Brothers Bob and Kurt Widmer began home brewing in 1979, eventually going professional grade in 1984 with the launch of Widmer Brothers Brewing Company in Portland’s industrial-at-the-time Pearl District.
Widmer Brothers Brewing’s legendary hefeweizen came to market two years later. They merged with Redhook Brewery to form publicly traded Craft Brew Alliance (ticker: BREW) in 2008, and together bought Kona Brewing Company in 2010. Omission Beer hit the shelves in 2012, serving the growing market for gluten free craft beer. Square Mile Cider’s introduction to the scene expanded Craft Brew Alliance’s portfolio into craft cider in 2013.
Make no mistake, Widmer Brothers is big beer business! Budweiser parent company Anheuser Busch InBev owns a third of Craft Brew Alliance and ably manages national distribution, pushing CBA into the top 10 brewing companies in America!
Hop into Widmer Brothers’ Portland brewpub for a taste of beer history and a delectable rainbow beer flight! Cheers!
Vermont, the aptly nicknamed Green Mountain State (errr…Beer Mountain State?) is home to more craft breweries per capita than any other. But where did it all start? Right in Burlington, Vermont’s largest city, at Vermont Pub and Brewery! Greg Noonan first authored ‘Brewing Lager Beer,’ the seminal American beer making guide, in 1986 followed two years later with the launch of Vermont Pub and Brewery. Vermont Pub and Brew’s 14 barrel brewing system cranks out Noonan’s original recipes for deliciously fresh, unfiltered craft beer. Noonan went on to write more beer books and open Seven Barrel Brewery in West Lebanon, New Hampshire and Amherst Brewing Company in Amherst, Massachusetts. John Kimmich got his start in the beer business under Noonan, working his way up to Head Brewmaster before leaving to start The Alchemist and bring Heady Topper into the world!
Maine Beer Company was founded by brothers David and Daniel Kleban, a financial advisor and lawyer by trade, respectively, on the outskirts of New England’s Freeport, Maine. While fairly new to the craft beer scene, the Kleban’s pack an inordinate punch relative to their small batch production due to legendarily hoppy ales such as Lunch (IPA), Dinner (Double IPA), Peeper (Pale Ale) and Zoe (Amber Ale). They have been compared to Russian River Brewing and The Alchemist due to their laser like focus on quality, community and sustainability (as evidenced by their motto: “Do What’s Right”). If you come across their beers, which can be a challenge due to limited distribution, drink them – you will not be sorry! Or just make the trip to Freeport…Maine Beer Company is worth it, especially when combined with a visit to L.L. Bean!
FreeWheel Brewing Company was founded in 2012 in sunny Redwood City, California. FreeWheel partner and brewmaster Malcolm McGinnis brings English-style cask-conditioned ales to Silicon Valley including replicas of Shropshire, England’s Iron Bridge Brewery’s beerskis. Here you will find an intimate brewpub with consistently excellent session ales and equally succulent Cali-fresh food. We recommend the beer flight to sample all their hand-made (and pumped) brews and the bacon blue cheese burger with avocado!
This truly is one of the best breweries we’ve enjoyed! It feels just like being back home in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, but in SoMA SF. The parallels abound! Cellarmaker Brewing Company was founded by Connor Casey and brewmaster Tim Sciascia, both Marin Brewing Alumni. What we love about this place: wall-to-wall hipsters, location/vibe and impossibly good craft beer. They say it best: “Our limited output and choice to abandon the common concept of a set production schedule (and flagship beers) will allow us to constantly experiment with different hops, grains, barrels and yeasts. Get excited!” Done. And. Done!
Faultline Brewing Company is a popular spot with the locals and for happy hour, conveniently located in sunny Sunnyvale, California (home to Apple, Inc.). We came for the craftbeer. We stayed for the savory bar food!
Marin Brewing Company opened its doors in 1989 when restaurant manager Craig Tasley teamed up with brewer (and former accountant) Brendan Moylan and have produced many award winning brews since. This place is a must stop when in Marin County!
Welcome to Hermitage Brewing Company! Hermitage was established in 2009 when Tied House closed for biz and the brewing equipment was relocated to south 7th Street in San Jose, California. This place may be a bit off the beaten path but more than makes up for it with incredibly high quality craft beer and taproom recommendations. Check out the Maltopia Scotch Ale and Ale of the Imp! #bestbreweries