Showing posts with label Fort George. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fort George. Show all posts

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Our Second Anniversary!

Save the date! 

When planning the #pdxbeergeeks second anniversary, we wanted to do something different. We didn't want to do another beer event, so we decided to do a family friendly geeky event. We've partnered with the Historic Hollywood Theatre and Atomic Pizza to do a one time showing of the fan mashup of the original Star Wars movies, Star Wars Uncut. A portion of door sales, and ALL beer sales from Atomic Pizza on the day of the event will be donated to local charity Outside In.

**** UPDATE - Pre-order tickets available here!  ****

As an added bonus, we've been working with the local 501st Legion Cloud City Garrison and Kashyyyk Base to have volunteers appearing as film-authentic Star Wars characters prior to the 3:30 pm showing.

Seating is limited, and we anticipate this event will sell out! We will post a link once advance online ticket sales are available.

Date ~ July 14th, 2013
Time ~ Show starts at 3:30 pm 
Place ~ Hollywood Theater
Price ~ $7/adult 
$5/children (Ages 1-12)

Special thanks to The Hollywood Theatre, Atomic Pizza, the Cloud City Garrison and Kashyyyk Base, 10 Barrel Brewing, Lompoc Brewing, Fort George, Natian Brewing, Outside In, and you! We wouldn't be able to do this without the incredible support of the beer community, and you, our friends. Thank you!

May the force be with you. Always.

About ~

Star Wars Uncut - Star Wars Uncut is a crazy fan mashup remake of the original Star Wars movies. It is the brainchild of Casey Pugh, a developer dedicated to creating interactive experiences on the web. In 2009, Casey was inspired to use the Internet and an ever-ready pool of passionate Star Wars fans to crowd source the classic film Star Wars IV: A New Hope. This pet project turned into a labor of love and creativity on a large scale. Nearly a thousand fans came together to participate and the resulting movie is equal parts fun, kooky, and dearly nostalgic.

Outside In - Outside In began in 1968, and we have continually revised our Homeless Youth Services and Medical Services to meet changing community needs. Our mission is to help homeless youth and other marginalized people move towards improved health and self-sufficiency.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Festival of Dark Arts 2013: Save the Date

The Festival of Dark Arts: February 16th, 2013

The Festival of Dark Arts is the Carnival of Stout, the culmination of Stout Month (February). It’s a one-day, full on multi-media extravaganza based on one common theme: Dark. Well, Dark and Stout. Attendees will feast their senses on 30+ Stout beers, browse the Dark Arts Gallery, listen to a variety of live music, have their tarot read, forge iron beer openers, blow glass beer mugs, witness belly dancing, fire dancing, and even get tattoos inside the brewery. House-made, Stout-inspired cuisine will also be available for Stout soaking. This fest, now in its sophomore year is much more than a Beer Fest, it is one of the most unique parties that a brewery has ever thrown. The festival takes place on the Fort George Brewery block, throughout the Lovell Building Brewery + Taproom, Lovell Showroom and the Fort George Brewery + Public House, for the first time also utilizing the second story of the building. This date will also mark the release of Limited Edition 4 packs of Bourbon Barrel Cavatica Stout available on site for purchase. A hand-drawn map will serve as your guide, but your senses will lead the way.

One day ONLY! Saturday, February 16th, 2-10pm.

As more info is released, check it out at:

Friday, November 9, 2012

Fort George Tap Takeover at Roscoe's

It's a bit over the top! 

Our friends over at Fort George are at it again. This time with the largest Fort George tap takeover outside of Astoria at Roscoe's! 15 taps of Fort George beery goodness. Party starts at 4 pm. Free FG schwag to the first 50 people in attendance, Also, see the answer to the question, will they let a 100 pound malamute into the pub? Come hang out with the FG crew and get your beergeek on!

