Kurt and Rob Widmer, innovators of American-style Hefeweizen, may be laid back guys but they are serious about brewing great beer. Their latest creation, Drifter Pale Ale, is no exception. Brewed with Summit hops, a new variety known for its intense and abundant citrus aroma and flavors, Drifterâ€™s taste is unique to the category. True to the pale ale style, Drifterâ€™s light bittering hops give the brew a crisp, clean and refreshing finish ideal for those longing for lazy days adrift on the lake.
â€œWe crafted Drifter to make waves in the category and provide beer lovers with a new pale ale experience,â€ said Kurt Widmer, co-founder of Widmer Brothers Brewing. â€œMost pale ales are brewed with Cascade hops. Ours is truly an original, made with Summit hops known for their delicate flavor and undertones of tangerine, mandarin orange and grapefruit.â€
Drifter is a laid back, smooth and inviting pale ale; its subtle caramel malt sweetness balances the tangy hops and leaves drinkers feeling refreshed and satisfied. Drifter was a Silver Medal winner in the Pale Ale category at the 2006 Great American Beer Festival; the beer sails in at an ABV of 5.7% and 32 IBUs.
Drifter will be available on tap in 20 select states beginning January 5th, with six-packs on shelves in early February. The beer will launch nationwide in mid-April and will be offered year-round. A Drifter six-pack will retail for approximately $8.99.