Portland, December 20th, 2015. Organizers have announced that Beer lovers helped raise $20,000 for charity this month at the Holiday Ale Festival. The event was held in Pioneer Courthouse Square December 2nd-6th.

Craft beer legends Rob Widmer with Widmer Brothers Brewing & Christian Ettinger with Hopworks Urban Brewery chat with KATU News Katherine Kisiel.

Craft beer legends Rob Widmer with Widmer Brothers Brewing & Christian Ettinger with Hopworks Urban Brewery chat with KATU News’ Katherine Kisiel.

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Joe Vithayathil, a feature reporter for FOX 12, had a chance to check out the Urban German Grill booth.

The annual festival dedicates its proceeds to the nonprofit Children’s Cancer Association MusicRx program, which delivers the healing power of music to children battling cancer and their families.

The Pacific Northwest’s only winter beer festival attracted 14,000 attendees, who tasted their way through 50 beers, ciders, mead and braggot.

Each offering was blended specifically for the event, or were vintage offerings hard to find in the region.

Those that rose to the top of fans’ reviews included the following: Reverend Nat’s Winter Abbey Spiced Cider (served warm); Deschutes Brewery’s Pacific Wunderland (Munich IPA); Feckin Irish Brewing’s Top’ O The Feckin Mornin (bourbon barrel-aged Imperial Espresso milk porter); 54° 40’ Brewing’s Snowball Headed for Hell (white IPA); Eel River Brewing’s Gargantua III (imperial barrel-aged strong ale); Bear Republic Brewing’s Cuvee du Santa (sour brown ale); and Fort George Brewery’s Deck the Helles (barrel-aged Helles lager).

Organizers rounded up the proceeds to the nearest $1,000 and then quadrupled the amount.

The festival also featured 46 special tappings, including a four-year vertical of The Abyss by Deschutes Brewing.

Fans used a mobile app to keep on top of the tappings and meet-the-brewer events.

The five-day festival starts each year the Wednesday after Thanksgiving; next year’s event is set for Nov. 30-Dec. 4th.

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