written by Brad Blaser on October 10th, 2016
Don’t look for a Saturday or Sunday party in Astoria. When it comes to Halloween, Fort George Brewery sticks to tradition. And on Monday, October 31st the block will be decked out, mic’d up, and ready to party.
Enjoy the vibrant vintage sound of The Waysiders starting at 8pm. Sisters Joanna and Gabrielle Macrae front with tight harmony vocals, while the band draws on the traditions of swing, rhythm & blues, and Cajun music. The Taproom is open to all ages on this special Monday night – 4:30pm to 10pm.
Kick it around the raised platform with Brass Monkeys, the most-illinist Beastie Boys tribute band in the Northwest. Get your costume on for a chance at prizes. Please enter through the double doors on 15th Street or through the eerie Fort George Garden. The upstairs is 21+ only for the evening with wristbands and IDs required. Make some noise and fight for your rights – Brass Monkeys are on the mic from 9pm to 11pm.
The downstairs pub is open from 11am to 11pm, with business as usual as it can be for a Halloween night. The spiral staircase will be down only starting at 8:30pm. As always, there is never a cover for live music at Fort George.
If you haven’t experienced a Halloween in Astoria, Oregon – the oldest and spookiest American settlement West of the Rockies – this is your year to do it.
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.