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Fort George to Expand Operations

written by Brad Blaser on April 1st, 2015

Looks to Purchase Anheuser-Busch InBev

– Search for Investors in the Preliminary Stages –

April 1st, 2015 – Fort George Brewery announced today that is has begun the process of gathering investors to purchase Anheuser-Busch InBev. For more than 160 years, Anheuser-Busch, with its flagship brewery still operating in St. Louis, MO, has had a dominant presence on the American beer landscape.

“We have no plans to move brewery operations away from St. Louis at this time,” said Fort George co-owner Chris Nemlowill. “Anheuser-Busch has time-honored traditions passed down through generations of brewmasters and employees. We see this more as a partnership. Their recipe of hard work and branding has served them well, and we’d like to continue to see what they can do independently.” AB InBev currently holds a 47.2 percent share of the U.S. beer market. “I am looking forward to trips to Belgium, however,” Nemlowill added.

“Bud Light Lime-A-Rita would definitely fill a niche Fort George does not serve,” explains Jack Harris, co-owner and brew master at Fort George. “Straw-Ber-Rita, Raz-Ber-Rita, even Mang-O-Rita, we don’t make anything like that. Fort George definitely does not have a Rita-style beer.”

Other than ownership, no major changes are in store for Budweiser and its affiliated brands. Bud drinkers will still be able to enjoy that great beechwood aged flavor they have come to know. “The recipes and the message will remain the same,” explained Nemlowill. “You can still look forward to all of those heartwarming dog and horse commercials on Super Bowl Sunday. In fact, maybe even more of the same.”

“I’m up for whatever,” Harris agreed. “And you can hashtag that.”

Although just in the preliminary stages, Fort George is looking to secure the capital to close this purchase by the end of 2017, or when their gofundme goal of $250 billion is reached. In addition to its U.S. operations, the acquisition would include all of AB InBevs worldwide holdings.

About Anheuser-Busch

Anheuser-Busch is the U.S. arm of Anheuser-Busch InBev and operates 15 breweries, 17 distributorships and 23 agricultural and packaging facilities across the United States, representing a capital investment of more than $15.5 billion. Its flagship brewery remains in St. Louis, Mo., and is among the global company’s largest and most technologically capable breweries. Visitor and special beermaster tours are available at its St. Louis and four other Anheuser-Busch breweries. For more information, visit

InBev Buyout

About Fort George Brewery

Locally owned and operated in historic downtown Astoria, Oregon, Fort George crafts original beers available only in the Pacific Northwest. Whether in cans or kegs, at the pub or on your front porch, Fort George beer brings people together in aromatic headiness and lupulin ecstasy. For more information about Fort George, go to or follow them on Twitter and Instagram @FortGeorgeBeer.


Fort George 8th Birthday Party – Friday March 27th

written by Brad Blaser on March 18th, 2015

Fort George is turning 8 years young this March, and celebrating it in a big way – an OMEGA way. Seattle’s The Cave Singers will be holding down the brewery’s upstairs raised platform, with an Extra Special Guest to kick off the party at 9pm. Birthday partiers will want to arrive early as this will be another No Cover show at Fort George and will fill up quickly. In just the second year since the expansion, the Fort George upstairs pub overlooking the Columbia River has become one of the most unique music venues on the coast. Come out to celebrate the memories you’ve made at the now iconic n Astoria Fort George Brewery while toasting the memories to come.

Don’t know about The Cave Singers? They play that kind of gritty folk rock that runs deep in the walls of the old 1924 Fort George Building. Fresh off of playing the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, The Cave Singers groove like a juke joint and howl like a happy wolf. The Extra Special Guest opening act is no slouch as well. This ex-megabat is so special that the brewery is releasing no other information about the affair. Get there early.

March 27th will also mark the release of OMEGATEX in 22-oz bottles, direct from the source. Patrons of the Fort George will be able to purchase the Imperial IPA on draft and in bottles for the first time this year. This limited seasonal (like Vortex, only bigger) will be coming to Pacific Northwest stores near you in April.



Festival of Dark Arts 2015 tickets – now on sale

written by Nathan on November 14th, 2014


Stout Month – Begins Sunday February 1st
The days turn darker, the mighty Columbia grows rough and treacherous, and the Fort George taplist fades to black. Stout Month is approaching. February at Fort George Brewery is a yearly celebration of everything dark and delicious. With weekly small-batch stout releases, a stout brewer’s dinner, and the greatest stout festival in the world, Fort George Brewery in Astoria is the place to be for dark beer lovers.

The taplists will overflow with dark beer, as Fort George taps new specialty stouts each week. Look for Squashed Stout, Cherry Chocolate Stout, and Long Dark Winter Milk Stout. Taste stouts made with Mexican chocolate, macadamia nuts & coconut, toasted black walnuts, and more. Try a blind stout taster tray with eight unique offerings. Or grab a bottle of Willett Bourbon Barrel Cavatica Stout, available in wax-dipped 22-oz bottles just in time for Stout Month. Wherever you go on the Fort George block, dark beer will follow.

Festival of Dark Arts – Saturday February 14th, 2015
You’ll be greeted with live music, roaming entertainment, and rich, dark stout. Enjoy demonstrations from blacksmiths, glass blowers, ice sculptors, and stout servers. Behold fire dancers, belly dancers, tattoo artists, tarot card readers, and tintype photographers, all with stout in hand. Plus Stouts! Prepare your palate for 55 of the finest dark beers you’ll ever see assembled in one location.

Fort George Brewery
1483 Duane Street
Astoria, Oregon
(503) 325-PINT

Saturday, February 14th, 2015
Noon to 10pm

In an effort to maintain the intimacy of the festival, only a limited number of tickets are available. And this year, you MUST have a ticket to attend. Bring your Ticket to Darkness, a valid ID, and your love of all things dark to the festival on Saturday, February 14th.


Fort George Stout & Oysters Brewer’s Dinner – Wednesday February 25th, 2015
Every year, Fort George hosts a series of brewer’s dinners throughout the winter. Held once a month in the upstairs restaurant space utilizing the wood-fired oven, the dinner offers five courses, each paired with a distinctive beer. In February, that dinner showcases rich stout and fresh, local oysters. Seats are $65 for one, or $60 each for parties of two or more. Reserve your spot at the table online at or by calling the pub at 503-325-PINT.

Tickets to Darkness are transferrable, but not refundable. $30 entitles the ticket holder to a 2015 Festival of Dark Arts tasting mug and ten (10) stout tasting tokens. Additional tokens will be on sale at the festival for $1 each. A limited number of $10 tickets are available for non-drinkers and minors. Be forewarned – stout will stain, the Festival of Dark Arts will sell out, and hotels will be full. Reserve your rooms today, buy your tickets online, and wear your darkest clothing.



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