am #

    I’d love to attend because I really need a beer

  354. Deb November 26, 2012 at 9:48 am #

    I have never been to the beer festival but it sounds like a great event. My husband brews his own beer so I am sure he would love it.

  355. Andy November 26, 2012 at 9:48 am #

    I would love to go to this festival. Being so close to Christmas, we’re usually tight on money and haven’t got a good chance to enjoy the variety of seasonal brews at this festival.

  356. murry ann November 26, 2012 at 9:49 am #


  357. Anne November 26, 2012 at 9:49 am #

    I don’t know if you choose the winner based upon how clever the submission is, or just at random. I hope you choose winners at random, because my response isn’t very clever, but I love beer and would love to try this velvet merkin I hear so much about!
    Cheers x 20!

  358. Claudia November 26, 2012 at 9:52 am #

    I would love to go to the Ale Festival at Pioneer Square because 1) What’s more Portland than beer at the Square? 2) My BF and I keep a beer journal of our favorite beers (imagine the possibilities!!).

  359. Matt November 26, 2012 at 9:55 am #

    girlfriend’s b-day is this weekend and I’d love to be able to make her take a break from grad school work to sip some beers around the tree.

  360. shannon rodgers November 26, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    Please, please, please! Its my bf’s birthday and that is all he wants to fo. Went last year and it was amazing !!

  361. theresa November 26, 2012 at 9:57 am #

    My boyfriend loves beer and beer festivals, but just lost his job. This would be a chance to cheer him up.

  362. Sherry November 26, 2012 at 9:59 am #

    I NEEEEEDDDD a break from all this shopping!!!

  363. Hannah November 26, 2012 at 9:59 am #

    I’d love to go because it sounds like a perfect way to start the holiday season.

  364. DJ November 26, 2012 at 10:02 am #

    Thanks for the article @PdxPipeline I really appreciate all that’s Portland that you present to the community of readers. As many have said I too enjoy beer, as others I too have never been to the Holiday Ale Festival. Win, lose or draw…I do plan on going either way, however winning tix would be especially nice…and I’d have my first reason to be thankful for next Thanksgiving.

    Cheers :)

  365. Nikki November 26, 2012 at 10:06 am #

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this one!

  366. Libby November 26, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    Hoping not too late!!! Would love to attend and get my holiday beer drinking on!

  367. Sara November 26, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    I never miss the winter ale fest, its the best one all year!!!

  368. Brian November 26, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    This has always been one of my favorite Portland events. The warm, welcoming atmosphere as hundreds of Portlanders enjoy some amazing beers while the drizzle (or occasional snow!) falls outside… Magical!

    But $30 per person??? Ouch! They’re making the highlight of my winter season almost too expensive to attend now… But I would dearly dearly love to win those tickets so I could still attend!

  369. David Stone November 26, 2012 at 10:12 am #

    “All I want for Christmas is two entries to the Holiday Ale Fest”…
    (Ok, not exactly the lyrics to the song, but poetic license aside, I would LOVE to attend this years festival of ale) Please? ;)

  370. joy November 26, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    I’ve never been to a beer festival. Would love to make this my first!

  371. Tara November 26, 2012 at 10:16 am #

    Roses are Red
    PDX Pipeline is Cray
    Pick me for the Ale Fest
    Go ahead. Make. My. Day.

  372. Heather November 26, 2012 at 10:18 am #

    I would love to send the beer-loving boyfriend out for a man night!

  373. Marshall November 26, 2012 at 10:18 am #

    I will promise to use one ticket for myself and the other find someone who has never gone to get some new blood in the beer scene. I will let them know the rules: No “Woo”-ing, no chugging, and your shirt has to stay on.

  374. Chris November 26, 2012 at 10:20 am #

    I would love to attend because winter ales are my favorite seasonals! The darker the better!

  375. Dballs November 26, 2012 at 10:22 am #

    I’ve lived in Portland for 3 years and keep saying I’m going to go to this. I can’t afford it this year but would love a chance to experience this awesome festival. Thanks for all you guys do!

  376. bartek kruek November 26, 2012 at 10:23 am #

    I love beer!

