On Tuesday the Oregon Beer Awards rewarded Fort George Brewery with a Gold Medal for their upcoming Grains of Wrath collaboration Fanzine IPA. The new spring seasonal has not even hit shelves, or taps, yet and is already winning accolades, cans and draft drop next week with release parties at Grains of Wrath on 2/26, at Tap Union Freehouse in Vancouver on 2/28, and at Roscoe’s in Portland on 2/29. And if you are in Astoria, Fort George will be hosting a triple release on 2/29 of Fanzine, Fields of Green: Oscar and bourbon barrel aged spiced stout called The Devil is in the Details.
The gold medal-winning version of Fanzine IPA was a test batch for the upcoming release. Grains of Wrath’s Mike Hunsaker collaborated with Fort George head brewer Michal Frankowicz on the recipe and the two worked their hoppy magic on a rare clear IPA. Fort George recruited artist Michael Hurley to do the comic-style can art for Fanzine IPA.
“We are big fans of all of the Mikes. We plan to have Fanzine come back in 2021, with another brewery, another artist, and a new recipe (most likely a West Coast style IPA),” says Fort George’s media director Brad Blaser.