Win Tickets ($120): 2013 Portland Holiday Ale Festival @ Pioneer Courthouse Square | Four Dozen Rare Winter Beers, 17,000+ Attendees, Heated Tents

We are giving away 4 entry packs, each includes a souvenir mug & 10 beer tickets, to the Holiday Ale Festival . To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, December 2.

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From our sponsors:
Holiday Ale Festival The 18th annual Holiday Ale Festival
December 4-8, 2013
Noon to 10 pm Wednesday
11 am to 10 pm Thursday through Saturday
11 am to 5 pm Sunday
$30 | 21+
More info:

Pioneer Courthouse Square
701 SW 6th Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

The popular event feature four-dozen big, bold ales designed to fend off the cold chill of a long winter night, plus another 16 special tappings throughout the week. From Belgians to barleywines, porters to winter warmers, and spiced ales to stouts, these beers have either been crafted or blended 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.

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.

Beat the crowds, come on opening day:

  • Fewer people
  • Zero chance a beer will be sold out
  • It’s opening day and you can feel the vibe from the staff, servers, city and the beers
  • Friendly, knowledgeable beer geeks in attendance, not frat boys
  • Chance to hit the rare beers and brag to your friends who cannot make it to the fest till Fri., Sat., Sun.

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226 Responses to Win Tickets ($120): 2013 Portland Holiday Ale Festival @ Pioneer Courthouse Square | Four Dozen Rare Winter Beers, 17,000+ Attendees, Heated Tents

  1. Christine November 25, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    I’ve been to most of the summer beer festivals in Portland, but not a winter one! I’d love to attend!

    • Jenny December 5, 2013 at 10:24 am #

      Because finals.

    • Emily Greene September 22, 2017 at 7:10 pm #

      This is my FAVORITE beer festival and I try to hit them all! I look forward to it every year and I can’t wait until this years! I’d love to make it even more memorable by winning tickets!

  2. Roger November 25, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

    I haven’t be able to attend one beer fest yet this year!! Please help me to not make theisyear a total beer fest loss! Thanks for the chance.

  3. Tim November 25, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

    Have not been to the Holiday Ale Fest yet. Would like to attend. . . . free tickets would really help
    me get there! (hint hint)

    Can’t wait to try some of the variety of Porters. . . . . mmmmmm

  4. Nathanial November 25, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

    I wanted to volunteer for this festival, but didn’t get to sign up in time. Seasonal beers are some of my favorites, and I would love a chance to check this event out!

  5. Arran November 25, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

    What a great way for my friends and I to get into the holiday spirit: with beer!

  6. Erick November 25, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

    Why I’d like to attend? It’s only the best event of the holiday season!

  7. Gerard November 25, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

    I have just moved to Portland from Virginia Beach after retiring from the Navy. I can’t think of a better beer fest to get acclimated to the area with! It’s also the first beer fest that I’m not scheduled to be working for that weekend. Thanks for the contest. I await the results with beer-baited breath.

  8. Candice November 25, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

    I would love to win because I haven’t been to the Holiday Ale Fest and I heard it’s even better than the Brewers Fest during the summer. Plus I love stouts and want to try lots of new beers!

  9. Stacey Sherfield November 25, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    I would actually like to send my husband to this. He needs to get out more and this is an interest of his.

  10. JT November 25, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

    I need inspiration for my own winter brews. Tickets Please!

  11. Michelle November 25, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

    What a way to get friends and family together, with BEER! Would love love love to attend this event. I will most definitely enjoy every moment! (And the delicious beer!)

  12. Steve Heikkila November 25, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

    I go to the festival every year, but this year finances are tight. Help a brother out!

  13. Casey November 25, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

    Why would I like to attend? Why, beer of course. And festive beer at that! Who could as for anything more?

  14. Mary November 25, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

    I’d love some tickets to this! Portland beer festivals are the best.

  15. Bethlayne November 25, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

    Beer, Portland, friends, beer, frosty air, beer, holiday cheer…more beer
    Need I say more?

  16. Matt November 25, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

    I would love to attend because this is easily my favorite beer festival in Portland. The beer selection is always outstanding, with a variety of inventive brews to sample; the location is perfect, with the beautiful tree lording over the action; and the scene is always festive, with ugly sweaters, Santa Clauses roaming the festival, and more.

    Each year, it’s one of the most-anticipated holiday traditions with my friends and I.

  17. Mary November 25, 2013 at 2:53 pm #

    I’ll recruit everyone at the beer fest to finally locate my brick somewhere on the Square. What could go wrong?

  18. Michele November 25, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

    Ale, Ale, the gang’s all here…that’s why I want to be THERE! A chance to let my inner beer geek out and not be criticized. Hopefully.

