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Widmer Columbia Common Spring Ale

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Widmer Columbia Common Spring Ale

Widmer Columbia Common Spring Ale
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company - Portland, OR

Widmer Brothers Brewing is situated in Oregon's Willamette Valley, the second largest hop growing region in the country. In 2013 they released this new spring seasonal, Columbia Common Spring Ale. It's named for both the style ("common") and for one of the three hops it's brewed with. The common beer style is unique in that it is fermented with both ale and lager yeast strains, resulting in characteristics of both. The lager yeast lends a crisp, clean and dry finish, and the hefeweizen ale yeast adds fruity esters. The Columbia hop varietal, which imparts a refreshing lemon citrus note, was originally bred in the 1970s but was never used until Widmer revived it by working with a farmer to grow it for them. This dark, amber-hued hybrid delivers a floral aroma, with grassy and spicy hop characteristics backed up by a malty and bready backbone.

Note: Like many craft breweries, Widmer is very environmentally friendly, even going so far as to use only wood from naturally fallen trees for its tap handles.

Style: Common / Steam
ABV: 4.7 percent
Price: $8.99 / six-pack

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