I made it to the Holiday Ale Festival yesterday. I met up with Ben’s beer crew for a late afternoon of sampling. Always a good time with this bunch. Going on a Thursday proved better for having a full section of ales and lagers to choose from. Last year I went on a Sunday, the last day of the festival, and the selection of beers was not good. This beer festival features darker, heavier beers so rich in possibilities of porters, stouts, reds and other winter ales. I tried a number of porters and stouts, which were all nice but nothing really exciting. I did try one doppelbock that was very disappointing. Mostly the festival was the same as last year but it cost $5 more to get in, the heating system was not as good as last year, and the most exciting change was they figured out how to put small shelf in the honey bucket so you did not have to hold your mug while doing your business. I took just a few photos but please see last years post if you want a real look at the place.