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Saxer Brewing
5875 SW Lakeview Drive
PO Box 2298
Lake Oswego OR 97035


Opened: 1993

Closed: 1999

Annual Production: 30,000 bbl

Contributor: Kathy Marsico

Formerly Liberty Brewing, until Fritz Maytag said "no". Oregon Ale and Beer Company (Jim Koch's West-Coast company) is apparently located at this same address. It's all very confusing. Saxer purchased the Nor'Wester brand after the latter company bit the dust in 1997. Saxer was in turn purchased by MacTarnahan's a couple of years later.

Updated: January 21, 2008

Beer List

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    • Date: December 28, 1997 (#2374)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Willow Glen Liquors, San Jose CA
      Score: 14½ points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Bright red, high carbonation, huge head. Sweet, earthy aroma. Pretty thick, kinda bitter. Lots of caramel. A little metallic at the very end. Thanks to Chuck Farnham for the bottle!

    • Date: March 23, 1995 (#816)
      Package: draught
      Place: The HopYard, Pleasanton CA
      Score: 12 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Pale, moderate carbonation, OK head. Fruity hops, not lemon. Tastes like sweet lemon soda. Some malt behind that. Might not be bad without the lemon. Twelve points is very generous.

  • American-Style India Pale Ale
    • Date: April 4, 1995 (#847)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Empire Tap Room, Palo Alto CA
      Score: 11 points
      Overall Impression (2)
      Light amber, clear, good carbonation and head. Smells like Redhook. Bah! Tettnangs. Sour flavor, biscuity. Some bitterness in finish, but not a lot. Some astringency.

  • American-Style Lager
    • Date: December 3, 2002 (#4539)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Beer Club International
      Score: 14 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Bright pale golden, moderate head. Sweet, malty, fruity aroma. Light body, malty-sweet. Quite a lot of fruity hop character with a very mild bitterness. Fizzy, sweet finish.
    • Date: July 31, 1993 (#248)
      Package: draught
      Place: Oregon Brewers Festival, Portland OR
      Score: 16 points
      Overall Impression (3)
      Yellow, pretty transparent. Smells very American-Lager-like. Tastes very clean. Fairly thick and sweet.

  • Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout