Bluestone Trio

Sunday, December 26th
8pm No Cover

Bluestone is one of the newest groups performing in Tri Cities and Eastern Washington. They distinguish themselves from the plethora of East Side blues bands with a sound influenced by classic R&B and jazz artists (Dr. John, Ray Charles, Etta James, etc.). The group is piano and vocal based, covering a range of styles  from New Orleans R&B, Chicago blues to East Coast jazz.


New Years Eve with the New Mexican Revolution!

Friday, December 31st
8pm No Cover
Fort George Brewery

The music of the New Mexican Revolution has its roots in the gothic Americana of performers like Willie Nelson, Tom Waits, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Wilco and Los Lobos. Their songs are stories of drifters, wanderers and lost souls set against a kaleidoscope of American music, with an array of instrumentation and textures.

Songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Wesley Shirley grew up in the high desert of New Mexico, listening to the country music of the 70’s and 80’s in his parents record collection. The joy and desolation of this environment informs much of the music of tNMR. Having its start in Ft. Collins, Colorado and after playing around northern Colorado for two years, the band took a hiatus as Wes dedicated his time to other musical projects. In 2004, the Revolution reformed with a new lineup, playing the old songs, along with a handful of new ones, and began to gig around their new home town of Portland, Oregon. The first album, The Promise of Mutiny, was released in September of 2004, and they successfully toured the west coast and mountain states twice in the summer of 2005 in support. Their second album, Theories of Sun and Rain, was released in May of 2006, and has received positive reviews both at home and abroad. The Revolution has benefited from a long list of collaborators and conspirators over the years, and continues to value the collaborative effort of music making as they record and perform new music and continue to tour.

David Crabtree

Sunday, December 19th 2010 at 8:00 pm - NO COVER -


Belgian Ales and Seafood Dinner

Wednesday, December 15th 2010
At the Fort George Brewery + Public House


A Trio Of House Cured Salmon; Traditional Norwegian Gravlax, Juniper Berry and Tanqueray Lox, Fennel and Ouzo Lox Served on Crumpets with Sour Cream.

Fort George Brewery – Quick Wit


Risotto Cakes with Bornstein Smoked Scallops Served on a Bed of Butter Leaf Lettuce and a Bacon Sherry Vinaigrette.

La Brasserie Unibroue – Éphémère (Apple)


Shrimp Bisque with a Blue Scorcher Crostini, Rouille, and Warm Chèvre.

The Bruery – Saison Rue


Whole Dungeness Crab and a Malheur Beurre Blanc.

Malheur Bière Brut - Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV


Ladies in Nightgowns – Granny Smith Apples Baked in Pastry Dough Topped with Crème Agnlaise. 

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery - Raison D'etre


Caulfield and his Magical Violin

December 12th at 8pm.
From Anacortes, Washington, powerpop band Caulfield and his Magical Violin will play at the Fort George Brewery and Public House.  There is no cover.


Angie and the Car Wrecks

Sunday, December 5th
8pm No Cover
Angie and the Car Wrecks are comprised of two brothers, Shawn and Dale Ball, on the upright bass and guitar, respectively, with their good friend Calvin Jernberg on the drums and Dale's wife Angie Ball leading the pack and taking on vocals. They are based in a small town in the Pacific Northwest, where they hone their craft on many rainy days stuck inside.

The Car Wrecks have a 6-song EP that was released in March of 2010 and has been well-received. The new EP has helped them land some prominent gigs, such as Lounge Acts 2010 in Aberdeen, WA opening for Grammy award-winning band Soul Asylum, the 2010 Pacific Northwest Brewcup in Astoria, WA, the 2010 Kustom Kulture Festival in Silverdale, WA opening for James Hunnicutt, the Juke Joint Gamblers, Hard Money Saints, Big John Bates and the Voodoo Dollz, and Three Bad Jacks and the 2010 Jake the Alligator Man Bday Bash in Long Beach, WA opening for DragStrip Riot.

