Widmer Brothers Brewery

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Widmer Brothers Brewery
IndustryAlcoholic beverage
Headquarters929 N Russell St
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Production output
450,000 US beer barrels (530,000 hL) in 2011 [1]
OwnerPublicly owned (NASDAQBREW)
Websitewww.widmer.com Edit this on Wikidata

Widmer Brothers is a brewery founded in 1984 in Portland, Oregon, USA, by brothers Kurt R. and Robert P. Widmer.[1] It is part of the Craft Brew Alliance, Inc.,[2] the 12th largest brewing company in the United States in 2017. [3]


In 1986, the Widmer Brothers introduced their "Hefeweizen" to America. Rather than being a traditional Hefeweizen, which is characterized by distinctive yeast flavors, this was simply an unfiltered version of their existing wheat beer (Weizenbier), and uses Cascade hops, a modern West Coast hops. These were both served at the local Dublin Pub with a slice of lemon, to accentuate the citrus flavors of the Cascade hops. Subsequently, both this style of "American Hefeweizen" (meaning "unfiltered wheat beer, with American hops, and without special yeast"), and the custom of serving wheat beer with a slice of lemon have both spread widely.[4]

In November 2007, Redhook Ale Brewery and Widmer Brothers officially announced plans to merge, forming a new company called Craft Brewers Alliance, which was later renamed as Craft Brew Alliance in 2012.[5] The merged company retained both the Redhook and Widmer brands. The two had already been working closely for several years through a licensing agreement whereby Redhook brewed and distributed Widmer beers on the East Coast.[6][7] Anheuser-Busch holds a minority stake of approximately 32% in the company.

On January 22, 2019, Widmer Brothers Brewing suddenly closed its taproom after 22 years at its N Russell location.[8]


Company headquarters in North Portland
Oregon ranks 3rd nationally in craft breweries per capita[9]

This is an incomplete listing of Widmer beers, past and present, and their types.[10]



Limited Release[edit]


  • 100th Harvest Glacier Lager, Lager
  • Alt, Altbier, Still available in the Widmer Brothers Taproom
  • American Bitter Ale, English Bitter
  • Belgian Wit, Witbier
  • Blonde Ale, Blonde Ale
  • Bourbon Bock, Bock
  • Broken Halo IPA, IPA
  • Brown Ale On Nitro, Brown Ale
  • Brown Porter, American Porter
  • Cherry Bomb, American Strong ale
  • Der Uber Tuber, Fruit / Vegetable Beer
  • Doppelbock, Doppelbock
  • Ginger Brown, Spiced beer
  • Halo, American Double / IPA
  • Hooligan, Pale Ale
  • Hop Jack Pale Ale, American Pale Ale
  • Hopnosis, Double IPA
  • KGB Imperial Stout, Russian Imperial Stout
  • Milk Stout, Sweet Stout
  • Muscat Love, Fruit / Vegetable Beer
  • Northwest Red Ale, Red Ale
  • O'Casey's Irish Stout, Dry stout
  • Old Embalmer, American Barleywine
  • Noggin Grog Imperial Wit, Witbier
  • Okto, Red Ale
  • Rotator IPA: O'Ryely IPA
  • Rotator IPA: Shaddock IPA
  • Rotator IPA: Spiced IPA
  • Rotator IPA: X-114 IPA
  • Saison Christophe, Saison
  • Sled Crasher, Winter Warmer
  • Snowplow Milk Stout, Sweet Stout
  • Sommerbräu, Kölsch
  • Spring Run IPA, IPA
  • Springfest, Altbier
  • Three Kings, Strong Ale
  • Tripel Threat, Tripel
  • Ur Alt, Altbier
  • W'05, American IPA
  • W'06, N.W. Red Ale, American Red Ale
  • W'07, Pale Ale, American Pale Ale
  • W'08, Crimson Wheat, Pale Wheat Ale
  • W'12, Dark Saison, Saison
  • Widberry, Fruit Beer
  • Winternacht, Altbier


  1. ^ a b Widmer Brothers Brewing Company: Information from Answers.com
  2. ^ Brewers Association | Brewers Association Releases 2010 Top 50 Breweries Lists
  3. ^ Brewers Association (March 14, 2018). "Brewers association top 50 by volume". Imbibe.
  4. ^ Adem Tepedelen (January 18, 2009). "Hefeweizen Facts And Fiction". Imbibe.
  5. ^ Redhook, Widmer Brothers will merge, but keep brands - seattlepi.com
  6. ^ Widmer, Redhook Combine to form 2nd largest U.S. Craft Brewer | OregonLive.com
  7. ^ Widmer & Redhook Unite
  8. ^ Frane, Alex (2019-01-22). "A Historic Portland Brewpub Suddenly Closes Today". Eater Portland. Retrieved 2019-01-23.
  9. ^ Craft Brewing Industry Statistics
  10. ^ Widmer Brothers Brewing Company - Portland, OR - Beers - BeerAdvocate

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Coordinates: 45°32′28″N 122°40′35″W / 45.541044°N 122.676344°W / 45.541044; -122.676344