Thanks to a new 6-head mobile bottling line from Meheen, Fort George Brewing can now start bottling up more specialty releases for a new series it is calling ‘Sweet Virginia.’ The first release in the series is ‘Matryoshka, a strong Russian Imperial Stout aged in Four Roses bourbon barrels and bottled in wax dipped 500ml bottles.
More from the release:The oak barrels filled with stout have been lining the windows in the Lovell Showroom for all of 2016 (historically used as an automotive showroom to display the latest model cars, now used to display future bottled beer releases).
The oak barrels filled with stout have been lining the windows in the Lovell Showroom for all of 2016 (historically used as an automotive showroom to display the latest model cars, now used to display future bottled beer releases).
“The name ‘Matryoshka’ is based on the idea of Russian nesting dolls,” explains brewer Dave Coyne. Dave not only manages the barrel program at Fort George, he also drew the illustrations for the labels. “Matryoshka is the first in this series. It will be followed up with smaller and smaller variations. Next is a version with cocoa nibs and finally Matryoshka with cocoa nibs and raspberries.” The first bottles were sold on Friday with the additional layers set for release by February, in time for Fort George Stout Month.
The Matryoshka releases are only the first in this new Sweet Virginia Series bottling project at Fort George. The mobile bottling line allows the brewers to do short runs of barrel aged and rare beers on a regular basis. Named after the small “Sweet Virginia” pub system, these brewer-developed beers have always been a source of innovation and experimentation on the block. But with many batches limited to a handful of kegs, most of these beers never leave the pub in Astoria.
“I’m looking forward to trying different styles, perhaps blending with different kinds of barrels,” Dave continues. “Making the best barrel aged beers we can and having a way to share those with more people, that’s what is exciting to me.”
Due to the limited nature of the Sweet Virginia Series, bottles and draft may be hard to find outside of Fort George Brewery. Look for a new bottle release at the pub about once a month. Occasionally when the project allows, Sweet Virginia Series bottles may be available at bottleshops around the Northwest.
Matryoshka, in 500ml bottles and draft, is available at the brewery and in extremely limited supply around the Northwest starting this week. Variations of Matryoshka with cocoa nibs and raspberries will be available by February, exclusively on the North Coast. Look for future bottle releases, including a 10th Anniversary Barleywine and Bourbon Barrel Cavatica Stout, coming later this year. Fort George beer is distributed only in the Pacific Northwest.