Astoria businessman Bob Lovell will tap his namesake beer, Lovell Lager, for the Fort George Brewery and Public House first anniversary celebration from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 9. The Lovell name is well-known in the area, with a family legacy that includes a Chevrolet dealership in Astoria as early as 1910. The event is open to the public.
To thank the community for a successful first year in business, the brewery will have special deals, raffles and door prizes, including Fort George apparel and gift certificates all that day. Live music with Colin Spring and the Naugahyde Nights starts at 8 p.m.
The Lovell Lager is the first commercially produced lager made in Clatsop County since Prohibition. Lager is a difficult beer to make. It is cold fermented and takes six weeks to produce versus only a couple of weeks for ale. Fort George brewers describe the Lovell Lager as a Pacific Northwest-style lager, golden straw in color, crisp and smooth with enough of a hop kick to balance it out.