  377. Nadine November 26, 2012 at 10:24 am #

    Need weekend plans. Need beer. Need to experience this Fest for the first time. Pick me please.

  378. Kanoj November 26, 2012 at 10:26 am #

    I heart Bud Light.

  379. jolene williams November 26, 2012 at 10:26 am #

    Daughter just got home from helping Sandy victims…beer for cheer!

  380. Morgan November 26, 2012 at 10:27 am #

    I love the winter ale festival and what it brings. Yummy specialty beers to enjoy under the lit up tree with friends. Nothing gets you in the holiday spirit like the Portland winter ale festival :)

  381. MICHELLE November 26, 2012 at 10:32 am #

    I would love to surprise my hard working husband with these tickets. Work and three busy kids make for little time to get out and enjoy life. Beer in PDX would be awesome! :)

  382. Phil November 26, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    I’ve heard my beer-drinking co-worker talk this up for years and I’ve never had the chance to go. So, this would be super nice for me and the Mrs. to check out!

  383. Angel November 26, 2012 at 10:38 am #

    Two reasons I should go…
    2) ALEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  384. Don November 26, 2012 at 10:38 am #

    Law school finals start soon. We need to go out and forget everything we know by drinking good holiday so that we can fill our heads full of crap about environmental law.

  385. Megan Burger November 26, 2012 at 10:38 am #

    Beer makes the Holidays Happy!!!

  386. Leah Mescher November 26, 2012 at 10:40 am #

    Beer is my favorite thing.

  387. Nhia November 26, 2012 at 10:48 am #

    I want to go because I LOVE beer!!!! this is one of the best wine and ale festivals of the year!

  388. Stacey W November 26, 2012 at 10:48 am #

    I would love to win this prize for my husband, this is an event he has been looking forward to attending all year. It would be a great post-Thanksgiving treat for him.

  389. Chris P November 26, 2012 at 10:48 am #

    Because I love beer and I’d give you a hug.

  390. Val White November 26, 2012 at 10:48 am #

    I would love to attend because it’s one of those things that just gets you in the mood and holiday spirit. Nothing says happy holidays like beer!

  391. Little John November 26, 2012 at 10:49 am #

    This looks like a great time and I would know just who to ask to join me…thanks!

  392. jamie walton November 26, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    This sounds awesome I wanna go

  393. Kevin November 26, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    This event sounds like a lot of fun. I want to go

  394. Andrea Herrst November 26, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    My husband and I would love a fun date night that celebrates something we both love – craft beer and the holiday season!

  395. Jill November 26, 2012 at 10:55 am #

    I would really like to go to this event.

  396. Joe November 26, 2012 at 10:55 am #

    I had this highlighted on my 2012 calendar as my only non-drinking dates of the year. I then asked myself why? So now I’ve decided to erase that and add it to my 2013 calendar.

  397. Katie November 26, 2012 at 10:59 am #

    Beer + Holiday Festivities = an amazing time! I’ve never been to this festival and would love to go!

  398. Jason Barton November 26, 2012 at 11:00 am #

    There is a festive feel
    With a sip or two
    Not like the force
    Of shots

    It creeps and sneaks
    With bubbles replete
    And happiness
    Is revealed
    Wan souls not welcome
    And mediocre eschewed
    There are hops and malt
    Calling your name
    While bands refrain
    From bland sustain
    And play melodies
    With sweet return
    The river rushes
    Unknowing of blushes
    Engendered by buzz
    Encumbered by beer
    Yet the art perseveres
    With the talk of seers
    And Rome is seduced
    By the prattle of patrons
    While the arches sustain
    An artistic friend chain
    The Clocktower stands
    Straight and naked
    Sylvia feeds Romulus
    And Remus all day
    We’re happy they seed
    The rambunctious deed
    We all want to see

    The grand return of the wasted

  399. Chezz November 26, 2012 at 11:00 am #

    I teach a Beer and Bluea Class, maybe one of my lucky students will get to attend this with teacher!

  400. Kelly C November 26, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    This will be my first Christmas in Portland and the only thing that makes the holidays feel like home is getting nice and tipsy in cold weather!

