In 1979, home brewing is legalized in Oregon. Having trouble finding beer in the U.S. that they like to drink, brothers Kurt and Rob Widmer begin making beer for themselves and their friends. The owner of the Dublin Pub, which carried the Altbier and Weizenbier and eager to expand his offerings, asks the Widmer brothers to make a third beer for him. The brewery only had two fermenters at the time, so to save space and time, they simply left the Weizenbier unfiltered and impressively cloudy, thus creating the first American-style Hefeweizen (literally meaning “yeast wheat”). In 1990, Kurt and Rob move the brewery to its current location in North Portland, and rename the brewery Widmer Brothers Brewing Co.