Beer Festival Brewing in Astoria
Summer may be ending, but things are just heating up on the coast! You’ll have a chance to taste some of the best craft beers the region has to offer in Astoria at the 7th annual Pacific Northwest Brewcup this September. Festival organizers aim to have a variety of beers, which are new and diverse to the coastal beer drinking community.
The focus of this year’s festival is to promote handcrafted artisan brews. An estimated three-dozen northwest microbreweries will have beers available for sampling. Root beers and ginger ales will also be available, making this a family-friendly event. There will be food vendors, three days of live music, and an opportunity to vote for your favorite beer.
This year, organizers from the Baked Alaska Restaurant are joining forces with Astoria’s newest brewery, the Fort George Brewery + Public House. The Fort George hopes to make this an especially brewer-friendly event, and is inviting other regional brewers to participate and attend.
Proceeds from the festival will go to the Clatsop County Food Bank. Nearly one third of the county’s residents tapped into the food bank last year to help their families. A new food pantry is in the works to meet the growing need and volunteers are gearing up for a long winter, providing to families in especially tough economic times.
The Pacific Northwest Brewcup takes place in downtown Astoria September 26th, 27th and 28th at the Astoria Public Plaza on Duane between 11th and 12th streets.
The Band Line-up
Friday 2:30-4:30 Rowdy James Band
5:00 7:00 StormTrain
7:30-9:45 HindSight 20/20
Saturday 2:30-4:30 Richard T and The Swing Cats
5:00-7:00 The Distractions
7:30-9:45 Broken Soviet
For more information call (503) 325-PINT and ask for Jack or Chris.
This fall and winter the party will be moving indoors at the Fort George Brewery + Public House in Astoria. The beer-pairing dinners are back for the second year in a row. Customers have a chance to attend these special events, with seasonal cuisine that breaks from the normal casual-fare pub menu.
Colby Lennon goes in for seconds of crab at a brewer's dinner last winter. Photo by: Megan
These sit-down dinners include several courses of food, each with a complimentary beer. At least one beer for each dinner comes directly from the Fort George’s own brewery, and brewers hand-pick the rest from other breweries from all over the world.
The dinners are as follows:
September 17th Wild Local Mushroom Harvest & German Beers
October 15th Graveyard Beers (Hard-to-Find Aged Beers from the Past)
November 19th Holiday Dinner & Holiday Seasonal Ales
December 17th Belgian-Style Ales & Local Seafood
January 21st Indian Food & IPA
February 18th Oysters & Stouts
March 18th Celtic Ales & Cuisine
April 15th Homebrewer’s Competition Dinner
All dinners will be from 6 to 9 p.m., are limited to 30 people, and reservations are required. All-inclusive nonrefundable $65 tickets cover your food, beverages, and gratuity. Season passes at a reduced rate are available for those wishing to attend at least four dinners. Call (503) 325-PINT today to save your spot.
Fort George Brewery + Public House · 1483 Duane Street Astoria, OR 97103
(503) 325-PINT · www.fortgeorgebrewery.com