Beer Run: Widmer's Summer Brews

Last year, I profiled a bunch of summer seasonal beers. You can see them here and here. Life has been a little hectic lately and I haven't been able to pull together a similar series for this summer.

Fortunately, the benevolent beer gods are watching over me. Earlier this week, I was pleasantly surprised to find a package from Widmer Brothers Brewing on my doorstep. It contained four beers ideal for summer drinking. For more details about each, check out the press release at the end of this post.

So during the upcoming week of glorious Portland summer weather, I'll have the pleasure of tasting these beers:

Have you sampled any of these Widmer Brothers beers?

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Widmer Brothers Brewing Offers Four Beers PERFECT FOR SUMMER
Refreshing summertime lineup features: Shaddock IPA, Marionberry Hibiscus Gose, Citra Blonde Summer Brew and Hefeweizen

PORTLAND, Ore. – June 27, 2012 Looking for a great summer beer for your barbecue or after-work drink on the patio? Widmer Brothers Brewing has four beers that are perfect for the warm summer months ahead.

“It’s time to think about thirst-quenching summer brews,” said Rob Widmer, co-founder of the brewery, “and we have options to please every palate – from the new Shaddock IPA and Marionberry Hibiscus Gose to the refreshing Citra Blonde Summer Brew and longtime summer favorite Hefeweizen.”

The recently released Shaddock IPA is the fifth beer in Widmer Brothers’ Rotator IPA Series. Brewed with grapefruit peel, Shaddock IPA is a refreshing new beer that blends the sweet aroma and distinct flavor of grapefruit with the tropical notes found in Citra hops. The beer, which is a slightly modified version of the popular X-114 IPA recipe, offers slight hints of spice and significant but smooth bitterness. Shaddock IPA is available in limited quantities on draught and in six-packs and 12-packs at select retailers.

Another new release is Marionberry Hibiscus Gose, a traditional cloudy German-style wheat beer that balances tart and slightly salty flavors with a soft malt background. Widmer Brothers’ unique take uses a healthy dose of Oregon-grown Marionberries as well as dried hibiscus flowers for a tart, floral profile with clove and coriander flavors to round it out. Marionberry Hibiscus Gose is the latest limited-release in the brewery’s Series 924 and is available on draught,  22-ounce bottles, and four-packs of 12-ounce bottles.

Widmer Brothers has also just released its summer seasonal, Citra Blonde Summer Brew. Citra Blonde Summer Brew offers a subtle, refreshing hop aroma complemented by a light malt body. The Citra hops help create a balanced and flavorful beer with little bitterness. This summer seasonal is available through August on draught and in six-packs at select retailers across the country.

Finally, Widmer Brothers Hefeweizen is a summertime classic that deserves special mention. Hefeweizen is the original unfiltered American-style Hefeweizen. It is purposefully cloudy in appearance due to live yeast in suspension. Wheat and biscuit flavors provide the backbone to the  refreshing beer, which is complemented by subtle citrus and faint spice notes. Serve with a lemon to accentuate the natural citrus notes found in the beer. Widmer Hefeweizen is available on draught, in 22-ounce bottles, six-packs, 12-packs, 24-packs and five liter mini-kegs across the country.

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 20s, they dreamed of brewing unique interpretations of traditional beer styles. 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 brews a variety of beers including Drifter Pale Ale, Nelson Imperial IPA, Rotator IPA Series, Drop Top Amber Ale and Pitch Black IPA. For more information about Widmer Brothers Brewing, visit
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1 comment:

  1. Widmer is pretty bad (especially since they've been bought up by a corporation), all their beers taste bland to me, especially in comparison to the market (microbrews) that they are trying to compete in.


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