The taplist
Quick Wit
Sunrise Oatmeal Pale Ale (OPA)
Beta IPA 1.3
Long Dark Winter Milk Stout
Magnifera Indica Belgian Mango Saison
Hellcat Smoked Pepper Belgian Pale
South (Pinot Noir aged Belgian-style conditioned on raspberries)
North VI (North the Sixth) - 7% Cranberry-Coffee-Porter
North V (North the Fifth from 2011!)
Double Dry Hopped Vortex IPA - Dry Hopped with Simcoe
Double Dry Hopped Red Tide Imp. Red Ale - Dry Hopped with Cascade
Bourbon Barrel Aged Vortex IPA - Aged in Makers Mark Barrels
Flanders Nut Red Ale
Nitro Coal Minder's Lager (Hoppy Dark Lager)
Nitro Working Girl Porter

Hope to see you all there. 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Pacific Northwest Brew Cup - Guest Post From Jessica Murphy

Today's special guest post is from Jessica Murphy. As mentioned below I had the privilege to meet Jessica and her husband Chris back in July at the Beer Bloggers Conference in Indy.  When I found out they were coming to #PDX, I was more then happy to show them the town. If you want to follow Jessica and her beer adventures in Chicago, check out her blog GirlsLikeBeerToo

On a pristine fall weekend in the storybook town of Astoria, Oregon, the 11th Annual Pacific Northwest Brew Cup was held in a small park overlooking the Columbia River. My hubby and I were visiting the Pacific Northwest from Chicago, and the timing of our trip was based solely on this festival. We met Michael Umphress from #pdxbeergeeks and Brian Bovenizer from Fort George Brewery at the Beer Bloggers Conference in July and, when we mentioned our desire to visit the Portland area, Bovenizer mentioned this festival that occurred the last weekend of September. That seemed like as good a time as any to visit Portland so we planned an epic Pacific Northwest Beercation, commencing with a weekend in Astoria to attend the Brew Cup.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Recap: Fort George Fresh Hop Tap Takeover at Bridgetown Beerhouse

Special thanks to special guest writer Christopher Baker of fame for taking the time to recap last night festivities at Bridgetown Beerhouse. What a good time!!

Last night Bridgetown Beerhouse hosted another great event. Astoria’s own, Fort George Brewery brought to town (4) varieties of fresh hop beer for us Portlanders to enjoy. On tap were their Co-Hoperative Ale, Fresh Hop Sunrise Oatmeal Pale Ale (OPA), Fresh Hop Vortex IPA, and Hopstoria. Each beer had its own distinct taste. Hopstoria was my pick for the evening, but I must say every beer was pretty frickin’ fantastic. From talking to folks I think this was the general consensus. A big thank you goes out to Fort George for sharing their special brews and their brewer Spencer Gotter with us city folk. Tim Ensign of Powered ByYeast Brand Management deserves just as much gratitude for making these special events happen.

CLICK HERE to read more about Fort George’s (4) Fresh Hop beers.

Tim from Powered By Yeast and Sloth from

Lots of Fort George fans enjoying the fresh hop beer

The man himself, Michael of #pdxbeergeeks and Tim Ensign of Powered By Yeast

Some random cute people

Hardcore Bridgetowner and great guy, Kevin

Fresh Hop Vortex or Hopstoria? Decisions,

Sloth hanging out with a Goonie

The mysterious ‘other’ Baker

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Along the FLOregon Trail : Dunedin and Fort George Collaboration

There are bi-coastal collaborations lurking below the surface of the craft beer world. Back in late April, a brewer from Fort George in Astoria, Oregon visited Dunedin in West Central Florida to brew a beer together: Vortex on the Bay. Dunedin, Florida’s oldest craft brewery, was opened in 1996, a time when many of Oregon’s craft breweries were already well established. Says Mike Bryant of Dunedin Brewery, “In the Northwest, one of Fort George Brewery's most esteemed beers is their Vortex IPA. The brewery says the beer was designed ‘not to rip the taste buds off your tongue, but rather vigorously stimulate them and your palate into a lupulin-ecstasy of pleasure.’ Vortex on the Bay is the same recipe, but brewed using Dunedin’s water, yeast culture, and dry-hopping method.”

Bryant talks to us about the collaboration. Simply, it resulted from a love of beer. “Our bartender, Alex Hansen, moved from Astoria, Oregon to Dunedin, Florida last year and has regularly had cans of Fort George's Vortex IPA sent to him since the beer is unavailable this far from Oregon. Naturally, Alex shared the beer he loved with us and we were impressed by Vortex... This was the first time we had ever tasted anything from Fort George Brewery. We were instant fans.”