  19. Garrett B November 25, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

    Oh, you mean do I want tickets to the best thing to happen to the earth since oxygen? Please and thank you.

  20. Heather November 25, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

    Ah! I would love to win some tickets to the fest, my friends and I are all Social Workers and could really use some free beer to soothe our stresses!

  21. Nick November 25, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

    Holiday Ale Fest is the start of something magical: Santas, elves, reindeer and more all enjoying delicious craft beer. And now with new glasses! Take ME!

  22. Ben November 25, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

    This is the best beer event all year. I would love to go!

  23. Stefanie November 25, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    For the man who loves dark beers all year long, these tickets would be great for my boyfriend who has never been even though he is a native Oregonian.

  24. Jingle Balls November 25, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

    I need this – I’m having a really rough month., I thought that my grandma done got run over by a reindeer near my house last Christmas eve. But we done saw her downtown working the corner with some fat guy named Santa in a red jump suit yelling Ho Ho Ho… Now you may say theirs no such thing as Santa, but as for me and grandpa we believe.

    We done realized that was what he does the other 364 days of the year to buy all those presents. Don’t get me started on his elf fetish…

    Love this event, if I get these ill go in my holiday best – full on Griswold.

  25. Chris November 25, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    Who wouldn’t want to go to this? Winter beers are the best!

  26. Chris November 25, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

    Beer = blood. Blood=life. Beer=life.

  27. Jamie November 25, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    I’ve been in the doldrums ever since the sun abandoned our lovely city. Give me something to look forward to that makes winter seem enjoyable!

  28. Edward Stratton November 25, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

    I’m an Astorian and have already braved multiple winter storms, power outages and other wonders of winter this year. It’d be pretty awesome to go imbibe in the relatively mild climate of Portland, surrounded by cool people and good winter brews. It’d also be the first time I’ve had Astorian beer – Fort George or Astoria Brewing Company, I’m guessing – outside Astoria.

  29. Melissa November 25, 2013 at 3:58 pm #

    Oregon has some of the BEST BEERS!!!! I love all the brewers festivals that Oregon has and I have never been to the winter brewers festival and I would Love to go!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE…….

  30. Jessica November 25, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

    This is the only beer fest I have not attended…and because beernog…

  31. Max November 25, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

    I love the Holiday Ale Festival… What’s better than special winter beers, and Portland in the Winter?! Not much!

  32. Melissa November 25, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

    Oh wow! I have to add to my Holiday Ale mug collection, and can’t help but get excited about Lottery sweater team photo and the squirty rinse station.

    Lowered inhibitions in a giant adult playground, I can’t miss this.

  33. Bartek kurek November 25, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

    My absolute favorite festival!

  34. Brenda November 25, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

    This is a great way to get in the holiday mood! Would love to win tickets

  35. Austyne November 25, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

    I love the ale fest!! I’m trying to be really good this year by not spending my extra money!

  36. Nick November 25, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

    I’ve been waiting all year on this festival. Some of my friends are going that I haven’t seen in a while. I’ve been down on my luck lately. Can you help me have some laughs with friends and enjoy some sweet and tasty libations?

  37. Alan B November 25, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

    I had a great time last year and all the beers this year sound so good! I want tickets :)

  38. Pete November 25, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

    I love the alefest but it’s gotten soo spendy. Would love to win tickets!

  39. CJ November 25, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

    I want to win cus I’ve never attended a beer fest

  40. Karla November 25, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

    I need to taste those big barrel aged beers!

  41. Luke November 25, 2013 at 4:46 pm #

    I would love to attend since I will have 2 friends from Indiana visiting Portland for the first time – specifically during the Holiday Ale Fest!

  42. Ryan Bennett November 25, 2013 at 4:59 pm #

    Pick me! I would love for my wife to be able to join me after my volunteer shift. Free admission to the Holiday Ale Festival would help us have $ to give the babysitter.

  43. Maria L November 25, 2013 at 5:02 pm #

    So excited about this! I hope to win! :o)

  44. Jill Princehouse November 25, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

    Winning tickets would be an awesome 50th birthday gift!

  45. Tim November 25, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

    Up until 2 and a half years ago, I hated beer. Then, while on a backpacking trip down the Oregon Coast, I was offered a free (craft) beer after 20 miles hiking through dry sand. It was like sweet nectar. And so began my love of light, summer beers. Then came Oktoberfest, and my love of beer became a deeper thing, enjoying slightly darker, more complex beers. Now I want to complete my conquest of beer by diving into the thick, rich darkness that is winter beer (without doling out hundreds for entire bottles that I might despise. So pick me, so that I can increase my pallet and spread the love of beer further yet.