The Car Wrecks' main influences are the pioneers of classic rockabilly music, most of them featured on the Sun label in the 1950's: Carl Perkins, Billy Lee Riley, Elvis, and of course Johnny Cash. Other influences include the Stray Cats, Hank Williams Sr., Loretta Lynn, Waylon Jennings, and more recently, the Chop Tops and the Reverend Horton Heat.


Los Gallos Rumba

Sunday, November 28th
8pm No Cover
Fort George Brewery
1483 Duane St.-Astoria

Los Gallos Rumba hails from Portland, Oregon and brings with them the sounds of flamenco music with its rich gypsy and arabic roots. Their sets are infused with romantic Spanish guitar and cover everything Latin from rumba, to salsa and meringue. Lead singer of the group Mercedes Estevez is from Barcelona Spain and moved to Portland two years ago. She has family from Jaen, Andalucia where flamenco music originated which inspired her to sing since she was a child. Her joyful spirit and passion fill her voice with an enchanting unique splendor. Mercedes also is a skilled song writer and dancer. She gets everyone fired up with her graceful flamenco inspired movements. A night to wear your dancing shoes to the Fort George Brewery!


Lulu Lafever

Sunday, November 14th
8pm No Cover
Fort George Brewery
1483 Duane St.-Astoria

 Lulu LaFever, Grammy Member, delivers Sultry Blues, smoother than black velvet jazz and juke joint swing...incredible talent and originality. Lulu's big personality has been involving and entertaining audiences for over 15 years. She lives up to every expectation of a performer named Lulu LaFever...In 1994 Lulu received a grant from the Oregon Arts Commission for her talent as a songwriter and singer. She began work on her first CD and left her career as a registered nurse to pursue her dream...to show off and share her music with the world. Six CD's and over 15 years of touring later it proved to be the right move. As Lulu always says "Life is soooo good! Don't just take the scenic route, be the scenic route." Lulu has been compared to Ella Fitzgerald, Bette Midler, Cindy Lauper and Bonnie Raitt, but she most definitely has a style all her own. As a songwriter and composer Lulu creates new boundaries in the world of music. Lulu and her band "Lulu LaFever and the Hot Tamales" has had the honor of opening for Willie Nelson and Big Bad VooDoo Daddy. Whether solo or with her band Lulu is what the world needs...A Good Time!


Dramady w/ Rollerball

Sunday, November 7th
8pm No Cover
Fort George Brewery
1483 Duane St.-Astoria

A night of double the fun is heading to the Fort George Brewery and Public House. Two North Pole Records bands Dramady and Rollerball will be heading up the night on Sunday, November 7th from 8 to 10pm. Dramady is a two piece rock band from Portland, OR. The band consists of Amanda Mason Wiles (Rollerball, Six Foot Sloth, The Pink Widower) on bass, vocals, clarinet, and saxophone, and Zac Stanley (Narwhal vs. Narwhal, Miss Massive Snowflake) on drums, vocals, and keyboards. The music is highly rhythmic danceable pop with groove laden dub bass and melodic horns. Zac is pretty amazing to watch live as he plays drums, keyboard, and sings all at once while the crowds dance the night away.

Rollerball are coming in their new incarnation of a trio. Depending who you ask and when you hear them, Rollerball can be many things. Pop band, gothic wavers, experimental noise jerks, groove dub spacers, or weirdos, but one thing holds dear, Rollerball never rests. They work hard and strive harder. Not concerned with sales or acclaim, Rollerball does what it does. They practice, they tour, and they push the limits of sound on every release. You can't get bored with their sound because it is morphing as you read this. After 14 albums, a clutch of eps and singles, countless compilation appearances, multiple European and American tours, Rollerball is still virtually unknown to many, and though they might wonder why, they don't dwell on it. They make more music and search for someone to release it. And so North Pole Records has come to the rescue. With their last two releases on Italian Avant Garde super label, Wallace, we thought it time to try to show the States what they have and should treasure. This is American music and this is a legendary band.


