It’s not fair, but when you’ve been brewing beers for almost 30 years it’s easy to be overlooked on occasion. Some of us are so entranced by the latest and greatest, we sometimes forget about some of the brands that have been producing beer longer than some brewers have been alive.
So, it’s kind of cool to hear when someone like Kurt Widmer, co-founder of Widmer Brothers Brewing, is making a special trip to St. Louis to promote some of their beers. On Tuesday, September 20th from 7:30PM-10PM, Kurt will be at Three Kings Public House where they’ll be sampling Redhook Pilsner, Wit, and Longhammer IPA as well as Widmer Hefeweizen. There will be some drink specials along with appetizers as well.
If Wednesday is more your speed, Kurt will be at Llywelyn’s Webster Groves on September 21st starting at 6:30PM where you’ll be able to try out some Widmer beers, including a few that I’ve not seen in St. Louis yet. Here’s the line-up for Wednesday:
Widmer Brothers Hefeweizen: A two-time gold medalist at the Great American Beer Festival, this Hefeweizen is left in its natural, unfiltered state to retain a pronounced citrus and floral aroma, complex flavor, and crisp, refreshing finish.
Widmer Brothers Drifter Pale Ale: Drifter Pale is hopped with Summit, Alchemy, and Nelson Sauvin hops. Despite the hopping complexity and multiple points of addition, the Summit hops are the primary flavor and aroma drivers. The several types of Caramel malts provide flavor depth, enticing color, and a smooth, mildly sweet backbone to support the hop contributions.
Widmer Brothers Pitch Black IPA: Pitch Black IPA is a Pacific Northwest twisted tribute to an IPA style of beer. It is almost a traditional IPA but it is instead brewed to the emerging style of Cascadian Dark Ale or India Black Ale. We add a modest amount of a specially made debittered black malt to give this IPA a very dark color but without the harshness found in typical dark malt flavors. Pitch Black IPA is hopped generously in the brew house and then again later during the dry hopping process.
Widmer Brothers Rotator IPA (X-114): 114 IPA perfectly adorns the Hopheads of the world. 114 is in reference to an experimental hop (aptly renamed Citra in 2008). The parents of this hop are Hallertau and Tettnanger, which make for odd parents for this wonderful hop. 114 IPA’s bitterness is partially buried by the sweetness of the alcohol and the Caramel malts used. The aroma is a melody of spice, and citrus tones all achieved through the use of one experimental hop variety.
If you haven’t had them in a while, this is a great opportunity to refresh and slip back into some old (and possibly new) favorites.