Fort George Brewery + Public House
Active Beers: 43
Beer Ratings: 879
Beer Avg: 3.81
Taps: 14 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 30 | Reviews: 26 | Show All Ratings:
4.15/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$$
The wife and I drove from Portland to Astoria on a Sunday night and got to this little sleepy coastal town late enough (early for the rest of the world) that most everything was closed. Except for Fort George! Open until 11pm on a Sunday, not too bad.
The brewery is located in an old industrial building and is rather vast. There is an upstairs section with a pizza oven, tables, a stage for live music and plenty of room to roam, plus some big windows to look at the Columbia River. The downstairs area is much smaller, with only a couple of tables and a long bar. We chilled at a high-top table around the bar and enjoyed a good time.
The bartender was extremely efficient and attentive and we got some of the best service ever. I am very demanding when it comes to service (average is not good enough), but this guy delivered and then some.
There are 12 taps, all of house-made beer. Because of "Stout Month", eight of them were dark beers, including Cavatica, Dark Matter (aged in Pinot Noir and Bourbon), Coffee Girl, Up in Smoke, Murky Pearl, Squashed Stout, Spank and Viva la Stout.
I appreciate all the inventiveness that goes on these stouts (Mexican chocolate, spices, oysters, you name it) but they all taste kind of the same to me, unfortunately. The wife had a Vortex IPA, damn good. We bought a four-pack of cans but forgot it at the hotel.
The pizza here is glorious, crispy and thin, although it is a little expensive and the truffle-cheese we got was not very truffle-y. We also shared a nice salmon spread on pita and I had an oyster from Willapa Bay to die for.
Check out the spiral staircase and climb it up to go to the upper floor! This place is fantastic.
03-02-2014 06:38:58 | More by DoubleSimcoe
3.61/5 rDev -12.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75 | $$$
I really like this place and we got there whenever we're in Astoria. Old building with historical value which is neat. They've added a outdoor patio since we were there last. The inside is a little worn looking and could use a little TLC. Food is good but not great. Pizza is served upstairs only so we've never tried it. If your in Astoria I think it's worth a visit. Beer is good.
09-04-2013 21:39:16 | More by Jodi215
4.4/5 rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $$
Astoria was one of our destinations on a Pacific Northwest trip and Fort George was one place I wanted to go. It did not disappoint. They had about a dozen of their beers on tap with two guest beers. They covered many beer styles from lager to ipa to wit to stout. Easily something for everyone. We did the sampler tray and glasses of the Beta 2.3 IPA and Truffle Shuffle Stout (Astoria is home to the house from the Goonies). Each beer was solid to outstanding. All pints were $4.50 which was reasonable for the quality of what was being served.
Service was terrific. Explaining each of the beers in depth on the sampler tray, checking on us several times, etc. For food, we had the house made sausage sampler which was very good. We got a couple of four packs of the Vortex IPA which was my favorite beer and a four pack of the whiskey rye aged Cavatica Stout. Just a great experience overall. These are top notch brews in a fun place.
06-12-2013 14:42:29 | More by jera1350
4.45/5 rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$
I really enjoyed my visit here. I went on a Sunday afternoon with my wife, my 1 year old and my sister. it was fairly crowded but we were seated quickly and had great service. The waitress was knowledgeable of the food and beer.
I got the house made French Garlic Sausage which was quite good. The menu had a nice variety of food options.
Their tap selections featured their standard, canned line-up as well as a couple of draft only options. They also had their canned beers available for purchase to go, as well as growler fills.
I was also happy with their website as it has their menu and current tap list, which is really nice.
I would love to visit this place again. Family friendly, good service and good food and drinks all for a reasonable price.
05-13-2013 06:29:08 | More by vkv822
4.43/5 rDev +7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$
I had the opportunity to visit the Fort George pub in Astoria yesterday and I was very impressed. This place definitely warrants a stop if you are going through Astoria, and the right-minded person might even make a special trip just to go there. I know I will definitely be going back.
