Science On Tap at Fort George!

November 30th, some of the raddest local tattoo artists will be hanging out in the Fort George Lovell Building to explain the science of their trade.  This is part of a series curated by the Columbia River Maritime Museum that will continue throughout the year.  Let's kick it off right- 


Cavatica Stout Cans Now Available!

Our big, bold stout finally has a portable home!  The Cavatica Stout cans are in and have been filled!  Available for immediate drink-ability at Fort George and beyond.  Looking to party Cavatica Stout style?  We are going to be kicking off Stout Season with some awesome events this weekend. 

Cavatica Stout PDX Can Release Party!
Thursday, November 17th 6pm at The BeerMongers

Come out and sample Cavatica right out of the can.  Special Fort George taps include: Cavatica (of course), North V, and Roscoe IPA.  The Fort George crew and Powered by Yeast's Tim Ensign will be on hand to answer any of your Stout questions and "breward" lucky attendants with a slap-wrap. 

Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside!
Friday, November 18th 8pm at The Wonder Ballroom


If you missed them at the brewery last week, this band is amazing.  These tickets are going fast.  It WILL sell out.  You can buy tickets here. 

Fort George will be there in numbers... with Cavatica Stout as well as: Vortex IPA, 1811 Lager, Sunrise OPA, Working Girl Porter, and Quick Wit.  We hope to see you rocking out on Friday! 


2011 Seafood and Belgian Ales Brewer’s Dinner Menu

Wednesday December 21, 2011

First Course

Mussels and Frittes

Paired With:  Fort George Quick Wit

Second Course

Cream of Watercress Soup with Alaskan Spot Prawns

Paired With: Bockor Cuvee Des Jocobins

Third Course

Smoked Salmon Belly on a Bed of Sprouts and Spicy Pecan Vinaigrette

Paired With: Fort George XVI Chapel
Fourth Course

Whole Dungeness Crab with Ginger and Lemongrass-infused Butter

Paired With: Omer Blonde Ale Brouwerig Bockor N.V.

Fifth Course

A Napoleon of Hazelnut Wafers and Chocolate Mousse with Caramel

Paired With: La Trappe Isid ‘Or 125th Anniversary

All of this, plus a special "intro beer" for $65 or 2 for $120
Get your tickets on the Fort George Online Store, or by calling the pub at 503.325.7468


Fort George Beer & Surfboards: Cannon Beach Merchant Offers One-Stop Shopping

Interview with Mark Mekenas, Owner of Cannon Beach Surf and CB Beach Store

Q: Describe your business including what you sell, and how long you've been up and running.

A: The CB Beach Store was set up in December 2008 after we had leased the Family Market for 10 years we decided that since we own the building with the surf shop, it didn't make sense to lease space in another building.  The CB Beach Store sells beer, wine, some groceries, snack items, sodas, lottery, cigars and cigarettes, beach toys, fishing and some hunting tackle, and fishing licenses.

Q: How are the surf shop and market related? What's it like juggling two different businesses?

A: Both businesses share the same building, and are accessible with a doorway between them.  A customer can pay for the products in either store, except for beer and wine, those can only be purchased in the CB Beach Store.  It is fairly easy, as they both play off each other very nicely.  A customer can hit the surf shop, pick up the equipment for the day, then hit the beach store, and get all the snacks, etc. for a day at the beach.

Q: What made you decide to become a small business owner, and what are the biggest challenges and rewards?

A: After 30 years in the corporate world (alcoholic beverages), and constant travel, the idea of being in one place and working for ourselves seemed like the right thing to do at our time in life.  Challenges are the daily biz.  Rewards are when everything works right.  Both of these are a daily occurrence.

Q: Why did you decide to start carrying Fort George beer and what would you like to tell customers about your selection of craft beers and the experience of shopping for them at your place?

A: Fort George fits perfectly in our business plan, as we were just getting ready to start pairing down our selection of big named corporate brands, and focusing on smaller local beer brands.  So, when the rep. walked in the door, we were ready for him, as I was just about to call you guys.  Our focus is on higher quality products in all the stores; Fort George fits that requirement perfectly.

Q: What's business like this time of year in Cannon Beach and what's it like riding the peaks and troughs of slower and busier months in a place with seasonal tourism?

A: This time of the year, every day is different, some are slow, and then some are surprisingly busy.  The weather plays a big part in day-to-day business, but then we do find that certain products that we carry still have draws year round.  The toughest part of the seasonal business is staffing and inventory, always a crapshoot.

Q: What are your future hopes and dreams?

A: Keep growing, keep remodeling, and adding new products to our stores.

Q: Finally, enough about your business, tell us a little about your background including where you're from, family-life, education, hobbies, etc.

A: We are originally from San Diego, left in ‘80, moved to Idaho, then to Seattle, took an early retirement package in ‘98 and moved to Cannon Beach.  Married to Maria (today is our 38th anniversary), 2 kids, Jennifer, prior Army, now mom and  works at Bank of Astoria in CB , 2 granddaughters, 8 and 4, they all live in Gearhart.  Our son is in Seattle is still a reserve Captain in the Air Force, did 10 years active, and now working for Olive Garden.   I surf and shoot, while Maria mostly enjoys her gardening.  My background was Division Manager in the whiskey business, covering 11 Northwest states, Alaska, and Hawaii.


No Shave November!

This November, Fort George will be holding a contest, again.  Who can grow the best facial hair in exactly 30 days?  This is a celebration of manliness and all the glory that is the male beard.  Let the best man win… although women are encouraged to participate.


  • 1 complete month of absolutely NO SHAVING....PERIOD. 
  • Exceptions:  NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Contestants must have a picture of themselves, clean-shaven, next to a November 1st 2011 or later newspaper.  There will be a photo party at Fort George on Nov. 1.  Any other pictures are to be submitted via facebook.com/fortgeorgebrewery or noshavenovember@fortgeorgebrewery.com by Nov. 25
  • Judging will take place on December 1st at the Fort George Brewery + Public House @ 6pm.  All are welcome to judge!
  • Grand Prize will be chosen by unanimous crowd decision.
  • Grand Prize?  A special bearded Mug Club membership, and beard bragging rights for the year of 2012.  A value of $85, but absolutely priceless...
  • Consolation prizes will be awarded to the less beardly, un-stachely, and pre-pubescent. 

Mug club members who renew their membership on December 1st will recieve $2 mugs of Fort George Beer.  Proceeds to benefit the Prostate Cancer Foundation. 

***All hair to be donated to beardless children.  After all... it’s all about the kids.