Making its debut in 12oz cans this season is Brrr Hoppy Red Ale and Snow Plow Milk Stout from Widmer Brothers Brewing. Brrr has become the annual winter seasonal from Widmer and Snow Plow will make its return after being in hibernation for multiple years.
“As we head into winter, our brewers – and beer drinkers – start thinking about rich, complex beers that warm from within,” said Widmer Brothers Senior Brand Manager Steven Hallstone, in a statement. “The arrival of Brrr is a winter tradition I look forward to every year.”
To celebrate the arrival of these two beers, Widmer Brothers will throw a release party at Tilt, located at 1355 NW Everett St in Northwest Portland, on Friday, November 8th at 6 p.m. Guests can donate a can to Oregon Food Bank and receive a dollar off a pint of Snow Plow or Brrr.
Brrr is unique among winter warmers, with spicy Cascade and Simcoe hops and a hearty malt presence that finishes with a deep, red pour. First released as N.W. Red Ale as part of the brewery’s experimental W Series in 2006, the beer quickly earned a permanent spot in Widmer Brothers’ seasonal lineup and has since become a regional beer staple. Brrr will be available in cans for the first time, designed in a rich cranberry red offset by snow and ice.
Snow Plow Milk Stout, a classic winter beer with a soft and creamy mouthfeel and roasted chocolate notes, was first brewed in 1999 as the first winning recipe of the Collaborator Project, an annual homebrewing competition with the Oregon Brew Crew.
“Snow Plow Milk Stout has always been one of my favorites and probably my favorite beer from the Collaborator Project,” said Hallstone, in a statement. “The Collaborator Project with the Oregon Brew Crew has produced some inventive styles and individual beers. We are extremely proud that the program is still going after all these years and that beers like Snow Plow can be enjoyed by even more beer lovers”
Snow Plow has not only been a Widmer Brothers fan-favorite for many years, it also won two Gold Medals at the Great American Beer Festival Competition in 2002 and 2004. Snow Plow checks in at 6% ABV and incorporates lactose (milk sugar), wheat, black malt, and oats that give it a soft, creamy mouthfeel and notes of roasted malt that rounds out nicely when packaged in the new 12-ounce cans.
Here are descriptions on each of the two classic winter ales as described by Widmer Brothers Brewing…
Brrr Hoppy Red Brrr is a one-of-a-kind winter warmer. Generously hopped, Brrr’s citrusy hop aroma and smooth bitterness, exemplify the northwest-style red ale. ‘Tis the season to warm up with a cold one.
Malts: Pale, Caramel 10L & 80L, Carapils, and Dark Chocolate
Hops: Alchemy, Cascade, and Eureka
Snow Plow Milk Stout Since 1999, Widmer Brothers worked with the Oregon Brew Crew, a local homebrew club, to brew winning homebrew recipes at its brewery. Contrary to most winter ales on the market at the time which used some dark malts and were very hoppy, this beer was extremely dark, used a ton of specialty malt (which had to be hand-loaded, making it one of our most labor-intensive brews), and had a sweet characteristic from the use of milk sugar.
Malts: Pale, Caramel 60L, Wheat Oats, Black, and Roasted Barley
Hops: Alchemy and Willamette
ABV: 6% ABV
Brrr will be available in six- and 12-packs of 12-ounce cans and Snow Plow will be available in six-packs of 12-ounce cans during the upcoming winter season.
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.