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Nor'Wester Brewery and Public House
Willamette Valley Brewing
(Closed)
66 SE Morrison Street
Portland OR 97214
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Notes

Opened: 1993

Closed: 1997

Annual Production: 40,000 bbl

Closed after a failed merger with United Craft Brewers. Saxer Brewing has purchased the Nor'Wester brand.

Updated: January 21, 2008

Beer List

    • Date: January 16, 1997 (#2004)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Kamuela Liquor Store, Kamuela HI
      Score: 15 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Extremely dark red, OK brown head. Hint of roast malt aroma, some hops. Roasty, quite a bit of chocolate flavor. Bitter start and finish.

    • Date: January 11, 1997 (#1926)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Kamuela Liquor Store, Kamuela HI
      Score: 15 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Yellow opaque, huge head. Smells of wheat and hops, American-style. Big wheat flavor, good hop flavor. Yeasty finish. Not a bad beer, but the usurpation of "Hefeweizen" by American-style beers really bothers me.
    • Date: September 11, 1995 (#1193)
      Package: draught
      Place: The HopYard, Pleasanton CA
      Score: 14 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Yellow opaque, good head. Fruity hop nose. Thick, wheaty, clean finish.

  • Light American Wheat Beer with Yeast
    • Date: January 16, 1997 (#2002)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Kamuela Liquor Store, Kamuela HI
      Score: 14½ points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Amber, high carbonation, OK head. Smells just like honey. Fair amount of honey flavor, with a mild American wheat beer behind it.

  • Garden (Fruit Wheat) Beer
    • Date: January 16, 1997 (#2001)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Kamuela Liquor Store, Kamuela HI
      Score: 15 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Amber-yellow opaque, good head and carbonation. Raspberry aroma, hint of wheat. Berry flavor and tartness early, wheat flavor and sweetness late. Not as obnoxious as it could be.
    • Date: September 2, 1995 (#1158)
      Package: draught
      Place: The HopYard, Pleasanton CA
      Score: 13 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Dark yellow opaque, good head. Smells like Kool-Aid. Good wheat flavor, touch of fruit. Relatively drinkable.