Fort George Brewery: 1483 Duane St. Astoria, OR
I drank: CoHoperative, a full bodied red ale brewed with hops sent in from fans and beer lovers.
She drank: The Optimist, nice and bright IPA that succeeds in the goal of not overwhelming the hop or barley profiles.
This brewery is a little more significant than most for me as my wife and I spent our first wedding anniversary just a block away. I instantly fell in love with their beer, culture, and the way they have improved Astoria.
You may not know much about the town of Astoria, but there is so much to love. Everything starts with the fact that it is the shooting location for the classic film The Goonies, and there is plenty of culture around that fact. However, it is so much more than that! There is great beer, great food, amazing scenery, wonderful hiking, and terrific people everywhere. Obviously I’m going to take the beer route here, but you should definitely go check Astoria out for yourself if you haven’t already spent some time there.
The location itself if a large piece of Astoria’s history, and the team there is happy to tell you all about it (please ask them, the story is incredible). Taking up an entire block, the brewery and restaurant are simply wonderful! There are two options for eating, the lower restaurant which serves delicious pub fare along with great seafood, or you can head upstairs to the pizzeria where you can enjoy some great pizza and even better views. No matter where you end up, you’ll still get the same great selection of delicious beers.
One spot that is a little less noticeable is the Lovell Taproom, which is located directly in the brewery, is a wonderful spot to relax and have a beer. You’ll also likely be treated to some “friendly” corn hole in the brewery. I love coming in here because it gives you a unique spot to sit and watch how a large scale brewery operates on a daily basis. If you’re around on a weekend there are multiple options to go on a tour, which I highly suggest.
Go here for:
The amazing atmosphere and incredible history
The tour and opportunity to learn something
The options of food and cool spots to enjoy a beer
If you decide to make it out to Fort George, definitely plan ahead for a long weekend and make a trip out of it. There are a number of other great places to visit near by and all of the hotels in the downtown area are gorgeous! I really hope you fall in love with Astoria and Fort George as much as I have.
P.S. Shout out to the future Mr. and Mrs. Howlan for coming out with us!