In April, Fort George Brewery Celebrates 17 Years of Vortex IPA

A 4-pack of Vortex Hands IPA.

New versions of the beloved IPA and collaborations mark the 17th anniversary of an iconic Northwest beer.

Highlights:

  • Cryotex IPA is a newfangled version of Vortex IPA, brewed using newfangled hops that didn’t exist back when Vortex was born: Cryo and CGX Hops from Yakima Chief and Crosby Hop Farms. Releases April 1st.
  • Vortex Hands IPA is a collaboration beer brewed with the folks at Block 15 Brewing. The beer’s name combines two iconic IPAs into one: Vortex IPA and Sticky Hands IPA. Releases April 15th.
  • DDH Vortex IPA is a double dry-hopped version of the original. Releases April 1st.
  • Find all three beers, along with the original Vortex IPA, on tap at the Fort George Pub in Astoria and look for them in can at better beer retailers across the PNW.
  • Vortex events across the PNW. See below.

“In the beginning, there was beer,” said an announcement from Fort George Brewing. “In April, we’re celebrating the beginning of Fort George Beer with Vortex Month. If you haven’t cracked a can of Vortex in a minute, now is the perfect time to raise your glass to an original West Coast IPA – going strong for the last seventeen years.” 

“We’re always coming up with new beer here at Fort George. We like new stuff and our brewers have a lot of weird ideas. Burger beer. Pickle spices. Mushroom powder. Pies. Our truck drivers and dishwashers and office managers all have beer ideas, too. The Fort requires all our employees to have at least one cool idea per fiscal quarter. It’s basically the only requirement for working here. Due to this medium-strict company policy, lots of different beer recipes are pouring at the tap wall every week and we’ve always got something new to try.” 

“But in April we’ll all be drinking Vortex. Last year we packaged our first ever Double Dry Hopped Vortex – like Vortex but with more Vortex in it. DDH Vortex is back this year alongside Cryotex – our original Vortex recipe made with Cryo and CGX Hops from Yakima Chief and Crosby Hop Farms. It’s like the Vortex of the future… in cans!”


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“Also releasing in April is a long-awaited, loving tribute to two of the PNW’s most beloved IPAs: Fort George’s Vortex IPA and Block 15’s Sticky Hands IPA. Vortex Hands is a collaboration with our good friends at Block 15. Like Vortex – with the spirit of Block 15’s strong, smooth and piney Sticky Hands, or Sticky Hands with the spirit of a bright and balanced Vortex.”

VORTEX EVENTS ALL OVER THE PNW in April


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  • Vortex Month begins with a Doom at Loyal Legion SE Portland 4/1/2024
  • VorTax Day at John’s Marketplace in Beaverton 4/15/2024
  • Vortex Takeover at The Falls Taphouse in Klamath Falls 4/25/2024

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