written by Brad Blaser on August 15th, 2016
[Astoria, OR] Perhaps you saw the bike shelter Tim Kennedy and crew were constructing across from Fort George and wondered what was going on? Why so large? Well, here’s your answer.
On Friday Fort George rolled out a new employee program, offering all full-time workers of over one year a brand new bike from Kona Bicycle Company. The only catch, you have to ride that bike to work at least 40 days out of the year. But from the look on these faces, nobody is too worried about that.
Fort George has a history with Kona Bikes, sponsoring cycling teams and events over the years. And thanks to Kona, that made the bulk purchase of these custom bikes very convenient. With the help of Ed Jones, owner of Bike Envy in Warrenton and a Fort George Distribution employee, the 35 Kona Rove bikes were assembled just as the bike shelter was completed.
The bikes aren’t just a reward for hard work and dedication. Parking has always been tight in downtown Astoria. Fort George employees will not only be healthier and keeping cars off of the roads, they’ll be freeing up parking spots around the Fort. And that’s important to you, as you circle the block thinking about that fresh pint of Fort George beer.
The bike program is open to all full-time employees (averaging over 35 hours a week) who have worked at least one consecutive year. Enrollment will take place again next year, to those who missed out. For more information or if you’re interested in working at Fort George, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Fort George is always accepting resumes.
Fort George is recognized as Bike Friendly by Travel Oregon. Remember to follow all traffic rules and wear your safety gear. Please bike responsibly.
written by Brad Blaser on July 29th, 2016
Hoist the mainsail and set course for the Mouth of the Columbia and three days of festivities at the Fort. Astoria Regatta, Oregon’s oldest celebration in its oldest city, marks its 122nd anniversary with events on land, sea, and all over the Fort George block. Parades, fireworks, an outdoor movie, beer releases, and plenty of live music await you.
Friday August 12th
Take your pint outside for a courtyard showing of the cult comedy classic Strange Brew. Food, beverages, and special movie snacks will be available through the pub, eh. Bring chairs and blankets if you like – no tickets required, you hosers. Movie begins at dark.
Saturday August 13th
The courtyard offers prime seating for the annual Regatta Grand Land Parade at noon, followed by a Cornhole Tourney. Sign up begins at 1:30pm and there is no cost to enter. Stick around for BBQ, craft beer, and a solid lineup of live music with Malachi Graham, Snowblind Traveler, and The Bond Street Blues Band. Fireworks over the Columbia River cap the night, best viewed upstairs from the pizza cathedral.
Sunday August 14th
Live music continues at Fort George just as the Astoria Sunday Market begins to wind down. Enjoy bluegrass by Cascade Crescendo, roots-blues-pop from Will West & The Friendly Strangers, and the psychedelic soul-jazz sound of Scott Pemberton Trio. Extended Sunday music starts at 2pm and ends at 10pm.
Regatta Beer Releases
One of the more memorable beers from Stout Month 2014, Dark Matter will be released in the Lovell Taproom. This complex Imperial Oatmeal Stout aged in both Bourbon and Pinot Noir barrels is available on draft for a limited time only. Fort George will also tap Operation: Cannot Possibly Fail – a new IPA the brewers crafted specifically for the Great American Beer Festival 2016. Judge both of these beers for yourself before they arrive at GABF.
All ages are welcome, friendly leashed pets are allowed outside, and there is never a cover. The Regatta Block Party at Fort George may be on land, but it certainly won’t be dry.
written by Brad Blaser on June 21st, 2016
Celebrate Your Independence
Fort George is liberating the block with independent beer and entertainment on this extended 4th of July weekend. Weather permitting, the festivities will pour into the courtyard offering live music, outdoor BBQ, and enough local craft beer to make any American proud.
Sunday, July 3rd
Cornhole Tournament from 2-5pm – sign-up begins at 1:30pm.
Royal Jelly Jive – Pre-Prohibition Jazz, Blues & Rock – 8-10pm
Monday, July 4th
Brian Bovenizer and the Koala Cowboys – Surf-Country-Blues – 4-5:30pm
Michael Hurley – Freak-Folk American Americana – 6-7:30pm
Down North – Funky Soul from Seattle – 8pm-Sundown
Stay late and watch the fireworks from the upstairs restaurant.
And with this being the land of the free, there is never a cover. All ages are welcome and leashed dogs are allowed in the outdoor spaces, as long as they are welcoming to everyone. Raise a pint at the public house and celebrate our Nation’s birthday. To Independence!