Oregon's Best Winter Beers
Hark! A six-pack of local brews delivering cold comfort this holiday season.
PFRIEM BELGIAN STRONG DARK $4.50/8 oz (draft only)
This rich, mahogany-hued sipper brewed in Hood River provides the heft of St. Nick balanced by nuanced flavors of cocoa, stone fruits, and dark caramel. 10% ABV
PELICAN MOTHER OF ALL STORMS $25/22 oz
Yes, you read that price right. This Kentucky bourbon barrel–aged version of Pelican’s Stormwatcher has a cult following thanks to its massive flavors of oak, vanilla, bourbon, and roasted malt. 14.5% ABV
OAKSHIRE ILL-TEMPERED GNOME $3.99/22 oz
We love it for the cheeky name alone, but this delicious mélange of sweet, malty flavors, wintry spices, and piney hops is much more than a clever label. 6.8% ABV
UPRIGHT BILLY THE MOUNTAIN $12/750 mL
Upright has a deft touch with lighter sours, saisons, and the occasional pils—but the Portland brewery shows its range with this oak barrel–aged “old ale” tasting of wood, wine, and dark stone fruits. 9.1% ABV
NINKASI SLEIGH’R $4.29/22 oz
Ninkasi amps up its altbier approach with this “dark doüble alt,” a heavy-metal brew of deep toasted malt and hop flavors that is nonetheless balanced and tasty. 7.2% ABV
HAIR OF THE DOG DOGGIE CLAWS $4.95/12 oz
The 2013 version of this annual West Coast–style barley wine is fulsome and vinous, with flavors of pilsner and crystal malts, plus honey and those resinous, pine-like hops. 11.5% ABV
Plan your seasonal imbibing with our calendar of winter beer events.