They’ve been doing it for years. They keep changing partners too. Each year you wonder what could possibly make it so… hard… to find. They give you quick flashes of it at preview events, building up your anticipation, but hold back that final version until they’re ready for full release.
I’m referring of course to Fort George Brewery‘s annual release of 3-Way IPA. Each year this extremely popular collaboration brew is sought after by IPA fans everywhere, and it can go fast, making it somewhat difficult to find at times. For this year’s version of 3-Way, Fort George Brewery out of Astoria, Oregon has teamed up with Holy Mountain Brewing Company out of Seattle and Modern Times Beer out of San Diego. All three breweries are well known for making some excellent IPAs, so this sounds to me like the perfect recipe for a collaborative IPA made in hophead Heaven.
Here is the full press release from Fort George Brewing Company:
3-Way IPA Reverberates Across the Pacific Northwest
Featuring Fort George, Modern Times, and Holy Mountain
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:
3-Way IPA Trolley Party – Astoria, Oregon
Astoria Riverwalk Tour
Tuesday, May 29th – 6pm to 9pm
For tickets and information go to:
3-Way IPA Portland Release
White Owl Social Club
Friday, June 1st – 6pm to 9pm
For more information go to:
3-Way IPA Seattle Release
The Pine Box
Saturday, June 2nd – 6pm to 9pm
Tricycle races! For more information go to:
Fort George beer is brewed and canned in Astoria, Oregon and distributed exclusively in the Pacific Northwest. For more information go to fortgeorgebrewery.com.
The Seattle release party listed above for this year’s 3-Way IPA at The Pine Box is a draft only release, so you’ll need to be on the lookout at your local craft beer retailer for the cans, which should start arriving the 1st week of June. Grab ’em while you can, as this is a limited Summer release.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.