Winter seasonal beers that celebrate Christian or agnostic holidays are common, but how often (or ever) have you had a Hanukkah (or Chanukah) beer? Portland’s only kosher certified brewery Leikam Brewing has dropped their 2019 Maccabeer, a Hanukkah beer that supports Habitat for Humanity’s House That Beer Built project.
Widmer Brothers’ 15th annual Oktoberfest is back on Saturday, September 28th from 1-10pm. Billed as the longest running Oktoberfest celebration in Portland, this family-friendly party is always a good time with live music and of course great beer.
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“We’re thrilled to bring this flagship Widmer Brothers event back home to our North Portland brewery,” said Widmer Brothers Senior Brand Manager Steven Hallstone. “When Kurt and Rob founded Widmer Brothers Brewing over 35 years ago, they were inspired by their German heritage and German brewing traditions, and we’re excited to honor their legacy and the Oktoberfest tradition with a fun-filled day and plenty of great beer.”
Widmer Brothers will pour a special small-batch version of its Oktoberfest Ale, a malty märzen-style beer inspired by the first Oktoberfest recipe developed by Bavarian brewer Spaten-Franziskaner-Braü in 1841. At just 5.3% ABV, Oktoberfest has rich aromas of bready, toasty malts with a dry and mildly bitter finish and a smooth mouthfeel. Other beers from Widmer Brothers core and seasonal lineup, including their flagship Hefe, an unfiltered riff on a traditional German wheat beer, will also be on tap.
Widmer Brothers’ Oktoberfest will be held in the 929 North Russell Street parking lot and extend into the back dock behind the brewery on the north side of Russell Street. In addition to delicious Widmer Brothers brews, guests can expect festive music and classic German-style food offerings from Portland’s Pig Sauce Co. Lyft, Brewvana and GrowlerWerks will be featured partners at the event as well. The event is free to enter, and open to all ages. Beer tokens will be available to purchase by those 21 years of age or over in order to consume beer.
About Widmer Brothers Brewing Widmer Brothers Brewing helped create the Pacific Northwest craft beer movement in 1984 when founders Kurt and Rob Widmer, then in their 20s, 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, the brewery’s iconic Hefe has grown to become Oregon’s favorite craft beer. For more than three decades, Widmer Brothers has continued to push the boundaries of craft beer, developing a variety of beers with an unapologetic, uncompromised commitment to innovation. The brewery continues to make a series of limited edition, small-batch beers available in Oregon.
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