Alex’s love of the Pacific Northwest beer was the catalyst for a conversation between Mike of Dunedin and Jack Harris of Fort George Brewery shortly after Dunedin Brewery was invited to participate as the first Florida brewery in the Oregon Brewers Festival. Realizing a great opportunity to bring some depth to the Pacific Northwest trip, Bryant and Harris decided they would exchange recipes from Astoria to Dunedin -- and vice versa.

“Instead of creating new recipes,” Byrant continues, “we decided to trade. We would bring Vortex IPA to Florida and Fort George would bring The Rock DIPA to Oregon. The choice of IPA recipes was a simple one; since both breweries are pretty hop-centric.”

Fort George brewer Jason Palmberg travelled to Dunedin in late April for a five day stay, his duffle bag filled with hops. During his stay, the crew brewed The Rock, Dunedin’s Double IPA, and the Dunedin’s version of Fort George’s Vortex. The Floridian version, dubbed Vortex on the Bay, was released in Florida at Dunedin’s 4th Annual IPA Festival on June 2, 2012. Additionally, the original Vortex IPA from Fort George Brewery was on hand to sample side-by-side at the fest for comparison.

Bryant and Fort George brewer Jason Palmberg both have family ties to thank for their love of beer. While Palmer’s grandfather was ahead of his time and enjoyed beers of all kinds, Bryant has since joined the family business. As he explains, “Growing up in my family, love of beer was inevitable. My father started when he was a teenager, later developing his hobby into Dunedin Brewery (est.1996). From christening the first fermenting vessels with bagpipes as a young kid to currently managing the business, I've been around craft beer for most of my life.” 

While Bryant’s ties remain in Florida, a group road trip from Portland, Oregon to San Francisco, California in the Summer of 2004 helped him fall in love with fresh hop flavor and aroma, where he tried his first Bridgeport IPA on cask.  “Nothing compares to a West-Coast style IPA when it hits the nose and tongue. My love affair with beer is mainly a love affair with hops,” says the brewer.

“During our journey to the Oregon Brewers Festival, we will visit numerous breweries across the country. We will be documenting the entire trip and compile the footage into a short film to be released later in the year. Along with video documentation, a few of us will be using Facebook and our blog to post live updates. You can follow us at FLOregonTrail on Facebook and Dunedin Brewery.

Bryant outlines a number of their brewery and bar destinations, including BridgePort Brewing Company, Fort George Brewery, Gigantic Brewing Company, Hair of the Dog Pub, Rogue Ales, Cascade Brewing, Pelican Pub and Brewery, The Fish Tale Brewpub, Lagunitas Brewing, Russian River Brewing, Bear Republic and more.

While in Astoria, they will brew with the Fort George crew. “Day 1 will acclimate us to their brewing system and style. On Day 2, we will brew Astoria on the Rock, our Double IPA recipe. We will also be bringing some kegs of our other beer out to Fort George Brewery to share with their folk, including Vortex on the Bay,” says Bryant. Oregonians can keep an eye out for the Dunedin crew and welcome them in grand Oregon Craft Beer Month style when they arrive. For those attending Oregon Brewers Fest, Dunedin Brewery has created a unique IPA brewed with Florida orange blossom honey, sweet orange peel and plenty of hops. 

“It's going to be delicioussss,” says Bryant. “I'm sure we will conspire together after a long day of brewing and an evening of conviviality. I'm especially excited to visit Fort George and explore their full line-up of recent batches. I'm certain to be inspired and look forward to the possibility of more collaborations in the Northwest.”

Palmberg is looking forward to seeing the crew from Dunedin when they hit the Oregon Trail, and is excited to return the hospitality that he was shown while in Florida. Says Fort George’s Palmberg, “I really enjoyed Dunedin’s Pipers Pale due to the warm weather down there but also really enjoyed The Bard, Dunedin’s Heavy Scotch Ale.”

Dunedin Brewery's 16th Anniversary Party will be held on Saturday July 14th, the day before the epic FLOregon Trail journey begins.  You can find more information about the event, including the 26+ Dunedin Brews that will be on tap here.

In the spirit of continued collaboration, this article was brought to you by Sean Nordquist of Florida’s Beer for the Daddy, and Emily Engdahl of Oregon’s #pdxbeergeeks, diehard fans and supporters of Dunedin and Fort George, respectively.

