At Three Forks, our mission is to brew delicious, well balanced beers. We love hoppy West Coast Ales, we love German Lagers, we love rich Stouts and Porters – big beers, light beers, and everything in between. Balance. The big hop beers will have a solid malt backbone to stand on. The big malt beers will have enough hop bitterness to compliment any perceived sweetness. Most of our base malt and specialty malts will be sourced from, Rahr Malting and Briess Malting in North America but we will also showcase some of the finest malts in the world including Castle malts from Belgium, Weyerman malts from Germany, and Crisp Malts from England. Our hops come primarily from the hop growing capital of the world (or craft brew world anyway), the hop-lush Yakima Valley in Washington state.
Dave Cowie started brewing at home in April 1991. His passion and zeal to make great beers was immediate, even if his beer’s greatness wasn’t quite so. He brewed with extracts for a couple years before jumping into all grain in 1993. His first all grain beer (a German Maibock) was his best to date and had him solidly hooked. Over the years he continued to refine and improve his process, equipment and recipes. He loved to brew for friends, and events, and provided beer for a number of weddings. His friends were effusive in their praise for his brewing and often urged him to go pro. But he resisted, often with the line, “Why would I want to turn a perfectly good hobby into a job?” Then, when circumstances lead him to consider a career change back in 2011, he thought, “Why wouldn’t I want to turn a perfectly good hobby into my job?” And so with much enthusiasm, he dedicated himself to brewing professionally. Best decision he’s ever made (well, second best, according to his wife, Michelle).
We brew on a 7 bbl (1 bbl = 1 barrel = 31 gallons) brewhouse from Premier Stainless Systems. Our brewery is made up of an insulated mash tun and boil kettle with a brewhouse pump and heat exchanger built into the piping manifold and brew platform between the two. We have four 7 bbl temperature controlled fermentation vessels. We dispense our beer from a combination of four 7 bbl serving tanks and kegs located in our brewery walk-in (picture).
Oak Tree Pale Ale
A blend of Crystal and Munich malts give this American Pale Ale just the right malt balance to compliment the assertive hop citrus aroma. Hopped with Chinook, Amarillo, Cascade and Northern Brewer. 42 IBU’s. 5.9% abv.
Mother’s Beach Blonde
Munich and Vienna Malts and the subtly spicy Hallertauer hops give this German Munich Helles style a refreshing clean crispness but with a more malty finish than its Pilsner cousin. 16 IBU’s. 5.1% abv.
Easy Ugly Stout
Dark Munich, Chocolate, and Black malts combined with five other malts create a luxuriously rich, smooth satisfying American Stout with distinct chocolate and roasted notes. Chinook, Cascade, and Northern Brewer hops blend together to perfectly balance the rich flavor. 61 IBU’s. 6.4% abv.
Emerald Pool IPA
Our version of this West Coast standard adds the complexity from Munich and Wheat malts coupled with an English Ale yeast to leave a less dry, more complex finish. Magnum, Northern Brewer, Cascade, and Centennial hops give this IPA a flowery and citrus aroma that blends perfectly with the malt. 53 IBU’s. 6.5% abv.
Rush Creek Red IPA
Caravienne, Munich, Vienna, and 7 other malts combine with 6 hop varieties to make Rush Creek Red IPA a hoppy AND Malty ale, finely balanced, with a clean, crisp, satisfying finish. Dry hopped with Cascade, Centennial, Northern Brewer, Chinook, and CTZ. 61 IBU’s. 6.6% abv.
Birthday Suit Nut Brown Ale
This smooth, full bodied tawny Brown Ale is rich and complex, with a slightly toasty, roasty, nutty flavor and a clean finish. 35 IBU’s. 5.8% abv.
Dynamite Double IPA
A hophead’s dream, and not just a hoptical delusion, this IIPA has a hopscene amount of hops but finishes clean, and dry. Double dry-hopped with Amarillo, Centennial, Chinook, Cascade, and CTZ. 99.9 IBU’s. 8.0% abv.
A German Pale Bock lager style traditionally brewed for release in May (Mai). Lighter than a traditional German Bock, our Maibock has a strong backbone of Pilsner and Munich malts to give it a nice malty body, and is crisply balanced by Perle and Tettnang hops. Clean and delicious, one of the Brewer’s favorite styles. 37 IBU’s. 6.5% abv.
Mud In Your Eye Rye IPA
A complex grain bill including 15% Rye malt adds a slight spicy and dry character to the finish of this dark, hoppy ale. Hopped with Chinook, Perle, Cascade, Centennial, Willamette, and CTZ. 55 IBU’s. 6.4% abv.
Quoth the Raven Imperial Stout
This is a BIG beer. With notes of chocolate, berry, vanilla and an evident warmth from the alcohol, this Imperial Stout is smooth, delicious, and satisfying. A great companion to sweet desserts, especially chocolate. 99 IBU’s. 11.5% abv.