In 1986, the Widmer Brothers introduced their Hefeweizen to America. It has since gained much popularity throughout the states.
In November 2007, Redhook Ale Brewery and Widmer Brothers officially announced plans to merge, forming a new company called Craft Brewers Alliance, which was later renamed as Craft Brew Alliance in 2012. The merged company retained both the Redhook and Widmer brands. The two had already been working closely for several years through a licensing agreement whereby Redhook brewed and distributed Widmer beers on the east coast. Anheuser-Busch, which previously held a substantial minority stake in both companies, continued to hold one in the new company.