Lovers of Vortex India Pale Ale, Oatmeal Pale Ale, 1817 Lager rejoice as the brewery has announced the release of their limited edition XVIth Chapel Belgian-style India Pale Ale, aged in Four Roses bourbon barrels. You heard me, Four Roses bourbon barrels.
The announcement and imminent release is associated with the breweries recent celebration of their 5th year in historic Astoria.
Five years ago we opened a little brewpub in the downstairs corner of the Fort George Building in Historic Downtown Astoria. A small group of us went to work brewing beer, flipping burgers and creating a space for people to meet and enjoy. Today we take up nearly an entire city-block, with three buildings, two breweries, two bars, an event space and canning line with almost 50 hard-working employees.
So the folks in the brewery decided the only way to celebrate this milestone was with a beer that has been in the planning since the brewery was first opened.
About XVIth Chapel bourbon barrel-aged Belgian-style India Pale Ale.
A strong west-coast IPA fermented with a ravenous Belgian yeast strain was allowed to condition in Four Roses Bourbon Barrels until the oak and esters became one. This was blended with more of the original unconditioned brew in a bright tank, making a perfect mixture that entailed stringent quality control (aka tasting) until it was just right. The entire elixir sat on ten pounds of fresh rose hips and more hops (of course) until imbued with a subtle floral essence.
Fans of their canned beers will take note that this is a departure (one time) from their usual method of using aluminum.
While we are totally committed to the quality of canned beer, a special occasion like this affords an opportunity to show off some special packaging. Glass is beautiful and we have created a beautiful beer to put inside it. Roses on Roses is our Bourbon Barrel Aged Belgian Style India Pale Ale. Our expression of what a brewery can accomplish in five short, but intense, years. May we still be pleasing your palate in another five.
Congrats to the milestone and we look forward to tracking a bottle down to see what five years of celebration tastes like!
The Fort George Brewery & Public House was the original settlement site of Astoria founded in March 1811 by Captain Jonathan Thorn. In its heyday, Astoria was the Pacific Fur Company’s primary fur trading post in the Northwest. Under temporary British Authority, it was renamed Fort George after King George the Third. In 1924, the Fort George building was erected to house a Ford service station and remained an automotive repair facility until the late 1990’s. Briefly abandoned and sadly neglected, we have revitalized the Fort George building producing beer here on site. We hope this brewery will respond and adjust to your thirsts, as we believe in beer that evolves depending on the palates of the people who drink it. We strive to use the freshest most locally obtainable ingredients and our beers are never filtered, fined or clarified. We the brewers aim to constantly raise our standards to make you the greatest pint of beer you’ve had today.
We aim to operate a public house that is open and welcoming to all that may gather together, enjoy fresh local food and beer served with enthusiasm and a commitment to quality. We take three days off a year, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Labor Day, but otherwise we are open to serve. Please return often for great meals, outstanding beers and good company.