  401. Sandy Burnett November 26, 2012 at 11:05 am #

    Have always wanted to attend and just moved to Poetland! Tickets would be AWESOME!!

  402. PaulW November 26, 2012 at 11:07 am #

    I enjoy drinking beer.

  403. Brenda November 26, 2012 at 11:07 am #

    This is my favorite beer fest of all. Hands down. It’s so festive under the big tree in Pioneer Square, everyone is so cheery, and the beer is so boozy! I want to win tickets!

  404. Georgia November 26, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    Nothing makes winter more tolerable than a dark, delectable beer to fill one’s belly and spirits.

    I would be delighted to attend such a worthy celebration of flavorful brews!

  405. Heather Harper November 26, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    Holidays and beer bring me and friends together!

  406. Rachael November 26, 2012 at 11:11 am #

    I met Santa at last year’s Winter Ale Fest. First time. We really hit off, I even got to sit on his lap. Almost a year later and no call back. I would like one more chance to seduce Santa.

  407. Chi Nelson November 26, 2012 at 11:15 am #

    This is the best beer festival of the year! I would love to win tickets to this event!!

  408. Alex R November 26, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    The holiday ale festival is OUTSIDE MY OFFICE. I must be going to assuage my beer pangs. :)

  409. Deb November 26, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    Pick Me! Pick Me! I’d love to kick off the holidays this way!

  410. Dana November 26, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    Please pick me! I have the perfect newbie to bring with me…

  411. Michelle November 26, 2012 at 11:19 am #

    I just moved to Portland after living in Barcelona, where the wine is great but the beer is terrible! I can’t tell you how much I missed a good IPA. A holiday ale fest with amazing microbrews–what a great welcome :)

  412. Craig November 26, 2012 at 11:23 am #

    i love beer

  413. Miranda November 26, 2012 at 11:27 am #

    If I win tickets, I can afford to treat a date! And I would love to wick up all that booze with cupcakes and cheese – *that* is good planning.

  414. Alysha November 26, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    It’s too good to be missed!

  415. Mark November 26, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    We’ve got a sitter + we love beer.

  416. Doug November 26, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    I tried to go last year. The tents were full! I waited for an hour and a half before my friends and I decided to leave. I would love to go and actually make it in side this year!

  417. Ross November 26, 2012 at 11:32 am #

    The Holiday Ale Fest is my favorite beer festival of the year. The beers are wonderful and I love being in the middle of downtown on a cold winter night with 1,000’s of happy people. I will be going no matter what, but get me the tickets and I will spend the money I save on getting friends to go with me! Cheers!!!

  418. d@Ve November 26, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    my bathroom plumbing just sprung a leak, not only putting our shower out of commission, but also dripping into the living room, frying our flat screen. could really use a pint (or three)!

  419. Chris November 26, 2012 at 11:35 am #

    My right arm is broken and I need practice drinking with my left!

  420. Kim November 26, 2012 at 11:46 am #

    beer . . . is there anything else that needs to be said? I think not.

  421. Maria November 26, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    I moved to Portland from Brazil and I’m a huge beer fan and even collect bottle labels and make artwork out of them. Throughout the entire year I convince all of my friends and coworkers to come join me at the all the beer fests from Brewers for Boobs to the International Beer fest and the Hood River Hops fest. After investing so much money year round, I would love to enjoy this one for free.

  422. Nicole November 26, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

    I would love to go to this, I’ve never been able to go before and it always looks like so much fun!

  423. Jared King November 26, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

    I want to taste the 2005 vintage Samiclaus. You haven’t lived until you’ve had it. Seriously.

  424. Tom November 26, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    Because this is the most important event of the whole year.

  425. Luke November 26, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

    HI! Moved away from PDX last year for work and miss it sooooo much! It just so happens that I have some time off this next weekend and I will be visiting some friends on Hawthorne! I need to taste some of that holiday cheer beer!

    Much Love.

  426. Amanda November 26, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    I would love to win tickets to the Holiday Ale Festival to surprise my boyfriend with. It would be the perfect way to celebrate the holidays in Portland!!!