This November, Fort George will be holding a contest:  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: if there is a work conflict with facial hair, you may adhere to workplace standards.
  • Contestants must have a picture of themselves, clean-shaven, next to a November 1st 2010 or later newspaper.  Contestants may start the contest late, but not early... no no.
  • Pictures are to be submitted via facebook.com/fortgeorgebrewery or noshavenovember@fortgeorgebrewery.com
  • Judging will take place on December 1st at the Fort George Brewery + Public House @ 5pm.
  • 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 2011.  A value of $85, but absolutely priceless...
  • Consolation prizes will be awarded to the less beardly, un-stachely, and pre-pubescent. 

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


Ma Barley Halloween Hellorium!

Saturday, October 30th
Doors open 8pm
Music 9-11pm
$7 Cover

Location: Fort George 'Hellorium': The Lovell Building
14th street between Duane and Exchange.  Enter from the Fort George parking lot.

Come out and groove to Astoria's favorite house band, Ma Barley, before the first beers are brewed in the new brewery. Food will be served.   Costumes will be expected!


The Brownsmead Flats 10/24

Sunday, October 24th
8pm No Cover
Fort George Brewery
1483 Duane St.-Astoria

The Brownsmead Flats have been performing their unique style of music for over 20 years. Creating new tunes and playing traditional songs that appeal across the generational spectrum, they are a well known entity in the Columbia Pacific region. The Band is made up of, Dan Sutherland on hammered dulcimer, mandolin and fiddle. Ray Raihala on banjo and guitar. Robert Stevens plays guitar and banjo. John Fenton on bass and mandolin. Ned Heavenrich plays harmonica and guitar. Their tight vocal harmonies and enjoyment of making music together translate into an evening of good times and merryment.


Joe McMurrian 10/17

Sunday, October 17th
8pm * No Cover
Fort George Brewery
1483 Duane St.-Astoria

Joe McMurrian is a Delta Blues/Roots songwriter/ guitarist based in Portland Oregon. He has a rich capability to infuse tradition with contemporary invention through his intense finger-style, slide guitar work and original storytelling. Joe is deeply influenced by the Delta Blues and American Hill country masters like Skip James, Son House, Doc Boggs, Robert Pete Williams, Fred McDowell, Robert Johnson, Bukka White, R.L Burnside, Roscoe Holcomb, Blind WIllie Johnson, Lightning Hopkins and modern players like Buddy Guy, Bert Jansch, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Leo Kotke, Doc Watson, James Blood Ulmer, Chris Whitley, Junior Kimbrough and Rajeev Tarnoth. Joe blends all these influences into a powerful modern gumbo that can switch from gut wrenching hard driving deep blue’s to intricate acoustic ballads. Recently Joe has formed the power quartet Woodbrain, signed with Memphis Label Yellow Dog Record and has picked up the electric guitar he used to play so much as a teen and plugged into an amp full of electricity to explore the endless possibilities available to this dynamic new band sound. The result is the new release, Swimming in Turpentine, an album that promises new & exciting things things to come for Blues and Roots music.

When he was 9 Joe found his father’s steel slide guitar up in the attic and decided to start playing. His father still played a little slide and standard guitar that he used to play in the 40's, so Joe learned the basics of various Willie Nelson, Muddy Waters and Jimmy Rogers songs. 32 years later he still likes it.

In Los Angeles he played every acoustic venue available, as well as receiving weekly airplay on the prominent radio station KCRW in Santa Monica. Joe has performed at countless venues & numerous festivals Including the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival (the past 4 years), Portland Brewers Festival, Park City Utah Founders Tile Bluegrass and Folk Festival, Pasadena Blues Festival, String Summit and the Listening Room concert series in Los Angeles. He has appeared with such luminaries as John Mayhall, Paul Geramia, LouisianaRed, Keb Mo, Paul Livingstone, Eddie Kirkland, John McEuen, Charlie Musslewhite, Preacher Boy, Canned Heat, Sonny Landreth & Little Charley and the Nightcats to name a few. When he performs on stage he is in a way painting with sound, ebbing and flowing towards new realms of experience in the moment.


