The Lovell Brewery + Taproom was originally built to house expanding the Lovell Auto Co. in 1922. As a fire devastated the city, some drastic measures were taken to save the new building. As many Astorian business owners were out of a storefront, the building transformed into the Lovell Arcade and Theater until the city was able build back up. The building remained an automotive dealership and repair facility until the late 1990′s. As the Fort George Brewery stretched out into a brewery block in late 2010, the Lovell Auto Building was renovated to house a 30 barrel brewhouse, canning line, and taproom. Much like the Lovell Arcade of old, as the brewery expands we have hosted markets, speeches, and concerts. The brewery and taproom is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday. This space will continue to evolve just like our beers.
Thanks to the mastermind behind Grateful Deaf Brewing, Ken Fisher, we are the proud owners of a beer engine. The beer engine is normally located below the bar, and the visible handle is used to draw the beer through a flexible tube to the spout, below which the glass is placed. We have chosen this rare gem to feature our more unique creations, cask conditioned, or firkin beers. A firkin beer is unpasteurized, unfiltered, and naturally carbonated, or conditioned, in its cask by yeast transforming sugar into alcohol with a side of fizzy carbon dioxide trapped in the cask. It’s also served cool but not cold, ideally at about 55F degrees. We feature these special brews in the Taproom on “Firkin Fridays”.
The Taproom has a selection of board games, puzzles, books, and a 42″ TV featuring the lastest sporting event. We have a fooseball table, and bean bag toss, and a regulation shuffleboard court even the late, great Peltier would be proud of.
After a full week of beer production comes to an end, one of our friendly brewers will tease your tastebuds as they show you around a day in the life of a Fort George Beer. We rally thirsty fans in the pub and make our way over to the Lovell building, Saturday and Sundays at 1pm and 4pm. No reservations necessary.