With Feast Portland only a week away, Widmer Brothers Brewing has released four small-batch beers that were collaborated with four food and beverage luminaries. These four beers will be featured at various events during Feast Portland that takes place from Thursday, September 17, to Sunday, September 20, 2015.
For the first three years of Feast Portland, Widmer Brothers brewed the official beer for Feast named Krystal Pear Beer. For year four of Feast Portland Widmer Brothers increased its game with the release of four Feast Portland beers. This year’s four Feast beers were collaborations with Andy Ricker of Pok Pok, Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue, and then with Stumptown Coffee Roasters and Prosciutto di Parma USA.
Widmer Brothers Brewing is an event title sponsor of Feast Portland for the fourth year, and will be pouring the four collaboration beers at many of the festival’s events. “We are really happy to continue our partnership with Feast Portland and to help bring even more excitement to the event with some fun new beers,” said Kurt Widmer, co-founder of Widmer Brothers Brewing. “The festival brings together a couple things that we love about Oregon: access to great ingredients and the adventurous people who celebrate life through Portland’s culture of beer, wine, and food. The four collaborations we brewed for Feast capture this idea, as well, bringing together some really innovative people in the industry, and some great, unique ingredients.”
The four new collaboration beers, which were each brewed at Widmer Brothers’ 10-barrel innovation brewery specifically for Feast Portland, include:
Som O Grapefruit Radler
Created in collaboration with Andy Ricker of Pok Pok, whose Grapefruit Som Drinking Vinegar was used to create this innovative radler with a Helles Lager base. 3.5% ABV / IBU 10
Rauch und Kirschen
Collaborator Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue smoked 10 pounds of cherries to make this Helles Lager. 5% ABV / IBU 14
El Injerto Coffee Pale
Created with Stumptown Coffee Roasters, which added Guatemalan Finca el Injerto Bourbon coffee to this rich, roasted American-style pale ale. 5.5% ABV / 48 IBU
Missing Legs Saison Prosciutto di Parma USA collaborated with Widmer Brothers to make this Belgian-style farmhouse ale brewed with Grains of Paradise. 6.5% ABV / 24 IBU
If Feast Portland is not in your plans the beers will also be available at the Widmer Brothers Pub and very select restaurants and craft beer bars throughout Portland. All four beers are worth seeking out. The two that really stood out to at a preview were El Injerto Coffee Pale and Som O Grapefruit Radler. Teaming up with Stumptown Roasters on El Injerto Coffee Pale was a wise decision. The infusion of Guatemalan Finca el Injerto Bourbon coffee will delight any fans of coffee and other fine drinks. Then with Som O Grapefruit Radler this beer is an interesting take on a radler when it uses drinking vinegar in lieu of lemonade. This addition of drinking vinegar gives this beer a very interesting refreshing quality that is different than most other radlers out in the marketplace.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.