Monday, June 25, 2012

First Anniversary Party

We're turning one!
We can't believe it's been a year already, and we would like to thank each and every one of you. It couldn't be done without you. In celebration of this amazing year, we have teamed up with one of our favorite locations for an epic event. We are proud to announce our first anniversary party will be held on Saturday, July 21st at Eastburn from 4-10pm.

We've also teamed up with some of our favorite breweries for the event. We will have beers available from The Commons, Fort George, Natian, and a special release from Short Snout Brewing. Short Snout is brewing up some of his delicious Blackberry Sage Porter.

A fun filled evening of friends gathering and beer drinking will be had. Several raffle prizes will be available throughout the evening. Tickets will be available for sale at the event. Prices are $2/ticket or $10/10 tickets. Tickets will also be available with specific beverage purchases.

List of some of the raffle prizes -
  • Brewvana Brewery Tours gift certificates
  • Eastburn gift certificate
  • Bridgetown Beerhouse gift certificate
  • Vintage Cocktail Lounge gift certificate
  •  gift certificate
  • Tons of brewery swag!
Lots of fun planned for the evening. Certainly an event not to be missed. Cannot wait to see you all there!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Fort George Tap Takeover at Bottles with #pdxbeergeeks

How are you celebrating American Craft Beer Week? We think you should come hang out with us and Fort George at Bottles NW.  We could tell you about all the awesome things in store, but I'll just let the poster do all the talking. Hope to see you all there!

*Corrections to poster*

Event time

Friday, February 17, 2012

Interview Series: In Depth with Jack Harris of Fort George

Festival of Dark Arts is happening tomorrow! Get down to Fort George Brewery in Astoria for a ton of fun surrounding stout month - and read on for an in depth interview with Jack Harris of Fort George!

Stout Month 2012 by artist Chris Lee

How long has Fort George been open? Tell us a little about the new expansion in the production facility? 

Fort George was conceived in the fall of 2005, built in 2006 and opened March 11, 2007. Originally we rented 3000 square feet on the West Half of the main level in the Fort George Building. The pub and brewery were short on space right away. We lobbied our landlord (who graciously loaned us space in another of his buildings) to sell us the Fort George Building from almost the start, with the plan being to expand the brewery into the upstairs with more fermenters and a packaging line. When he finally got sick of hearing from us, he offered to sell the building on the condition we bought all of his Downtown Astoria property at once. Chris (my business partner) took on the challenge and organized a financing package that allowed us to buy the whole block. Once we owned the Lovell building in addition to the Fort George it seemed to make a lot more sense to get a new production brewery to take advantage of the vast expanse of open, ground-level space it afforded. We bought a 15 year-old, 30 bbl DME system from St. Arnold in Houston, Texas in 2010 and had it up and running at the beginning of 2011. This week we took delivery on two 120 bbl fermenters and a 120 bbl bright tank manufactured new at Metalcraft in Portland. They are literally being installed as I write this. This will triple our current capacity and pretty much fills in all the available space we once thought infinite.

What additional changes has the quick expansion and growth brought to Fort George? Increased staff? Increased distribution? 

We have almost doubled our staff, both in the pub and brewery, since we opened the new brewery (affectionately known as Little Miss Texas) last year. While we have been aware of and have planned pretty well for this growth it has challenged us as an organization. It is important that everyone feels like they are in the loop as far as decision making and we have added some management layers that take that intimacy away. Fortunately the managers we have promoted to new responsibilities are committed to our team ethic and work very hard to keep lines of communication open. Our training programs have improved by leaps and bounds and have already paid dividends with improved safety protocols, customer service and organization. Nikki Olsen at Deschutes Brewery has been invaluable as our 5-S/Lean Manufacturing mentor.
Our need for space seems insatiable. We have some creative folks in charge of warehousing our cooperage, cans and equipment, but a walk-in cooler solution needs to be addressed soon. 
As far as distribution, we have a very measured, long-term plan for introducing our beer to new markets. Maletis and Odom Distributing have both been very patient and supportive of our goals.

Where can we find Fort George outside Oregon?

Right now you can find Fort George Beer in the Vancouver, WA metro area downriver to Longview. We self-distribute to the Long Beach Peninsula in Pacific County, WA as well. We have plans for the Seattle area, but are not ready to announce a release date as of yet.

