After a prolonged Spring, we can safely say that Summer is here. Depending on where you are in the Northwest you’ve probably seen temperatures between 70 & 80 degrees. Then again this is what we locals would classify as ‘normal’.
It’s also a time to recognize yet another series of beer from the Widmer Brothers. Known for their Hefeweizen, the brewery recently release two new beers to compliment their already well-known selection.
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.
Look for the Shaddock India Pale Ale, Marionberry Hibiscus Gose, Citra Blonde Summer Brew and (of course) the Hefeweisen; wherever you see Widmer Brothers beers. As always if you can’t find is on the shelf at your grocer or bottleshop, ask your grocer to get some!.
About Shaddock India Pale Ale
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.
Malts: 2-Row Pale, Caramel 10L, Carapils
Hops: Alchemy for bittering and Citra for aroma
Original Gravity: 14.3
Apparent Extract: 2.9
Alcohol by Volume: 6.2%
About Marionberry Hibiscus Gose
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.
Malts: Pale, Wheat
Other Additions: Marionberry, hibiscus, coriander
Original Gravity: 12.6
Apparent Extract: 2.3
Alcohol by Volume: 5.5%
Color: 7 SRM
About Citra Blonde Summer Brew
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.
Bitterness: 15 IBU
Original Gravity: 10.48
Alcohol by Volume: 4.3%
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. Hefeweizen is available on draught, in 22-ounce bottles, six-packs, 12-packs, 24-packs and five liter mini-kegs across the country.
Malts: Pale, Wheat, Extra Special
Hops: Alchemy, Willamette, Cascade
Original Gravity: 11.75
Apparent Extract: 2.95 p
Alcohol by Volume: 4.9%
Color: 8 SRM
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 www.widmerbrothers.com.