PORTLAND, Ore. ( MainStreet) -- Craft beer is still a fairly young concept, but craft beer's old timers are savoring the growth of a sector they helped create.When Rob Widmer and his brother Kurt founded Widmer Brothers Brewery ( HOOK) in 1984, craft beer was in its infancy and macros such as Bud ( BUD) and Coors ( TAP) weren't just dominating the market, they were the market. Boston Beer's ( SAM) Jim Koch had just brewed his first batches of Samuel Adams Boston Lager in his kitchen. Ken Grossman and Paul Camusi were producing 25 to 30 barrels of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale a week using hand-me-down farm equipment. Fritz Maytag was producing just about 1,000 barrels of his Anchor Steam beer a year.
|Rob Widmer helped create a whole sector as Widmer Brothers Brewery co-founder and Craft Beer Alliance stakeholder.|