Widmer passes the buck.
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company of Portland, OR, has donated $4,200
from the sales of its Snowplow Milk Stout to the Oregon Brew Crew (OBC)
as a show of appreciation for the efforts made in developing this beer.
In the photo above, (L. to R.): Kurt Widmer, Bill Schneller (current
president of the Oregon Brew Crew), Ike Manchester (Widmer Brewer), and
Rob Widmer hold a symbolic giant check. "Before Kurt and I started
Widmer Brothers Brewing Co we were home brewers and members of the
OBC," said Rob Widmer. "The club has grown and changed in the
last 20 + years but the passion for beer and brewing among the members
is stronger than ever. Its a privilege and a pleasure to be associated
with the OBC." OBC's Schneller said the the group will forward
the donation to the McCracken Scholarship Fund at Oregon State
University, which supports aspiring brewers. Kurt Widmer said Snowplow
began its life as a "Collaborator" beer. The Collaborator
Project began in the spring of 1997 as a collaborative effort between
the Oregon Brew Crew and Widmer Brothers Brewing. While having beers at
the Widmer Brewery, members of the Oregon Brew Crew lamented the fact
that there were many excellent beer styles that were not being brewed by
any local breweries. Widmer then invited the Oregon Brew Crew to work
with them in brewing unique beers for distribution to the public.
Snowplow was the first beer developed from the Collaborator project.