It’s never too early to start thinking about summer, especially this year when the summer will look a lot different than last summer. Well, hopefully. Here in the PNW, summer is 3-Way IPA season.
Each year, Fort George Brewery of Astoria, Oregon teams up with two other breweries to develop a new version of 3-Way IPA. It’s always tasty and always a very popular seasonal beer. This year’s collaboration partners include Washington’s Varietal Beer Company and California’s Moonraker Brewing.
Though the release is still some months away the partners have already begun working on the formula for this year’s beer. In fact, last weekend Fort George Brewery released two test versions of the beer. If you’re lucky, you may find it “out there” somewhere. The brewery in Astoria, OR itself is probably the best place to score it. Otherwise, here’s some info about what you can expect in this year’s 3-Way IPA, and the two recent beta releases.
On social media, Fort George Brewery made the following announcement. “Who’s ready for summer aka 3-Way IPA Season!? Come grab what your first taste of what summer is going to be like this Saturday, 1/9 as we release Beta 24 and Beta 24.1, the first two test batches for this year’s 3-Way IPA with… drumroll please…. Our friends Moonraker Brewing Company and Varietal Beer Company !!”
“Though we could not get together in person for our traditional recipe building, team building, bonding and drinking hang, we did what everyone else is doing: Zooming and Drinking! We sent each other our favorite hop-forward beers and over two days and many hours, put together our initial recipe for another great 3-Way IPA.”
“We’re getting at it early so we can really dial in this recipe. The first two batches utilize locally malted grains from Linc, Mecca Grade, and Great Western, and an exciting new hop variety from New Zealand called Nectaron. Initial hop bill is: Nectaron, Strata, Comet and Simcoe.”
“Now for the question you’re all asking. Is it Hazy? Ya. It’s hazy. Beta 24 leans more on Strata and Beta 24.1 leans more on Nectaron. Try them all! These will see VERY LIMITED distribution, so come on out and see what we’re cooking up.”
For more news about recent beer releases, visit the Washington Beer Blog’s New Beer Releases page.