Brothers Kurt and Rob Widmer transitioned from homebrewers to brewery founders in 1984, during the infancy of the craft beer movement.
The brewery lays claim to a number of firsts, including: the first brewery to introduce an American-style Hefeweizen; the first American brewery to offer a full four-seasonal beer line-up, which it accomplished in 1986 when its Oktoberfest beer was first offered: and the first American brewery to brew an Oktoberfest style. Available August through October, this amber/copper offering is actually a German Altbier style, brewed with ale yeast that's Americanized through its use of locally grown Alchemy and Willamette hops. The hops impart a mild bitterness and subtle floral note, allowing the sweet bready malt and caramel flavors to dominate. The beer finishes crisp and clean with some floral hop and pleasant bread-like aftertaste.