When I went in, the place was almost entirely full for the lunch rush, but I got prompt and friendly service immediately. All the staff have a good understanding of the brews and the guy who helped me gave me a knowledgeable run-down of their seasonals and made recommendations. Every other staff member was top-notch as well.
There were on the order of 12 or so available beers, a couple of which I sampled. As has been my experience with their packaged beers, the draft brews were all extremely good. I did not go for their tasting flight, but according to the menu you get a 3oz taster of *everything* they have, including special brews and seasonals. If there is a tap handle for it, you are getting it -- I love this idea.
I had lunch as well, which was quite good, although the highlight here is really the beer. Prices were reasonable; doubly-so for me since I'm so accustomed to paying sales tax. Go Oregon!
04-14-2013 16:48:23 | More by flagmantho
4.78/5 rDev +15.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
My parents live in Astoria, so I make sure to stop by here every time I am in town. The atmosphere is top-notch, they have done a great job restoring the old warehouse into a fun, and quirky place to be. The main pub has great big wooden tables and exposed beams which look great. You can also see part of the brewing operations through a glass window (always a plus to see where the beer you are drinking comes from). The food is excellent, with lots of locally sourced ingredients used. The beer is great, with many different styles covered. My favorite is the Vortex IPA. Some of their seasonals are also very good (Coffee Girl Stout, Spruce Bud Ale).
They have recently expanded their operations, to include a separate building where they do most of their brewing and also canning. This building has a smaller taproom which is fun to visit. They usually have beers on tap out here that are not available in the main pub, generally something barrel aged.
I definitely recommend this place to anyone visiting Oregon's north coast.
09-28-2012 22:32:01 | More by MoJoeB
3.45/5 rDev -16.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$
We made a trip up to Astoria from Eugene, just to check out the town. We stumbled across Fort George from a sign on the road. I figured we had to check it out.
When you walk in there are several tables with plenty of people sitting at them, as well as a back porch with several more tables. We sat inside on this rather hot day.
For some reason we had several people come to the table. One for our beer order, one for our food order, one to give us our beer, and one to deliver the food. I wasn't sure who would get our tip.
They had around 10-12 beers on tap. I tried the Oatmeal Pale, while my friend had the Porter. I also had an Albacore tuna sandwich, but it wasn't a tuna fish sandwich like I was expecting. It was rather dry, and not very good. The hummus we had was pretty sub-standard as well. It looks like they just scooped out some store bought hummus.
The prices were pretty reasonable. I think our total bill was around $30, which is what I was expecting to pay anyways. We did grab a couple of the 1811 Lager cans to go, and sat by the beach and watched the sunset.
Check it out if you go to Astoria and want a quick bite and a beer.
08-18-2011 18:20:09 | More by bradleyp
3.88/5 rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Recent visit: August 6, 2011
Several years separate the first and second times we visited Fort George, located a gently-sloped three blocks from the wharfs and piers of Astoria's waterfront. Back in 2007, we visited on a dreary April afternoon (the one MONTH anniversary of the brewpub, as I recall). Then weried all 6 of the available house brews (plus the wasabi-ginger ale), noshed on some locally-made sausages and called it good. Liked the place and vowed we'd return whenver we made it back to Astoria...
Didn't anticipate a 4 year+ gap between trips! In those years, Fort George (don't dare call them 'Ft. George'!) has expanded into an adjacent space for brewing, and more recently canning (appropriate with the tons fishing/canning heritage), and has become a solid player among regional Northwest craft breweries.
The pub is a wonderful, spacious place. Lively on a Saturday afternoon, this former automotive sales/repair shop (ca. 1920s) is filled with light at its front windows, which offer glimpses of the Columbia River, and is darker towards the back-end brewery. Despite some touristy action (ourselves included), there's a fair 'local' feel here, with a 'mug club' gathering around an L-shaped bar and live music on many nights. Some of the coolest bar stools I've seen, with twisted metal vines, sturdily-forged bases and spliced wood seats ring the bar and gather in clusters around raised tables. Some outdoor tables (it was overcast but dry this afternoon) on a concrete terrace expands the seating options... but it was a little cool, even in early August, on this day.
