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An IPA Odyssey: Summer 2014

written by Nathan on May 23rd, 2014

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The return of 3-Way IPA is here. This year’s 3-way IPA was brewed in collaboration with Block 15 and Boneyard. We take 3-Way IPA very seriously – this isn’t just a one-off. The recipe meetings and test batches were elaborate to say the least. All to make this year’s 3-Way even better than the last. And now it is finally here.

To celebrate Fort George’s summer 2014 IPA Odyssey tap takeovers will be coming to a location near you – that is, if you are in the Northwest. The events are designed to be bitter havens filled with unapologetically hoppy offerings.

Here’s a full list of tour dates:

JUNE 4 • PORKY’S • LONGVIEW, WA • 5PM-8PM
JUNE 12 • TAP & GROWLER • EUGENE, OR • 5PM-9PM
JUNE 12 • BY THE BOTTLE • VANCOUVER, WA • 6PM-9PM
JUNE 13 • HORSE BRASS PUB • PORTLAND, OR • 5PM-9PM
JUNE 13 • NOBLE FIR • SEATTLE, WA • 6PM-9PM
JUNE 13 • JACKSON CREEK PIZZA • MEDFORD, OR • 7:30PM-9:30PM
JUNE 14 • PINE BOX • SEATTLE, WA – 4PM-7PM (TRICYCLE RACES)
JUNE 17 • BITTERCREEK ALEHOUSE • BOISE, ID • 4PM-9PM
JUNE 18 • PARKWAY TAVERN • TACOMA, WA • 4PM-CLOSE
JUNE 20 • LES CAVES BIER & KITCHEN • CORVALLIS, OR – 4PM-7PM
JUNE 21 • BROKEN TOP BOTTLE SHOP • BEND, OR – 5PM-8PM
JUNE 21 • LANTERN TAP HOUSE • SPOKANE, WA – 4PM-CLOSE

At Fort George there’s room for more than just one new beer this summer. We’ve decided to bring an all-the-time IPA and we’re calling it The Optimist – a lively IPA with robust citrus and an upbeat attitude.
Optimist 6pack

We didn’t want The Optimist to feel alone in 12oz can 6-packs, so we’ve partnered it up with Quick Wit. They will both be making appearances around the Northwest. Though, Quick Wit will have to stay the hell away from the IPA events of the summer.

Quick Wit 6pack

 

Fort George Turns 7

written by Brad Blaser on March 6th, 2014

FG Building 2006

FG Building 2013

From 2007 to 2014, Fort George has come a long way.  We welcome everyone to join us at the Public House this Sunday, March 9th and celebrate the 7th Anniversary of Fort George Brewery.  The party starts at 3pm with house-favorites The Quick and Easy Boys making their upstairs debut.  This Portland power-trio creates their own blend of rock & roll.  Imagine the Minutemen, Band of Gypsies, and the Police rolled into one.  The party continues at 8pm with Fort George’s Sunday Night Concert Series featuring the high-energy delta-bluesy sounds of Tango Alpha Tango.  These Northwest natives will reel you in with memorable melodies and catchy guitar hooks peppered with funky bass-lines, driving beats, and psychedelic keys.

And what do you get a brewery for its birthday?  OMEGATEX!  This limited run, 7th anniversary beer will be released for the first time in 22-oz bottles.  Try it on tap or take a case home – it’s like Vortex only BIGGER….

Bring your dancing shoes, some good spirits, and a thirst for Astoria craft beer.  The party starts at 3pm.  Doors to the Public House open at noon.  Expect prize giveaways, music, great beer and food.  But most of all, this day is a big thank you to the community and Northwest craft beer lovers who made it all possible.  Cheers!

 

Head Brewer Matt Licata – designer of Dodgy Bloke ESB

written by Nathan on March 3rd, 2014

From Dogfish Head to Fort George Brewery

From Dogfish Head to Fort George Brewery

The newest member of the Fort George family started work in the brewery like those before him, canning Vortex. But once the honeymoon was over it was time to put Matt Licata’s Master of Science in Virology and American Brewers Guild degree to full use. This month, Matt created the Sweet Virginia Series beer called “Dodgy Bloke ESB” – a sessionable Extra Special Bitter to aid in the recovery from the dark beers of Stout Month.

“We hired Matt because of his dedication to quality craft beer,” explains Jack Harris, co-owner of Fort George Brewery. “Not everyone gets a job at a Nationally known brewery like Dogfish Head. Matt worked himself into being in charge of their entire yeast propagation program, which is at the heart of any brewery.” For Matt’s Sweet Virginia beer, he chose to use a 1968 London ESB yeast. “Dodgy Bloke ESB” was brewed in the traditional English fashion…with one exception: Willamette hops were used as a tip of the hat to the Pacific Northwest. The floral character of the hops blend with a malty backbone of bizcuit and caramel, and a touch of roasted barley in the grist for a nice reddish hue.

And from the many prospective candidates for Fort George Head Brewer, just what made Matt the perfect fit? “I appreciate his formal education in brewing. And his experience with a very large production brewery is something we have been in search of for a long while,” Jack adds. Matt’s favorite Fort George beer is also Sunrise OPA, a house favorite. Yet another reasons he fits in well.


Dodgy Bloke’s namesake comes from Matt’s favorite British colloquialism and is available locally starting March 1st.

 

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