The Fort George Blog

Overdub IPA: A New Session Collaboration with Tape Op Magazine

written by Brad Blaser on April 9th, 2015

the sound of Overdub IPA

A good beer is like a good sound recording, balanced and pristine. Soft and subdued when it needs to be – In your face and crankin’ when it must. Done right, there’s nothing better than critical listening with a cold pint in your hand. Fort George invites you to put on your headphones and sample a can of Overdub IPA, their newest 16-oz collaboration with Tape Op, the creative music recording magazine. Pouring a solid gold with a crisp white head, Overdub IPA is a sensory overload of mango and papaya hop aromas, dank grapefruit tones, and mellow citrus finishing notes. This session-style IPA turns down the ABV, and engages the lupulin intensity toggle switch.

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release parties

Join Fort George and Tape Op Saturday, April 18th at Bottles in Portland for the first chance at an Overdub IPA. Larry Crane of Tape Op and the folks from Fort George will be there with plenty of Overdub IPA, as well as some other Fort George favorites.

Then get yourself to the Columbian Theater in historic downtown Astoria on Saturday, April 25th for a full show of authentic Portland rock and roll. Tape Op and Fort George collide for a night of live music featuring:

Sun Angle –  Portland trio known for their irreverent, expressive, spontaneous live shows – full of aggressive elation and gritty, raucous, surreal layers of sound.

The Minders – Formed in Denver, Colorado by Martyn Leaper and Robert Schneider (Apples in Stereo) – these rockers promise a bold, lush statement laden with hooks.

Summer Cannibals – A punk-flecked four-piece from Portland – centered around guitarist/vocalist Jessica Boudreaux and guitarist Marc Swart in 2012, their sound and full-volume fervor flows most fluidly during Summer Cannibals’ head-turning live shows.

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – consisting of Mike Clark, Joanna Bolme, Jake Morris, and Stephen Malkmus (the main singer and songwriter behind the influential 1990s indie rock band Pavement) – bringing their punk-like-a-skunk sounds to Astoria.

There are no pre-sale tickets, so arrive early – $8 cash only at the door starting at 7:00pm.


Overdub IPA Release Party at Bottles

5015 NE Fremont Street

Portland, Oregon

5pm – 8pm

Headliner: Overdub IPA

Featuring: The Optimist, Vortex, Beta IPA 8 Series, OMEGATEX


Live Music presented by Fort George and Tape Op

Columbian Theater

1102 Marine Drive

Astoria, Oregon


$8 cash only – Doors at 7:00pm


about Tape Op

Tape Op began in 1996 by a then-novice recording engineer named Larry Crane. The first print run was about 500 Xeroxed copies, which Larry distributed among his friends. Between digital and print, Tape Op now sends out close to 70,000 magazines to a diverse worldwide audience, from home recordists to working professionals and everything in-between.

Tape Op is about learning how to make great recordings with whatever tools you have access to. It’s about education and creativity. Unlike most recording magazines, the primary focus is not reviewing equipment, but a discussion about making art. If you’re serious about sound, go to


about Fort George

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, Instagram, and Snapchat @FortGeorgeBeer.


about Overdub IPA

Look for Overdub IPA in grippy 16-oz four-packs and draft starting April 23rd, and from time to time throughout the year. Fort George beer is distributed only in the Pacific Northwest. For a location near you, check the beer finder at


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.