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A Magnanimous November to Remember

written by Brad Blaser on November 2nd, 2015


On November 1st Fort George Brewery released their latest seasonal, Magnanimous IPA. This winter collaboration blends piney Simcoe and Chinook hops with hand-harvested Grand Fir trimmings from Earth & Sky Farm, all packed into a 16-oz can. Typically November 1st also marked the start of “No Shave November” at the pub, culminating with the “Bearded Mug” awarded to the most magnificent beard of the bunch. But this year Fort George has decided to do something different – something even more magnanimous.

Join Fort George in presenting the first annual Magnanimous Mug – an award bestowed upon one noble craft beer aficionado who is dedicated to making the North Coast a better place. To do this, Fort George needs your help. Who is the most magnanimous person you know? What about them exemplifies these attributes? What’s their favorite Fort George beer? Is there a story, article, or award that conveys this magnanimous spirit? Let Fort George know by filling out the Magnanimous Mug nomination form online at, or by picking up a nomination form at the pub.


The winner of the Magnanimous Mug will be entitled to all of the Fort George Mug Club benefits for 2016. Nominations are being accepted until November 15th. A select group of finalists will be contacted to determine eligibility. The awards ceremony takes place Sunday, November 29th at 6pm, upstairs at Fort George before Sunday night music. Magnanimous IPA is a limited winter seasonal. Be magnanimous always. Drink Magnanimous IPA while you can.


Halloween Hellorium 2015

written by Brad Blaser on October 6th, 2015

Astoria – Get your freakiness on then get your dance on. The Hellorium returns to Fort George this Halloween night with live music, costume prizes, and plenty of killer beers all over the block.

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The upstairs at Fort George hosts the coast’s liveliest party featuring infectious zydeco rhythms from New Iberians, followed by the funktastic psychedelic sounds of Scott Pemberton Band. Prizes for the most inspired, jaw-dropping, panic attack inducing costumes will be handed out at the door. This section of the block is 21-and-over for the night – no little ghouls after 8pm. Please enter at the 15th Street double doors or through the Fort George Garden on Exchange Street. IDs and wristbands are required. Music begins upstairs at 8pm.

For those zombies craving a more intimate evening, Moon Balloons will be performing in the Lovell Building, just outside of the Taproom. With Lauren Jacobsen (From last year’s String Goretet), plus Kati Claborn, Luke Ydstie, and Ryan Dobrowski (of Hook & Anchor and Blind Pilot), the sounds emanating from the brewery will haunt your memories for years to come. First performance begins at 7pm, with a follow-up set at 9pm.

There is never a cover for the Fort George Hellorium. The Taproom and downstairs pub are open to all ages until 10pm. Upstairs is 21+ only starting at 8pm. If you haven’t experienced a Halloween in Astoria – the oldest and spookiest settlement west of the Rockies – this is the year. Arrive early or be left out in the dark.


The Hollywood Theatre Comes to Fort George

written by Brad Blaser on July 24th, 2015




Coinciding with the annual Astoria Regatta, Fort George Brewery and the Hollywood Theatre present a special outdoor showing of The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, starring Bill Murray. Don your red caps and assemble the crew in the Fort George courtyard, as Team Zissou takes you on an underwater hunt for the mysterious Jaguar Shark. The expedition begins Friday, August 7th at sundown.

As part of an ongoing summer partnership, the Hollywood Theatre and Fort George brewed a small-batch collaborative beer. Christened Vertigo Effect, this Prohibition-era pale ale was first tapped in Portland at the 89th anniversary party for the historic not-for-profit landmark. Now, the Hollywood Theatre is coming back to the coast, with a portable screen in tote and a Wes Anderson classic to show. Look for Vertigo Effect, a very limited draft only release, at the event on Friday and while it lasts.



Bring your chairs, pack your blankets, and arrive early or you might be put on the “B” Squad – seating in the courtyard is limited. This outdoor screening is free and open to all ages with parental supervision.

Where: Fort George Brewery courtyard, 1483 Duane Street, Astoria, Oregon

When: Friday, August 7th at sundown