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Widmer Brothers Brewing

About

logoWhat 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, Oregon, the brewery currently brews a variety of beers including its Rotator IPA Series, Drifter Pale Ale, Nelson Imperial IPA, Pitch Black IPA, a high-end Brothers Reserve Series and a four-beer seasonal lineup.

Achievements

Gold Certification

  • Through water conservation and reuse, a water usage to beer ratio (gallons of water to gallons of beer) of 3.8 has been achieved, one of the lowest in the industry.
  • Transitioned to lighter weight bottles and implemented an “Empty Miles” distribution plan that resulted in a significant reduction in fuel needs and annual miles traveled.
  • All spent grain is used by regional farms as cattle feed.
  • All glass waste from the bottling process is recycled just miles from the brewery into new glass bottles.
  • EPA SmartWay shippers are used for all freight transportation.
  • Recycled 95% of office electronics, supplies, and paper.
  • Transitioned multiple marketing materials to recycled-content, electronic or compostable materials.

Outside the Widmer brewery building

Inside the Widmer brewery building 

Location

929 N Russell St, Portland, OR 97227
503-281-2437
http://www.widmer.com