PORTLAND, Ore. – June 25, 2012 – Explore Your Craft, a collaborative effort by Widmer Brothers Brewing and DRAFT magazine, kicks off its 2012 series in Portland, Ore., on Friday, July 13, and tickets are available now. A series of seven events held around the country, Explore Your Craft celebrates the artistry of brewing, cooking, visual art and musical performance.
Other events in the 2012 series will be held in Minneapolis; Washington, D.C.; San Francisco; San Diego; Seattle; and Boston.
WHAT: Centered around the Widmer Brothers Brewing portfolio, the Portland event will offer a selection of small plates from Chef Brian Stafford of Portland’s Pearl District Whole Foods paired with specific beers, along with a charcuterie station from Olympic Provisions. The celebration will also feature the work of local artists and musicians, and attendees will be given the opportunity to participate in the creation of a unique work of art.
Featured beers at the Portland event will include Widmer Brothers’ summer seasonal Citra Blonde Summer Brew, the newly released Shaddock IPA from the brewery’s Rotator IPA Series, Kill Devil Brown Ale from the brewery’s Brothers’ Reserve line and many more, including Widmer Brothers favorites such as Drop Top Amber Ale, Drifter Pale Ale, Widmer Hefeweizen and Pitch Black IPA.
WHO: Special guests will include the following:
· Kurt and Rob Widmer, founders of Widmer Brothers Brewing
· Samuel Robinette, a local artist exploring photography, painting, film, illustration, typography and other abstract art forms
· Sami Rouissi, a Pacific Northwest musician
WHEN: Friday, July 13, from 7 to 10 p.m.
WHERE: EcoTrust Building, 721 Northwest 9th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209
COST: Admission is $45 per person. Purchase tickets online at exploreyourcraft.com.
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 twenties, 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 currently brews a variety of beers including Drifter Pale Ale, Nelson Imperial IPA, Rotator IPA Series, Drop Top Amber Ale and Pitch Black IPA. For more information about Widmer Brothers Brewing, visit www.widmerbrothers.com.