  46. Karen Gillid November 25, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

    My favorite beer event of the year! Absolutely broke, you are my only hope, so please pick me!!!

  47. Claire November 25, 2013 at 5:25 pm #

    I have yet to attend this great event! Pick me!

  48. Arni Steinman November 25, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

    I really want to sample some of those big, boozy, palate bruising brews that will be on offer. Please pick me!

  49. Jeremy November 25, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

    I’m the biggest beer fan in Portland

  50. Erin November 25, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

    My friends are visiting from the East coast and I need to show them why Portland so much more awesome than NYC. Winter Ale Fest is my favorite event of the year and I talked them into flying out for it!

  51. Lynelle Schaalma November 25, 2013 at 6:02 pm #

    Wanting to go but never been because my husband doesn’t drink beer unless Gluten free..poor guy! I want to drink really good beer in the cold!

  52. Steven November 25, 2013 at 6:07 pm #

    please pick me to win the beer!
    hoppy, malty, I love it dearly.
    with pizza, burgers, or on its own,
    to me it is the best thing known.

  53. jen November 25, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

    It’s my birthday month! What better way than to start it with this festival? Plus I’ve never been to this one and have always wanted to!

  54. Leonard November 25, 2013 at 6:50 pm #

    Winning these tickets would be a great gift to celebrate being cancer free!! December 2, 2010 I was told I had cancer (same day of the award).

    Win or loose, that day has some tough associations. I’d rather remember winning this and taking a few coworkers to celebrate life and incredible beer!!

  55. Courtney November 25, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

    The Holiday Ale Festival is the quintessential holiday event for Portland beer drinkers. It is a great place to meet up with friends and family to enjoy libations, libations and more libations! The winter beers are an amazing treat that we look forward to all year long! The heated venue and Root Beer garden are two things that make me excited as well. Of course, I will check my coat and bag so that the Children’s Cancer Association will be able to raise money for their amazing efforts.

  56. Jeremy Graham November 25, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

    I’m coming all the way from Minneapolis for this festival! Bringing my girlfriend for her first taste of Portland! I cannot wait! I love the chewy, chest warming beers from this fest! I want to attend this fest because it’s in a great location and is filled with big beers and rad folks!

  57. Robyn Johnson November 25, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

    Would love to win!

  58. Chelsea Bianchi November 25, 2013 at 7:15 pm #

    Best brew fest in the West! Would love to go this year! Be a generous Santa PDX Pipeline and hook me up! I’ve been a good girl!

  59. Allison Bailey November 25, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

    Date night with my love!

  60. Chris Renning November 25, 2013 at 7:59 pm #

    The beers are always great at this one!

  61. Dave November 25, 2013 at 8:06 pm #

    The Holiday Ale Fest kicks the holiday season off just right.

  62. Lisa November 25, 2013 at 9:46 pm #

    I’m newer to Portland and haven’t been to a beerfest yet! I would love a chance to win the tickets so that this could be my first! Thank you for the chance!

  63. Erica Baze November 25, 2013 at 10:49 pm #

    I would like to win tickets because my birthday is Christmas Eve and it would be the BEST early birthday present!! :)

  64. Bryan Hurayt November 25, 2013 at 10:59 pm #

    I’ve been the last two years and brought my fiancé last year for her first time. We both cannot wait to go back and see what this year has to offer! Always some of the best creations around! Two of our friends would get to try this for their first time too so spreading the good word. Regardless we will be there every year!

  65. Kerri Kowaleski November 25, 2013 at 11:07 pm #

    I have entered almost every contest you run. This is one of my favorite Northwest traditions. Please, for the love of Portland and everything hoppy, cinnamony, casky, and friendly, light up this holiday for me!

  66. Hannah November 25, 2013 at 11:55 pm #

    My partner is way overworked and I am way broke–I want to give him a gift he’ll remember!

  67. Brandalyn Taylor November 26, 2013 at 7:51 am #

    We’re new to Oregon and this would be a great way to learn more about the famous beers of the state.

  68. sara November 26, 2013 at 8:29 am #

    My hubby and I could really really use a day out sipping winter ales, but saving for holiday shopping (grandkids) is taking a real bite from out going out budget. We will bring LOTS of paying friends if we win.

  69. Doug W. November 26, 2013 at 9:01 am #

    One of the best festivals of the year! The best line ups of rarely released selections and great atmosphere.

  70. Ellen OMalley November 26, 2013 at 9:20 am #

    I have moved out on my own after 22 years and am so bored I would love to have something to do and somewhere to go that I could make new friends and new memories to last me the rest of my lifetime.

