It’s almost time for the release of 2018’s version of 3-Way IPA from Fort George Brewery. The official release date is May 29th. Each year the Astoria, Oregon brewery teams up with a couple of other breweries to create a 3-way collaboration beer. Typically, these are outstanding beers. For this year’s version Fort George Brewery collaborated with Holy Mountain Brewing of Seattle and Modern Times Brewing of San Diego. Hard to imagine how it will be anything short of spectacular.
The collaboration process took six months and involved seven beta versions of the beer before arriving at the final formulation. The beer is going into cans and will be released soon. Thereafter, find it at your favorite beer retailer.
Release events are planned for Astoria, Portland, and Seattle.
- 3-Way IPA Trolley Party – Astoria, Oregon. Tuesday, May 29th – 6pm to 9pm. Astoria Riverwalk Tour. For tickets and information go to: fortgeorgebrewery.com/event/3-way-ipa-trolley-party/
- 3-Way IPA Portland Release – Friday, June 1st – 6pm to 9pm. White Owl Social Club. For more information go to: fortgeorgebrewery.com/event/portland-3-way-ipa-release-party
- 3-Way IPA Seattle Release – Saturday, June 2nd – 6pm to 9pm. The Pine Box. Tricycle races! For more information go to: fortgeorgebrewery.com/event/seattle-3-way-ipa-release-party/
Seeking inspiration, the brewers turned to three members of the animal kingdom: the goat, the elk, and the narwhal. Here’s the story of the beer in the words of Fort George Brewery.
The Goat: According to Norse mythology, Thor rides in a chariot pulled by goats, bringing the thunder. One of the oldest domesticated animals, the legend of the goat runs deep, is vital to humankind, and yet at times turns dark and foreboding. Goats are also amazing mountain climbers, especially holy mountains.
The Elk: Native to the Northwest, some cultures revere the elk as a spiritual force. Large and powerfully built, elk shed their velvet at the start of summer revealing antlers that grow more and more impressive every year. The bugle call of a fully mature bull is remarkably similar to the Fort George 5 o’clock shift change/beer whistle.
The Narwhal: Narwhals absolutely shred it. Anyone who doubts this gets the tusk.
3-Way IPA rises every summer like a Monolith, no a Triolith of IPA reverence, this year featuring Holy Mountain from Seattle, Modern Times from San Diego, and Fort George Brewery from Astoria, Oregon. Each year new friendships are forged. An exchange of brewing knowledge and techniques are passed along. Pints are shared. And by the start of summer, the fruit from this collaborative process is packed into 16-ounce cans, exclusively for the Pacific Northwest.
Enter 3-Way IPA. Among the swelling base and heavily hopped riffs, a uniting dissonance appears. White wheat and flaked oats load in sustained distortion and vast amounts of feedback. From the Juice yeast emerges an ethereal realm of suspended ambient fruit and lupulin resonance. Aromatic and resinous, 3-Way IPA reverberates with massive Simcoe, Citra, Comet, and Ariana additions as The Narwhal holds a ridiculously long chord.
But don’t sleep on this release. 3-Way IPA is a limited summer seasonal. Once the lights fade and the fog settles, there are no encores. Look for 3-Way IPA at Pacific Northwest locations near you starting June 1st. And catch the release parties, with all three collaborating breweries, at the following locations: