New Beer Release: Widmer Brothers Prickly Pear Braggot
Spring 2010 Brothers’ Reserve One-Time Release
PORTLAND, Ore. – Apr. 5, 2010 – Widmer Brothers Brewing, based in Portland, Ore., introduces its spring 2010 Brothers’ Reserve release, Prickly Pear Braggot, personally created and crafted by founders and brothers Kurt and Rob Widmer and their team of expert brewers.
Prickly Pear Braggot is the second release in the Brothers’ Reserve Series, following Cherry Oak Doppelbock released in fall 2009. Each release bears the name of the brother who inspired its creation. Rob Widmer inspired Prickly Pear Braggot and hand-signed 50 bottles that will be distributed nationwide* at random for consumers to discover. Widmer Brothers is asking consumers who find one to share the purchase location via Facebook (www.facebook.com/WidmerBrothersBrewing) or Twitter (@Widmer_Brothers).
“The Brothers’ Reserve brews are among our favorites in terms of the experimentation, personal touch and creativity we lend to the process,” said Rob Widmer. “We took a bit of a nontraditional approach in our interpretation of the braggot style and brewed it with prickly pear juice and honey, then added our proprietary Alchemy hop blend to balance the sweetness of this beer.”
About Prickly Pear Braggot
Brothers’ Reserve Prickly Pear Braggot is a strong ale brewed with a blend of 100 percent Knapweed honey from NW Montana, red prickly pear juice and a variety of pale malts. The addition of Alchemy hops help balance the sweetness while still retaining the natural aroma and flavors of the honey. The prickly pear juice adds a unique hue to the beer as well as a subtle and refreshing herbal quality in the finish. Less than 400 barrels of this limited edition brew were produced.
Bitterness: 20 IBU
Alcohol by Volume: 10% ABV
Original Gravity: 23.0 PLATO
Prickly Pear Braggot is available in very limited quantities on draught and in 22-ounce bottles exclusively packaged in an individual box at select retailers nationwide* for a suggested retail price of $9.99.
About the Brothers’ Reserve Series
The Brothers’ Reserve Series is a showcase of the innovative skills and creative passion for craft brewing that founders and brothers Kurt and Rob Widmer share. The Brothers’ Reserve beers are one-of-a-kind, and each run is extremely limited in quantity. Once they’re gone, they’re gone forever. Prickly Pear Braggot is the second release in the series. The first release was Cherry Oak Doppelbock, introduced in fall 2009.
About Widmer Brothers Brewing
What started as a dream for two ordinary brothers who just loved beer has now become a reality for two ordinary brothers who still just love beer. Kurt and Rob Widmer helped lead the Pacific Northwest craft beer movement in 1984 when, in their 20s, they dreamed of brewing American interpretations of authentic European style beers. In 1986, Widmer Brothers Brewing introduced the first American-style Hefeweizen; today, the unfiltered cloudy beer is the company’s signature brew and one of the best selling wheat beers in the country. Based in Portland, Ore., the brewery produces a variety of beers including Drifter Pale Ale, Drop Top Amber Ale, Broken Halo IPA, and Deadlift Imperial IPA. For more information about Widmer Brothers Brewing, visit www.widmer.com.
*Look for Brothers’ Reserve Prickly Pear Braggot on shelves in AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MN, MO, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TX, VA, WA, WI and WY.
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