Summer Beers from Widmer Brothers Brewing

Summer is here and Widmer Brothers Brewing has a great lineup of beers that reflect the hot, dry season. The only one out of the four beers below that's not in the photo is the Marionberry Hibiscus Gose: it didn't last long enough for the photo shoot.

Finally, it turned too hot to drink anything heavier and I broke the rest of these out. If your habits trend toward lighter beers in Summer, definitely check out the Citra Blonde and Hefeweizen. Both have light, refreshing, sweet bodies while retaining subtle flavors from the hops. The Marionberry Hibiscus Gose has a bit of a richer body, but is also laced with nice fruity notes from the marionberries and a touch of tartness in the finish. This one disappeared before I could photograph it. Then I bought a replacement—and drank that one before the shoot as well. Oops.

Then there is Shaddock IPA. It's a similar recipe to their delicious X-114, but with added Grapefruit peels. This is filling the current spot in their Rotator IPA Series. While I like this beer, I would push the grapefruit even further. My favorite IPAs tend to have huge grapefruit profiles both in aroma and flavor. But, I was hit in the head with a grapefruit as a child, so that may be behind my predilection for these flavors.

Shaddock IPA

  • Malts: 2-Row Pale, Caramel 10L, Carapils
  • Hops: Alchemy for bittering and Citra for aroma
  • Original Gravity: 14.3
  • Apparent Extract: 2.9
  • IBU: 50
  • Alcohol by Volume: 6.2%
  • Color: 10

Marionberry Hibiscus Gose

  • Malts: Pale, Wheat
  • Hops: Alchemy
  • Other Additions: Marionberry, hibiscus, coriander
  • Original Gravity: 12.6
  • Apparent Extract: 2.3
  • IBU: 15
  • Alcohol by Volume: 5.5%
  • Color: 7 SRM

Citra Blonde Summer Brew

  • Bitterness: 15 IBU
  • Original Gravity: 10.48
  • Alcohol by Volume: 4.3%

Hefeweizen

  • Malts: Pale, Wheat, Extra Special
  • Hops: Alchemy, Willamette, Cascade
  • Original Gravity: 11.75
  • Apparent Extract: 2.95 p
  • IBU: 30
  • Alcohol by Volume: 4.9%
  • Color: 8 SRM