  71. Jeannine November 26, 2013 at 10:25 am #

    Let’s be honest here, the REAL reason for the season is WINTER BEER of course! And I love them. And I would love to go. Please and thank you.

  72. Terri November 26, 2013 at 10:47 am #

    I’ve never kicks off on my 42 birthday..and I’m going through a divorce…nuf said..I need beer!

  73. Kevin November 26, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

    My favorite beer festival of the year! Love all the great flavor combinations that the brewers come up with.

  74. Jason Leonhard November 26, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

    Never been to a beer festival, but always wanted to check one out, and I live in Portland, CrayCray….

  75. Angie November 26, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    Beer fest, sign me up.

  76. Tom B November 26, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    Dec 5th is my Birthday and my sister is coming to visit. It will be her first ever beer fest. I hope she knows what she is getting into!! The Holiday Alefest should not be taken lightly!!

  77. Gino November 26, 2013 at 12:50 pm #

    I’d love to go to this! I went last year & it was a blast!

  78. Anthony November 26, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

    I’ve never been to this, but all my friends rave about it! I hope I win!

  79. Jessie November 26, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    This is the biggest, baddest beer festival around! Let me go and I’ll prove my mettle! And have three friends along to deal with the aftermath. :)

  80. Krystina November 26, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

    I’m coming all the way from Charleston, SC! I need beer to stay warm!

  81. Amanda November 26, 2013 at 3:41 pm #

    Sounds like a great way to kick off the holiday season!

  82. Roya November 26, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    This is one of my favorite Portland events! Love kicking off the holidays with some beer

  83. Tasha November 26, 2013 at 6:13 pm #

    My favorite brew is a holiday brew. Tis’ the season! I love this event.

  84. Scott Rokus November 26, 2013 at 11:24 pm #

    I’d love to be able to check out the Holiday Ale Fest early this year! Money is a bit tight this year.

  85. Nick November 27, 2013 at 8:58 am #

    I’ve been converting my girlfriend from bud light to craft beers. So far it’s been successful! We’ve been to hopsfest in hood river to pumpkins and pints in Ashland. We just moved to Portland and a winter beer fest would be a blast!!

  86. Cassady November 27, 2013 at 9:45 am #


  87. DORA November 27, 2013 at 10:50 am #

    I’d like to go because this would be my first time and drinking holiday ales makes me feel jolly like Santa.

  88. Jill Truskolaski November 27, 2013 at 11:04 am #

    I have never been to this beer fest… would love to go to this one with some friends since I am not going (to my original) home (east coast) for the holidays…. but staying in my new

  89. Celia November 27, 2013 at 11:14 am #

    I LOVE the Holiday Ale Fest. Went to brunch last year and it was amazing. I want to go again!

  90. Marissa November 27, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    I’VE BEEN WAITING ALL YEAR FOR THIS! Winter beers are my favorite!

  91. Jen November 27, 2013 at 11:28 am #

    I love Holiday Beer Fest!! Would love even better for free!! Can’t wait!!

  92. Marissa November 27, 2013 at 11:34 am #

    My faaavorite season… For this reason!

  93. John November 27, 2013 at 11:36 am #


  94. Stephanie November 27, 2013 at 3:36 pm #


  95. Alane Klein November 27, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

    I like cats. I like cats and beer. I like cats and beer from Portland.

    Alane Klein

  96. Sam November 27, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

    I’ve been waiting since last year for this to come back. A beerfest in Pioneer Square is unlike anything else in town. Tremendous dark rich ales, I can taste them now!

  97. Nick C November 27, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

    I would like to attend the holiday ale best because I LOVE winter warmers and holiday beer! Please pick me, this is my favorite fest!

  98. Erik mace November 27, 2013 at 5:41 pm #

    Deck the halls with Stouts and Porters!

  99. Ryan November 27, 2013 at 5:43 pm #

    Here are 2 out of at least 65 reasons why I’d love to attend this year’s HAF: Bear Republic Santa’s Lost Wallet and Cascade Cherry Diesel

  100. Jenny November 27, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

    Yay! Beeeeeeeeeer!!!

  101. November 27, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

    i want to gift the tickets to someone in my life who loves beer!

  102. Amalya November 27, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

    Nothing brings holiday cheer
    Quite like winter beer
    It would be a pleasure to go
    Sun, rain, sleet, or snow
    This would be the best treat
    To make the season complete

  103. Jessina Murphy November 27, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

    We just moved here, love beer, and would love the opprtunity to be introduced to the great PDX beer scene the right way!!

  104. Amanda November 27, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

    I would love to start the holidays off right with my lovely boyfriend, who deserves some fun! Oregon microbrews are our favorite get-together-and-relax drinks!

