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3-Way IPA Returns with Georgetown and Pfriem

written by Brad Blaser on May 6th, 2015

THE COLLABORATION

Preparations for a 3-Way IPA can be intricate, as you may imagine. Where do you begin? How does one approach a 3-Way IPA with a collaborator? With all of the amazing brewers out there, how do you choose? Well, it turns out the first step is to invite them out to dinner.

This year’s collaboration began back in January at the Fort George Indian & IPA Brewer’s Dinner. Manny Chao arrived from Seattle with a keg of Eddie IPL, and Josh Pfriem brought along a Double IPA from Hood River. Jack Harris and Chris Nemlowill (and Beta IPA and Vortex) filled out the table. After five courses of spicy food and hoppy ales, a leisurely tour around Astoria’s nighttime establishments, and a few awkward late night photos in front of “The Pig,” everyone retired for the night in their respective rooms.

The following day – bright and early at 11 am sharp – the recipe meeting commenced behind closed doors in the Lovell Taproom.

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Jack: I really like the way you guys make your IPAs.

Manny: Thanks Jack. So, do we shoot for something different, or keep it something West Coast?

Jack: We can make anything you guys want, as long as it’s an IPA.

Potential hop varieties, packed into 8-oz Mason jars, circulated around the table. Aromas were analyzed, ideas were bandied about, and samples were sampled.

“I think we all agree, we want it to be dry, we want it to be aromatic, and we want it to be hoppy,” Manny summarized

“And bright!” Josh added, diving into the specifics of the hop additions – amounts, times, and temperatures. “A little bit of Citra makes Equinox pop,” he explained.

“Landing in that sweet spot, right around five and a half percent,” Manny continued.

“A 5.7% ABV beer with over four pounds per barrel…you’re going to get a LOT of hops,” Jack noted.

Duly noted.

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THIS YEAR’S 3-WAY IPA

From the moment you pop the can, hop aroma hits you right in the nose. Fruit forward, with a crescendo of tropical and citrus flavors – 3-Way IPA presents an ensemble of Simcoe, Meridian, Citra, and Equinox hops. Enjoy a lustrous and lively play across the palate.

Fort George’s 3-Way IPA is a collaboration of craft, a chance to exchange ideas and knowledge with brewers who are doing fantastic things with IPAs. Every summer features a new collaboration, a different recipe, and a unique 16-oz can design, but with the same 3-Way IPA name.

THE TOUR

Come hang out and grab a pint of 3-Way IPA, along with several other IPAs from Fort George, Georgetown, and Pfriem. The 3-Way IPA Tour is coming to a Pacific Northwest city near you.

Vancouver, WA – Thursday May 14th – By the Bottle – 5pm to 8pm

Cannon Beach, OR – Thursday May 14th – Cannon Beach Hardware – 4pm to 7pm

Portland, OR – Friday May 15th – Roscoe’s – 5pm to 8pm

Eugene, OR – Saturday May 16th – The Bier Stein – 5pm to 8pm

Longview, WA – Wednesday May 20th – Porky’s Public House – 5pm to 8pm

Bend, OR – Saturday May 23rd – Crow’s Feet Commons – 6pm to 9pm

Bellingham, WA – Thursday June 4th – The Archer Ale House – 5pm to 8pm

Seattle, WA – Saturday June 13th – The Pine Box (Tricycle Races) – 4pm to 7pm

Spokane, WA – Friday June 19th – Lantern Tap House – 4pm to 8pm

Seattle, WA – Saturday June 20th – The Masonry – 5pm to 8pm

Seattle, WA – Friday June 26th – Beveridge Place Pub – 5pm to 8pm

 

GEORGETOWN

A Seattle craft brewery focused on doing one thing right… draft beer. Started by Roger Bialous and Manny Chao… a couple of beer loving local boys who brewed up a pretty darn tasty beer in the garage (actually it was the back deck, but garage sounded better). Sorry, no brewpub, but they do have a retail shop where you can pick up kegs to go, growlers, and perhaps get a taste of their newest beer before it’s released. Or you could be social and get out to your favorite local watering hole. If Georgetown beer is not on tap, let them know and they’ll do their best to pester ’em into submission.

