Last night I was fortunate enough to attend a private event that Widmer Brothers Brewing put on at a new place in Portland simply called BEER (1410 Se Stark Street). At the event they served up a couple of their newest releases, a few seasonals, and some classics such as Pitch Black.
One thing I’ve noticed about Widmer is that they aren’t content with keeping the same old line up of beers. Sure they have their classics such as their Hefeweizen and Drop Top, however they aren’t afraid to try a wide variety of styles.
So what exactly do they have out that’s new?
Their newest year-round release is a pale ale that’s replacing their Drifter Pale Ale. Named after their proprietary hop blend that they use in all of their beers, Alchemy is simply an easy drinking beer that really has no frills.
5.8% ABV – 40 IBU
Hopside Down India Pale Lager
The latest in their rotator series of IPAs, this is actually a lager. Over the past year or so I’ve noticed a trend of IPLs popping up and I was actually pretty impressed with this one. It’s one of those beers that you can describe as tasting like a beer. While it’s not mind blowing, it’s pretty impressive for what it is. The ABV is well hidden.
Kill Devil Brown Ale
Each year Widmer releases this brown ale aged in rum barrels from Puerto Rico. In talking with one of the brewers last night, it sounded like it was a very interesting process as many of the barrels they get leaked or were distorted. The amount they release changes from year to year depending on how many barrels they can get and use. This has always been one of my favorite beers they produce. Grab a bottle or two and let it age. While some breweries age their beers for a long time before selling it, at Widmer they don’t let it age all that long. They release them so you can age it yourself at home. Don’t worry, this one is worth the wait.
9.5% ABV – 30 IBU
Marionberry Hibiscus Gose
I absolutely love that they are producing a Gose that’s available at places like Safeway. It’s not a common style you see many breweries producing. This year is the second year this beer was released with Oregon grown marionberries. Perfect for the spring and summer time
5.5% ABV – 15 IBU
Last night they were also pouring their KGB Russian Imperial Stout which is only available for a short time until it’s gone for the year. So make sure to pick up a bottle or two before it’s gone if you enjoy stouts.