The Brewery

Widmer Brothers Brewing is located in brew-friendly Portland, OR. Our publicly-held brewery employs over 150 people who are as passionate about quality craft beer as Kurt & Rob themselves.

We opened our first brewery in 1984 in what is now the Pearl District. In 1990 we built a new 40-barrel brewing system in our current Russell Street location.

In 1996, we completed installation of a state-of-the art 250-barrel brew house, bringing our capacity to 220,000 barrels per year. In 1996, for the first time in our brewery's history we installed a bottling line, capable of producing 500 bottles per minute. In 2008 we added six new 1500-barrel fermentation tanks that increased our capacity to 450,000 barrels per year, and added a new keg filling line capable of filling 300 kegs per hour.

Beer-To-Go

Grab a Widmer Brothers keg for your next event. We have all the beer equipment you need available to rent. All you need to do tap it and enjoy the beer!

Pricing & Info

Donation Program

At Widmer Brothers Brewing, we love giving back to our community by supporting local organizations. Funding decisions are made by our Donation Committee, a group of employees at our brewery. Widmer Brothers looks for local organizations that display an authentic, innovative approach to their mission and objectives that match up with our internal values.

Who We Donate To: While we strive to support a wide range of local causes, we prioritize organizations that meet the following criteria:

1. Located in the Portland area

2. Focused on sustainability, environmental and community enrichment-related causes

3. Where our in-kind donation will lead to a direct positive impact

If you meet the donation requirements below, please fill out our online donation request form, and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Donation Requirements:

- 501(c)(3) non-profits. Please upload a copy of your tax determination letter in the donation request form

OLCC serving license: proof of serving permit

- We do not donate to religious non-profits or political organizations

Questions? Email us at donations@widmerbrothers.com.

Request a Beer Donation

Careers

We are a family rooted in passion, creativity, and uniqueness with a shared conviction: craft beer. If you share that conviction and are interested in joining our team, we’d like to hear from you.

Visit Our Careers Portal

The House That Hefe Built 

Tour one of the original craft breweries in the country and the House That Hefe Built. Take a behind the scenes look at our modern and environmentally driven facility, and speak to brewers and brewmsters along the way. For the first time ever, experience our 10bbl Innovation brewery with a personal tasting of the freshest beer in the world directly off the Zwickel before it is released to the rest of the world.

Snag your tour glass, and experience the ultimate craft brewery tour experience. Open to all ages. Beer samples for those for 21 years of age. All Tour members receive a complementary 12oz "can of the day" at the end of the tour featuring different small batch and new release beers. Snag yours before it is gone! 

Book online now!


Tours are every day at 3p.

All guests must wear close toed shoes.

Please arrive 15 minutes before start time.

Sustainability

Great beer depends on clean watersheds, stable ecosystems, and happy, healthy employees. That's why at Widmer Brothers, we are committed to brewing in the most sustainable way possible, curbing our emissions and overall water, and giving back to our Portland community. To learn more, check out our Annual Sustainability Report.

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FROM FIELD TO GLASS: TRACKING BEER'S CARBON FOOTPRINT

To better understand how we can reduce our carbon footprint, we tracked carbon emissions at every stage of our beer's production lifecycle, from raw materials and packaging, to transportation and recycling, for a bottle, keg and can of beer. We learned that one serving of beer can produce up to 600 grams of CO2 emissions for every pint. 

We've been working with the Energy Trust of Oregon since 2006 to reduce our energy usage. We are also a Visionary Partner with Pacific Power's Blue Sky program, and an EPA Green Power Partner, recently installing Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations available for free charges at our Retail store. 

We closed the loop with our CO2 Recovery Plant, reclaiming the CO2 that is naturally produced during fermentation to reuse for packaging and processing beer. 

In 2018, our Pacific Northwest verified carbon offsets through BEF will help grow 9,921 tree seedings. 

WATCHING OUR WATER USAGE

Widmer Brothers Brewing is a founding partner of the Oregon Brewshed® Alliance, which has been raising awareness and funds to support Oregon's waters and forests since 2015, where we are fortunate to brew in one of the country's most resilient watersheds. 

Access to clean, fresh water is crucial to the future of the brewing industry, and we are proud to achieve best in class water usage ratios. Last year we used 4.05 gallons of water for each gallon of beer produced, well under the industry benchmark of 4.89 gallons. 

Our new can line uses water-free internal can rinses and dry-running conveyors to keep water usage low. Additionally, we installed a waterless vacuum pump for our bottle filler, a first in the craft beer industry! The new pump saves 5,000 gallons of water each day. 

We are constantly working to reduce our wastewater discharge, and we reduced our solids by more than 75% to eliminate this pollutant from our discharge, and the EPA recognized our work with the 2018 Most Valuable Pollution Prevention Award

JOURNEY TO ZERO WASTE

In our journey to zero waste, we send over 10,000 tons of nutritious spent grain each year to local dairy farms, which helps us divert 99.5% of our total waste from landfills. 

Our brewery was the first to pilot Oregon's new refillable bottle that can be washed and reused up to 25 times. 

We convened a group of stakeholders from breweries, hop farms, and other industries to find an upcycling solution for hop bags, one of the most-used brewery materials that we currently cannot recycle. Together, we explored alternative packaging and upcycling ideas - like creating solar shades from previously used hop bags!

PINTS FOR PORTLAND

We love giving back to our community where we live, work and play - whether it's through in-kind donations, sponsorships, employee volunteer hours, or lending our voice as an advocate for change. 

Widmer Brothers holds an annual community event, Service, Sports, & Suds, with our non-profit partner Oregon SOLVE, alongside the Portland Trail Blazers and local Portland businesses.

Team Widmer Brothers competes each year in the Bike More Challenge, pedaling more than 3,000 miles. 

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Most Valuable Pollution Prevention Award, EPA P2 Roundtable (2018)

Healthiest Employer in Oregon List (2013-2018)

Top 100 Healthiest Workplaces in America (2015-2018)

Brewbound Large Brewery of the Year (2018)

Sustainability at Work Gold, City of Portland (2011-current)

EPA Green Power Partner (2014-current)

Pacific Power Blue Sky Visionary Partner (2014-current)

Oregon Brewshed® Brewfest Best - Hopworks Collaboration (2017)

MBAA's Brewery Award of Excellence in Sustainability (2015 & 2016)




Widmer Brothers Innovation Brewhouse

In 2016 we opened our state-of-the-art 10-barrel innovation brewhouse adjacent to the Widmer Brothers Pub. This is where our brewers experiment with new beer styles, stretch their creativity, and collaborate with fellow breweries and partners in the Portland food and beverage community. The 10-barrel, 4-vessel system can produce around 2,000 barrels of beer annually—that’s close to 250,000 pints. 

“The innovation breweries are an opportunity to make ourselves uncomfortable as brewers and bring ideas to life, to stretch ourselves through ongoing process improvements and trials, and to continuously pursue making ourselves and beers better. It truly is the endless pursuit of the perfect pint.” – Innovation Brewer Thomas Bleigh

Grab a 6 Pack Get a Meal Program:

Widmer Brothers Brewing will donate $2 for every case of Hefeweizen sold in the state of Oregon from

September 1st 2018 through December 31st 2018 to The Oregon Food Bank. Donations not to exceed $2000