Friday 17th of February 2017 04:06:43 PM link
Fort Astoria (Fort George) was John Jacob Astor's first trading post for his Pacific Fur Company. It was also the first American owned settlement on the Pacific Coast.
Now it's one of 4 Astoria breweries...and of those 4, the best.
Unfortunately it can not compete with the other 3 for views since they all face the Columbia River...but what Fort George lacks here, it makes up for in its brews.
A good variety ranging from yellow and mild to thick, rich, bold and dark the beers have something for everyone.
Wife Persimmon and I stopped by on a mid-week Thursday and had trouble parking as well as getting someone's attention. This is considered downtown; street parking only and it was tough to find even on this rainy day when few folks were out. Once inside, we were ignored...the place was packed so, we just took a seat near a window. A few minutes later, a smiling waitress recommended the Matryoshka and From Astoria With Love Russian Imperials. Checking in at a whopping 12%, we were DEEEEE-lighted to sit and watch the rain fall.
As with the other brewpubs in town, fish galore to choose from and, like the other brewpubs, a bit spendy for little Astoria but again, much variety with breaded pickles and Cavatica stout gravy over fries with bacon jam.
Due to the weather, the upstairs was closed but on a clear day...you can see over the buildings to the river. But not the same as being right there on the water.
When this place your 1st stop for beer and food...then compare with the others.
Fort George wins this competition.
Selection: 4.25 |
Atmosphere: 4.00 |
Service: 2.50 |
Sunday 25th of July 2010 07:19:22 PM link
Fort George has added a new deck starting this weekend. They have their standard Vortex IPA on tap along with most of their normal line up. Due to their brewery expansion from a 7 barrel system to a 30 barrel system, they have had more than normal beer out. Current list is * Spruce Bud Ale
* Golden Goose
* Quick Wit
* Sunrise Oatmeal Pale Ale
* Magnifera Indica Belgae AKA Mango Beer
* Vortex IPA
* XVI Chapel
* Wasabi Ginger Ale (N/A)
They have music Sunday nights and on special occasions. Differnt food specials every day plus their basic menu. They make their own sausage.
Selection: 4.5 |
Atmosphere: 5 |
Service: 4.25 |
Monday 11th of January 2010 07:47:49 PM link
On our visit, there were 11 Fort George beers, Blackthorne cider, and two guest beers. The current beers are written on two beautifully decorated classic chalkboards. The beer itself is served in Kerr canning jars.
Housed in half of a two story building built in 1924 to be a Ford service station (according to the menu). The location is on the site of the original Fort George. Itβs a great space with very tall ceilings and massive wooden beams. The beams are single pieces of wood about 3 feet by 1 foot (with a double in the center of the building), all (except for the double) held up by cast (?) iron brackets. The ceiling is 2x4βs on end. Upstairs is the former car display area (separate from the current business now). The floors are worn concrete. The bar is wood, in a L-shape, and with a corrugated metal bar back. Around the room are wooden tables with captains chairs and stools and a few wooden booths. The stools have a unique metal base with the words βFort Georgeβ. One wall is painted dark green and the other is a dark lime green. The street side is almost solid glass - large, tall windows with smallish panes typical of the time - and this gives a great light to the space. The brewery is in the back behind another silver wall with a few windows. An amazingly large philodendron plant and a few other house plants give extra flavor to the atmosphere.
Selection: 5 |
Atmosphere: 4.75 |
Service: 4.75 |
Friday 3rd of October 2008 03:26:24 AM link
There is a long L-shaped bar and a good size table seating area in this classic 20βs era building that is shared with a bakery cafΓ©. The brew room sits along the back side of the room. Nine house brews and four guest beers were on tap when we visited. I went with Sunshine Oatmeal Pale and South (Pinot Noir barrel aged Belgian). Most pints and half pints are in appropriately sized mason jars but the South came in stemmed glass. The menu includes a good selection of appetizers, sandwiches and several entrees. We parked on the street but I believe there were some lots nearby.
Selection: 4.75 |
Atmosphere: 3.75 |
Service: 4 |
Wednesday 24th of September 2008 10:06:41 PM link
Brewery is located in Astoria, OR, location is not nearly as good as Astoria Brewing, but that is ok, this place makes up for it with really good beer. Still an interesting location, located basically in downtown Astoria in an old automotive garage.
Good presentation, serve beer in various sized mason jars. By far, the two things to mention on their menu was Panarax Porter and Wasabi Ginger Beer. Another place with some strong hop options in the IPAs.
Also had the opportunity to actually watch them work the mash as the brewery is right behind the bar.
Overall, when visiting Astoria, I'd go to Astoria Brewing for the view and Fort George for the beer.
Selection: 4.5 |
Atmosphere: 4 |
Service: 4.25 |
Tuesday 16th of September 2008 04:29:51 PM link
Arrived at Fort George coming from the Washington side of the Columbia River and in less than 3 minutes we found it. Good ole GPS thank you. An old automotive garage converted to be both a brewery and bakery that sits next door this was a great looking place. Had that old rustic feel and just like most other North West Brew pubs the brick walls the barrels in the front and the flavor of beer in the air. The massive bar was the first thing you see. We found a table and saw they had a great selection of beers. Over 12 taps at the ready. They had 8 of there own beers and 4 guest taps and stuff for the traveler you usually never see. It was cool to see some awesome beers where going to be tasted.
Selection: 5 |
Atmosphere: 4.5 |
Service: 3.75 |