  427. Ben November 26, 2012 at 12:14 pm #


  428. Tina November 26, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    Would love to attend for free! This would be a great event to go to with my husband on a chilly (but hopefully dry!) holiday weekend!

  429. Greg November 26, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

    I would love some tickets, why I would love to go is I like beer, I like to drink beer, and I like to drink beer with friends. I have yet to ever get in to this festival and I hope to do so this year.

  430. Rob November 26, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    I cannot think of a better way to celebrate the holidays and pay tribute to the NW beers! Also, I lost a Civil War bet to my older brother and the free tickets would be a great way to settle my debt.

  431. lisa November 26, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    I love Julian. I love beer. Please pick me, I love being picked.

  432. Nola November 26, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    Would love to win tickets to this event…. my son and I would have such a great time attending. Thank you!!

  433. Nilina November 26, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    I’d like to go in order to get merry!

  434. Andrea November 26, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

    I want to introduce my out-of-town friends to Portland’s beer scene and make them jealous.

  435. Ophelia November 26, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

    Because life is too short to drink cheap beer!

  436. Jennifer November 26, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

    These tickets would help take the edge off the repair costs for a new chimney!

  437. jared November 26, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

    sounds so nice to warm up with some holiday brews. count me in.

  438. oneida November 26, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    Santa gave me coal last year, so this will definitely make up for it!

  439. Mikey B November 26, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    I love this festival and look forward to attending every year. Can’t wait to get back and would really enjoy the hook from you guys.

  440. marla November 26, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

    NATIVE PORTLANDER……….myself and my friend…she said It;s great!! I have never been…tight money!!!…would really be a special treat to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!FUN …FUN…FUN..PORTLAND STYLE

  441. Julie Preciado November 26, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

    It’s my birthday on December 1st and this would be a very fun way to spend it! Thanks for considering us!

  442. Arlen Marsh November 26, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

    As a oregonian born and raised I enjoy a fine beer. i would enjoy attending this festival.

  443. Jessica November 26, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

    I need tickets! I love BEER!;)

  444. Mary November 26, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    I just turned 21, what better way to ring in the milestone than imbibing in seasonal ales?

  445. Rich P. November 26, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    I had registered to volunteer for a shift, but then my work schedule changed and I had to cancel. Now there aren’t any open shifts left, so… I’d love to win tickets so I can still go (without paying for it!).

  446. Jarod November 26, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

    got a friend who just moved here and’s never been to a Portland BrewFest!! so……

  447. Melissa November 26, 2012 at 1:35 pm #

    (sing to the tune of Jingle Bell Rock)
    Jingle Beer, Jingle Beer, Jingle Beer Hops
    Drinking good ales and telling good tales
    Sippin’ a Brewdolph is bushels of fun
    Now that ale fest has begun

    Jingle Beer, Jingle Beer, Jingle Beer Hops
    Tasting holiday beers, it’s the best time of year
    Dancing and prancing in Pioneer Square
    In the brew-filled air!

    It’s the right time, to pick the right rhymes
    To go to ale-fest for free
    It’s a swell time to share a good time
    There’s no place that I’d rather be

    Giddy ‘up Northwesterners, pick up your feet
    Head on down to Portland
    Mix and Mingle at holiday Ale Fest
    That’s the jingle beer
    That’s the jingle beer
    That’s the jingle beer hoppppppsssss.

  448. Erin November 26, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    I’d love to attend the Ale Festival this year. I haven’t gone in a few years and I miss it. I’d take my friend Sarah, who’s a winter beer connoisseur. And we’re both native Oregonians who are single and cute, so we’ll be helping out the single male population there at the festival. It’ll be a benefit to all to have us attend. :)

  449. Ashley November 26, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

    I’d love to go! I’ve been stuck in the world of summery light beers for way too long and need to expand my horizons!

  450. Clayng November 26, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

    Mmmm beeeeeer!!!!

