Widmer Brothers Hopside Down India-style Pale Lager (IPL) returns to the brewery’s spring lineup.
Hopside Down is an aggressively hopped like and IPA, but is cold fermented and uses a lager yeast.
We are really looking forward to having Hopside Down back in our lineup,” said Rob Widmer, co-founder of Widmer Brothers. “Hopside Down is a delicious beer, and it’s perfect for spring. The beer features a heavy dose of Cascade hops. and the clean, crisp attributes of the lager yeast really allows the grapefruity-lemony-citrusy character of Cascades to shine through.
Widmer Hopside Down IPL was apart of the extinct Rotator IPA Series. It takes the place of Columbia Common the the spring, 2015 lineup.
Style: India Pale Lager
HOPS: Alchemy, Cascade
MALTS: Caramel 10L, Pale
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Spring seasonal.
Release: January, 2015
6.7% ABV, 50 IBUs
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Widmer Brothers Brewing teams up with Deschutes Brewery, to brew a unique collaboration beer, AltBitter. This new Oregonian collaboration is a part of Widmer Brother’s year long 30th Anniversary celebration.
Altbitter is a combination of Deschutes Bachelor Bitter and Widmer Brothers Altbier. Imperial versions of each were brewed and aged separately in rye whiskey for eight months. The final release is a two-thirds barrel aged beer, with one-third non barrel aged beer.
“We have been friends with Gary Fish since the early days of Deschutes Brewery,” said Rob Widmer, co-founder of Widmer Brothers Brewing. “It really means a lot to have both of our breweries come together to create a beer. We have always respected Deschutes and love what they’ve done for the Oregon craft beer community. The beer is a blend of our histories and it’s great to have finally done something together after all these years.”
Widmer Brothers / Deschutes Altbitter is now available in 22oz bottles and draft in select markets.
Style: Altbier (Barrel Aged. Whiskey)
Availability: 22oz Bombers, Draft.
Distribution: Select markets, including Philadelphia, Boston, New York City, Minneapolis, San Diego, Portland (OR), Seattle, San Francisco.
Release: Mid-December, 2014
9.5% ABV, 55 IBUs
Widmer Brothers (Portland, OR) has released six more offerings in their 30 Beers for 30 Years Series. The series celebrates 30 years of the brewery’s history.
The six reveaied today (with brewery descriptions)
Hop Jack is our long time go-to Pale Ale that was named after a piece of trusty brewery equipment used to amp-up the hop character of a beer. Hop Jack is a classic NW Pale Ale that is always a fan favorite when Widmer Brothers brewing team does a small batch for the pub. Tyler Lang of Always With Honor designed the label.
Cherry Bomb was brewed specifically for the Oregon Brewers Festival (OBF) in 2002, marking the still-standing tradition of brewing one-off beers for this iconic fest. Widmer Brothers added Oregon cherries to our classic Doppelbock creating an incredibly robust flavor profile with Cherry Bomb. Rory Phillips of GoGo Picnic created the label.
Dër Ubër Tübër was Brewer Joe Casey’s brainchild for the 2003 OBF. Casey devised this brew to be made using Russett potatoes in the mash, resulting in a crisp, clean profile, and plenty of hops to balance it out. Dër Ubër Tübër clocks in at 7% alcohol by volume (ABV) and requires that you yell the name of this beer with a very strong German accent. The design team responsible for the Dër Ubër Tübër label consisted of Josh Kenyon, Colby Nichols, and Brett Stenson at the Jolby and Friends studio.
Sommerbräu was introduced as Widmer Brothers’ summer seasonal in 2004. The beer is the brewery’s take on a Kölsch – and only the second time in 20 years the brothers created one – this beer uses Widmer Brothers’ house Hefeweizen yeast, but was cold fermented for a crisp, clean profile. The Sommerbräu label was designed by OMFGCO.
Broken Halo was also borne out of a Portland beer festival creation. In 2004, one of Widmer Brothers’ brewers, Angel Marquez brewed an Imperial IPA called Halo for the Oregon Brewers Festival, which was met with rave reviews. Widmer Brothers then created a more sessionable IPA from the recipe, and since there’s a mix of good and bad in everyone, the beer was named Broken Halo. Sasquatch Agency created the Broken Halo label.
Re-Gifted Red is an imperial version of NW Red, better known as Brrr Seasonal Ale, which was originally slated to be launched as a seasonal in 1999, but never was due to Snow Plow Milk Stout’s release. With the eventual introduction of Snow Plow as the brewery’s winter seasonal, NW Red was shelved. The brewers loved the beer, however, and for the Holiday Ale Fest in 2006, Widmer Brothers brewed this aggressive version again to turn some heads. Ben Parsons of Ficusamongus designed the Re-Gifted Red label.
Bottles of the beers above are available in Portland, Oregon only. 30 cases of each, produced.
Widmer Brothers Brewing (Portland, OR) continues to build out 30 Beers for 30 Years Series with three more releases.
The next three offerings represent 1994, 1995, and 1996 of the brewery’s history.
Widberry (1994). The weizenbier is brewed with local black raspberries, 4.6% ABV
Blackbier (1995). Widmer’s take on a German schwartzbier. Instead of fermenting it as a lager, they did it as an ale. 6.5% ABV
Big Ben Porter (1996). Brewed with molasses and licorice. Special beer because it a dispute with the government because it was referred to as a “traditional” London-style porter. (Brewers love this). 5.5% ABV
All three offerings will be available in 22oz bottles for the next few weeks in Portland, Oregon for a limited time.
Meet Widmer Fizz, an interesting hybrid beer. Fizz is brewed with Meyer lemons, fresh ginger, and finished with champagne yeast. The result is an effervescent, bubby, summer offering.
“We got together with the 10 Barrel team, and they helped push this beer way out of the box,” said Ben Dobler, innovation brewer at Widmer Brothers Brewing. “We’re calling Fizz a ‘spritzer-style ale’ because the beer was inspired by spritzer champagne cocktails, and we feel like it’s a great description of what the beer actually delivers. The champagne yeast, Meyer lemon, and fresh ginger give it a really refreshing summertime taste.”
Widmer Brothers Fizz will be available in limited quantities in 22oz bottles, and draft.
5.5% ABV, 20 IBUs
Widmer Brothers Brewing‘s (Portland, OR) celebrates 30 Years of brewing this year, with 30 celebratory releases. Amongst the upcoming offerings includes Regifted Double Red Ale.
Regifted was first brewed in 2004, and again in 2006… and well, again in the winter of 2014.
The brewery will formally announce the release soon.
Style: Imperial Red Ale
Availability: 22oz Bombers. Limited Release.
Arrival: Winter, 2014
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