|shiny fermenting tanks at Widmer Brothers Brewing|
|Joe Casey (L) and Rob Widmer (C)|
Moving on to the W'12, the seventh installation in the Brewmaster's Release, we learned about the departure from previous year's styles in this "Brewers gone wild" opportunity. Fred Eckhardt, a Portland legend, stood off to my right. John Foyston of the Oregonian, camera at the ready, moved within the crowd, and Angelo of Brewpublic recorded brewer Joe Casey as he spoke about W'12, a dark Saison, and Spiced IPA, the newest installation in the Rotator series.
|The Gentlemen: Fred Eckhardt, Bill, Angelo, & John|
|W'12 Dark Saison|
|Rotator Series: Spiced IPA|
The Rotator Series is the expression of experimentation and opportunity for homebrewers to create a beer with Widmer. Originating from Paul Sangster's recipe, and further developed with Chris Stawney of San Diego's QUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity), Beginning with X-114, Falconer's and just finishing, O'Ryely, these IPAs are limited quantities, allowing Widmer to share as many IPA recipes as possible on a constantly changing basis. "In many ways, Paul Sangster's recipe embodies what Widmer Brothers beers are all about: unique interpretations of classic beer styles," said Joe Casey.
Many thanks to Widmer Brothers for including #pdxbeergeeks on their invitation list to this delightful preview of W'12 and Spiced IPA. If you're looking for interesting new beers to try, give these a shot. You won't be disappointed!