written by Brad Blaser on April 4th, 2016
To make something for the pure joy of it. That was the mission at Suicide Squeeze Records as they emerged from the 90s Northwest rock scene. Celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, the lineup has grown from regional indie rock bands into a diverse international array of artists. And yet that core tenant remains.
Co-owners Jack Harris and Chris Nemlowill took a similar approach when they founded Fort George Brewery. Rather than adapting to style guidelines or industry standards, they opened the public house with a goal to brew the best beer you’ve had today. And starting in early April that beer is Suicide Squeeze IPA *Special Edition.
Suicide Squeeze IPA is back with an updated look. For *Special Edition the can has gone gold, and Grammy nominated Seattle artist Jesse LeDoux has enhanced his iconic snake design with thermochromatic ink. “The snake dies when the can is warm and comes alive when it’s cold,” Jesse explains. “If someone hands you a can with a lifeless snake, you may want to ask them to chill it out for a while.”
This is not the same session IPA from 2014 – the brewery has remastered the recipe in a big, big way with a solid 7.2% ABV. Artfully cut like a 7” vinyl, *Special Edition pops with Mosaic, Amarillo, and Citra hops. Front loaded with organic 2-row barley and layered with deep cuts of specialty malt, Suicide Squeeze IPA presents the craft audience a balanced, full sensory experience.
On Friday, April 29th, Porchlight Coffee & Records in Seattle hosts the Suicide Squeeze IPA release party. Musician Michael Nau will be performing songs from his new LP, Mowing, for the first time in Seattle. Doors open at 7pm with music starting at 8pm. And join the after-party, with more Suicide Squeeze IPA *Special Edition on tap, at The Pine Box around 10pm.
Look for Suicide Squeeze IPA *Special Edition in 16-ounce four-pack cans and draft starting April 13th. Fort George Brewery is distributed exclusively in the Pacific Northwest.
Suicide Squeeze IPA *Special Edition Release Party & Snake Handling
Porchlight Coffee & Records
Live music from Michael Nau
Doors open at 7pm
1517 14th Ave.
The Pine Box
1600 Melrose Ave.
written by Brad Blaser on March 22nd, 2016
North Coast Watershed Association – Tuesday, March 29th
Upstairs at Fort George Brewery – 4:30 pm to 10 pm
This month, Fort George Benefit Night supports The North Coast Watershed Association. This nonprofit works with local people, businesses, and public agencies to improve stewardship of area rivers, streams, and bays. They perform a variety of projects to make rivers healthier for salmon, including planting trees along streams, removing fish passage barriers, and monitoring water quality.
All proceeds from the upstairs food & beverage sales for that night will go directly to the NCWA. Raffle items will be out and direct donations are always welcome. Come down Tuesday, March 29th and grab a wood-fired meal and a pint. Help support water quality and wildlife in Clatsop County.
written by Brad Blaser on January 28th, 2016
February is forever Stout Month at Fort George Brewery. The shortest and darkest month is the perfect time to showcase the immense variety within this style. For lovers of rich, dark beer there is no better place than Fort George in February, pint glass in hand.
Every Monday starting February 1st, new Fort George specialty stouts will be released at the pub. Grab a pint, fill a growler, or sample a blind stout taster tray. At least eight unique stouts will be on tap in every location at the brewery.
Coffee Girl – Imperial Coffee Stout
Viva La Stout – Mexican Chocolate Stout
From Astoria with Love – Russian Imperial Stout
Polish’s Black Walnut Stout
The White Witch – Blonde Stout
Long Dark Winter Milk Stout
Granola Bar Stout – Honey, Almonds, and Raspberries
Murky Pearl – Oyster Stout
Kentucky Girl – Coffee Girl Aged in Bourbon Barrels
Voluptas Stout – Oatmeal and Fig Stout
Tuesday’s Lunch – Peanut Butter and Blackberry Imperial Stout
Almond Milk Stout – Vegan Milk Stout
North VIII – 1yr Aged Russian Imperial Stout
Down & Dirty – Chai and Espresso Stout
Simian Stout – Banana, Chocolate, and Hazelnut Belgian Stout
Enjoy live music every Sunday at 8pm during Stout Month. The upstairs at Fort George hosts a wide range of artists – never a cover.
January 31st – Wilkinson Blades – American Rock – Portland, OR
February 7th – The Lowest Pair – Sultry Country Duo – Minneapolis, MN & Olympia, WA
February 14th – The Donkey’s – Music for the Independent Soul – San Diego, CA
February 21st – Cedar Teeth – Northwest Roots Rock – Colton, OR
February 28th – Redwood Son – West Coast Americana – Redwood City, CA
The Festival of Dark Arts – Saturday, February 13th – Noon to 10pm
Fill your senses and satiate your darkest stout desires. Yes, it is a stout fest with barrel-aged and specialty one-offs from 45 breweries including Barley Brown’s, Block 15, Boneyard, Breakside, The Bruery, Deschutes, Ecliptic, Evil Twin, Firestone Walker, Fremont, Gigantic, Perennial Artisan Ales, pFriem, The Commons, Trinity, Upright and many, many more. But, it’s also a magical menagerie of art and music, craft and creation spread out over an entire city block.
Main Stage – Upstairs Live Music
Noon – The Resolectrics – Rhythm & Blues – Portland, OR
2pm – Skamokawa Swamp Opera – Historical Rock Opera – Skamokawa, WA
4pm – Jackson Boone and the Ocean Ghosts – Cosmic Rock – Portland, OR
6pm – The Builders and the Butchers – Awesome Rock – Portland, OR
8pm – The Thermals – Power-Pop – Portland, OR
Make way for wandering minstrels, belly dancers, and burlesque shows. View demonstrations from ice sculptors, tattoo artists, and wood carvers. Warm yourself by the iron forge and glassblowing furnace, or watch fire dancing in the courtyard. Vendors and craftspeople will be located throughout the block, and everywhere you go the stouts will follow.
Check the website at www.festivalofdarkarts.com for updates.
The Traveling Carnival of Stouts
Fort George wants to share the stout love. Experience a taste of Stout Month on these nights around the Pacific Northwest. And check the event page at www.fortgeorgebrewery.com for new and updated Stout Month happenings.
Wednesday, February 3rd – 6pm to 9pm
10th Annual Ground Hogs Day Festival
Brooklyn Park Pub
3400 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Fort George Stouts paired with whiskey
Tuesday, February 9th – 8pm to 11pm
Black & Stout Tuesday Celebration
Twilight Cafe and Bar
1420 SE Powell Blvd.
Wednesday, February 10th – 6pm to 11pm
Be My Valentine Pinball Tourney
2880 SE Gladstone St.
Pinball tournament, prizes, and Fort George stout
Wednesday, February 17th – 5pm to 8pm
Traveling Carnival of Stouts
Chuck’s Hop Shop Greenwood
656 NW 85th St.
Several Fort George specialty stouts on tap
Saturday & Sunday, February 20th & 21st
2nd Annual Imperial Stout Fest
Imperial Bottle Shop
3090 SE Division St.
2015 Bourbon Barrel Cavatica and more…
Thursday, February 25th – 5pm to 9pm
Traveling Carnival of Stouts
313 N. I Street
A variety of Fort George specialty stouts on tap