With the Portland Timbers’ third season in the MLS already in full force comes a new beer brewed specifically for the Timbers. Yes, Widmer Brothers Brewing has recently released a beer to pay tribute to America’s Portland’s favorite pastime, Timbers soccer.
The bottle and label design is quite appealing to any Timbers fan. The packaging features the Timbers axe logo on the bottle cap, Timbers Army seal on the side of the main label and 107ist seal on the neck label. The neck label states:
“We are RCTID. Each year the Timbers Army and 107ist host a homebrew competition, bringing out the best in what makes the Rose City great: craft beer, creativity, and a passion for the green and gold. Timbers Army homebrewer Abram “Abe” Goldman-Armstrong’s recipe was chosen and brewed by Widmer Brothers for you to enjoy as you cheer on your Timbers. Pints up Portland”
Well-known Timbers Army member Goldman-Armstrong originally brewed Green & Gold Kölsch for the 2012 Timbers Army Homebrew Competition in its third year. Inspired from Abe’s trip to Cologne, Germany during 2006 to catch the World Cup he recreated this style and entered it into the Timbers Army Homebrew Competition. His beer was chosen as the “Full 90” winner. This allowed him to assist in re-developing the beer with Widmer Brothers for large-scale production. In order to get this transition as accurate to his original homebrew recipe, three test batches were produced at Widmer’s Rose Garden facility on their 10-barrel system. This recreation of Abram’s original homebrew recipe even allowed him to add some of his own backyard grown Hallertauer Hops to the brew.
The results of Green & Gold Kölsch is a beer of pale, golden straw color with subtle spiciness of cracked black pepper followed by a crisp dry finish from the Kölsch yeast.
Green & Gold Kölsch will be available for the duration of the Timbers 2013 season in 22 ounce bottles and on draught with its own special Timbers Army tap handle at pubs and restaurants in Oregon and Southwest Washington.
Angelo M. De Ieso II comes from the great Northeast where he spent most of his formative years in Central Maine after being born in Massachusetts. His first experience with craft brewing came from Samuel Adams, Shipyard, Geary’s, and a few other imports like Samuel Smiths and (gulp) Guinness. In 1996 he moved to the Bay Area and discovered Lagunita’s, Mendocino, Anchor, Sierra Nevada, and others that changed his palate forever (there was always a few Henry Weinhards to go around, too). Since 1998, Angelo has lived and quaffed in Portland, Oregon where his friend Shane introduced him to several delicious flavors from Deschutes to Spaten, Full Sail to Hair of the Dog. In 2005, Angelo graduated from Portland State University with a degree in communication and a deeper love for craft beers. Angelo met Aaron, his partner in crime at Brewpublic, at KPSU, Portland State’s radio station, where the two were staff members and DJs. He has been an correspondent for the Portland Tribune’s Guest on Tap column, LivePDX.com, and has been featured in publications such as Beer Northwest and PDX Magazine. Angelo also has a great interest in independent music, and has been a booker and organizer for shows around the Portland under the name Pop Tomorrow! Angelo garnered much knowledge regarding beer from his experiences working at Belmont Station, Pyramid Brewing, By the Bottle, Beer Revolution, Olde Depot Public House, Falling Sky Brewing, and from many knowledgeable people along the way. It is Angelo’s mission to bring “infotainment” and “edumation” to the readers of this website. If you have any questions or comments, or would like to contribute, please contact him. Prost! firstname.lastname@example.org
“Head blogger for Brewpublic, good friend of the bar, and all-around ale maniac, Angelo appears at first to be a soft-spoken, modest fella with a peculiar predilection towards Boston-area sports teams. But make no mistake, this man knows where the dead bodies are buried.” -Michael O’Connor, Bailey’s Taproom, professional beer scribe.