David Matthew Daniels

Sunday, October 10th
8pm No Cover
Fort George Brewery
1483 Duane St.-Astoria

"Out of the dark corners and dreary rain of Portland comes the folk-rocker guitarist/singer DAVID DANIELS.  Following in the deep and roughed-around-the-edges footprints of Morphine, John Prine, and Elliott Smith to name just a few of his countless influences, expect Daniels to put on a true and honest show not quickly forgotten or easily reproduced by others in the field today."                                                          
  -Noah Bernstein-Hanley  Camelia Lounge, Portland, OR

Not your typical singer/songwriter, David Matthew Daniels describes his music as "a country-punk-blues-and-roll-jazz-soul review" because his influences are as diverse as the genres he recreates. His music is true Americana: honest, soulful, heartfelt stories of love, loss, life, fighting the good fight, and hope, even in the darkest corners of the soul. With songs that are reminiscent of smoke filled dive bars to songs that remind us to find something worth fighting for, Daniels has a song for everyone who listens. 
Daniels words, his melodies, expect fully deserved waves of empathy. Throughout the caressing sounds of his guitar, knees buckle, with relief, and at the eloquence of each note from his piano. The listener is overtaken by the liquid fire of his voice, of his story.




Local supercharged rock n roll and outlaw-country band The Cowpokers will play
at the Fort George Brewery and Public House on Sunday, October 3rd at 8pm. There is no cover.


Super XX Man

Sunday, September 26th
8pm No Cover
Fort George Brewery
1483 Duane St.-Astoria

Scott Garred started off his career as Super XX Man (pronounced "super double ex man") in the mid-'90s while still a member of the Austin, TX indie pop trio Silver Scooter, putting out a pair of self-released cassettes. Garred has since relocated to Portland, OR, continuing a steady stream of releases that have moved from home recorded four-track material to full fledged studio productions. Along the way, he has also turned Super XX Man into a bona fide band, that these days features his wife Michelle on accordion, singer Ali Wesley, Kelly Dachtler, and drummer Bob Ham.

Super XX was an old b&w film made by Kodak which Garred who called it “double x.” One day he received a letter from a friend in his former hometown of Pullman, WA, in which she said that she dreamed Garred had a heart attack. In his response, he performed live to a 4-track cassette player with the song “The Destroyer” which begins with the lyric “I dreamed I was Super XX Man flying over Texas.” That was the center piece on the self-titled 12-song cassette released in September, 1995. Garred's original goal was to release one cassette a year, not much thought being put into it otherwise, except always looking for the most efficient way to dub as many tapes as possible and give them to all the good people in life. He recorded everything using a dirty SM-58 microphone purchased on the street in Seattle during his first touring experience in college. It cost $35. He likes to believe it was used by Mudhoney.


Denali and the Demon Squirrel

Sunday, September 19th

8pm No Cover

Fort George Brewery

1483 Duane St.- Astoria

Denali and the Demon Squirrel was formed in early 2009 by two young Portland, Oregon songwriters: Denali Kennedy and Jesse Faxon-Mills. They began to play live shows constantly, from farmer's markets and coffee shops to larger stages, and they never slowed down. Both artists play guitar and sing, weaving layers of soul and their own musical wilderness through original folk rock songs. Instead of seeking to emulate their heroes, each next song writing move has been built upon a search for the perfect expression of sensation, emotion, and love. The power of their live show develops with percussive and playful guitar work, vocal delivery, and the subtle power of their lyrical content. Many of the songs are obviously haunted, but often hopeful at the same time, and some reveal a more mischievous, goofy side. This band is playing to give something real to their audience, to share the hard nights and the goodness, and spike it all with inspiration.


Hometown Show

September 5th
8pm No Cover
1483 Duane St.-Astoria

Hometown Show is one man, Matthew Harrison, who is bringing his Country Folk from England. Always Just Passin' Through (also the name of his latest EP and tour) singing songs about friends, family, familiar faces, places and fading memories. Harrison has received national airplay and toured extensively throughout the United Kingdom and the United States. Hometown Show has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with top international artists such as; Austin Lucas, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Josh Small, Lemuria, Mike Hale and Chris Murray. He will perform in Astoria at the Fort George Brewery and Public House on Sunday, September 5th from 8-10pm. There is no cover.



