Received: 4 beers from Widmer

Today I received a massive, 16-pound box from Widmer Brothers Brewing out of Portland. Like the last package I received from them, this one is made of reclaimed wood, and filled with packing material made from recycled, shredded coasters. The reason it was so big? There were four beers plus … Continue reading

Widmer Falconer’s IPA

Falconer’s IPA from Widmer Brothers is the latest in their “Rotator IPA” series, the company’s experimental IPA line, and is just hitting the shelves now. (You’ll recall that I received two sample bottles of Falconer’s two week back.) It’s a 7% abv IPA made with Falconer’s Flight™ hops, a proprietary … Continue reading

Received: Widmer Falconer’s IPA

Yesterday I received a package from Widmer containing the latest in their lineup of their Rotator IPA series: Falconer’s IPA. This is a 7% abv beer made with Falconer’s Flight™ hops, which is a proprietary hop developed to honor the late Glen Hay Falconer, an influential Oregon brewer. And Widmer … Continue reading

W’11 KGB Russian Imperial Stout

Each year Widmer releases a new, (possibly) experimental beer in their “W” Brewmasters Release series, and this year’s edition was based on a wildly popular beer that (until now) was only available on tap at their Gasthaus Pub: KGB Russian Imperial Stout. I’d never had the KGB, but I’d been … Continue reading

The Session #51: Beer and Cheese Pairing (Part 3)

This month’s Session has Jay Brooks tasking us to pair beer and cheese, and to do so he selected three cheeses (a cheddar, a blue, and a chèvre) to pair with beers (and write about). I’m breaking my Session notes into three parts, covering a beer and cheese pairing each; … Continue reading

Widmer’s W’11 seasonal: KGB Russian Stout!

I posted the press release for this yesterday, but I’m excited for this year’s W’11 Brewmasters’ Release from Widmer: KGB Russian Imperial Stout! This is a beer I’ve heard about from afar, either being a Gasthaus tap-only treat or making appearances at Portland beer festivals that I’ve missed. By all … Continue reading

Craft Brewers Alliance (Widmer, Redhook) purchasing Kona Brewing

John Foyston broke the news yesterday which seemed to surprise people: Portland-based Craft Brewers Alliance Inc. said Tuesday it will pay $13.9 million for Hawaii’s Kona Brewing Co., cementing what had been a nine-year partnership. Under the agreement, Kona will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Craft Brewers, which also … Continue reading

Summer Beer Week: Sunburn Summer Brew

This year Widmer debuted a new seasonal summer beer: Sunburn. It’s a true session beer at 4.3% alcohol by volume, and they’ve loaded it up with Citra hops: the relatively new variety that’s all about the tropical fruit. Here’s their summary description: Sunburn Summer Brew is a very smooth, refreshing, … Continue reading

CDA Week: W’10 Pitch Black IPA

Widmer pitched their hat into the Cascadian Dark Ale arena this year with their W’10 Pitch Black IPA (this year’s Brewmasters’ Release). Somewhat confusingly, they gave the beer the “Black IPA” moniker but give credit to the Cascadian Dark style on their page for the W series: Pitch Black IPA … Continue reading

Widmer’s latest Brothers’ Reserve: Prickly Pear Braggot

You all remember the Cherry Oak Doppelbock which was the first in Widmer‘s new(ish) Brothers’ Reserve series, right? Right. The #2 release is out now, and it’s a doozy: Prickly Pear Braggot. Our friends Paul and Sandi brought this one over last weekend, and I’m pretty sure it’s the first … Continue reading