Press Release: Widmer’s New Seasonal: KGB Russian Imperial Stout

Brewery Launches Next Release in W’ Series

Widmer Brothers Brewing, based in Portland, Ore., is introducing its 2011 Brewmasters’ Release: W’11 KGB Russian Imperial Stout. W’11 is part of the W’ Series, which introduces a new, limited edition seasonal beer style every year.

“I’m continually impressed by the results of the Brewmasters’ Release Series,” said Rob Widmer. “We have a talented and creative group of brewers, and when you tell them ‘anything goes,’ the outcome is always an innovative and delicious beer.”

About W’11 KGB Russian Imperial Stout:

The latest installment in the W’ Series, W’11 uses roasted barley, chocolate malt and Midnight Wheat™. This beer boasts a deep, opaque black color. It has tremendous body and mouthfeel, with a spicy hop character to help balance the beer.

Beer profile:

  • Bitterness: 70 IBU
  • Alcohol by volume: 9.3 percent
  • Original gravity: 21.5⁰ PLATO

W’11 KGB Russian Imperial Stout is available on tap and in bottles and will be sold Jan. 3 through April 25 at select West Coast retailers for a suggested retail price of $8.99 per six-pack.

About the Brewmasters’ Release Series

W’11 KGB Russian Imperial Stout is part of the Brewmasters’ Release Series, commonly called the W’ Series, which has introduced a new, limited edition seasonal beer style every year since 2005. Brewers are given liberties to be experimental and creative and often come up with award-winning brews. Last year’s beer, W’10 Pitch Black IPA, was named a Gold Medal Finalist at the Great American Beer Festival.

About Widmer Brothers Brewing

What started as a dream for two ordinary brothers who just loved beer has now become a reality for two ordinary brothers who still just love beer. Kurt and Rob Widmer helped lead the Pacific Northwest craft beer movement in 1984 when, in their twenties, they dreamed of brewing American interpretations of authentic European-style beers. In 1986, Widmer Brothers Brewing introduced the first American-style Hefeweizen; today, the unfiltered cloudy beer is the company’s signature brew and one of the best selling wheat beers in the country. Based in Portland, Ore., the brewery currently produces a variety of beers including Drifter Pale Ale, Deadlift Imperial IPA, Drop Top Amber Ale and Broken Halo IPA. For more information about Widmer Brothers Brewing, visit