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Fort George Brewery + Public House

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Fort George Brewery + Public HouseFort George Brewery + Public House
BEER AVG
3.83/5
Based on:
46 Beers
1,600 Ratings
Place Score: 93
Ratings: 50
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: n/a
Taps: 14
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1483 Duane St
Astoria, Oregon, 97103
United States
phone: (503) 325-7468

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @fortgeorgebeer

Notes:
Place added by: msubulldog25 on 06-02-2007

Open:
Mon-Thurs 11am-11pm
Fri & Sat 11am-midnight
Sun noon-11pm
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Photo of flagmantho
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

More User Reviews:
Photo of TheBungyo
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

I've been to around 100 or so breweries/brewpubs/tasting rooms and Fort George is one of the best. Every year it seems to continue to evolve for the better. At this point there are three separate areas to grab a beer: the first floor, upstairs, and the tasting room located next door in their packaging and storing facility. Each area offers a different list of beers to choose from and a separate menu as well. Though it's a blast to bounce between all three, I find it very difficult to leave the taproom. During my visits, the bartenders were so friendly and fun to chat with that we didn't want to go anywhere else.

Of course the beer is wonderful, whether it's the standard lineup (Vortex IPA, Cavatica Stout, OPA) or one off/seasonal (Kentucky Coffee Girl, Fresh Hop IPA, Tender Loving Empire and many others) it's tough to go wrong.

As for food the upstairs focuses on wood fired pizza, the downstairs has sausages, fish and chips (among the best I've ever had), and tacos. Out in the tasting room, it seems to vary more often but the Thai curry that we had during one trip was, according to my girlfriend, as good as anything she had in Thailand.

All of the employees seemed very happy, and that translates to great service. The people of Astoria are lucky to have such a wonderful place as their local brewpub.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Jodi215
3.61/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Photo of jera1350
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of vkv822
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of MoJoeB
4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of bradleyp
3.45/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of madtappers
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of CaptainTripps
4/5  rDev -5%
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).

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

A: It was cold, snowing outside but the atmosphere inside was warm and welcoming. Everyone behind the bar wa svery cool, attentive and generous. Locals and a tourst or two including us to be found. Laid back vibe.

Q: Had three of the beers: Porter was average, IPA was good and IIPA was also good.

S: Service was good, they had plenty of nice and attentive staff there on a Sunday.

S: They had about 10 beers, most of them oin the lighter side. Biggest were the IIPA and a porter

F: We did not try any of the food because the beer was good and we were going to Rogue for food

Photo of jrsone
4.63/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Made a day trip to Astoria on a Portland Area brewtrek. Ft. George was my favorite stop.
First of all, you can't beat the view: the mouth of the Columbia River, the Pacific beyond and the River Gorge extending inland. You can hear sea lions barking down on the docks. Steven Spielberg picked this town for "Goonies" in his movie-making prime and you can see why.
The beers are all very good; the oatmeal pale ale and the special tap, OmegaTex, a Triple IPA, were fantastic. My travelling partner had Pliny the Elder for the first time in Portland and liked the OmegaTex more. I know that may upset some BA zealots but Ft. George's deserves the high praise when stood up against any other big IPA.
We ate some of their homemade Italian sausage and really loved it. All items on the menu were from local ingredients and organic, I believe.
If I hadn't had a flight leaving Portland the next morning I would have just stayed in Astoria that night. The beer, the food, the view and the people at Ft. George may convince me to take my next vacation there and skip Portland altogether.

Photo of czechsaaz
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Props to Fort George. I took a spontaneous trip to Astoria for the day and ended up having dinner here before heading home.

The beer is all pretty good. Their standard stout is well above average and they had a Bourbon Barrel Impy Stout on too that was good. Their Wit is a solid warm weather version of the style, spicy and wheaty and easy drinking. Basically all the beers our group sampled out of about 10 on tap were well received.

The food was a step above most brewpubs too. Housemade sausages, burgers sandwiches, kind of a standard menu but good quality.

I had a couple of Growlers in the trunk so we filled 'em and I'm drinking one now. I like Astoria and now that I know they have a nice brewpub too I'll probably head there again soon.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

First off, I enjoy the beer being served in a mason jar, it's a fun novelty. The beer that was served in it wasn't that bad, either. We went on a warm August evening, and were pleasantly surprised by the laid back atmosphere and interestingly repurposed building (used to be a Ford mechanic). The food was decent, I enjoyed their pocket bread chicken melt. It was recommended to us as the best brewpub in Astoria, and I can't imagine a small city like that producing much better. A nice stop after you go check out the Goonies house.