  451. Julie November 26, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    I am having foot surgery tomorrow and beer would be the perfect get well tonic. :)

  452. johnleloup November 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

    I’d love to Sample new Ales at the Holiday Ale Festivil. Seem like a perfect way to celebrate the season

  453. Julia November 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

    I would love to go to the winter beer festival this year! I haven’t gone in a while.

  454. Luke November 26, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

    I love beer. I will drink a lot. I will have an extremely good time.

  455. Linda L. November 26, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

    When they pour, ain’t it thrilling,
    Though your nose gets a fizzing
    We’ll tipple and play, the dopplebock way,
    Drinking in a Winter Festival.

  456. Carolyn November 26, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

    I’ve had an awful year and the holidays are not looking any better. Alcohol and cool Portland people seem like a nice band-aid.

  457. jill November 26, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

    Does the Santa girl come with the tickets!?

  458. Lisa November 26, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    I would love to try rare and vintage beers!

  459. Michelle Fellows November 26, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

    I would love to go. This mom needs a fun break after a long month of Nutcracker rehearsals and 4 shows my daughter performed in.

  460. Alysa November 26, 2012 at 2:48 pm #

    I’m going to skip paying a bill so I can go drink beer if I don’t win. I’m way too excited to drink beer wilst wearing a puffy jacket and gloves..$30 entry, like wha?! I can’t wait to try some Sugar and Spice!

  461. Antonia November 26, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

    My husband loves beer and has wanted to go to a tasting event for a while now.

  462. marla November 26, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

    Rare and vintage beers? Yes please! (and thank you)

  463. Caitlin November 26, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

    I would love to win these tickets. This is by far my favorite ale fest in Portland. The tickets are a bit outside of my budget, so winning them would be fantastic. Thanks! :)

  464. Amy November 26, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

    I would love to win because this is the best ale fest of the year!

  465. Julie Corbett November 26, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

    I would love to attend with a friend – this sounds so festive and fun!

  466. Michelle November 26, 2012 at 3:25 pm #

    Love me some beer! ‘Nuff said!

  467. merry November 26, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    I’d love to attend this year! As a new elementary school teacher, I’ve submitted my first personal day request for this Friday, just to get there early! What a treat to win some free beer tastings, too. Plus, I’ve invested in one of the most hideous X-Mas sweaters ever and need a friendly, non-judgemental place to show it off.

  468. Janelle Poe November 26, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

    I can’t think of a better event to celebrate the one year anniversary of our first date with my boyfriend. Our first date was at a mcmenamins, enjoying their tasty local crafts, and we have attended a few small local brewfest and brew tours in the area. Being able to attend this would be a highlight- I remember wanting to attend this last year. We will be in Portland this weekend to run in the jingle bell run and this would be a great way to celebrate.

  469. bee November 26, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

    Love Beer!!

  470. David November 26, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

    It’s an honor to simply be here with all the other nominees, who are all as equally deserving to go as I am. Or as me. Which is it? I’m not sure. It’s just a shame there has to be a loser here. Or many losers.

  471. Tom N November 26, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

    I love beer! And the holidays! What a perfect event for me, right? ;)

  472. Scott November 26, 2012 at 3:50 pm #

    Tho free is a very good price, I’d be tempted to share the Annie Oakleys with Melissa since her song is so sweet!

  473. Patrick November 26, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

    I love beer and I love winter. Seems like this is the place for me to be.

  474. Matt November 26, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

    give me the damn tickets!

  475. Lars November 26, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

    I love winter ales, and there are so many unique beers I want to taste there.

  476. Bri November 26, 2012 at 4:14 pm #

    I went to the Holiday Ale Fest last year and had an absolute blast. It is one of my favorite events in Portland, and a perfect way to celebrate the holidays with plenty of cheer. I would love to attend this year as well.

  477. Anne P November 26, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

    Let me at it!

  478. mike groleau November 26, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

    I love beer what can I say. Just brewed up a batch this passed weekend and would love to see how it compares(when its ready) with some of the festivals offerings….. So pick me pick me pick me!

  479. Terrie November 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

    What a great way to deal with the cold weather! I have 3 perfect friends to take to this, so sure hope I win it! Thanks!