How long have you been brewing? Where did you brew before Fort George?

I began brewing for the McMenimans in 1990 at the Cornelius Pass Roadhouse, back when the brewery and pub were still in the old Imbrie House. I migrated to the McForeign Legion outpost of Lincoln City and brewed there until 1993 when I accepted a job to open a brewpub in Boulder, Colorado. I brewed at the Mountain Sun for three years, long enough to meet my future wife and then followed her back to Oregon where she was enrolled at the National College of Naturapathic Medicine. I spent a year in Central Oregon as the first brewer at Cascade Lakes, living in the front office of the brewery with my dog. A friend told me that Bill's Tavern was going to be rebuilt as a brew-pub and I missed both a pub atmosphere and the beach so I lobbied very hard to get that opportunity. I brewed in Cannon Beach for 9 years before opening Fort George. 

What are your primary focuses when creating a new beer?

There are a million variables, but a few questions I ask before committing to something new are: Are we chasing a fad? What can we add to this style of beer that nobody else has addressed? What distinguishes this beer from others like it? Is it a gimmick or does the new ingredient or technique add value to the beer? Is the final beer greater than the sum of its' parts? Would I drink three pints of this beer at one sitting?

Has your experience at Fort George expanded your creativity in brewing?

Maybe by proxy. I have a host of really creative, enthused and hard-working brewers that have a multitude of beer ideas spilling out of them. They are constantly pitching new ideas and techniques to either improve our standard selection or completely new beers this planet has never seen. Some of those will remain unseen, but folks will be seeing new stuff from Fort George for a long while.

Last year (2011) we saw a collaboration by Fort George and Astoria Brewing on Batcountry, a stout/lager hybrid. Any plans for new hybrid or collaboration beers on the horizon? 

Bat Country was a huge hit and it only further solidified our positive working relations with Astoria Brewing, who have plans for a brewery expansion of their own. We are currently in discussions with other breweries about collaborations, but it would be premature to announce anything at this time. We will let you know when we have a solid plan.

Where did your love of beer come from?

Beer has been very good to me. It would be hard not to love it for that reason alone. Really, like mom or apple pie, it never occurred to me that everyone didn't love beer. I have just been incredibly lucky to build a life around it.

What's your favorite Fort George beer?

I have heard that secretly, parents do have a favorite child. (We are raising an only child, so I don't know.) Choosing my favorite beer at Fort George is difficult. I am pretty renowned among our bartenders for being hard to predict my choice of refreshment. Time, place and context all have an influence on my choice at any given moment, but if put on the spot, right this second while I am typing on my home computer (our office is taken apart for upstairs remodeling) I would order a Cavatica Stout. Mmmmn, Stout.

What kind of style of beer would you suggest for someone who is completely new Fort George beers? What do you consider your flagship beer? 

Again, that depends on the person. Are they familiar with and appreciative of craft beer? I would get them started with an Oatmeal Pale Ale. Are they new to or skeptical of more flavorful beer? Quick Wit rarely gets rejected. I have never been comfortable with a Flagship Beer, it implies special treatment or a feeling that other beers are less important, but it would be hard to deny that Vortex IPA is our most renowned beer.

festival of Dark Arts poster by artist Sallie Lackaff

Fort George is known for events like Festival of the Dark Arts during Stout Month (February) and the Brewer's Dinners, with special menus prepared by Chef Dana - what can you tell us about what's coming up? 

Well Stout Month (aka February) is looking to be huge. We will have at least 8 of our own Stouts available and will be rotating 8 more stouts onto our guest handles through the month. We hosted our Stout and Oyster Brewers Dinner on Wednesday, February 15th. That dinner featured at least 5 new Stouts with a five course Oyster oriented meal.

Then on Saturday, February 18th we will hold the Festival of Dark Arts - A Carnival of Stout in the Lovell Building. That will entail a huge Dark Art Gallery,a live Blacksmithing demonstration, on-site Tattoo Artists, a Tarot Card reader, Belly Dancers, Pirates, Ambient Music, Fire Dancers, a Fire Eater and at least 15 Stouts that haven't been poured yet during the month. This will be a Beer Festival format, no charge for entry, but you must purchase a glass and tickets to sample the beer.
Update *** Tattoo Artists are almost completely booked up for the Festival of Dark Arts this Saturday. Check with Hold Fast Tattoo Co. & Gallery and Keepsake Tattoo Studio to book your Stout Month tattoo in front of a live Stout Drinking audience!
Fort George is now a pinnacle of the rebirth happening in Astoria and the revival of that community - how do you and your staff carry your mission at Fort George into the community? 

