The painful loss of 62,000 pints of beer

Early Thursday morning a fire in a substation caused a power outage in Portland that lasted most of the day. The outage affected a lot of people and businesses across the city. Businesses had to close and traffic lights were dark, but the real tragedy was the volume of beer that was lost. By the time power was restored in the mid-afternoon, Widmer Brothers Brewing had lost 250 barrels of Deadlift Imperial IPA.

“For us the painful part is the loss of 62,000 pints of delicious beer,” Widmer told the Oregonian.

Yes, Widmer is big.

While this story is not about Washington beer, we extend our condolences to our beer loving brothers and sisters in Portland. We feel their pain.

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  1. Huh, why did they lose the beer? Beer doesn’t need to be kept refrigerated so a power loss should not affect beer. Or was this a batch they were currently fermenting and the power loss disrupted their fermentation temperature control which resulted in it fermenting too hot?

The painful loss of 62,000 pints of beer

Early Thursday morning a fire in a substation caused a power outage in Portland that lasted most of the day. The outage affected a lot of people and businesses across the city. Businesses had to close and traffic lights were dark, but the real tragedy was the volume of beer that was lost. By the time power was restored in the mid-afternoon, Widmer Brothers Brewing had lost 250 barrels of Deadlift Imperial IPA.

“For us the painful part is the loss of 62,000 pints of delicious beer,” Widmer told the Oregonian.

Yes, Widmer is big.

While this story is not about Washington beer, we extend our condolences to our beer loving brothers and sisters in Portland. We feel their pain.

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  1. Huh, why did they lose the beer? Beer doesn’t need to be kept refrigerated so a power loss should not affect beer. Or was this a batch they were currently fermenting and the power loss disrupted their fermentation temperature control which resulted in it fermenting too hot?

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