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Widmer Releases Pub Favorite “Russell Street IPA” in 6-Packs

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Widmer Brothers Brewing’s pub favorite Russell Street IPA is part of a new “Portland Pub Series” getting the 6-pack treatment. Russell Street IPA is a beer made for fans of new school tropical and fruity IPAs, though this one is still somewhat West Coast in style. It’s been brewed exclusively for the Widmer pub (which recently became the innovation tasting room) since 2015.

More from a press release:

Russell Street IPA is a balanced West Coast IPA featuring Mosaic, Citra and Azacca hops. The robust hop bill results in an intense aroma and flavor, highlighted by delicious citrus and tropical notes. Russell Street IPA has been the top-selling beer at the Widmer Brothers Pub for years, with fans commenting on its pleasant hoppiness and malt balance.


The launch is the first in Widmer Brothers’ all-new “Portland Pub Series,” which features beers that have originated in the brewery’s 10-barrel pilot brewery, where the innovation brewing team experiments and collaborates to create new beers, perfect recipes, and keep old favorites fresh. Each beer in the ongoing series started as a one-off small batch beer and became popular at the pub.


The beer is named for the street that Widmer Brothers calls home, and the entire series has a fresh new look, with packaging showcasing the beauty of Portland through colorful illustrations.


“Russell Street IPA is one of our beers that has always been in rotation at our 10-barrel brewhouse and we literally can not brew it fast enough,” says Tom Bleigh, innovation brewmaster for Widmer Brothers Brewing. “Our brewing team has known this beer as a winner for a long time, and I am glad to see it finally move into 12-ounce bottles. I can’t wait to see it in stores, and on tap soon at some of Portland’s great drinking establishments.”


Russell Street Kick-Off Pub Crawls:

Russell Street IPA will be celebrated at a kickoff Portland pub crawl this Friday along Mississippi St., where folks can talk with the innovation brewing team, and enjoy Russell Street IPA.


The Mississippi St. crawl will begin at Widmer Brothers on Friday, December 1 at 3pm and run until 8pm.


Stops include:

4pm – Crow Bar (3954 N Mississippi Ave.)

5pm – The Rambler (4205 N Mississippi Ave.)

6pm – Bridgetown Beerhouse (915 N Shaver)


The first pub crawl also kicks off a partnership with SOLVE Oregon. Proceeds from pub crawl keg sales will go to SOLVE Oregon, and the money raised will be used for follow-up street clean-ups. Additionally, a portion of keg sales of Russell Street IPA sold between now and the end of April 2018 will be donated to SOLVE.


About Russell Street IPA

Russell Street IPA is the epitome of a West Coast IPA: intense hop flavor and sessionability balanced with a noticeable body. Named for the street that Widmer Brothers calls home, Russell Street IPA is powered by Mosaic, Citra, and Azacca hops for a pronounced citrus and tropical profile.


MALTS: 2-Row Pale, Munich, Caramel

HOPS: Mosiac, Citra, Azacca

OG: 14.5

AE: 2.75 P

ABV: 6.3%

Color: 8 SRM

IBU: 70


This new addition to Widmer Brothers’ line-up will be available in the Pacific Northwest on draught, and in six-packs. Russell Street IPA can be found using the Widmer Brothers beer finder at


Please visit for more information about the brewery, or follow Widmer Brothers on Facebook for the latest news and happenings.


Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding. Contact: [email protected]

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