Rather we were informed that one of our favorite breweries in Astoria (Oregon) has a few cases of beer laying around.
More importantly they have a few cases of their Rye Barrel-aged Cavatica Stout up for grabs.
What’s Rye Whiskey barrel-aged Cavatica Stout? We’ll let Brian Bovenizer explain that one.
Each year, to coincide with Fort George Brewery’s Stout Month, Fort George will be releasing a new barrel-aged version of the big, bold Cavatica Stout. 2013’s edition, the Rye Whiskey Cavatica Stout, is truly a work of dark art. Aged 6 months in Heaven Hills whiskey barrels, the house Cavatica Stout emerged incredibly smooth and deeply layered with heavy caramel, vanilla, peat and oak flavors. At 9.2% ABV, it will definitely warm the soul.
Fort George Brewery’s Festival of Dark Arts, held on Saturday of President’s Day weekend, marked the release of these limited edition 4-packs of 16-oz cans. Any remaining 4-packs will be sold on the Fort George Online Store. Each is hand-packaged, and includes a letter-pressed, personally signed and numbered card from the brewers with a story as dark as the stout itself. The custom black box, designed specifically for shipping, is adorned with spiders and reinforces the theme – dark. Upon first sight, these look like normal Cavatica Stout cans, but the stamp of Rye on the bottom of each one will fend off beer afficionados none the wiser.
Cavatica, named after the lead spider Charlotte A. Cavatica in E. B. Webb’s classic Charlotte’s Web, is a massive 8.8% stout - the flagship in Fort George’s stout lineup for February. Fort George is no stranger to stouts as every February is declared “Stout Month.” The Astoria brewery concocted 14 stouts for 2013 and hopes to make even more for next year.
This year’s limited edition vintage began with a trip to Portland’s Hair of the Dog Brewery, where the staff scored some fresh Heaven Hills Rye Whiskey Barrels direct from Kentucky. The Stout was immediately transferred into the barrels, where it aged for 6 months.
So what’s this got do to with online shipping?
Actually something wonderful, if you live in ‘direct shipment’ state. Fort George is selling their Limited Edition Rye barrel-aged Cavatica Stout, via their online store. Shipped in package of 4, 16oz cans, the beer will set you back $19.95 (plus shipping). But this is a small price to pay, when compared to gas and lodging that you would spend by visiting the brewery.
For more information or to purchase a 4-pack (limit 4) go here. While your at it, get some other cool Fort George merchandise.
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.