The mark of any great beer festival is having elusive brews that can’t be found at your local watering hole or neighborhood grocery store. And the 2015 Staten Island Yankees Brewfest & Wing Showcase is no different. This year’s gathering will feature a few hard-to-find beers, including Widmer Brothers Brewing’s KGB Russian Imperial Stout.
Founded in Portland, Oregon, in April 1984 by Kurt and Rob Widmer, Widmer Brothers Brewing quickly became a household name in the Northwest, becoming the first United States brewery to offer a full four-seasonal beer line up. Widely recognized for their high quality draught beer, Widmer Brothers made their brews available in bottles for the first time in 1996. Less than a decade later, the brewery began rolling out their “W” Brewmasters’ Release Series aimed to introduce a new beer, both traditional and experimental, every year built from the ground up. When 2011 came around, Widmer Brothers introduced their KGB Russian Imperial Stout to the delight of beer lovers everywhere.
Widmer Brothers’ KGB Russian Imperial Stout is characterized by the brewery as “full, dark and complex”.
“This long-time draught-only favorite was originally created by Ben Dobler to help us challenge expectations, then we unleashed it on the public in bottles in 2011. Using roasted barley, chocolate malt, and Midnight Wheat, KGB has a color that is as dark as a torrid past, a body as full as a well-kept dossier, and a taste as complex as a conspiracy theory.” –Widmer Brothers Brewery
Hitting the taste buds with a bitterness of 70 IBU and a 9.3% alcohol by volume content, this Russian Imperial Stout is a force to be reckoned with. When Widmer Brothers Brewery celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2014, they announced their “30 Beers for 30 Years” series aimed to commemorate a specific year and beer in the brewery’s 30-year history with small batch brews of past pub favorites to be released through April 2015. Only 30 cases were brewed on Widmer Brothers’ 10-barrel pilot system, making these beers a novelty not to be missed. Adding to this special release’s uniqueness, each beer was packaged with custom labels designed by local Portland artists.
Widmer Brothers, also known for their collaborative brewing projects, will feature their 2013 collaboration with Cigar City Brewing of Tampa, Florida, Gentlemen’s Club, as well. Gentlemen’s Club was inspired by the classic bar cocktail, an Old Fashioned, and features ingredients from both brewery’s home states of Oregon and Florida, giving the drinker tastes of both coasts.
“Using an Old Ale recipe as the base beer, Gentlemen’s Club ‘Old Fashioned Style Ale’ was brewed with cherries and oranges, Alchemy, Sorachi Ace and Pacifica hops, and hand-selected specialty malts to mirror the qualities typically found in an Old Fashioned cocktail. The beer was aged on three different woods: bourbon barrels, rye whiskey barrels and new oak spirals, resulting in three unique versions of the beer, each offering a slightly different take on the same age-old recipe.” –Widmer Brothers Brewery
Widmer Brothers’ KGB Russian Imperial Stout and Gentlemen’s Club Bourbon, Rye Whiskey and New Oak will all be available at Richmond County Bank Ballpark on Saturday, May 2, along with more than 40 other craft beers. Don’t miss your chance to taste these rare beers while you have the chance!