Wednesday, November 18, 2015

McMenamins Breweries - Kris Kringle Traditional Yuletide Ale 2015

'Tis the seasonal...
The holiday season is always a special time of year, but it is absolutely awesome in Portland, Oregon. Why? Well, if you know anything about me, you know that it's all about the beer. Oregon craft beer lovers absolutely revel in the releases of a multitude of highly anticipated seasonal, winter/holiday brews. There are so many! Quite a few are showcased at my favorite beer festival of all time: The Holiday Ale Fest. Oh, I can't wait!

One tasty, tasty holiday brew that I'm always anxious the get my lips on makes its appearance with very little fanfare. It's also available for a very limited time. I'm talking about McMenamins Breweries' Kris Kringle Traditional Yuletide Ale. This beer is only available at McMenamins locations from November 13th through December 25th. That's a mighty short window to get a pint of a dang delicious beer.

Here's what the McMenamins website says about the Kringle:

Just in time for the holidays, November 13th marks the release of this year’s McMenamins Traditional Yuletide Ale, Kris Kringle. The busy-as-elves McMenamins brewers have created another wonderful gift for your taste buds this holiday season. The 2015 version of Kris Kringle is a hearty and robust ale with a big and bold malt complexity as well as an intense and flavorful hop profile. This “winter warmer” highlights the rich, toasty, aromatic and chocolaty malt flavors as its very sturdy foundation. Generous amounts of two different hop varieties were added in five different additions, which delivers a magnificent and massive hop assault. There’s still some ginger and cinnamon added into the batch but the spices are a little more subdued than in years’ past. McMenamins brewers hope you enjoy this years’ version of our old Holiday favorite, Kris Kringle. Happy Holidays and a Wonderful New Year! 
Malts: Pale Ale, Munich, Wheat, 15L & 120L Crystal, Chocolate Hops: Centennial, Cascade 
OG: 1.068 TG: 1.015 ABV: 6.84% IBU: 76 SRM: 15
Buzz Words: Robust, Hoppy, Festive
I must say that the 2015 version of Kris Kringle is  probably the best I can remember. Delicious. I'm absolutely getting a growler fill of this brew before Christmas. You should, too! I'm giving the 2015 version of Kris Kringle a BeerGuyPDX rating of 4 crushed cans out of 4.

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