Widmer Brothers has been slowly releasing new beers in their 30 Beers for 30 Years Series every few months and the latest three bring us up to 2009 and include a brand new beer brewed for when the brewery got kicked out of the Brewers Association. The three beers are Rejected Ale (representing 2007), X-114 (2008), and Belgian Golden Ale (2009) and all are now on tap at the Widmer pub and released soon in bottle.
Like all of the beers in the series, today’s three releases hold a special importance to the brewery. Rejected Ale is unique to the entire series, as it is the only beer to date that is not from Widmer Brothers’ 30-year recipe archive.
Rejected Ale is an homage to 2007, the year Widmer Brothers was unceremoniously kicked out of the Brewers Association. This unfiltered IPA is brewed with cinnamon and mango, infused with 15 pounds of jalapenos, and dry hopped with copious amounts of Mosaic, Centennial, Chinook, and Cascade hops.
“We brewed Rejected Ale to reflect our opinions about the Brewers Association’s definition of ‘craft’ and the decision in 2007 to no longer consider Widmer Brothers a craft brewery,” said Kurt Widmer, co-founder of Widmer Brothers Brewing. “We aren’t bitter about it, but wanted to commemorate the moment in our history with a new beer in the 30 Beers for 30 Years Series. We had a little fun with the label art and beer, making a refreshing, fruit-forward IPA with a sweet burn.”
The beer representing the year 2008 in the series is X-114 IPA, which is a fan favorite that originally appeared in Widmer Brothers’ now-retired Rotator IPA Series. At the time of its initial release, Widmer Brothers’ brewers were often brewing with experimental hops because of the brewery’s longstanding relationships with and access to the Northwest’s premier hop growers.
The experimental hop known as X-114, a brewer favorite, ended up being named Citra, which is now an extremely popular hop variety among brewers looking for pronounced tropical fruit and citrus aromas and flavors. X-114 IPA is loaded with Citra hops and is being revived for the 30 Beers for 30 Years Series.
Belgian Golden Ale is also being re-released today and represents the year 2009 in Widmer Brothers’ history. Belgian Golden is Widmer Brothers’ first large-scale Belgian-style beer. It was originally released as part of the “W Series” in 2009, a few years prior to Belgian-styles gaining popularity in the American craft beer industry.
All three beers will be available throughout January in the Portland area only. Like all beers in the 30 Beers for 30 Years Series, an extremely limited quantity of each beer was brewed and packaged with custom labels for sale in 22-ounce bottles and on draught.
Each beer in the series features unique label art from 30 different local artists and designers. Designer Mairwen Eslinger created the Rejected Ale label, Josh L. Anderson and Peter Williams created the X-114 IPA label, and the creative team at The Beauty Shop, led by Jen Thomas, created the Belgian Golden Ale label.
To see the labels and learn more about the artists and the project, please visit www.30beersfor30years.com.
About the Beers
Rejected IPA – 2007
Rejected Ale is an homage to the year Widmer Brothers was unceremoniously kicked out of the Brewers Association. This unfiltered IPA reflects Kurt and Rob’s fiery (and sweet) opinions on the matter. Rejected Ale is brewed with cinnamon and mango, infused with 15 pounds of jalapenos, and dry hopped with copious amounts of Mosaic, Centennial, Chinook, and Cascades. Call it a refreshing IPA or a sweet burn, just don’t call it “crafty.” 7% ABV
X-114 IPA – 2008
Because of our long-standing history with the Northwest’s premier hop growers, we have access to experimental hops that are being created. Sometimes these growers send us some to play around with and report back to them how they perform. Enter X-114 IPA. Using what would come to be known as the Citra hop, this extremely aromatic and highly drinkable IPA launched our popular Rotator IPA Series. 6% ABV
Belgian Golden Ale – 2009
Our first large-scale Belgian style beer. As Belgian beers began to gain popularity, W’09 Belgian Golden Ale would be looked at as ahead of its time. Let’s see what happens when we bring it back! 6.5% ABV
About Widmer Brothers Brewing
Founded in 1984, Widmer Brothers Brewing is celebrating 30 years of beer in 2014. Founders Kurt and Rob Widmer helped lead the Pacific Northwest craft beer movement in 1984 when, in their 20s, 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, the brewery has continued to push the boundaries of craft beer, developing a variety of beers with an unapologetic, uncompromised commitment to innovation.
Based in Portland, Ore., the brewery currently brews a variety of beers including Alchemy Pale Ale, Upheaval IPA, Hefeweizen, 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.
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