Brrr Hoppy Red Ale Returns From Widmer Brothers Brewing

Six Pack of 12 oz. bottles of Widmer Brothers Brewing Brrr. (image courtesy of Widmer Brothers Brewing)
Six Pack of 12 oz. bottles of Widmer Brothers Brewing Brrr. (image courtesy of Widmer Brothers Brewing)

PORTLAND, Ore. – NOVEMBER 1, 2016 – Widmer Brothers Brewing is gearing up for winter with its classic seasonal, Brrr Hoppy Red Ale. Brrr is unique among winter warmers, with spicy hops and a trademark deep red color, rich body and hearty malt presence. First released as a N.W. Red Ale as part of the brewery’s experimental W Series in 2006, the beer quickly became a favorite, earning a spot in Widmer Brothers’ seasonal lineup less than a year later.

“As we head into winter, our brewers – and beer drinkers — start thinking about rich, complex beers that warm from within,” said co-founder Rob Widmer. “I know I look forward to Brrr’s arrival each year.”

As Director of Brewing Operations Doug Rehberg recalls, “Brrr is a beer that our brewing team wanted to drink during cooler months, influenced by the Northwest’s love of hoppy beers.” The result is a big, hoppy red ale that emphasizes aromatic and flavorful Simcoe and Cascade hops for a citrusy aroma that balances perfectly with the rich malt presence and that classic, deep red finish. Brrr is available in bottles as well as on draft at Widmer Brothers’ North Portland pub.

Enjoy Brrr and award-winning music at December to Remember: Widmer Brothers Brewing, along with 94/7, present the 12th year of December to Remember, a concert series featuring some of music’s best artists, for 2016. The cavalcade of music includes 12 amazing shows throughout the year’s final month at Portland’s Crystal Ballroom. Band of Horses, Phantogram, Jimmy Eat World, Fitz and the Tantrums as well as Saint Motel are among the highlights of this month-long music extravaganza. Brrr will be plentiful at the concert series (full list of shows below).

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About 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
ABV: 7.2%
OG: 17.0° Plato
IBU: 50
Color: 19 SRM

December to Remember 2016
Where: Crystal Ballroom; 1332 W Burnside St., Portland, OR 97209
When: Thursday, December 1 thru Thursday, December 15, 2016
Charity: Two dollars from every ticket sold will go to the Vitalogy Foundation to benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Association’s Camp Oasis.
What: December to Remember full lineup:

  • Thursday, Dec. 1: Aurora, Warpaint, Foreign Air
  • Saturday, Dec. 3: Nahko and Medicine for the People, The Greeting Committee
  • Sunday, Dec. 4: Band of Horses, the Fourth Wall
  • Monday, Dec. 5: Jimmy Eat World, Divers
  • Tuesday, Dec. 6: Fitz and the Tantrums, Saint Motel
  • Wednesday, Dec. 7: Grouplove, Wild Ones
  • Thursday, Dec. 8: Phantogram, My Body
  • Sunday, Dec. 11: Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
  • Monday, Dec. 12: Bastille, Holiday Friends
  • Tuesday, Dec. 13: The Head and the Heart
  • Wednesday, Dec. 14: Glass Animals, Hustle and Drone
  • Thursday, Dec. 15: Bishop Briggs, Bed

About Widmer Brothers Brewing
Widmer Brothers Brewing was founded in 1984 in Portland, Ore. Brothers Kurt and Rob Widmer, with help from their dad, Ray, helped lead the Pacific Northwest craft beer movement when they began brewing unique interpretations of traditional German beer styles. In 1986, Widmer Brothers Brewing introduced the original American-style Hefeweizen, which elevated the brewery to national acclaim. Since then, Hefe (pronounced: “hay-fa”) has grown to become Oregon’s favorite craft beer and the brewery has continued to push the boundaries, developing beers with an unapologetic, uncompromised commitment to innovation. Widmer Brothers has been awarded 23 medals from the Great American Beer Festival.

The brewery currently brews a variety of award-winning beers including Hefe, Upheaval IPA, Alchemy Pale Ale, Drop Top Amber Ale, a full seasonal lineup, and a series of limited-edition beers. For more information about Widmer Brothers Brewing, visit