I did a quick jaunt down to the Winter Ale Festival on Sunday. Twenty-degree temperatures kept everything chilled even with the heated tents. Lots of dark ales being served and lot of folks dumping them out, including me. They had stouts, porter, bocks, dopplebocks and original disasters. These festivals use to be a good place to sample different styles of beer and learn about them. Now it is about what strangle stuff can brewery put in a beer so they can write up something interesting in the program about them. These beers need to go on Santa’s naughty list.