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Widmer Brothers Brewing


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 Upheaval IPA, Drop Top Amber Ale and seasonals such as Hefe Shandy. Widmer Brothers Brewery believes they have a responsibility to be a leader in both the quality of their beers and the sustainable ways in which they make them. 

Gold Certification

  • Achieved one of the industry’s lowest water usage to beer ratio (3.5 gallons of water used to produce a gallon of beer), through water conservation and reuse,
  • Field sales employees who drive their own vehicles are offered an incentive if their vehicle is fuel-efficient.
  • Sustainability initiatives are promoted through placards in the brewery tour gallery.
  • “Point of action” sustainability stickers remind employees to turn off equipment and lights.
  • All glass waste from the bottling process is recycled just miles from the brewery into new glass bottles.
  • Partners with local non-profit organizations such as Oregon SOLVE and Oregon Wild, and hosts community service events.
  • Recycling rate of 99.5% achieved, including spent grains.
  • Brewery is an EPA Green Power partner and the restaurant is certified by the Green Restaurant Association.
  • Partner with Energy Trust of Oregon on energy efficiency around HVAC, compressed air, refrigeration and lighting.

Widmer's T5 energy efficient lighting

Widmer's energy efficient T5 lighting.

Inside the Widmer brewery building 


929 N Russell St, Portland, OR 97227