Many of the six beers from 2007 are still around, so the foundation was well-set early on. On this menu were standards like Quick Wit, Nut Red, Sunrise Oatmeal Pale, Vortex and Working Girl. The newly minted (and delicious) 1811 Lager, the hearty/strong Cavatica Stout and the lightly fruity (thanks to added olallieberries) Divinity rounded out the standards; seasonals like Murky Pearl (oyster stout) and Badda Boom (cherry stout) further broadened the range. RR's Blind Pig and Elysian's Avatar Jasmine IPA were notable guests. Of these, S & I both enjoyed the two seasonal stouts (tho' she much preferred the Badda Boom); we also liked the Divinity (and a fruity-chocolatey mix we created through lengthy experimentation with the BB Stout) and Oatmeal Pale.
Didn't eat a ton of food this time, just some so-so nacho chips/salsa and some rather excellent Willapa oyster shooters. I still have fond memories of the hearty sausage plates we had last time, so I'll base my food score equally on those recollections. Suffice to say, it's a 'pub grub' fare across the menu, with many sandwiches and a few heartier dishes (a friend later told us we MUST get the fish & chips next time...).
Service was good, initially a lit harried/aloof, but warmer once most of the lunch crowds departed... and quite generous with the tasting glass samples!
All in all a very solid choice and a must-visit when in Astoria.
08-07-2011 23:58:17 | More by msubulldog25
4.33/5 rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
After my 2nd stop by, I've decide to review this fine establishment.
Generally have 8-10 of their own beers on tap which rang from double IPAs to one off burbon bareel stouts. There flagship brews 1811 Lager and Vortex IPA are avaliable on draft or in a 16oz can. The always have 2-3 rotating guest taps as well. All of the house beers I tried were top notch.
On to food, I had the anaheim pepper burger, and I have to say this burger is in the top 10 of burgers of tried through out the NW.
Great place to go on a hot summer day and sit on the deck and watch the ships go by on the Columbia river.
Also if your lucky enough to hit them on Friday or Saturday afternoon they have a tap room across the parking lot from the public house in the brewery, lots of special brews poured there every weekend.
07-23-2011 22:47:01 | More by madtappers
4/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped by this last 4th of July weekend.
A: It was mid day sunday, and this place was PACKED!! It was the 4th of july weekend, so it was to be expected. The place was filled with tourist and locals alike all havng a great time with friends and family enjoying the food and great beer. The place has a very "homey" feel to it, I could see myself in here during the nasty winter weather months.
Q: Everyone of their beers was very unique in their own special way. The spruce ale was very interesting. Their IIPA (16th Chapel?) is to DIE for as well as the Vortex IPA. Also their oatmeal pale ale is very good as well. Everything is worth trying.
S: The service was great (even when it was crazy busy) but I docked them for one reason: They need to know their beer. I asked for some general information on one of their beers and one of the guys behind the bar of all places try to spit some BS answer up. He clearly didn't know what he was talking about and it made him look stupid. Other then that, everything was great.
S: Amazing. They have a huge selection of their beers from their regular beers to their seasonals all lined up on a huge chalk board up above the bar. They even have some guest taps that are always worth checking out as well.
(*hint* get the taster tray, you wont be disappointed).
F: We didn't have much of their food (we were more interested in the beer), but from what we had it was excellent.
V: Typical bar brewery price, nothing really shocking here. Growlers where only $11 for a fill.
Fort George is an excellent place to check out if you are in the area. They have awesome beer and awesome ways for taking it to go. (They have bad ass swing top growlers as well as various sizes of mason jars).
07-06-2011 11:03:41 | More by CaptainTripps
Fort George Brewery + Public House in Astoria, OR
92 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.