The Fort George Brewery and Public House stands on the shoulders of giants in this community that labored for years to pave the way for businesses like ours to flourish. One example is Uriah Hulsey who spent 20 years running the Columbian Cafe and insisting that good, fresh food could be sold, even in a town that looked like it was dying in the 80's. In his role as City Planner, Paul Benoit starting putting plans together years ago that would protect the waterfront and make it accessible to pedestrians, effectively making Astoria the best walking town in the Northwest. The city has supported our every effort from helping us re-zone to allow our activities, to coming up with creative strategies for us to meet strict building code ordinances while re-purposing old buildings. There are countless other examples of people who went out of their way, at their own expense for the benefit of Fort George. If we have come to symbolize the renaissance of Astoria it is due, in a large part to the community wanting us to happen as much as our managing our development from the top. 
We try to honor this connection by supporting as many of the local efforts as we can either by donating services, hosting in our event spaces or just showing up with a beer about when a beer is very needed.
Anything else you want to tell us about what's happening at Fort George? 

We will be celebrating our 5th anniversary this March and it is really amazing to see where we have arrived at in such a short time. It is easy to get caught up in the day to day operations where the changes often seem incremental. I am always humbled and flattered when folks take notice and share in our enthusiasm and optimism. Sometimes it seems more like a wave I am learning to ride, rather than a business I supposedly run. Thank-you for your interest and hopefully we can share a beer together sometime soon. That is what this is really all about.

Fort George Brewery - visit

Friday, January 13, 2012

Jack Harris from Fort George fills us in!

** many thanks to Jack Harris, head brewer at Fort George for sending this update and filling us in on all the happenings out at Fort George in Astoria!
                        YEAR IN RE-BREW + BEER TO COME     

By Jack Harris

As the City of Astoria went into high-gear to celebrate its bicentennial, Fort George ended nine months of demolition and construction was able to stretch its legs into the huge Lovell Building. Making beer 140 kegs at a time rather than 40 improved our efficiencies and elicited many a “That’s a LOT of beer!” from the brew-staff.

Our canning line arrived early in the year and we immediately put it into use gift-wrapping beers into convenient 16 ounce bundles of joy specifically created to honor Astoria’s Birthday, the 1811 Lager. We hired a local distribution staff, and started shipping our beer in large quantities throughout Oregon with Maletis Distributing.

We added a cozy new Tap-room and game area to compliment the pub and worked hard to revamp the menu in response to guest requests.  In the meantime the pub kept working to provide a space for people to gather and celebrate.  Brewers attended countless festivals, tastings, tap-takeovers, dinners and celebrations to put a face on our beer and preach their love of drinking it.

By the end of the year we had both breweries running like tops, our cooler bursting at the seams and three new tanks under construction that will triple our capacity. Our staff has nearly doubled from the end to 2010. We have cleaned out the upstairs of the Fort George Building in preparation for a long overdue pub expansion.

So I leave you with the best of wishes for 2012 (aka Astoria’s 201st Anniversary). Thank you so much for all the support you have given us. To honor that support we resolve to work even harder this year to get a great beer in your hand and a comfortable place to enjoy it with the ones you love.

            WE'RE PLANNING MORE FUN FOR YOU           


Our bigger space means an even better Stout Month.  This February we're adding the Festival of Dark Arts, featuring a carnival of the region's top stouts, and entertainment including a tarot card reader, visual artists, fire dancers, tattoo artists, a live iron forge, and music.  It happens on Saturday, February 18th 2-10 p.m. in the our Lovell Brewery.

“I wanted to make sure our stout fest would be entertaining, while also promoting local artists and tying in stout as another art form,” our Jack Harris explained.

Our breweries will produce at least eight stouts, plus we'll have rotating taps of the region's best stouts all February.

“We’re working on getting an extremely eclectic range of stouts and it’s going to be a lot of fun to come and try these in a very unique environment,” Co-owner, Chris Nemlowill, said.