PFRIEM

The goals for the brewery were modest: to build a business that was tightly integrated with their family lives, to honor the place they call home, and to create a warm, friendly space where others could experience the creations. The goals for the creations themselves are anything but modest.

Pfriem artisanal beers are symphonies of flavor and balance, influenced by the great brewers of Belgium, but unmistakably true to their homegrown roots in the Pacific Northwest. Although they are served humbly, each glass is overflowing with pride and a relentless aspiration to brew the best beer in the world.

FORT GEORGE

Locally owned and operated in historic downtown Astoria, Oregon, Fort George crafts original beers available only in the Pacific Northwest. Whether in cans or kegs, at the pub or on your front porch, Fort George beer brings people together in aromatic headiness and lupulin ecstasy. For more information about Fort George, go to www.fortgeorgebrewery.com or follow them on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat @FortGeorgeBeer.

3-Way IPA is available in 16-oz four-packs and draft starting May 22nd. Fort George beer is distributed only in the Pacific Northwest.

 

Overdub IPA: A New Session Collaboration with Tape Op Magazine

written by Brad Blaser on April 9th, 2015

the sound of Overdub IPA

A good beer is like a good sound recording, balanced and pristine. Soft and subdued when it needs to be – In your face and crankin’ when it must. Done right, there’s nothing better than critical listening with a cold pint in your hand. Fort George invites you to put on your headphones and sample a can of Overdub IPA, their newest 16-oz collaboration with Tape Op, the creative music recording magazine. Pouring a solid gold with a crisp white head, Overdub IPA is a sensory overload of mango and papaya hop aromas, dank grapefruit tones, and mellow citrus finishing notes. This session-style IPA turns down the ABV, and engages the lupulin intensity toggle switch.

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release parties

Join Fort George and Tape Op Saturday, April 18th at Bottles in Portland for the first chance at an Overdub IPA. Larry Crane of Tape Op and the folks from Fort George will be there with plenty of Overdub IPA, as well as some other Fort George favorites.

Then get yourself to the Columbian Theater in historic downtown Astoria on Saturday, April 25th for a full show of authentic Portland rock and roll. Tape Op and Fort George collide for a night of live music featuring:

Sun Angle –  Portland trio known for their irreverent, expressive, spontaneous live shows – full of aggressive elation and gritty, raucous, surreal layers of sound.

The Minders – Formed in Denver, Colorado by Martyn Leaper and Robert Schneider (Apples in Stereo) – these rockers promise a bold, lush statement laden with hooks.

Summer Cannibals – A punk-flecked four-piece from Portland – centered around guitarist/vocalist Jessica Boudreaux and guitarist Marc Swart in 2012, their sound and full-volume fervor flows most fluidly during Summer Cannibals’ head-turning live shows.

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – consisting of Mike Clark, Joanna Bolme, Jake Morris, and Stephen Malkmus (the main singer and songwriter behind the influential 1990s indie rock band Pavement) – bringing their punk-like-a-skunk sounds to Astoria.

There are no pre-sale tickets, so arrive early – $8 cash only at the door starting at 7:00pm.

 

Overdub IPA Release Party at Bottles

5015 NE Fremont Street

Portland, Oregon

5pm – 8pm

Headliner: Overdub IPA

Featuring: The Optimist, Vortex, Beta IPA 8 Series, OMEGATEX

 

Live Music presented by Fort George and Tape Op

Columbian Theater

1102 Marine Drive

Astoria, Oregon

8pm

$8 cash only – Doors at 7:00pm

 

about Tape Op

Tape Op began in 1996 by a then-novice recording engineer named Larry Crane. The first print run was about 500 Xeroxed copies, which Larry distributed among his friends. Between digital and print, Tape Op now sends out close to 70,000 magazines to a diverse worldwide audience, from home recordists to working professionals and everything in-between.