  105. markwwoodlief November 27, 2013 at 6:27 pm #

    I don’t homebrew, but consider myself a Designated Taster … I’d love to check out the Holiday Ale Fest.

  106. Matthew November 27, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

    I would love to surprise my cousins with this for our annual holiday outing!

  107. stacy November 27, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

    I home brew and am new to Oregon and want to experience Oregon Beer. I love trying new and different beer and would love to get a taste of Oregon.

  108. stacy November 27, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

    I home brew and am new to Oregon and want to experience Oregon Beer. I love trying new and different beer and would love to get a taste of Oregon. I needed up my email in my last post this is the correct one

  109. Dave G. November 27, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

    If it involves beer, I’m there! Make it ale, I’m there without fail!

  110. steadytree November 27, 2013 at 6:51 pm #

    i’d sincerely like to attend, thanks.

  111. Julie November 27, 2013 at 7:04 pm #

    I’ve never attended a winter ale festival, and I’m unable to afford a ticket. Just hoping my luck will come through for me!

  112. Sarah G November 27, 2013 at 7:17 pm #

    I love this festival! Hooray beer!

  113. Gaby November 27, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

    I’d love to go! I’ve always wanted to go but thirty bucks is too much for the ol’ budget (and all my poor friend’s budgets, who’d also love to go!) and we all missed the volunteer sign ups. Free tickets would definitely get us there! Prost!

  114. Adam November 27, 2013 at 7:47 pm #

    My wife and I just returned back to Portland and would love to try the new Winter beers; please send us to the Portland Holiday Ale Festival!

  115. Roy November 27, 2013 at 7:59 pm #

    Heard great things about this festival but have not gone yet. would love free passes

  116. Tracy Lea November 27, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

    The Portland Holiday Ale Festival is a one of a kind event in the center of Beervana. Each year it provides attendees with a once in a life time experience to taste the best winter beers of that year, highlighting an awesome collection of NW brewers.

  117. Melissa November 27, 2013 at 9:10 pm #

    Winter brews Are my favorite :)

  118. birdonit November 27, 2013 at 9:35 pm #

    My favorite part of the holidays is winter beer!!! I want to try them all!

  119. Bill Stewart November 27, 2013 at 9:46 pm #

    Bee Me!

  120. Anthony November 27, 2013 at 10:00 pm #

    Yes! Malty, winter beer goodness is what I desperately need right now!

  121. April November 27, 2013 at 10:23 pm #

    What better way to start off the winter season?

  122. Scott Pierce November 27, 2013 at 11:33 pm #

    This is my favorite beer fest of them all.

  123. Becky Poehler November 28, 2013 at 12:34 am #

    I would love to win tickets to this!!!

  124. katie November 28, 2013 at 1:34 am #

    Love love love this event! Always a great time with great beer names, photo booth, and Christmas sweaters = a guaranteed awesome time! Pleeeease let me win

  125. Christy November 28, 2013 at 7:20 am #

    I work at a High school and would LOVE to invite my co-teachers to the beer Festival. We work hard, in the best Special Education Dept in the state!! But we also love a good happy-hour.

    A happy teacher is a good teacher…. Tickets to the Beer Festival would make us veeeery happy teachers!!!

  126. Barbara November 28, 2013 at 8:55 am #

    I’m hyperventilating just thinking about this festival. Please Beer Gods and PDX Pipeline, let me be the one.

  127. stacy November 28, 2013 at 9:12 am #

    I got news yesterday that I have to move out of my apartment in January. I could really use some ale inspired holiday cheer!

  128. Jessica November 28, 2013 at 11:55 am #

    It’s on my Christmas list. Me!

  129. Sagirly November 28, 2013 at 5:25 pm #

    Holiday ale fest is the best. You should go.

  130. Gary Shettle November 28, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    The best thing about winter!

  131. Bo Shettle November 28, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

    The best reason to live in Portland!!

  132. alex campbell November 29, 2013 at 9:08 am #

    a friend of mine wants me to go and I said no because of the doe!

  133. Chris November 29, 2013 at 10:18 am #


  134. Natalie November 29, 2013 at 10:47 am #

    3 years ago on December 4th, the love of my life and I had our first date at the ale fest. The ale fest will always hold a special place in our hearts and will continue to be how we celebrate each year together.

  135. Sean November 29, 2013 at 10:48 am #

    Cuz no holiday ale means holiday FAIL.

  136. Suzz November 29, 2013 at 11:17 am #

    Nothing so sweet
    As a dark beer on a cold night
    To make you feel complete

  137. Suzz November 29, 2013 at 11:21 am #

    Winning a ticket
    To drink delicious winter beer
    Would make this year of medical problems
    Happily disappear.

