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Widmer Releases Six More 30 Beers for 30 Years Offerings

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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.

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Widmer Brothers Widberry, Blackbier, & Big Ben in 30 Years Series

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.




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Widmer 30 for 30 Preview: Regifted Double Red Ale

Widmer Brothers Brewings (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

?? ABV

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Widmer 30 for 30 Preview: Massive Upheaval IPA

Another future addition to Widmer Brothers Brewings (Portland, OR) 30 Years celebratory releases- Massive Upheaval IPA.

“Massive” is right, too. This future release clocks in at 11% ABV.

The brewery will formally announce the release soon.

Style: Imperial IPA
Availability: 22oz Bombers. Limited Release.
Arrival: TBA

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Widmer Releases Three More Celebratory Offerings

Widmer Brothers Brewing (Portland, OR) continues their 30 Beers for 30 Years celebration with three bottle releases this month. Local Portland artists created the labels for each of the new beers. These next releases transport Widmer back to their German brewing roots.

Festbier – First brewed in 1987, was Widmer’s first winter seasonal offering. 6.5% ABV, 34 IBUs. Art

Maerzen – Originally brewed in 1988, this traditionally spring release is 5.5% ABV, 20 IBUs

Bockbier – First released in 1989, was intended to change 80’s drinkers opinions of dark beer. 6.6% ABV, 30 IBUs

“2014 is a perfect time to re-release these beers,” said Rob Widmer, co-founder of Widmer Brothers Brewing. “There’s a definite thirst for German-style craft beers today, particularly here in Portland where German styles and German-inspired craft breweries are on the rise. We like to think that we were on the forefront of that trend 30 years ago, and it’s great to see beer drinkers showing enthusiasm and appreciation for styles that helped us build our brewery.”

30 cases of each will be available solely in the Portland, Oregon market starting this week (of May 5, 2014). Ethan Allen Smith of Peetkegler created the Festbier label, Adam R. Garcia of The Pressure created the Mäerzen label, and Andy Morris of Chandelarrow created the Bock label.

Style: Oktoberfest, Marzen, Bock
Availability: 22oz Bombers. 30 cases, Portland, OR
Arrival: May 5th, 2014

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Collaboration: Widmer Brothers & Boneyard Beer

A new collaboration is on the way in the craft beer industry. This year Widmer Brothers Brewing (Portland, OR) celebrates 30 years of craft brewing. To celebrate, the brewery is collaborating with a few special people. (Six to be exact.)

Coming soon is Blacklight IPA, brewed with Boneyard Beer from Bend, Oregon. Widmer Brothers brewer Ben Dobler has known Boneyard’s Tony Lawrence for 17 years, making this first collaboration an easy choice.

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Blacklight IPA is a meld of the two breweries styles. A hop forward, sessionable 4.2% abv black ale with dark roasty notes.

Brewed with a heavy dose of five different hops varieties and stained black as night with cold-steeped dark malts, this beer hits huge with hop flavor and aroma without the heavy roast and harsh bitterness suggested by its color.

Widmer Brothers/Boneyard Beer Blacklight IPA will be available in 22oz bombers in Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, San Diego, Minneapolis, New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia.

Style: Black IPA
Hops: Alchemy, Nelson Sauvin, Amarillo, Summer, Citra
Malts: Two Row Pale, Midnight Wheat, Special Aromatic, Flaked Barley, Caraffa III, Caravienne

Availability: 22oz Bombers
Arrival: April, 2014

4.2% ABV

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