Steel Bridge Porter has a long history in the Widmer Brothers brewhouse and the dark beer favorite is receiving yet another “promotion” at the brewery. Last week, Steel Bridge Porter was introduced in six packs for the first time to beer drinkers in Oregon and Washington.
Steel Bridge Porter was born out of the Oregon Brew Crew (OBC) annual homebrew competition in 2000, when it was selected as the winner of the Widmer Brothers Collaborator Project; the beer is based on longtime Brew Crew homebrewer Noel Blake’s original recipe.
Since it was selected as a Collaborator beer more than 15 years ago, Widmer Brothers has occasionally brewed small draught-only batches of Steel Bridge Porter and expanded the beer’s availability to 22 ounce bottles in 2013.In what was supposed to be a one-time run exclusively for the Portland market, the hoppy, robust porter had staying power and continued to be bottled for the Oregon market for two years. The beer is now part of the Widmer Brothers year-round, regional lineup in six packs.
“The Collaborator Project and the Oregon Brew Crew are very special to us at Widmer Brothers,” said Rob Widmer, co-founder of Widmer Brothers Brewing. “My brother, Kurt, and I started as homebrewers, and joined the OBC in the early 80s. The Collaborator Project is our way to continue supporting the great local homebrewing community. We are very proud of Steel Bridge Porter’s evolution from the Collaborator Project, to 22s in our lineup, to now being a year-round release in six-packs. It speaks to the quality of Noel Blake’s original homebrew recipe, and the strength of the Collaborator Project and the entire Oregon Brew Crew.”
The Collaborator Project began in 1998 with Kurt and Rob Widmer and fellow Oregon Brew Crew members uniting to hold an annual homebrewing competition where the winning beers would be brewed and served by Widmer Brothers Brewing.
For every barrel of Collaborator beer sold, Widmer Brothers also makes a donation to the Bob McCracken Scholarship Fund, which supports aspiring brewers in Oregon State University’s Fermentation Science program.
Steel Bridge Porter is available now in six-packs and on draught year round across Oregon and Washington.
Check out a 2013 Q&A between Rob Widmer and Steel Bridge Porter creator Noel Blake here.
Steel Bridge Porter, like the Steel Bridge itself, is a Portland original and carries more than its share of weight. A robust dark ale, rich flavors of mocha, chocolate and toffee are well balanced and complemented by a refreshing body, a hint of citrus and a dry finish.
Flavor Points: Mocha, chocolate, and toffee flavors; Rich mouthfeel with a dry finish
Malts: Pale, Caramel, Chocolate, and coffee malt
Hops: Alchemy and Amarillo
OG: 15 °P
AE: 4.4 °P
Alc. by Vol.: 5.6%
Color: 60 SRM