  480. Carrie Brown November 26, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

    My husband and I have a special needs son and we haven’t been out of the house in months! Plus The free tickets would be amazing since things are tight at the end of the month due to medical bills. Pleeeaaase!

  481. RosannaC November 26, 2012 at 4:37 pm #

    Would love to take my boyfriend there… he’s a huge beer junkie.

  482. Katie Goodwin November 26, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

    Wanting to experience this season in a whole new light. Pick me to help me enhance my holidaze spirits.

  483. Brian November 26, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

    mmm…my favorite way to get jolly!!

  484. Matt November 26, 2012 at 5:20 pm #

    My cousin and I get together every year for our own family Christmas since we’re the only west coasters. This would be the perfect celebration!

  485. Joshon Miller November 26, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    Man I love me some holiday beer bringing holiday cheer! Could it really be warm outside in Pioneer Square this week? I’d sure like to find out!

  486. Lee November 26, 2012 at 5:40 pm #

    The Christmas Season,
    It is explodin’
    Crazed shoppers
    malls overloadin’
    For good deals
    There’s nothin’ folks won’t do
    Even if they gotta’ walk all over you
    So you might as well
    just go and drink some brew!
    And you tell me
    over and over and over
    and over again my friend
    You don’t believe
    We’re on the Chhiristmas Eve of destruction!

  487. David November 26, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

    i like beer. a lot!

  488. Kim November 26, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    I am willing to freeze my a** off just to be able to try all of the amazing beers at the Holiday Ale Festival!

  489. Marianne November 26, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

    This is my favorite beer festival! I am so excited to go to it again this year and would love to win tickets!

  490. Sarah November 26, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

    I think I may need this after the week I’m going to have.

  491. Jessica Hiller November 26, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

    I lost my brother this past August and this festival was something that we enjoyed together. I would love to attend, but have been pretty broke. Whomever goes- have a drink for Billy! :)

  492. Lisa November 26, 2012 at 6:36 pm #

    I <3 beer!

  493. Jenn Lawrence November 26, 2012 at 6:50 pm #


  494. Casandra November 26, 2012 at 7:01 pm #

    Holiday beer is my favorite beer. What a treat this would be!

  495. Katelyn November 26, 2012 at 7:21 pm #

    I need a break! Just spent all my money on tuition, and need a pick me up!

  496. Marci November 26, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

    I love the Holidays and Beer! Pick Me!

  497. Ben November 26, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

    Man how many holiday beer fests are happening out here? They are awesome. This would be sweet to hit up on Wednesday then stroll down to ground kontrol for the free play arcade night. Hook me up por favor.

  498. Matthew November 26, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

    There ain’t nothing wrong about this. Specialty beers are too good not to try each year. And this would be the only way I would be able to taste the sweet nectar of the gods. Great website you have up here.

  499. Jennifer November 26, 2012 at 7:54 pm #

    Imagine the shock of your in-laws ‘surprising you’ flying across the country and showing up on your doorstep Thanksgiving day, expecting a holiday celebration. Now imagine you don’t even have the familial obligation or incentive of getting lucky at the end of the day. It is just your platonic roommate’s crazy parents you’ve never even met before. In the midst of this chaos my roommate stepped up with a last minute grocery run and prepared a respectable Thanksgiving feast for my entire family, treating my guests as if they were his own. On top of that, he is the biggest beer geek I know and it is his birthday this weekend. He deserves this.

  500. Devyn Riley November 26, 2012 at 8:02 pm #

    Beers of the Northwest unite and I’d love to be a part of that!

  501. Theo Skourtis November 26, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

    I really want to go because I love looking up at the Portland Christmas tree while drinking a bourbon barrel aged beer and thinking about tthe holidays. But there are over 400 entries so I have little chance of winning

  502. Chelsea Sherman November 26, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

    I would love to win to surprise my boyfriend who has had a rough year. I have also never been able to attend so this would be amazing to win!

