Pyramid Brewing Company‘s Crystal Wheat Ale has received an unprecedented third consecutive gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival. The Portland, Oregon Based Brewery (corporate headquarters are in Seattle, WA) redeveloped the recipe for the beer in 2005. The Crystal Wheat (Weizen) was inspired by the brewery’s original brew, the Wheaten Ale, originally brewed under the name Hart Brewing of Kalama, WA. To the pleasure of consumers, the once tap-only unfiltered wheat brew became available in 12-ounce and 22-ounce bottles in early 2008. The Wheaten ale boasts the claim of being the first year-round wheat ale available in the United States since Prohibition.
Pyramid Breweries have won more GABF medals in the last decade than any other craft brewery with a total of 34. The have also received a total of 11 medals in the World Beer Cup competition. 2008 also saw Pyramid take home a GABF gold for their Apricot Weizen in the fruit beer category.
Recently acquired by Magic Hat Brewing Company & Performance Arts Center Inc., Pyramid owns two alehouse restaurants adjacent to its full-production breweries under the Pyramid Alehouse and MacTarnahan’s Taproom brand names in Berkeley, CA and Portland, OR respectively. They also run three alehouses restaurants in Walnut Creek and Sacramento, CA, and Seattle, WA.