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Widmer Brothers Brewing
(Craft Brewers Alliance)
Bar/Tasting RoomRestaurant
929 North Russell Street
Portland OR 97227
Telephone: +1 503-281-2437
Brewer: Sebastian Pastore, Joe Casey
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Notes

Opened: 1985

Annual Production: 335,000 bbl

Contributors: Mario Kornmesser, Teri Fahrendorf

Widmer contracted with G.Heileman for nationwide production, but Heileman's facilities just weren't up to the delicate task of producing a proper Hefeweizen (or even a facsimile thereof).

In April 1997, Widmer announced the formation of a distribution and equity alliance with Anheuser-Busch, whereby A-B will make a minority investment in Widmer in exchange for distribution rights.

Widmer was named Mid-Size Brewing Company of the Year at the 2004 Great American Beer Festival.

Craft Brewers Alliance was formed by the merger of Widmer and Redhook in 2008.

Updated: June 4, 2017

News

Beer List

  • Awards:
    • Silver Medal, 2007 Australian International Beer Awards
    • Date: March 30, 2007 (#6444)
      Package: draught
      Place: The HopYard, Pleasanton CA
      Score: 18½ points
      Appearance (3)
      Bright amber-red. Dense head.
      Aroma (4)
      Big spicy hops on top of caramel.
      Mouthfeel (9)
      Medium-big body, real smooth. Huge spicy, fruity, floral hop flavor. Fairly bitter. Very tasty malt base. Tastes a lot like Jack's India Pale Ale, only bigger. Slight musty, grainy note.
      Overall Impression (2½)

  • 9.40% abv.

  • Awards:
    • Date: October 5, 2000 (#3568)
      Package: draught
      Score: 16 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Light - almost pale - brown, thick head. Fainty toasty aroma, with faint herbal hops. Medium-light body, big bitterness that fades nicely to the finish.
    • Date: October 31, 1994 (#486)
      Package: draught
      Place: Pacific Coast Brewing, Oakland CA
      Score: 17 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Amber, flat. Smoky aroma! Grainy. Tastes much like it smells...like the inside of a grain bin. (Which is not necessarily a Bad Thing.)

  • Traditional German-Style Bock
    • Date: July 13, 1994 (#399)
      Package: draught
      Place: Pacific Coast Brewing, Oakland CA
      Score: 17½ points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Dark yellow, some chill haze. Fresh hoppy nose. Excellent balance and body. Floral hops are obvious but not overpowering. Long bitter finish. Some alcohol flavor...numbs the gums.
    • Date: May 22, 1994 (#339)
      Package: draught
      Place: Lyon's Brewery, Dublin CA
      Score: 20 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Nice amber, huge white head, not many bubbles at all. Very malty aroma, with toasted grain. Huge beer. Malty. Clean. Some alcohol in finish. Perfect Bock.

  • German-Style Strong Doppelbock
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  • American-Style Pale Ale
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  • American-Style India Pale Ale
    Awards:
    • Bronze Medal, 2007 Australian International Beer Awards

  • Imperial or Double Red Ale
    7.00% abv.

  • Specialty Beer

  • Sweet Stout or Cream Stout
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  • Robust Porter
    6.00% abv.

  • Specialty Beer
    6.00% abv.

  • German-Style Strong Doppelbock
    • Date: February 28, 1995 (#791)
      Package: draught
      Place: The HopYard, Pleasanton CA
      Score: 15½ points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Red, clear, high carbonation, great head. Brown malt aroma, with alcohol. Thick, bitter, but surprisingly clean. Tastes like a very heavy Brown Ale.

  • Ordinary Bitter
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  • European-Style Pilsener
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  • German-Style Märzen/Oktoberfest

  • Galaxy Hopped Barleywine Ale
    Barley Wine-Style Ale
    9.50% abv.

  • Hefeweizen
    Light American Wheat Beer with Yeast
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  • Himbeer Gose
    Specialty Beer

  • IPA
    American-Style India Pale Ale
    7.00% abv.
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  • KGB Imperial Stout
    Imperial Stout
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  • Nelson Imperial IPA
    Imperial or Double India Pale Ale
    8.60% abv.

  • Northwest Red
    Irish-Style Red Ale
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  • NW Imperial Red
    Imperial or Double Red Ale
    8.30% abv.

  • Oktoberfest
    American-Style Märzen/Oktoberfest
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    Omission Handcrafted Lager
    Gluten Free Beer
    4.60% abv.

  • Omission Handcrafted Pale Ale
    Gluten Free Beer
    5.60% abv.

  • Omission Lager
    American-Style Lager or Ice Lager or Malt Liquor
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    Pitch Black IPA
    American-Style Dark Lager
    6.50% abv.

  • Rotator Falconer's IPA
    American-Style India Pale Ale
    7.00% abv.

  • Saison
    French & Belgian-Style Saison

  • Snowplow Milk Stout
    Sweet Stout or Cream Stout
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  • Summerbrau
    German-Style Pilsener
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  • Sunburn Summer Brew
    American-Style Pale Ale

  • Sweet Betty Classic Blonde Ale
    Golden or Blonde Ale
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    Upheaval IPA
    American-Style India Pale Ale
    7.00% abv.

  • W '10
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  • Wildberry
    Garden (Fruit Wheat) Beer
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  • X-114 IPA
    American-Style India Pale Ale
    6.20% abv.