Two New Beer Books by Portland Authors

This Tuesday, both local author Jeff Alworth’s “The Widmer Way” and local cheesemonger Steve Jones Cheese Pairings book “Cheese Beer Wine Cider: A Field Guide to 75 Perfect Pairings” (co-written by Adam Lindsley) have Portland author signings. While Alworth’s exploration of Widmer Brothers Brewing’s history and legacy is the more beer-centric of the two, Steve Jones is a known beer geek and top proponent of beer as the best beverage to pair with cheese. You can meet Alworth and purchase his book at Widmer Brothers taproom from 5-7pm on Tuesday, and Steve Jones will be with his book at Belmont Station from 5-7pm.

The Widmer Way: How Two Brothers Led Portland’s Craft Beer Revolution, a new book by Portland beer guru Jeff Alworth (The Beer Bible, Beer Tasting Tool Kit), chronicles Kurt and Rob’s journey from humble homebrewers to craft beer pioneers who invented the Original American Hefeweizen, which became a national sensation.

Drawing on hours of interviews with Kurt and Rob, close family and friends, and big names in the brewing industry, the book is a trove of beer history, anecdotes, and stories of Kurt and Rob’s deep connection to the city of Portland, which honored the Brothers’ contributions by officially delegating May 15th as Hefe Day, an official Portland holiday since 2015.

“Kurt and Rob sparked a craft beer revolution: from their origins as homebrewers to creating one of the most successful beer brands in the country,” Alworth said. “They’re incredibly knowledgeable about beer and the brewing industry, of course, but they’re also eminently interesting characters, which makes for a great story.”

April 2nd Book Launch Party with Kurt Widmer and Jeff Alworth at the Widmer Brothers Brewery

Co-founder Kurt Widmer will join Jeff Alworth at the Widmer Brothers Brewery on Tuesday, April 2nd from 5-7pm, at a party to celebrate the launch of The Widmer Way and kick off the Portland-area book tour.

Guests can taste brand-new Widmer Brothers beers brewed in the adjacent innovation brewery and Widmer Brothers will also raffle off prizes, including signed copies of The Widmer Way and gameday tickets for the Portland Trail Blazers, Portland Timbers, and Portland Thorns—all longtime Widmer Brothers partners.

Event details

What: The Widmer Way book launch

When: Tuesday, April 2, 5-7 p.m. 

Where: Widmer Brothers Brewery 929 N Russell Street, Portland, OR, 97227

For more information on The Widmer Way, you can visit:

Additionally, Jeff will be doing readings from Widmer Way at the following dates and times:

  • Friday, April 5, 7:30 p.m. Powell’s City of Books
  • Thursday, April 11, 7 p.m. Annie Bloom’s Books
  • Wednesday, April 17, 7 p.m. Broadway Books
  • Thursday, April 18, 7 p.m. Chaparral Books
  • Thursday, April 25, 7 p.m. Mother Foucault’s Books


Steve Jones’ years-in-the-making collaboration with writer Adam Lindsley is finally here!  offers a crash course in buying, storing, and serving cheese & alcohol and delivers a treasure trove of delicious and often surprising pairings that take the cheese and beverage to the stratosphere of flavor. Come by Portland’s premiere beer bar & bottle shop and meet the authors, try some sample pairings, and check out the book!

Tuesday, April 2nd 5-7pm
Belmont Station
4500 SE Stark St, Portland, Oregon 97215

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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: