Fill Up Your Growler with One of These 6 Wintry Brews

Celebrate the season with a half-dozen seasonal ales...and one very merry mini keg.

By Rachel Ritchie December 1, 2014 Published in the December 2014 issue of Portland Monthly

Drink Tanks Growler: Cast from stainless steel and available in eight finishes, this Bend-based company’s brawny 64 oz growlers ($69, keg cap $45) magically transform into personal kegs with a special lid and a quick CO2 charge. Fill ’em up with your favorite wintertime brew and sip for days! We've got some ideas... 

Widmer ReGifted Red: The imperial version of Widmer’s beloved Brrr, ReGifted Red was originally slated to launch in 1999, but got shelved and then “regifted” for the 2006 Holiday Ale Fest. This December marks the ale’s third coming, for the brewery’s 30th-anniversary collection. 9% alcohol by volume (ABV) 

Double Mountain Falalalala: Brewed with “bagfuls” of Northwest Centennial hops, Double Mountain’s jolly holiday ale is fresh as a snowy day in the woods, with a toasty, earthy bitterness and sweet malt notes shining through with a hint of prunes. 7.5% ABV 

Hopworks Organic Abominable Winter Ale: With an alluring dark amber hue, Hopworks’ winter ale is driven not by the typical spice but by a peppery, citrusy medley of Northwest hops, followed by a smooth, toffee-flavored finish. 7.3% ABV

The Commons Bourbon Little Brother: For this seasonal, some of the brewery’s Little Brother, a Belgian dark strong ale, is fermented in bourbon barrels for six months. Rich and malty with touches of vanilla sweetness, this one’s a strong brew for the coldest of nights. 10% ABV

10 Barrel Pray for Snow:With five varieties of specialty malts, 10 Barrel’s copper-colored winter ale has a roasty, caramel backbone with plenty of holiday spice and a refreshing burst of herbal hops. 7% ABV

Heater Allen Sandy Paws: A Baltic porter with a blackish amber body, Heater Allen’s winter entry boasts the nutty, toasted-sugar flavors we crave in the dead of winter, but without the boozy heaviness that can cause naps to ensue. 6.7% ABV

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