A trip to Widmer Brothers Brewing Company is a pilgrimage for many, but you don't have to be a card-carrying beer geek to enjoy this romp through suds and stainless. The guides who explain the intricacies of creating German-inspired beers know the landscape here in Beervana. You'll learn about brewing, the ingredients, and keg-filling robotics. At the end, you'll be rewarded with samples from the brewery's innovative portfolio. Your only test is keeping up with the pours. And you get to keep the Widmer tasting glass.
The craft brewers of the Northwest redefined and revitalized the art of small-batch specialty beers in the mid-1980s. Kurt and Rob Widmer were early pioneers in this revolution, which continues to grow. Make a reservation a week in advance to ensure a spot. The Saturday tour lasts about 45 minutes, and the Gasthaus brewpub is just down the block for more “product research” to pair with the food.