Fort George Brewing is going Vortex IPA crazy, launching 5 flavor variations of its flagship IPA, new 4-packs, and–coming this winter–a seasonal variety 24-pack. After almost seven years of R & D, the owners are finally giving the thumbs up. Way up.
“If I could do twenty Vortexes I would,” said co-owner Chris Nemlowill. “But we settled on these variations so we wouldn’t break the brewery.” Although no more Vortex styles are planned until February 2017, a seasonal variety 24-pack will be on store shelves this winter.
“Sourcing high-quality ingredients, and at these amounts, is a nightmare,” added business partner Jack Harris. “But I have to say, one taste of these new Vortex beverages makes it all worthwhile.”
Look for four-packs of 16-ounce cans in stores soon. Until then, here are the official descriptions from the brewery:
“Tropical Fruit” Flavored Vortex – Musky, soft buttery undertones of papaya with a pineapple punch to the palate. Hand-harvested in Vietnam, the organic fruit ripens in open cargo ships on its trans-Pacific voyage. Brewed with whole fruit in the fermenter, natural flavorings in the bright tank, and up to 10% real fruit juice added to the finished product. Also available pulp-free. 6.5% ABV
Vortexican – Trump couldn’t build a wall high enough to contain this flavor. Brewed with poblano and habanero peppers foraged from the wild fields of Texas and roasted in the Fort George wood-fired oven. IBUs? No idea. But it’s packing over 300,000 Scoville units of heat. Now that’s a spicy Vortex! 8.3% ABV
Not Your Mother’s Damn Vortex – An herbed/spiced malt beverage just in time for summer. Reminiscent of that classic diet cherry cola you remember as a child, yet smacking enough sass for the big kids. Made with all natural stevia, cherry, and cola flavorings – available starting in June and until Fort George receives a cease and desist letter. 7% ABV
Gluten-Free Non-Alcoholic Vortex – For those teetotalers with gluten sensitivity, Fort George has the perfect beer for you. This non-alcoholic IPA is full-bodied, hop-forward, and gut-friendly, containing over 15 billion live L. acidophilus & B. bifidum probiotics per 16-ounce serving. Locally sourced sorghum, millet, and corn make it hearty enough for the most seasoned craft beer drinker. How do the brewers do it? Nobody knows. And we aren’t asking. 0.0% ABV
Dirty Vortini – Fort George’s first foray into the canned cocktail space is a doozie. Take two parts Vortex IPA and one part distilled Vortex IPA–add imported Moroccan Meslalla olives to the bright tank and gently stir in over a gallon of brine per barrel…never shaken. Whole olives are added inline to each can. Watch for pits. 14% ABV
Fort George is distributed exclusively in the Pacific Northwest. For locations near you, check the Fort George beer finder at www.fortgeorgebrewery.com/beerfinder/.
Fort George Brewery
1483 Duane Street
Astoria, Oregon 97103