Enjoying craft beer is all about appreciating the skill of the brew master and treating your taste buds, while having a great time with friends and family. So, if you’re feeling resentful or holding onto a grudge about something this holiday season, Let it go. Be like Fort George Brewing Company. Be Magnanimous.
This Fall/Winter Seasonal Ale is brewed with Grand Fir trimmings from Earth & Sky Farm in Oregon City, which Fort George co-owner Chris Nemlowill has been storing in his basement since May when they were picked. Magnanimous IPA is a great way for hopheads like me to enjoy the Holidays and Hops at the same time.
Here is the full press release from Fort George Brewing Company:
Magnanimous IPA is a yearly offering from Fort George, reaching homes and pubs throughout the Northwest in early fall. But this seasonal beer brewed with Grand Fir trimmings actually starts in late May. That is when the Christmas trees at Earth & Sky Farm in Oregon City show their new, soft green growth. And it’s also when Tim Ensign and Jana Daisy-Ensign invite everyone out to the farm to harvest the fir for this winter collaboration with Fort George.
“We put a call out to friends and family in the beer community when the fir tips are ready,” explains Brad Blaser who works on the marketing team. “It’s pretty hot out there at that time of year, but Tim & Jana at Earth & Sky are great hosts. Barbecue, plenty of drinks, someone even brought a guitar to play while we picked. Your hands smell like trees for a day, but it’s a lot of fun with a really nice group of people.”
Hundreds of pounds of fir tips were picked, packed, and vacuum sealed into 10 lb. bags. These were quickly loaded up, driven back to Astoria, and delivered to a dedicated chest freezer located in the basement of Fort George co-owner Chris Nemlowill’s home. There they rested, tucked away until the brewery said it was time.
“I am happy to get that fir out of my basement,” Chris adds. “But I’m even more excited to taste a pint of Magnanimous IPA again.”
Bestowed with generous amounts of hand-harvested Grand Fir trimmings and bountiful additions of Simcoes and Chinooks, Magnanimous IPA offers a noble blend of lush piney hops and fresh evergreen aroma.
Look for 16-ounce four-packs and draft of this winter seasonal starting October 5th and while it lasts. Fort George beer is distributed only in the Pacific Northwest.
When friends drop by this holiday season, don’t be stingy with that stuff. Remember, Be Magnanimous! Magnanimous IPA should start appearing on craft store shelves starting next week. Invite some over for the holidays.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.