“We’re excited to continue our work with Oregon Wild to preserve our waterways and bring attention to the unique nexus of clean water and great craft beer that we enjoy in Oregon. Widmer Brothers is committed to being responsible with our water usage, within our brewery and within our own backyard, and we look forward to the opportunity to support our community through the Oregon Brewshed® Alliance.”Julia Person, Sustainability Manager for Widmer Brothers Brewing
Widmer Brothers Brewing
Mission: To brew beer people love as much as we do.
Based: 929 N. Russell Street, Portland, Oregon
About: 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 unique interpretations of traditional beer styles. 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, Oregon, Widmer Brothers Brewery believes they have a responsibility to be a leader in both the quality of their beers and the sustainable ways in which they make them. Sustainability is a cornerstone of their business, and they are committed to minimizing their environmental impact at their brewery and brewpub. The brewery rigorously tracks several key performance indicators around reducing their carbon footprint. An industry-leading ratio of 3.5 gallons of water per gallon of beer produced has been achieved at the brewery. 99.5% of the waste stream, including spent grains, is diverted from landfills. Partnering with the Energy Trust of Oregon helps to address energy efficiency through HVAC, lighting, refrigeration, and compressed air projects. The brewpub, 3-star certified by the Green Restaurant Association, sources 100% renewable wind power. In addition, employees help build community through non-profit partnerships, volunteer events, and an incentive for paid time off in exchange for supporting local causes.