After a water adjustment using Gypsum, ingredients include whole and pellet hops (Tettnanger & Hallertauer), Caramel Malt (20ºL & 60ºL), Wheat, Liquid Sugar ?, and Black Malt. Great Western Malting in Vancouver supplies the malt in rail cars. The cereal cooker processes the corn grits and yields the desired fermentable sugars.
The tour that started in a 20-seat theater ended in a German-looking hospitality room. The dark wood U-shaped bar featured six taps and was surrounded by two dozen wooden tables and chairs, a TV, and lots of merchandise for sale. The Ale gave a light malty flavor with a thin body and slight hop presence. The Dark was a ruby color with a dry malty flavor and subtle hops. The Red was a dark amber color with a hoppy aroma and flavor. The N/A is produced by removing the alcohol and selling it to a gasohol producer, then recovering the flavor through a distillation tower. The Rootbeer had a great rootbeer aroma with a medium body and mildly sweet flavor.
The brewery built in 1906 has undergone many transitions to reach its current form. In addition to the well-advertised Henry's product line, contract brewing for Mickeys and Sam Adams keeps the cash coming in. Although not comfortable with photography by tourgoers, Blitz Weinhardts is comfortable hosting nighttime parties in their hospitality room. When in Portland, check it out. The 30 minute tours are available weekday afternoons.
Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Company
1133 West Burnside Street
Portland, Oregon 97209
Reviewed by Tom Ciccateri - July, 1996