Also part of Stout Month, the Stouts & Oysters Brewers Dinner Wednesday, February 15th.  Make reservations at or us (503) 325-PINT.

            INDIAN CUISINE & IPA'S DINNER           

Always a sold-out event, the Indian Cuisine & IPAs dinner features 5 courses of delicious dishes paired with some of the very best Northwest-style IPA's. Our head chef, Dana McCauley and his team create a new and exciting menu every year.

On par with the food and beer is the company of fellow guests at the event, as well as the hosts, Fort George owners, Chris Nemlowill and Jack Harris, who describe each course, sharing stories and interesting facts with you.  To Learn more and to sign up, click here.

            1811 LAGER RECEIVES HONOR
Thanks, Beervana, we don't take this lightly...

One of Portland's top bloggers, Jeff Alworth, writes:

2011 Satori Award Winner: Fort George 1811 Lager
I loved this beer the first time I had it... I hope customers are so mesmerized by the shiny blue cans that they ignore the prominent word "lager" and don't read blogs like this.  Because, if they manage to get the beer into their glass, they're in for a treat.  Despite people's expectations about canned lager, this is quite a lively and assertive beer. And, although it is packed with flavor, the volume doesn't blast at IPA levels, so it has that moreishness you want from a summer tipple.  Fort George is one of Oregon's best breweries, and their wish to honor the founding of their home town, Astoria, makes all this a lot easier.

In Zen Buddhism, satori is the moment of sudden enlightenment when the mind realizes its own true nature.

 If you work in marketing at the Fort George, chances are you'll be doing fun stuff such as attending beer festivals, curating art shows, and serving french fries, but recently a project came up that had our Brian Bovenizer staring at a computer screen for months.  He says the new and improved was definitely worth it though.

"Letting people know what we're doing, that is my inspiration, a good web site is not just good looking, but informative and easy to navigate," Bovenizer said.

Our old web site was truly unique and awesome, but tough to update. The new one is completely dynamic.  Do expect to see any and all new beers from Fort George, including description, and ingredients.  Plus, a fresh listing of music and other events. 

So check out the new and you can even download the Fort George theme song, "Beer, beer, beer, beer...", as a ringtone.

            MUSIC & EVENTS CALENDAR     
We offer live music every Sunday at Fort George Brewery + Public House at 8 p.m. 
Jan. 8: Colleen Raney--Northwest Indie Celtic (pictured)
Jan. 15: The Distractions--Local Rock
Jan. 22: Perfect Weather--Seattle Indie Rock
Jan. 29: Lincoln's Bear--Folk Rock
Jan 5: Maritime Museum Science on Tap: Coast Guard Rescues 7-8 p.m.
Jan. 18: Indian Cuisine & IPA's Brewers Dinner
Jan. 19: Fort Clatsop Education Series 6-8 p.m.
Feb. (Entire Month): Stout Month
Feb. 2: Maritime Museum Science on Tap 7-8 p.m.
Feb. 15: Stouts & Oysters Brewers Dinner
Feb. 18: Festival of Dark Arts 2-10 p.m.



Thursday, October 27, 2011

Friday Night! Fort George North V Release!

I, for one, cannot wait to try North V. One of my favorite breweries, Fort George delivers consistently interesting and delicious beers. 

Come down to Belmont Station Friday October 28th from 5-8 pm for the Release Party of Fort George North V.  They will have 22oz bottles for sale (2 per customer limit 1 to enjoy and 1 to cellar).  And on draft Drunkin Pumpkin & North V!

North V 7.5%abv

"A Holiday tradition continues at Fort George Brewery with our Fifth rendition of the North Series. Originally brewed to attend the Great American Beer and Barley Wine Festival in Alaska we change this beer every year, but keep the Strong Ale base as a constant. Last year we imagined a Christmas Tree being thrown into the beer and devised a recipe that included spruce buds, cranberries and a giant candy-cane.

This year we took another Holiday Icon, The Fruitcake, and designed our Winter Seasonal in its’ honor. A mash of barley, oats, wheat, rye, rich caramel and honey malts are mildly spiced with Cascade and Saaz hops, fermented with Fort George House Yeast then allowed to condition on hand-splintered, rum inspired oak. A Glase Fruit concoction that includes cherries, pineapple, orange and lemon peel is dissolved into the finished beer to add the final touches. While designed and bottled to age, we are sure this version of the Fruitcake will not be passed down for generations, but opened and imbibed at many a cheerful gathering."

