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!