Portland needed a coffee-beer festival. Not just because
of our international reputation in both types of brew, but because
coffee, better than most infusions, does wonderful things to beer. So
Like Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas, the lights on Peacock Lane and phone-book-thick editions of The Oregonian,
spicy Christmas beers are something I love in December. Then they go
away and, for
American-made wheat beers tend to be dry,
hoppy and, far too often, bland. The New World cousins of traditional
German hefeweizens typically tone down the yeast’s tutti-frutti punch
Tiny local bubbles to fuel your first toast of 2014.
It’s the pop that does it. Even if
you spend the rest of the night drinking Scotch or mead, when the clock
strikes 12 on the last night of the year, you’re going to want to loose
the cork on
Crowning the best everyday imperial stout from the grocery-store cooler.
Big, black monsters have invaded local bottle shops. If
you’ve got a kingly budget and schedule, early December is the best time
to buy limited-edition barrel-aged imperial stouts.
Tom Sims built Sasquatch Brewing on
Craigslist. He picked up a used lagering tank from the Vermont von
Trapps, the family that inspired The Sound of Music. His mash tun
is an old dairy tank he p