The Fort George Blog

Fort George Turns 7

written by Brad Blaser on March 6th, 2014

FG Building 2006

FG Building 2013

From 2007 to 2014, Fort George has come a long way.  We welcome everyone to join us at the Public House this Sunday, March 9th and celebrate the 7th Anniversary of Fort George Brewery.  The party starts at 3pm with house-favorites The Quick and Easy Boys making their upstairs debut.  This Portland power-trio creates their own blend of rock & roll.  Imagine the Minutemen, Band of Gypsies, and the Police rolled into one.  The party continues at 8pm with Fort George’s Sunday Night Concert Series featuring the high-energy delta-bluesy sounds of Tango Alpha Tango.  These Northwest natives will reel you in with memorable melodies and catchy guitar hooks peppered with funky bass-lines, driving beats, and psychedelic keys.

And what do you get a brewery for its birthday?  OMEGATEX!  This limited run, 7th anniversary beer will be released for the first time in 22-oz bottles.  Try it on tap or take a case home – it’s like Vortex only BIGGER….

Bring your dancing shoes, some good spirits, and a thirst for Astoria craft beer.  The party starts at 3pm.  Doors to the Public House open at noon.  Expect prize giveaways, music, great beer and food.  But most of all, this day is a big thank you to the community and Northwest craft beer lovers who made it all possible.  Cheers!


Head Brewer Matt Licata – designer of Dodgy Bloke ESB

written by Nathan on March 3rd, 2014

From Dogfish Head to Fort George Brewery

From Dogfish Head to Fort George Brewery

The newest member of the Fort George family started work in the brewery like those before him, canning Vortex. But once the honeymoon was over it was time to put Matt Licata’s Master of Science in Virology and American Brewers Guild degree to full use. This month, Matt created the Sweet Virginia Series beer called “Dodgy Bloke ESB” – a sessionable Extra Special Bitter to aid in the recovery from the dark beers of Stout Month.

“We hired Matt because of his dedication to quality craft beer,” explains Jack Harris, co-owner of Fort George Brewery. “Not everyone gets a job at a Nationally known brewery like Dogfish Head. Matt worked himself into being in charge of their entire yeast propagation program, which is at the heart of any brewery.” For Matt’s Sweet Virginia beer, he chose to use a 1968 London ESB yeast. “Dodgy Bloke ESB” was brewed in the traditional English fashion…with one exception: Willamette hops were used as a tip of the hat to the Pacific Northwest. The floral character of the hops blend with a malty backbone of bizcuit and caramel, and a touch of roasted barley in the grist for a nice reddish hue.

And from the many prospective candidates for Fort George Head Brewer, just what made Matt the perfect fit? “I appreciate his formal education in brewing. And his experience with a very large production brewery is something we have been in search of for a long while,” Jack adds. Matt’s favorite Fort George beer is also Sunrise OPA, a house favorite. Yet another reasons he fits in well.

Dodgy Bloke’s namesake comes from Matt’s favorite British colloquialism and is available locally starting March 1st.


2014 Festival of Dark Arts: Darkness is Coming

written by Nathan on December 30th, 2013

Darkness falls upon Astoria every winter…and stout lovers rejoice.
On Saturday February 15th, from 2pm-10pm, all areas of the Fort George block will be overflowing with dark art, darker entertainment, and the darkest selection of craft beer ever assembled.***

With stout in hand, feast your senses on the Dark Art Gallery, on-site tattoo artistry, belly dancing, tarot card reading, and tintype photography. Warm yourself by the blacksmith forge, glass blower’s kiln, and fire dancers. An attempt to break the Guiness World Record for fire swallowing will take place. Live music will play all day. And wherever you go, rare stouts will await you.

Admission is free, however a new mug ($10) and tasting tokens ($1 each) are required for stout sampling. New this year, Fort George is offering a Ticket to Darkness. Skip the cashier lines and get right to the stout!

Check out the great Dark Arts Teaser, made by Charlie Herrin The Beer Traveler, at You can also purchase your Ticket to Darkness and see the immense (and growing) stout list. Be forewarned: stout will stain your clothes and hotels will fill up. Book your rooms now and bring a dark shirt.

***With 55 unique varieties, this will be the largest collection of specialty stouts in the Northwest, in February, at a Festival of Dark Arts, EVER.




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