Winter Brews from Ninkasi Return

Ninkasi BrewingEUGENE, Ore. — Cheers to winter with returning cold-weather favorites from Ninkasi Brewing Company. Inspired by the cold winter months, traditional beer styles, blissful days on the mountain, and even a little heavy metal, Sleigh’r Dark Do├╝ble Alt Ale and Imperiale Imperial Stout are the perfect remedy to rock any winter day.

“The motivation for creating Sleigh’r was to make a beer that was different than other Northwest winter beers that feature big hop profiles and rich caramel flavor,” says Jamie Floyd, co-owner and founding brewer of Ninkasi. “We created a malt-forward yet dry, toasty and hardy beer brewed in the traditional German Alt way, only darker.

Also offered this winter, Imperiale Imperial Stout is a rich, smooth but warming beer with lots of roasted malt flavor to fight off the winter months. “This is a great beer to have when reading a book in a cozy nook on a cold wintry day,” says Floyd.

Both beers pair well with the hearty foods served during the holidays and the winter months. “These beers make home-cooked meals and big banquets even more memorable.”

Each beer will be available in bottles and on-draft October through December.

Sleigh’r Stats

Style: Dark Do├╝ble Alt Ale
Series: Seasonal Release Series

ABV: 7.2

IBU: 50

Starting Gravity: 1068

Malt: 2-Row Pale, Crystal, Munich, Carahell, Roasted Barley, Chocolate

Hops: Nugget

Available: On draft, 12 and 22-ounce bottles, fall variety 12-pack, winter variety 4-pack

Distribution: Oregon; Washington; Idaho; Montana; California; Alaska; and Vancouver, British Columbia


Description: A delicious Northwest seasonal brewed with winter in mind. A dark do├╝ble alt ale, malty and delicious, it’s sure to keep the winter at bay. And yes, Sleigh’r does rock!

Tasting Notes: An alt ferments with ale yeast at colder lagering temperatures. This effect gives alts a more refined and crisp lager-like flavor than traditional ales. The do├╝ble alt means that it has been “Ninkasified.” Regular alts are 5 to 5.5 percent ABV and 40 IBU’s. Sleigh’r has a deep, toasted malt flavor that finishes dry and has 7.2 percent ABV and 50 IBU’s keeping it in a perfect alt balance!

Imperiale Stats

Style: Imperial Stout

Series: Special Release Series

ABV: 9.1

IBU: 70

Starting Gravity: 1090

Malt: 2-Row Pale, Munich, Crystal, Flaked Barley, Roasted Barley, Black Malt, Carafa

Hops: Nugget

Available: On draft, 22-ounce bottles, winter variety 4-pack

Distribution: Oregon; Washington; Idaho; Montana; California; Alaska; and Vancouver, British Columbia


Description: Rich, full bodied and surprisingly smooth, Imperiale Stout has a big roast hit up front. Dark malt flavors are balanced with an ample hop bitterness to finish.

Tasting Notes: Roasted malt up front, with a smooth and creamy body warming the mouth. Caramel, toffee, molasses and a touch coffee notes are present but unified in one amazingly drinkable beer. Let us bundle you up!

Winter Variety 4-Pack

This winter, Ninkasi invites all craft beer drinkers alike to enjoy a variety of favored Ninkasi offerings, suitable for any winter gathering or celebration with family and friends. The Winter Variety 4-Packs can be found on shelves October through December. Available throughout all Ninkasi distribution states, the Winter Variety 4-Pack will include a free beer recipes and a brewing process poster along with one, 22-ounce bottle of:

  • ┬À Total Domination IPA
  • ┬À Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout
  • ┬À Sleigh’r Dark Do├╝ble Alt Ale
  • ┬À Imperiale Imperial Stout

Learn more about Ninkasi’s line-up of craft beers at

About Ninkasi Brewing Company

Founded in 2006 by Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge, Ninkasi Brewing Company continues to grow from its first batch of Total Domination IPA, to a 55-barrel brewing system located in Eugene, Ore. Ninkasi’s Flagship beers—Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, Believer Double Red, Oatis Oatmeal Stout, and Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout—are sold throughout Oregon, Alaska, California, Idaho, Montana, Washington, and British Columbia. The brewery remains privately-owned and is committed to community support and giving. Ninkasi’s Beer Is Love program offers in-kind donations and support for organizations throughout its footprint.