Photo of rudyarmand
3.2/5  rDev -24%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

I just returned from a three day trip to Oregon. I was travelling with my family and since it was their first trip to Oregon, I wanted them to experience a nice ride on the Pacific coast.

We drove from Portland (greatest place!) to Astoria, and I had pre-selected Ft. George Brewery as our lunch spot from the recommendations of fellow Beer Advocate members.

The brewpub was very easy to find and I decided to try a sampler. Only one of the beers was remarkable, an IPA named "Vortex".

The food wasn't bad but again, unremarkable. The service was fine.

The brewers were busy brewing in the back and were very friendly.

If this place was in Alabama or Tennessee I could understand the A- grade. But with so many other wonderful establishments in the state, I was sorry to have made this my destination.

Photo of Dogbrick
4/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Fort George brewing is a couple blocks away from the marina on Duane street. There is street parking nearby and they also have their own private lot. Easily walkable from Astoria Brewing if you park there as we found.

The place has a very industrial look both outside and inside. The interior is relatively small with the L- shaped bar straight ahead and a giant chalkboard on both sides displaying the available beers. This chalkboard was exclaiming "Stout Month" on our visit, can't go wrong there. The brewing equipment is visible behind glass in the rear. The motif is cinder blocks and metal, and the bathrooms have full on dioramas of frontier-type scenes.

Fort George has about 10 beers available, from lighter fare like a Framboise to and IPA and the interesting Oatmeal Pale Ale. Being Stout Month, they had 5 different Stouts available including an Oyster Stout, Imperial Stout and Cherry Stout. In addition there were several guest taps like Old Rasputin and Abyss. They offered samplers of the Fort George beers, and were doing a separate sampler of all the Stouts (with an option to do it blind). Definitely my kind of place.

Service was very good on a weekday afternoon. The bartenders were all friendly and had a good knowledge of all the beers they were pouring. They were also familiar with other beer-related destinations in the area.

We did not try any food on this visit.

Overall I would give Fort George the nod over Astoria Brewing as far as the beers, but there is no reason not to visit both on a visit to this town.

Photo of baritebill
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Took relatives from Colorado on trip from Portland/Vancouver to impress them with the coast, history and beer. Thanks - excellent beer here, very good food, typical (good) NW atmosphere. In two visits we twice has the Sunrise Oatmeal (American style) Pale Ale and Vortex IPA, and sampled and quaffed others. These two are worth a trip, the former lighter and somewhat citrusy, the latter a great combo of hop floral/aroma taste and bitterness. Wish Vortex were more widely available. House ginger ale too sweet and meek.
Food was very good, especially cole slaw and sausages. Fish taco very bland I'm afraid, not worth the effort.
We had first sipped at the local Rogue Ale House -- good, but the difference between the unique Fort George experience with some really great beer and the chain (pretty good beer, house brands) was enough to make the trip.
Thank you Fort George for having a guest tap -- Pliny the Elder, no less!

Photo of heapofaoatmeal
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

It took me 4.5 years living in oregon to hit up the spot where the goonies are from. The town is a bit sketchy, mixing portland hipster with dirty old man... this is where the ax men show is filmed. Pub is clean, well lit industrial space with fantastic old beams (must be 2 feet by 6 inches at least) supporting a wood ceiling. The sampler came with 11 samples which were all at least perfectly acceptable. Their XVI Chappel was a very nice dipa reminiscent of any of Bear Republics big ipas (apex, racer x). Nice malt flavor with a touch of sweetness balanced out with an acceptable amount of hop bitterness and a very nice profile of hop aroma and flavor. The bourbon barrel stout was boozy and uninspiring. Place was clean, they served pints in mason jars and did jars to go. Food all looked good, out appetizer was big enough for two to four and quite tasty. Service was ok, which means it was the best service ive ever had in oregon (servers in oregon dont know that a tip is a performance based bonus).

nice place, reasonable beer, good food, if it was closer to home or if i had a reason to be in astoria i would go there again.

Photo of akidd
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This is an outstanding place that allows the whole family to gather and socialize.

The owner is often around and always wearing a smile. They are more than adequately staffed and the food is fun and largely locally inspired. Their albacore dishes are so good.

But most importantly, the beer. I believe their Vortex IPA is not just good, it is exceptional. I go home every visit with a growler or two.

I just bought a small vacation home and I go to Astoria regularly. I go to FGB several times each visit. The beers are better than the larger more popular breweries in Oregon and I've been to almost all of them.

Yeah I don't like the mason jar thing. I do think the food prices are a few dollars to high per dish - but it is a fun, outstanding place.

Maybe things were different before - but they have it right IMHO. This is my local. This is my kind of place.

