Widmer’s new Le Petit Brasseur Saison is the first beer to use Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative’s new, fully reusable beer bottles. Made possible by the state’s unique Bottle Bill, the tall, 500-milliliter brown bottles have a BottleDrop logo imprinted on the side, indicating they can be washed and reused up to 40 times instead of being crushed and melted like the rest of glass beverage receptacles.
A dry and zesty Belgian-influenced ale, Le Petit Brasseur is perfectly suited to the recent heat wave. Made with a blend of locally malted barley from Mecca Grade Estate Malt and Goschie Farms, and generously dosed with comet and crystal hops, the lightly hazy beer has a lemony aroma and complex malt finish that develops even more muscle as it warms, evolving from a floral and Champagne-like summer quaff into a hugely terroir-laden farmhouse sipper.
Le Petit Brasseur is just the first beer to use these new packages, but there is a growing wave of other BottleDrop releases, as six other regional breweries, including Buoy, Double Mountain and Gigantic, have also signed up to be part of the program, with 12-ounce bottles to come by year’s end.