We've just received our latest and brightest batch of cans, and we're elated to start canning Sunrise Oatmeal Pale Ale this month. The February release is timed so that you can have a can in your hands this spring. The beer has gone from the canning line to the retail cooler in our pub, to local stores, and onto the rest of Oregon and Southwest Washington. Some other big news, we’re planning to enter the Seattle market in March.
An employee favorite, we’ve found Sunrise Oatmeal Pale Ale, or “OPA,” as it’s affectionately referred to, is the beer the majority of Fort George workers tend to order for their shift beer after work.
In order to meet demand and can more beer, we needed more brewing vessels. Two shining new 120 barrel fermenters and a 120 barrel bright tank recently arrived and now adorn our production brewery in the Lovell Building. This increases brewing capacity by about 200%, but more importantly for you, it equates to Sunrise Oatmeal Pale Ale in cans, as well as Quick Wit coming soon.
Metal Craft in Portland custom built these stainless steel beauties; designing equipment that would fit in our space was paramount. It was definitely all hands on deck maneuvering the tanks from our parking lot, through traffic on Duane Street, and finally into the entrance on 14th Street. Guiding the bright tank into place proved to be the biggest challenge, requiring a second-level hoist, in addition to a forklift on the ground floor.
Because this new equipment will take up space in the brewery that had been used for weddings and other special events, we are renovating the Showroom, which is adjacent to the brewery and Taproom, for such gatherings. Our general contractor, Tim Kennedy, says he’s “cheering up” the space. You can see it at the Stouts & Oysters Brewers Dinner on February 15th as well as the Festival of Dark Arts on February 18th