Photo of John_M
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Was in Astoria today, and finally had the chance to stop in. By and large had a nice time, and really loved the laid back, warehouse meets brewpub ambiance. The place is medium size to small, with maybe 10 or so tables and chairs and a small bar with 6 seats. Others have commented about the mason jar glassware, but I thought it was OK.

Selection this day consisted of roughly 10 or so beers, which included the Hennepin and Paulenar Salvator on tap as guest beers. Quality was decent I thought, though the wet hop IPA and DIPA were nothing to get too excited about. Food menu looked pretty good, and the blue cheese, bacon, tomato soup I had was terrific.

Then there's the service.... while no one was unpleasant, the distinct impression I had was that they were distracted or just didn't give a damn. I was there around 2:30, at a time when the place was nearly empty. There had to be at least 4 or 5 employees there, which I think included the brewer. The bartender got me my glass of hop operative pretty quickly, gave us our menus, and then just disappeared. After 10 or 15 minutes of being ignored (I'm sorry, but I really hate it when the wait staff studiously ignores patrons and won't even make eye contact), the one female bartender finally asked my friend if she needed anything (as she hadn't ordered a beer, water or anything else).

Otherwise, I enjoyed my stay here, though none of the beers wowed me. Certainly will give this place another chance next time I'm in town.

Photo of wingedeel
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My favorite brewpub in Astoria.

Very low key, open bar/dining area with some of the most impressive old growth timbers you are likely to see. Most certainly a very old, warehouse type setting, yet the place still has a bit of new age style about it.

Food is very good, my favorite food items are the fantastic, homemade sausages.

The house beers have all been interesting and above average on my many visits. They also usually have a rather unusual selection of guest taps, lots of smaller batch offerings from some of the other NW brewers. If you are a stickler for glassware, be advised they do serve their beers in glass canning jars, which is no big deal at all to me.

Service has ranged from friendly, to quite enthusiastic.

Prices are quite reasonable.

Certainly worth seeking out if you are in the Astoria area.

Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I was walking around Astoria and stumbled onto this place by accident. This is a great brewpub in a spacious old building with lots of light and funkiness in the daytime. The beers are really excellent with some cool experiments such as a Pie beer and the great Pinot Noir barrel aged Tripel called South. They serve most beers in mason jars which is different and unlike a previous reviewer I accepted it and enjoyed the beer. The service was friendly and laid back. The food looked very tasty and a twist on the usual pub grub. Astorians are very lucky to have this place as it matches many in Portland for coolness and quality

Photo of BrewnZ
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

2/8/08

This is an impressive place to walk into. Yes its new to me, yes it has a bit of a warehouse feel to it, yes it has some massive old growth timbers to support the floor above (Old Ford dealers mechanics shop). I think you could drive tanks around up there if you wanted, just amazing to see timbers that big.

Besides the old growth there is plenty of wood around to warm the place up. Tables, chairs, booths, and the bar. This is a pretty cool bar. Huge, sort of 'C' shaped with three straight edges, and a bit of brewery plumbing to rest your feet on. Like the wood inlays as well. Keeper told me it was build by local barefoot hippy, this guy is always barefoot and even was when he built the bar!

Lots of space, good floor plan which allows flow even when crowded. Warm wood 10 - 20 taps split between the brewery's beer and guest taps. An interesting selection of beers and the all three in my party were happy with the food. The one non-drinker was not impressed with the house ginger ale. Recognized the owner from volunteering at a beer festival and he invited us into the brewery for a tour, cool dude, organic grains (Great Western and Weyermann), sweet used brewhouse (Saaz built) they drove through a tornado while bringing it from the east coast.

As for drinking out of masonry canning jars? I do this all the time when knocking back a few homebrews . . . I just like the way the jar fits my hand. Mine at home holds 16 fl oz when filled to the threads (slightly more than straight sided American pint glass). These seemed the same to me. So I like them, surprised to here people complaining about them, but glad people are noticing the glassware and how it can compliment (or not) the beer.

Great place, I'll be back.

Photo of witkie
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I was very pleased to check-out Fort George in Astoria. The space is extremely open and spacious. The staff was helpful and friendly. Didn't try the food, but the beer was surprisingly excellent. The Vortex IPA (my favorite) was a well-balanced beer with good hop flavor, albeit possibly more akin to an amber than a traditional IPA. The Sunshine Oatmeal Pale had an interesting aroma (my partner in crime said it reminded him of beer making; I thought it smelled a little like dog poo), but the flavor and aftertaste were quite good. My partner's favorite. We also tried the cranberry mint wheat (a bit strange, but refreshing) and the deliciously strong cavatica stout. All in all, a great brewpub and I look forward to taking many future trips to Astoria.

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Fort George Brewery + Public House in Astoria, OR
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