Fort George Brewery will once again release its winter seasonal Magnanimous IPA, brewed with grand fir trimmings. For this seasonal IPA, Fort George partners with Earth & Sky Farm in rural Oregon City to gather grand fir trimmings in late May when Christmas trees are ripe with new growth. Magnanimous IPA will be available beginning on October 5th.
Tim Ensign, Fort George Sales Manager and his wife Jana Daisy-Ensign, National Sales – Cider Ambassador at Finnriver Cider, own Earth & Sky Farm. Each year the couple invites both longtime and new friends to the farm to assist in the shearing of the trees.
“We put a call out to friends and family in the beer community when the fir tips are ready,” stated Brad Blaser in a release who works on the marketing team at Fort George. “It’s pretty hot out there at that time of year, but Tim & Jana at Earth & Sky are great hosts. Barbecue, plenty of drinks, someone even brought a guitar to play while we picked. Your hands smell like trees for a day, but it’s a lot of fun with a really nice group of people.”
Once harvested, the pounds upon pounds of grand fir trimmings are packed and then vacuum-sealed into 10-pound bags. These bags are then driven back to Astoria and stored in a chest freezer in the basement of Fort George co-owner Chris Nemlowill’s home until brew day in late summer. “I am happy to get that fir out of my basement,” stated Nemlowill in a release. “But I’m even more excited to taste a pint of Magnanimous IPA again.”
In the brewing of Magnanimous IPA, Simcoe and Chinook hops are added along with these grand fir trimmings to produce an IPA that offers some of the best fragrant evergreen aromas in any beer out there.
Fort George Magnanimous IPA will be available on draft and in 16 oz. four packs that feature cartoon caricatures of both Tim and Jana on each can throughout the fall and into the beginning days of winter throughout the Pacific Northwest.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 25 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in the archives of Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @hopapalooza.