  503. Chelsea Sherman November 26, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

    I would love to win so I can take my boyfriend who has had a rough year. He loves beer and loves to brewhis own. I think this would help brighten things up. I have also never been able to go! So this would be special for me to go to for the first time. :) <3<3<3

  504. Michael November 26, 2012 at 8:18 pm #

    Way better odds than Powerball…

  505. Isaac November 26, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

    Without a doubt, the Ale Festival is the greatest present to be placed under a giant tree!

  506. Rik Boron November 26, 2012 at 9:00 pm #

    It has become a tradition for my wife and I since we moved here 3 years ago. We have met friends and always had a great time at this awesome event. Thx

  507. Rickina November 26, 2012 at 9:27 pm #

    This is a (beerfest) legend I have been told about living in Reno, NV; now after moving here, I am SO excited to try all of what this city has to offer. What a groovy give away!

  508. mike November 26, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

    Look at this weather today… truly amazing. For the last couple of days it’s been seriously cold and clear, two of the things that Oregon beer is most certainly not. So it’s only right that we start the holiday season on Wednesday by pouring torrents of dark craft beer in Pioneer Square on the same day that Portland weather returns to it’s “go inside and drink to forget” wintertime normalcy. I would like to mark this fine occasion by participating to the fullest in drunken merriness in the shadow of a big ass Xmas tree. Suck it Rockefeller Center!

  509. tiffany November 26, 2012 at 9:59 pm #

    best way to start off the holiday season is with holiday ales!

  510. miranda November 26, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

    beer me!

  511. Jack November 26, 2012 at 10:30 pm #

    It’s my first ever holiday ale festival and Portland Festival! Can’t wait.

  512. ron November 26, 2012 at 10:31 pm #

    First winter in Portland. Can’t think of a better way to stay warm on the inside then enjoying some great beers from the northwest.

  513. Sarah November 26, 2012 at 10:36 pm #

    What’s not to love! It’s a weekend of drinking dark, delicious, local, microbrews from the Northwest and beyond, hanging out with friends and good looking bearded men! The Holiday Ale Fest is the best in all the nation and it all happens in the comfort of Portland’s living room!

  514. Heather R November 26, 2012 at 10:50 pm #

    You had me at beer but the cupcakes and cheese will keep me around ;]

  515. Anne November 26, 2012 at 10:56 pm #

    My friend Carl just drove cross country to move here. I’d love to bring him.

  516. Laura Briar November 26, 2012 at 11:43 pm #

    Where do you bring a beer fanatic? Portland! And why am I not at this festival ….oh yeah – no tix!!

  517. Tom November 27, 2012 at 12:28 am #

    Beer me up!

  518. Brian November 27, 2012 at 1:07 am #

    Holiday beers! Sounds like the perfect way to spend an evening.

  519. ES November 27, 2012 at 8:26 am #

    Well this sounds amazing. I’m new in town. Would love to go!

  520. Kristi November 27, 2012 at 8:33 am #

    ‘Tis the season for holiday beer! Perfect event.

  521. Adam November 27, 2012 at 9:34 am #

    The Ale fest is a very special time for me. This time last year, I was going thru a messy break up with my hopes pinned on a new love. Now… exactly one year later, sadly, I’m doing the same thing. Except this time, I’m trying to pin my hopes on the same girl. How’s about you fill my woes with delicious hops and malty goodness, please?

  522. Mario November 27, 2012 at 9:40 am #

    I would love to sit on that drunk Santa’s lap this weekend!

  523. Eric boor November 27, 2012 at 9:53 am #

    Mmmmmmmm beeeer!

  524. Anna November 27, 2012 at 11:24 am #


    1) HoboHeShe, my rescued stray kitteh has oddly placed private parts, indeterminate age, a nasty cough and his/her first exam tomorrow. Plus my booze money might go to extra medicine.YOU BENEFIT BECAUSE YOU WILL FIND OUT IF HE/SHE IS A HERMAPHRODITE. Teeny violin: poor helpless abandoned kitteh

    2) I am a starving artist who has found that there is nothing romantic about starving and is looking for a real job. But I’ve paid my taxes, avoided the food stamps, and made some art. YOU BENEFIT BECAUSE I’LL BE FAMOUS SOMEDAY AND I’LL REMEMBER THIS. Teeny violin: The starving part might not be an embellishment.

