Widmer Brothers and Bamboo Sushi Collaborate on Biere de Bambou

Widmer Brothers Brewing and Bamboo Sushi Biere de Bambou (photo courtesy of Widmer Brothers Brewing)
Widmer Brothers Brewing and Bamboo Sushi Biere de Bambou (photo courtesy of Widmer Brothers Brewing)

PORTLAND, Ore. – October 19, 2015Widmer Brothers and Bamboo Sushi today announced the arrival of Biere de Bamboo, a small-batch classic Biere de Garde, a French-style strong pale ale. The beer was crafted specifically for Bamboo Sushi and will be on their menu in very limited quantities starting this week.

Biere de Bambou is a brilliant orange color and features a flavor profile of bread, ripe melon, strawberries, and hints of spice. A mild but enticing bitterness complements the full flavor maltiness. The beer is strong but not overpowering, making it a perfect pair for many dishes, including tuna sashimi, okonomiyaki, and even spicy food such as Bamboo’s “House on Fire” mackeral.

Bamboo Sushi has long served Widmer Brothers’ beer, and the relationship has grown over the years through a mutual commitment to sustainability; both companies have taken great measures to reduce their impact on the earth.

Bamboo Sushi consists of three restaurants in Portland, all built on a legacy of sustainable principles. Bamboo Sushi is the first certified sustainable restaurant in the world, sourcing the freshest fish, meats, and produce with the greatest consciousness to marine stewardship, sustainability, and the environment. The restaurant has strong partnerships with the Marine Stewardship Council, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Blue Ocean Institute, Salmon Nation, KidSafe Seafood, and the Green Restaurant Association.

Widmer Brothers Brewing is also committed to reducing its impact on the environment, particularly in regard to water usage. The Portland brewery recently achieved an industry-leading water usage ratio, using just 3.5 gallons of water for each gallon of beer brewed, compared to the industry average ratio of six to eight gallons of water for every gallon of beer brewed. The brewery is also a member of the Oregon Brewshed Alliance, which is a coalition of brewers, craft beer affiliates, and conservationists advocating for the protection of forests and watersheds.

“Bamboo Sushi and Widmer Brothers were a natural fit for a collaboration together,” said Kristofor Lofgren, founder of Bamboo Sushi. “Both companies have strong commitments to sustainability and quality of product. Each company embraces the fact that the quality of their offerings must exceed people’s expectations, while doing more than just being another product in the world.”

The collaboration Biere de Bambou can be found in limited quantities at all three Bamboo Sushi locations in Portland, as well as the Widmer Brothers Brewery and Pub on N. Russell Street in Portland.

For more information on Widmer Brothers Brewing, visit widmerbrothers.com or see what the brewery is up to on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about Bamboo Sushi at bamboosushi.com, and follow the restaurant on Facebook and Twitter.

About Biere de Bambou
When it comes to food, the French and Japanese are second to none, so what better way to compliment classic Japanese style food than with a classic French Biere de Garde Farmhouse ale? Made with Continental Pilsner and Cara Gold malts and dextrose, Biere de Bambou is a brilliant orange with notes of bread, ripe melon, strawberries, and hints of spice. A mild but enticing bitterness complements the full flavor maltiness, making a strong but not overpowering beer. To accentuate the body we added a small amount of dextrose, making it perfect to pair with many types of food, such as tuna sashimi, okonomiyaki, and even spicy dishes such as “House on Fire” mackeral. Prost!

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.

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 www.widmerbrothers.com.