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Winter Seasonals from Eugene's Local Brewers & Fermenters

Published: December 10, 2015

Get ready for seasonal brews in the Eugene Ale Trail! See a full list of Eugene Ale Trail breweries here and some special seasonals below.

It’s that bittersweet time of year again. Trees are shedding their final leaves, while stores have started to stock their shelves with holiday decorations.

But grocery stores aren’t the only ones with the winter season on their minds. Near the end of October our local brewers started releasing their Winter Seasonal Ales. So why not  get festive and kick off the holiday season with one of these festive brews?

To help you out we’ve made this list of what seasonal ales to look out for and get you in the holiday spirit:



A close look at this double alt seasonal favorite from Ninkasi

Ninkasi Brewing Company – Sleigh’r

Sleigh’r became a seasonal favorite for Ninkasi fans in 2009, mixing traditional winter flavors with a Ninkasi flavor punch. A dark double alt ale gives this brew a “deep, toasted malt flavor.”

This beer gets bonus points for being available on tap at Ninkasi’s tasting room, as well as, bottled. So there is no excuse not to try it!

Oakshire Brewing Ill-Tempered Gnome & Barleywine

12240385_10153311398366733_9100887531930183395_oOakshire Brewing has two seasonal favorites to watch out for this winter. The first is their widely recognized Ill-Tempered Gnome. An American Brown Style (hoppy brown) is brewed with six different specialty malts, resulting in a more complex flavor.

Around mid-November Oakshire also releases their barley wine.

After brewing and fermenting, it's sent to brandy barrels to age for a year, making it a creation quite worth the wait.

Both of these brews will be on tap at the Oakshire Taphouse throughout the season, as well as, located in stores in 22oz. bottles.

Viking Braggot Company – Winter Squash Porter

VikingFor a new twist on a classic, beer enthusiasts should check out Viking Braggot’s Winter Squash Porter.

This imperial porter is made unique with pounds of Delecata winter squash and turnip honey.

Top off a hearty winter meal with this rich, velvety brew and enjoy the many flavors of the season in one glass.

WildCraft Cider Works – Elderberry Perry

WildCraft-Bottles-Elderberry PerryFor the cider lovers there is WildCraft Cider Work’s Perry collection. Make sure to keep an eye out for the Elderberry Perry.

This cider is crafted with elderberries found in the mountains of Cottage Grove, hand destemmed and fermented whole. But the final product is worth the effort, because these berries help add a hint of fruitiness to the rich bodied pear flavor of the cider.

Can’t choose just one? Make sure to bring along the Eugene Ale Trail Passport and get stamps from the breweries you visit. Get eight stamps and you can pick up your own 32 oz. “Eugene Ale Trail” growler from our Adventure Center in Springfield!

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And while you're touring, knock these winter favorites off your list:


Plank Town Brewing Company

  • Hobbit’s Little Helper – Rich, deep mahogany ale
  • UnObtainium - Double IPA

Falling Sky Brewing

  • Falling Sky is all about seasonal ales. Visit their Brewery or Deli to see what's on tap this week!

Hop Valley Brewing Company (Available at both Eugene & Springfield Locations)

  • Festeroo Winter Ale

Elk Horn Brewery

  • Smoked Pecan Brown Ale
  • Russian Imperial Stout
  • Stag Moose: 2014 Russian Imperial, barrel aged
  • Barrel Aged Belgian Quadruple

Brewers Union Local 180

  • Frost on the Bumpkin- Winter stout (available now)
  • Tanninbomb- Oak aged English old ale

McMenamins (Available at all three locations in Eugene)

  • Black Widow Porter
  • Kris Kringle – Traditional Yuletide Ale

Sam Bond’s Brewing Company

  • Holiday Cream Ale

Steelhead Brewing Company

  • Heatmeiser- Hoppy amber beer

Claim 52 Brewing 

  • Sugar Plum Fairy – Belgian Dark Strong style beer
Author: Katie McGuigan

Katie McGuigan has lived her whole life across the Pacific Northwest. With a prepacked box of camping supplies sitting next to her front door, Katie is always ready for weekend adventures. When she is not on the trail she spends most of her free time enjoying Lane County's local craft breweries or cooking up the freshest veggies from her garden. She is a former Tourism Coordinator for Travel Lane County.