    3) Has anyone else noticed the plague of the word ‘amazing (pronounced as ah-may-zing)’ by hipsters and seniors alike? I have been looking for a crowded place to count how many times I hear it within a specific time frame in a confined location. YOU WILL BENEFIT BECAUSE I WILL REPORT MY RESULTS BACK TO YOU. Teeny violin: The slow demise of literacy and the English language.

  525. Edward Levesque November 27, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    Mmmmmmmm PDX and Beer !! Yeah man

  526. Mike November 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

    My company party is on the 1st, and I want to be in a good, festive mood by prefunking at the Ale Fest.

  527. JESSICA November 27, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

    holiday beer ale! yea! missed this event last year and don’t want to miss it again. i love all the different beer options that portland/nw has to offer and this event highlights that!

  528. Steve November 27, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    Should I be honored to win this package, my girlfriend can have all the beer she wants, and pretty much anything else she wants too!

  529. sunchicka November 27, 2012 at 4:35 pm #

    A hearty way to start the new year!

  530. Leisa Vandehey November 27, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

    I have never been to the Holiday Ale Festival and asked my friend yesterday if she wanted to go. It’s been a tough year financially for her (not a rare thing, I know). I’d love to treat her to this event! If i win, I promise to donate the cost of my share of the tickets towards Christmas gifts for kids in need at my work place toy drive. :)

  531. Ralph November 27, 2012 at 6:07 pm #

    Love trying different Ales

  532. Nikki November 27, 2012 at 7:59 pm #

    May redeem the Christmas season.

  533. Jane November 27, 2012 at 10:41 pm #

    Dec 2 is my birthday! Would love to go!

  534. Randy November 28, 2012 at 2:53 am #

    “I love beer.” Of course we do or we wouldn’t be at this site.
    “I want to go.” The obvious result of drinking a lot of good beer.
    “Pick me”…I’ll be okay, I should heal.
    Seems like a good way to spend a day. My liver needs some exercise.

  535. Drew November 28, 2012 at 9:59 am #

    Would love to make this the kickoff to my holiday season.

  536. Amy November 28, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

    I would love to win tickets to this event!!! We have family coming into town and would love to show off this amazing community to them.

  537. Kyli November 28, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

    I am planning to bring my husband for his birthday! We’ll be spending the day in Portland, and this would be so much fun! He would certainly enjoy it and I would score MAJOR points for bringing him to the Portland Holiday Ale Fest!

  538. Gigi November 28, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    I want to win because I’ve never been, I work too much, and need to have some holiday fun!

  539. Monica November 28, 2012 at 5:42 pm #

    beer for me and my friends!

  540. Sam Finnigan November 29, 2012 at 8:32 am #

    BEER check…. portland check…. boarding a plane 6pm that night to head to Vegas for a week check. Lets do it before the plane ride :)

  541. Varun November 29, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

    Great Festival! Always had a lot of variety and no shortage of fun!

  542. Kevin staley November 30, 2012 at 10:46 am #

    I like beer, duh! And I really like beer, did I mention that?

  543. washsquarehomes November 30, 2012 at 12:39 pm #

    Who won?

  544. Tricia Brand November 16, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

    This is a long shot with nearly 600 replies, but this would be an awesome way to spend the Thanksgiving weekend.

  545. Nicole November 20, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

    My husband and I recently moved to Portland from Salt Lake City, Utah. Growing up in Utah we suffered greatky from beer deprivation. Help us in our quest to a beer awakening by giving us these tickets!

  546. Brittany sabin November 13, 2017 at 10:43 pm #

    I would not like to attend the winter ale festival, but I would LOVE for my grandparents to!

    These two love birds are 90 and 91, never been to a beer event before and are on their last few years.

    As a college student I would like to gift them this new experience but cannot afford it on my own.

    I want to hear their beer stories afterward! Haha

    As a beer lover from Bend, OR myself I feel it is necessary for everyone who loves beer to go to these events! Support the beer industry! Beer is LIFE~~

    Thank you kindly,


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