Beer Hall: Widmer Octoberfest, Brews for New Avenues, and the Burger Brawl

Portland beer events for the week of September 10, 2015.


Food & Drink
This week, California’s Lagunitas announced the sale of half of its company to privately owned international brewery Heineken. It’s the last in a long line of mergers in the past two years, many of which—10 Barrel, Full Sail, Elysian—hit close to home. In a time when big players are looking at the money in the industry, it is important to remember the humble, often not-so-profitable, roots ...   More
Thursday, September 10, 2015 PARKER HALL

Beer Guide 2013: An Oral History of the Widmer Hefeweizen

Beer Guide
Widmer Brothers Brewing started in 1984, when six breweries controlled 90 percent of the American beer market. With the help of family, including their father, Ray, brothers Kurt and Rob Widmer op   More
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 BRIAN YAEGER

Beer's Great Gluten War Heats Up

Is the top selling gluten-free beer gluten-free enough? Are its competitors beer?

gluten free beer

Food & Drink
On May 16, the three Portland breweries which make gluten-free beer—Widmer Bros., Deschutes, and Harvester—stood shoulder to shoulder as Mayor Sam Adams declared it Gluten Free Beer Day.Such innocent times!A new ruling is complicating things in the burgeoning gluten-free beer market. Eight days after the celebration, the Treasury Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (known as the "TTB") handed ...   More
Monday, June 11, 2012 Brian Yaeger

Attention all Zwickelmaniacs: Free Beer


Food & Drink
It’s the Oregon Brewers Guild’s job to disseminate information about its member breweries to you, the drinking public. There’s no better way to start spreading the brews than by inviting you, the drinking public, to sample their wares—most of them free and fresh. Saturday marks the 3rd Annual Zwickelmania. A zwickel is a special valve, oftentimes resembling a metal, coiled pig-tail, that allows ...   More
Friday, February 18, 2011 Brian Yaeger

Northwest Running Season Opens With Some Strong Shamrock Numbers

Not all the news is glum these days. The 31st annual Shamrock Run this Sunday is experiencing an 18 percent jump this year in participants with more than 19,000 expected to attend. And race officials say the increase comes on top of last year's 45 percent jump. Run coordinator Steve Hamilton has been involved in the event since its beginning and attributes the “burst of growth” ...   More
Friday, March 13, 2009 Shawn O'bryant

Get blitzed at Burgerville starting this Friday.

Updated with more info: It's really happening! Tomorrow, Friday, May 1, Burgerville will start serving local wine and beer at its Salmon Creek location in Vancouver. That's right—order a Widmer Hefeweizen to go with your pepper bacon cheeseburger. Genius! (We've got a call in to Burgerville to find out when Portland might start getting some sudsy action too). According to the Burgerville ...   More
Thursday, April 30, 2009 KELLY CLARKE

They're Not The Widmers. But They Oppose LT2, Too.

The Widmer Brothers are not the only businessmen in Portland criticizing a rule from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that will require costly upgrades to Portland's drinking-water system. Some of the city's commercial launderers -- the businesses that clean the tablecloths, napkins, hotel-room sheets, uniforms, bath towels and bar towels that Portlanders and their visitors use daily ...   More
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Brewers Say "No" To Portland Water Treatment

A years-long battle with the feds [PDF] over Portland's drinking water crosses another threshold next week as City Council considers how it will respond to the totally sexy-sounding "Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule" from the Environmental Protection Agency. First, some background: Last year, the U.S. District Court of Appeals rejected a plea from Portland leaders to deem parts ...   More
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 BETH SLOVIC


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