Tape Op is about learning how to make great recordings with whatever tools you have access to. It’s about education and creativity. Unlike most recording magazines, the primary focus is not reviewing equipment, but a discussion about making art. If you’re serious about sound, go to www.tapeop.com.

 

about Fort George

Locally owned and operated in historic downtown Astoria, Oregon, Fort George crafts original beers available only in the Pacific Northwest. Whether in cans or kegs, at the pub or on your front porch, Fort George beer brings people together in aromatic headiness and lupulin ecstasy. For more information about Fort George, go to www.fortgeorgebrewery.com or follow them on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat @FortGeorgeBeer.

 

about Overdub IPA

Look for Overdub IPA in grippy 16-oz four-packs and draft starting April 23rd, and from time to time throughout the year. Fort George beer is distributed only in the Pacific Northwest. For a location near you, check the beer finder at www.fortgeorgebrewery.com/beerfinder/.

 

Fort George to Expand Operations

written by Brad Blaser on April 1st, 2015

Looks to Purchase Anheuser-Busch InBev

– Search for Investors in the Preliminary Stages –

April 1st, 2015 – Fort George Brewery announced today that is has begun the process of gathering investors to purchase Anheuser-Busch InBev. For more than 160 years, Anheuser-Busch, with its flagship brewery still operating in St. Louis, MO, has had a dominant presence on the American beer landscape.

“We have no plans to move brewery operations away from St. Louis at this time,” said Fort George co-owner Chris Nemlowill. “Anheuser-Busch has time-honored traditions passed down through generations of brewmasters and employees. We see this more as a partnership. Their recipe of hard work and branding has served them well, and we’d like to continue to see what they can do independently.” AB InBev currently holds a 47.2 percent share of the U.S. beer market. “I am looking forward to trips to Belgium, however,” Nemlowill added.

“Bud Light Lime-A-Rita would definitely fill a niche Fort George does not serve,” explains Jack Harris, co-owner and brew master at Fort George. “Straw-Ber-Rita, Raz-Ber-Rita, even Mang-O-Rita, we don’t make anything like that. Fort George definitely does not have a Rita-style beer.”

Other than ownership, no major changes are in store for Budweiser and its affiliated brands. Bud drinkers will still be able to enjoy that great beechwood aged flavor they have come to know. “The recipes and the message will remain the same,” explained Nemlowill. “You can still look forward to all of those heartwarming dog and horse commercials on Super Bowl Sunday. In fact, maybe even more of the same.”

“I’m up for whatever,” Harris agreed. “And you can hashtag that.”

Although just in the preliminary stages, Fort George is looking to secure the capital to close this purchase by the end of 2017, or when their gofundme goal of $250 billion is reached. In addition to its U.S. operations, the acquisition would include all of AB InBevs worldwide holdings.

About Anheuser-Busch

Anheuser-Busch is the U.S. arm of Anheuser-Busch InBev and operates 15 breweries, 17 distributorships and 23 agricultural and packaging facilities across the United States, representing a capital investment of more than $15.5 billion. Its flagship brewery remains in St. Louis, Mo., and is among the global company’s largest and most technologically capable breweries. Visitor and special beermaster tours are available at its St. Louis and four other Anheuser-Busch breweries. For more information, visit www.anheuser-busch.com.

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About Fort George Brewery

Locally owned and operated in historic downtown Astoria, Oregon, Fort George crafts original beers available only in the Pacific Northwest. Whether in cans or kegs, at the pub or on your front porch, Fort George beer brings people together in aromatic headiness and lupulin ecstasy. For more information about Fort George, go to www.fortgeorgebrewery.com or follow them on Twitter and Instagram @FortGeorgeBeer.

 

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