  138. Tracie November 29, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

    We love beer……beer…

    What a better time to kick off the holiday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  139. Emily November 29, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

    Please help me out. I’m a broke ass social worker and have been wanting to go to this beer fest but year after year am left home alone drinking PBR having a broke lady beer fest. Help me be a happy beer lady, not a lonely one!

  140. Theresa November 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

    Pick Me, Pick Me, just because!!!!!

  141. Ben November 29, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

    I’d love to go to the festival for my birthday with my fiancé and her brother and sister-in-law. However, I’m broke as a joke but I love the beer here.

  142. Gene November 29, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

    I went last year and it was way too much fun! I’d love to go again this year!

  143. frank polak November 29, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

    I have 3 festive ale loving sisters flying into PDX this Friday, and could start out their first visit here on the right foot with the proper passes. Help me spread the holiday cheer. All will be Thankful..luvYURfam

  144. Sheneice November 29, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

    I am young, single and don’t do much, but the term will be ending and I miraculously have all of these days off!!! I have not attended a Winter Ale Fest but I hear it’s amazing, free tickets would be the best way top top my work free weekend!!!!!! Please & Thank you.

  145. Lori November 29, 2013 at 9:47 pm #

    We’re beer lovers and would love a chance to go!

  146. Loly November 30, 2013 at 12:44 am #

    Would love to drag my beer loving Australian visitors to taste the seasons finest with me.

  147. Chris November 30, 2013 at 12:49 am #

    I have attended every Holiday Ale Fest and this is my last winter (after 20 years!) in Portland. i would love to go out with a bang!

  148. Williams November 30, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    What better way to bring in the love for the holidays with friends & family at this amazing event. Please pick me :)

  149. Heather November 30, 2013 at 10:13 am #

    Mmm beer

  150. Liz November 30, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    My best guy friend from high school lives in Portland. I had not seen him in many years, but we reconnected through Facebook and quickly resumed our friendship… Six months ago, after a long long illness… he checked in to the hospital again, this time with the expectation he was going to die. But, miraculously, he got a heart transplant instead! Now he is doing so great… it’s like he got a new life. We have become so close that our friendship has transformed to pure love. We have both figured out that after being slapped around by life for 30+ years, we are each others Big Love… Really it is like a chick flick movie…. He loves Portland and he loves the wonderful ( healthy in moderation) brews. In fact he told me all about this festival.
    I sure would LOVE to surprise him with tickets to this fabulous event. Thank you for your consideration.

  151. Emmitt November 30, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    My best friend is coming to visit Portland for the first time, I would love to take him to the Winter Ale Festival!

  152. Mark November 30, 2013 at 1:59 pm #


  153. Bluezen1014 November 30, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

    I’ve always wanted to attend this with my husband but it’s always been out of our price range to spend on ourselves. Please give us a Christmas Miracle and pick us:)

  154. Allison Sauer November 30, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    I haven’t been home or had a vacation in a year and I need some beer!!

  155. Holly November 30, 2013 at 6:37 pm #

    Why WOULDN’T I want to attend?? All hail drunk santa!!

  156. Meghan November 30, 2013 at 7:48 pm #

    Oregon winter beers make drizzly Oregon winters a little warmer!

  157. Tami November 30, 2013 at 10:07 pm #

    I am poor and I love beer! I hope I’m gonna get to go!

  158. Lara December 1, 2013 at 9:46 am #

    Best beer fest of the year!

  159. Shawn Koziel December 1, 2013 at 9:59 am #

    This is such a great festival that I can not afford this year!

  160. Justin December 1, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    i like to drink the beer.

  161. Brian December 1, 2013 at 11:00 am #

    I will bring my posse and we will rage across the alescape like rabid reindeer!

  162. Jenn December 1, 2013 at 11:10 am #

    Pick me, pick me!! Going to this festival 10 years ago during an interview trip was influential on convincing us to MOVE to Oregon the following year :)

  163. JEn December 1, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

    Great way to start off the holiday season! Great date day!

  164. Mike December 1, 2013 at 2:39 pm #


  165. Rich December 1, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

    I’ve never been, I’d love to go!

  166. Ashley December 1, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

    My hubby’s birthday falls on December 3 and for several years, the only thing on his birthday list has been tickets to the Holiday Ale Festival! It’s his ideal date: dinner at Escape from New York Pizza, followed by lots of winter warmers at the Holiday Ale Festival.

  167. Chris December 1, 2013 at 5:49 pm #

    This sounds like a lot of fun. I would love to win tickets!

  168. Charity December 1, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

    I need what gets me through the Holidays…..BEER!!!

  169. Andrea December 1, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

    I have never been to the Holiday Ale Festival, and would love to celebrate the season Portland style with my best friend from Detroit! Beer me!

