NewsOregon Beer News, 01/12/2015

Oregon Beer News for Monday, January 12, 2015. News in beer and brewing from all around Oregon, including events, tastings, festivals, and more. If you have news to share, let me know!

BreweriesWidmer is celebrating 30 years

Widmer Brothers Brewing is celebrating 30 years of beer this year—today in fact, April 2, was the day in 1984 that Kurt and Rob Widmer incorporated the business—and, like BridgePort for their own 30-year celebration, they are launching the first three beers in a special series of 30(!) that were specially … Continue reading

ReviewsWidmer Hopside Down IPL

Widmer‘s latest entry in their Rotator IPA series isn’t an IPA at all, in the strictest sense—instead, they are calling it an “India Pale Lager” which of course is counter-intuitive. Hence the name, Hopside Down, and you might remember that they sent me two bottles. Here is their description: We’re turning … Continue reading

Marketing/PRReceived: Widmer Hopside Down IPL

The “IPL” stands for “India Pale Lager” and this is the newest beer in Widmer‘s Rotator Series of IPAs—and they sent me two at the end of last week: The idea behind Hopside Down is, of course, taking the Rotator Series which is normally an IPA (“ale”) and turning that … Continue reading

ReviewsWidmer Columbia Common Spring Ale

It occurs to me that both Widmer and Deschutes are currently releasing sessionable low-alcohol beers named or themed after rivers—in Deschutes case their 4% abv Deschutes River Ale is a true session beer, while Widmer’s Columbia Common Spring Ale is 4.7% abv (not quite a true “session beer” by Lew … Continue reading

Marketing/PRReceived: Widmer’s early 2013 beer releases

Amid all the hubbub from the Worthy Brewing opening yesterday, I also received a large box from Widmer containing the five beers in their January release (that Sanjay wrote about): Looking forward to trying these. For the record, they are: Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout KGB Russian Imperial Stout … Continue reading

BreweriesWidmer’s new releases for 2013 (via NSPBB)

Widmer Brothers Brewing has been revamping their packaging and their specialty- and seasonal-series lineups for 2013 (I touched on that a bit last week in a beer news post about their 3 Imperial Stouts), and last week in Portland they held a beer release event highlighting many of these new … Continue reading

ReviewsWidmer Shaddock IPA

I’m finally posting the final review from the four-pack that Widmer sent me at the end of June, even though I drank this beer over a month ago (yes, I seem to be perpetually behind on reviews!): Widmer Shaddock IPA. This is the latest in their Rotator IPA series, a … Continue reading

ReviewsWidmer Citra Blonde Summer Brew

Hot summer days call for lighter, thirst-quenching beers, and with the heat we’ve had in Central Oregon this past week it was the perfect time to break out the Citra Blonde Summer Brew that Widmer sent me. This is of course not the first time I’ve had this beer—it made … Continue reading

ReviewsWidmer Marionberry Hibiscus Gose

From the Widmer 4-pack I received the other day comes the beautiful Marionberry Hibiscus Gose, Widmer’s latest entry into their 924 Series of specialty beers and one that I’ve had before, at the Oregon Garden Brewfest. At that time, I wrote: …the beer was fantastic. I wrote, “Ok, love this … Continue reading