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Barley's Angels Hop into the Holidays at Fort George

barrels for aging abound...
A week ago, I was at our family beach house on the North Oregon Coast, and saw on the twitters that there was to be a Barley's Angels Hop Into the Holidays meet up at Fort George Brewery in Astoria. Hey! I'm a lady (usually) and I like great beer (always), so I sent a tweet to The Beer Goddess, Lisa Morrison, asking if I could attend.

Lisa & Chris
Fort George is one of my favorite breweries, and I love the people and the beer - so an opportunity and an encouraging reply from Lisa to join up were all I needed to scoot my happy arse into Astoria last Saturday at 2 pm.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Going Coastal! PDX Beer Week Thursday @ Bottles

This really is an amazing town to be in and be part of the craft beer scene. Not 5 minutes from my house, one of my favorite little bottle shops (aptly named Bottles) was hosting "Going Coastal," a part of PDX Beer Week. I'm not always able to get to all of the events that I want to, but I try to take every opportunity I can to head out into the world and see what I can find. This event was the only other one of PDX Beer Week that I had my heart set on going to, because Fort George Brewery was going to be there, and they are one of my very favorite breweries in Oregon. For the better part of the afternoon it looked as if I was out of luck, but an opportunity arose for me to zip up to Bottles for about 45 minutes, and I grabbed it!

These events are going on all over town, and are really spectacular for meeting new people, often the brewers themselves, and Ezra (author of New School Brew Blog and the founder of PDX Beer Week) does a great job resourcing breweries, curating events, and really packing a wide variety of experiences in for options!

I got to meet Jack Harris from Fort George Brewery (Vortex, people!)
I only had a little bit of time to run up and meet the brewers, say hi to friends & meet a few new people, but it was so exciting! I love that we have these opportunities to mix and mingle with our local brewers, and it is one of the highlights for me of living where I do, in Portland. I got a chance to sit down and talk to Fort George's Brewer, Jack Harris. (I may have told him about my newest aquisition to the strange items collection, a tiny dead bat, and used it as an intro to asking for the molting of Fort George's pet tarantula, Charlie {Charlotte} the next time she sheds... I know... I make a unique impression).  I had the Roscoe's Wild Rice IPA from Fort George, which was as delicious as Vortex, a touch softer on the front end, and pretty damn tasty. There's something kind of cool about sipping a beer with the brewer who made it.

Will of Pelican Pub & Brewery & yours truly
Will Crumpacker of Pelican Pub & Brewery was fun to talk to as well. The thing that gets me about being here is that these guys (and girls) in the craft beer industry are so dang happy to talk about beer - you can tell they love to share stories, ideas, and beer. Will had a whopping sampler of most of the Coastal beers, which he generously offered up to share, and I took him up on the offer to try, of course, the Pelican IPA. Mmmmm. Soft and subtle, Belgian yeast with mild spice. A lovely, balanced beer. Delicious.

FINALLY got to meet Ashley of BrewvanaPDX and saw Tim Ensign of Powered by Yeast
Nothing beats getting out into the community and making new friends over a pint of great beer. Although I only knew a few people there to begin, I got to do something tonight that, to me,  really epitomizes what being a beer geek is all about  - meet new great craft beer people, talk to the brewers about their craft, enjoy a fine beer, support my local craft beer scene (and economy) and be friendly. It's my dream job. Now, if I could just get paid to do it!

L - R Wakonda Brewery, Rusty Truck Brewing Co, Jack Harris of Fort George, Ashley of BrewvanaPDX, me, Tim Ensign of Powered by Yeast, Will from Pelican Pub & Brewery (front) Ezra Johnson-Greenough of New School Brew Blog & the Founder of PDX Beer Week  
Today (Sunday, August 28) is the closing day for PDX Beer Week! If you haven't had an opportunity to come out and enjoy any of the events that Ezra has coordinated, don't miss the final event, a street party in conjunction with the Hawthorne Street Fair - the #pdxbeergeeks crew will be set up at Bazi Bierbrasserie from 11 - 6 today, so COME ON OUT and say hi! You never know who you might run into, and what kind of new friends you'll make! Cheers!