  170. Aimee December 1, 2013 at 7:42 pm #

    Porters and Stouts are my favorite beers so by default this has to be the best fest of the year! Would also love to take some friends who can’t really afford the tickets. Tis the season…for drinking delicious cold ones!

  171. Tim December 1, 2013 at 8:01 pm #

    Over from the uk would love to try some good beer Thanks

  172. Michael Grover December 2, 2013 at 7:28 am #

    I would love to attend courtesy of PDX Pipeline. I’ve attended this festival – my favorite of all Portland’s beer festivals – many years running, but I might have to miss it this year. I normally volunteer and get my free beer that way, but I wasn’t able to this year due to complications at work, so this package would really help out. Thanks!

  173. Alice Muirden December 2, 2013 at 7:36 am #

    I would like to attend and take my husband – he’s a true beer snob!

  174. Mike Borzy December 2, 2013 at 8:41 am #

    I would love to go to this festival as it would give me a reason to wear antlers socially.

  175. Rebecca December 2, 2013 at 10:48 am #

    I’ve been stuck inside studying for finals for my 2nd year of med school. My friends and I need to get out and celebrate the season and enjoy some great winter ales!!!

  176. Monica December 2, 2013 at 11:06 am #

    Looking forward to my first Portland holiday ale fest!! The best way to get into the holiday spirit!

  177. Brian December 2, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

    I want to enjoy
    The tastes of many beers and
    Feel really good, man.

  178. jennifer December 2, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

    I’d love to go to the holiday ale fest, because after working thanksgiving and black Friday in retail nothing sounds better than drinking delicious beer outside with good people <3

  179. Lindsey December 2, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

    Why I would like to attend. Well even though I am probably too late. My reason is because I have never been. I am usually working or don’t have the money to spare on such a fun activity. Last year all my friends went and I missed out. I don’t want to this year. It looks like it would be such an amazing time!!

  180. Dana Paquette December 2, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    Ooh, ooh!! Pick me! The beer selection looks awesome this year!

  181. Shaun Kalis December 2, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

    This is my favorite beer festival of the year!

  182. Deb December 2, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    I would love to able to take my partner to ones holiday event before I go to OH to be with family and grandchildren for Christmas. Her schedule is such that it makes it difficult to get to these events, as she works for a hospital and is “essential personnel”. It’s her favorite briefest, as well, and it would be awesome to treat her this one time.

  183. Katie Kiely December 2, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

    This would bring me great holiday beer and cheer!

  184. Alena December 2, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

    I have lived in the Northwest for most of my life (just across the pond) and Portland has been home for 5 years now. Only now have I finally acquired a taste for beer and I feel extremely behind the curve on this aspect of Portland’s culture. I need to get out there and get educated and get some real beer tasting experience!

  185. Brian S December 2, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

    I’d like to go so I know what to give my brother in law, a home basement brewer, as a house warming present on their new home purchase. What better way than with fresh seasonal beer?

  186. Jennifer Teeples December 2, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    I hope I am not too late to win these tickets! We go every year and love it!

  187. Chip Ingram December 2, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

    Nothing oils make me happier than a free invitation for beer. Yum

  188. Renata December 2, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    I will be wearing my ski suit to stay warm. Hope to win tickets to attend!

  189. Adam I December 2, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

    Heading to Portland from North Carolina to help a friend move…and purchase/construct furniture from Ikea. Painful. Surprising her with tickets to Holiday Ale Fest (something I should not even know about being in North Carolina), pain dissipates.

  190. Sydney December 2, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

    Much to my dismay, I have made it to a grand total of zero beer festivals this year. I’m already drooling thinking about all of the stouts that will be there….

  191. Alyssa Duran Pollard December 2, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

    Love a good Whiskey / Bourbon Ale and they taste sooooooooooooooooooooooo good when it’s won. Victory is sweet!

  192. hannah December 2, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

    i want to win!!!! this alefest is the shiznit

  193. Kat December 2, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

    I love trying new beer!

  194. Jonathan December 2, 2013 at 7:03 pm #

    Jeffers Hogg haggard giggly hitters gabbing iiukjbgd guff bbbeeer holiday !!! Tragedy fujjbvf ccdsggrrt hsaaaytocorrect soy to auto correct love.

  195. Kelsey December 2, 2013 at 11:48 pm #

    Drink all the ale!

  196. Megan December 3, 2013 at 8:58 am #

    After finally being together…. I found out my boyfriend’s job takes him out to Cleveland and this weekend is his last time coming out to visit me before he leaves for the east coast. I’d really like to go to this and show him Portland one last time!

