|Beer: It’s my opinion!|
|Written by Toren Heald, Wedgewood Realty owner and beer lover|
ShareA couple weeks ago I was invited to “Explore your Craft” put on by Widmer Brothers Brewing and DRAFT magazine. This was an amazing event that brought food, art, music and beer together under one roof, SODO Park in Seattle. There was a chef-designed menu of dishes paired with a specific beer and served at stations throughout SODO Park. Whilst all the eating and drinking took place, Matt Brown of Ruby Hill, a Pacific Northwest musician performed and Andrew Miller a local artist painted some abstract art. By the way if you ever need a cool place to hold an event for up to 200 people, SODO Park is the place. You can look it up by going to www.herbanfeast.com/sodopark.
While hanging out and drinking barrel aged Brrrbon Ale with Rob, I wanted to know how he got his start. Was he a businessman who got into brewing or a brewer who had to learn business? He humbly replied that he was just a knucklehead home brewer who had to learn as the company grew — love the candid response, Rob.
Although he was a little tougher to open up when asked what his favorite beer was or who he thought was an up-and-coming small brewery. He put on a smile and danced completely away from those questions.
Along with the beer was some terrific food. From cheese plates to bacon wrapped figs, mini sliders to shrimp cocktail, it was good! I didn’t realize how many varieties of beer Widmer was brewing up, but they had them all there that night.
I can honestly say that Widmer does not make bad beer and any beer lover would have a tough choice if asked to pick a favorite. I pick my three favs in no particular order:
Drifters Pale Ale — This one I like to keep on hand around the house. Light citrus combined with hops and malts make this a very drinkable pale ale. IBU’s 28 ABV 5.7%
O’Ryely IPA — This is from their Rotator series and it was pure hoppiness. Featured are old hops and a touch of malty sweetness. Hop heads should try this one. IBU’s 50 ABV 6.4%
Hefeweizen — This American Hefe is the one that started Widmer’s success story and it is still a strong competitor in its class with cloudy unfiltered deliciousness and citrus and floral aromas. IBU’s 30 ABV 4.9%
If you want to see the entire line up of Widmer beers, you can go to http://widmerbrothers.com. Skal!