For the first time after 7 years Fort George Brewing is releasing the latest in the annual North series, North VII in 22oz bottles. North VII started out as an Imperial Belgian-style IPA but became something else after having aged in Kentucky Bourbon Barrels.
Fort George describes the making of the beer in prose:
A tractor-trailer sped 2400 miles through the night to deliver American Oak barrels to the Fort George Brewery, staves still engorged with Kentucky Bourbon. Seventy-two hours after being emptied at the distillery these barrels were harboring a winter wonder, working their alchemy on the hop and barley elixir nestled within. With the addition of more hops as the beer left the barrels, North VII was born – fully aromatic and pungent with vanilla, bourbon, oak and flowery lupulin magic.
In 2007, Fort George brewed its first winter seasonal strong ale, North, for the Great Alaskan Beer and Barleywine Festival. The North Series tradition has continued every year – the recipe varies but the style stays the same. 2013’s North VII was brewed with a complex malt bill and a tremendous amount of hops. Fermented with a Belgian yeast for a touch of spice, this Imperial IPA was then steeped for just the right amount of time in the freshest Kentucky Bourbon barrels this side of the Rockies.