  197. Diane December 3, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    It is my wife’s birthday weekend and she absolutely loves craft beer. She wants to attend this with a small group of our friends. Please don’t deny her the chance to attend this as we’ve never been able to make this beer festival:) Thanks

  198. noel December 3, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

    Have friends coming in from Switzerland and really want to show off what we have going on here with big winter beers all in 1 place.

  199. Gus December 4, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    My brother is coming to visit from Kentucky and is thinking about moving his family out here. This festival could make it a reality!

  200. Jenine December 4, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

    My husband and I LOVE beer. We live near the brewery blocks and have gone to most of the breweries there. We’ve also done the Ale Trail in bend and had a great time. More importantly, his birthday is this weekend 12/7. I would love to surprise him and take him to the Holiday Ale Festival.

  201. Brendan Smith December 5, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

    The Holiday Ale Fest is the best beer festival of the year! Who doesn’t love special one-offs and barrel-aged versions of their favorite winter imbibables(word?). I’d love to be able to take a special someone with me with an extra ticket!

  202. Amanda R December 5, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

    I’d like this! Went to this event several years ago and had a great time. Met some cool people. Would love to re-live that experience.

  203. Cynthia December 5, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    Winter ales are my favorite, I’ve always wanted to go to this, but never have.

  204. Dustin December 5, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

    I would love to attend the holiday ale festival so I could try all the different beers and see if there are any that I can try to brew at home!

  205. Tyler December 5, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

    I love the Holiday Ale Festival, but haven’t been able to go the past couple of years because it’s been a bit out of the budget. Pick me, pick me!!

  206. Ariel December 5, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

    #beerme because: 1. I’m poor 2. It’s my significant other’s birthday 3. we love beer. mmmm. beer. 4. I own a coat. 5. I’m thirsty?

  207. Nick December 5, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    Incredible event each year. I’d love a free pass this time around.

  208. ChrisG December 5, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

    I missed this festival last year, and can’t wait for the festivities!

  209. Bonnie December 5, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    I like beer. I want to go drink great beer with friends. I won’t be able to go otherwise. I like wearing an ugly sweater and getting away with it.

  210. Rik December 5, 2013 at 3:56 pm #

    My wife and I have some Friends in from out of town that are thinking about moving here and we would love to bring them to the Holiday Ale fest to persuade them. It was one of the first events we went to when we first moved here and we absolutely loved it. Please help us show them how awesome Portland is. Thx

  211. AshleyRae December 5, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

    Pick me because waiting in lines sucks! >^.*<

  212. Heather Richardson December 5, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

    Hi! My husband is a huge microbrew fan and has gone to the Holiday Ale Festival every year. We had our first child on October 23 and my husband has been a wonderful father to her. He has spent his days changing diapers, bottle feeding and staying up at nights with her. Since I am on Maternity leave, money is a little tight until I go back to work. I would love to win tickets to the Holiday Ale Festival for my husband so that he can have a much needed boys day out at one of his favorite events. Thanks and Happy Holidays : )

  213. Brooke December 5, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

    Beer, beer, beer, beer.

    It’s about time I make it a holiday ale festival. Sunday fun day anyone?

  214. Stevo December 5, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

    Nothing says the holidays like a mug of ales and santa’s little helpers scurrying about

  215. Greg December 5, 2013 at 6:18 pm #

    I did this my first two years here, was absent last year. I would love to go back, even though now it means cabbing home rather than stumbling :(

  216. Sara Jasmin December 5, 2013 at 9:11 pm #

    It’s my best friends 30th! I would love to win her tickets!

  217. Kate December 5, 2013 at 10:01 pm #

    Never been to this jolly good event. Sounds like a blast!! Ready to try some winter brews!!

  218. Scott Landia December 6, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    I would love to win tickets to this. They have BEERNOG, I can’t even fathom how amazing that tastes!

  219. Stephen December 6, 2013 at 11:56 am #

    My wife needs a reason to enjoy Christmas. We’ve never checked out the Portland Holiday Ale Fest. Please help her believe in the magic!

  220. Christine November 4, 2015 at 3:11 pm #

    All these years in Portland and I’ve never been to the Holiday Ale Festival?! Clearly I need to win tickets!

  221. Abigail November 10, 2015 at 12:24 pm #

    The Holida Ale Fest is the best way to celebrate the Holiday season!

  222. Robert November 10, 2015 at 12:27 pm #

    Holiday Ale fest rocks!

  223. Kourtney November 29, 2015 at 11:21 am #

    Because it will be the 10th anniversary of our first date… Holiday Ale Festival 2005!!

  224. Sean Fornelli November 30, 2015 at 12:41 pm #

    ‘Twould be great to get together with some buddies and check out all the taps.

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