Troll Radio Revue Saturday, August 28

Troll Radio Revue will be broadcasting from the deck one last time this summer!!! Hope we'll see YOU out on the deck at 11am this Saturday, August 28. Lots of great music from The Hackles, Kinobe & Soul Beat Africa and the Beerman Creek String Band. If you can't be in the audience, tune in on KMUN or coastradio.org !!!!


Shoeshine Blue

Sunday, August 29th
1483 Duane St.-Astoria

"As the music progresses, layers are added to the mix: shuffling drums, a touch of violin and winsome vocals by leader Michael Apinyakul and a variety of breathy female singers. By the end, they are overflowing with sound, often reaching a swelling but gentle crescendo toward conclusion."
--The Oregonian

Shoeshine Blue began years ago as a lo-fi literary blues act. Songwriter, Michael Apinyakul's uncanny abilities with a cassette 4-track earned him critical praise from both the press and studio engineers with the album, "Talk Real Slow". Since then, Shoeshine Blue has evolved into something else entirely. Falling somewhere between classical and blues, folk and gospel, old time and indie. As a solo act, Apinyakul displays a fast, dark, and emotive finger picking style, as if Mississippi John Hurt listened to The Melvins, but more often Shoeshine Blue consists of a larger lineup of violinist Shawn Mclain (Blind Pilot), bassist William Joersz (Nick Jaina, Run On Sentence), singer Ali Wesley (Super XX Man), and drummer John Vecchiarelli of more bands than I can count, plus his own wonderful songs. This bare bones combo produces wistful backdrops for lyrics full of political fervor, high romance, and heartland poetics.



Regatta Weekend Sat. 14th Art & Beer Walk

A perfect weekend activity awaits this Saturday evening in Astoria. Follow Highway 30 to where the big River finds the biggest Ocean, for an evening of original art and local brew. The ever-spectacular Fort George Brewery is sponsoring the community's monthly 2nd Saturday Art Walk, supplying different beers to art venues. Meander our quaint, quirky and historic streets, peruse the unique selection of art and creative wares throughout the downtown .... AND enjoy an award winning ale or refreshing wasabi ginger ale while you take in the art experience. The event hours are 5 - 9 PM, Art & Beer walk maps and official Vortex tasting glasses will be available at art venues. For more details about this event please visit: www.astoriaFOG.org/beerwalk

Fort George Beers that will be offered:

Wasabi Ginger Ale
Our ginger ale is a non-alcoholic soda made in house. With two different types of wasabi and fresh local ginger in this soda, the Wasabi Ginger Ale is a little spicy, a little sweet, bubbly and delicious.

Golden Goose
4.5% ABV
Our lightest beer mingles mild caramel malt sweetness with mellow hop spice to create perfect session ale. Named in honor of and also available at the Goose Hollow Inn Pub in Portland; this beer tastes best when ordered by the pitcher and shared with friends.

Quick Wit
5.5% ABV
A Belgian style ale that is pale and cloudy in appearance due to the beer being unfiltered and high levels of wheat. Wit beer is traditionally brewed with coriander and orange zest. Ours uses organic pale and wheat malts, ground coriander, organic lemongrass (to impart a delicious citrus character), and wild-crafted elderflower. With one smell of this glorious wit, a taste will follow soon.

5.2% ABV
While fruit has been widely employed in beer brewing for thousands of years, many folks these days turn their noses up at the idea as a yuppie swill and claim to prefer a "Real Beer". We take great pride in our fruit beers; using all organic barley, wheat grains and 60 lbs of whole, frozen Ollolie berries (Ollalie is Clatsop jargon for “Berry”) to impart a subtle tartness and divine color.

Nut Red Ale
5.9% ABV
While hops and bitterness are all the rage today, this beer takes time to explore the complexity and character of malt. This red is really more of a rich scarlet and is created from a wide variety of specialty malts carefully milled together to form layers of roast, toast, and biscuit with a nutty finish. These are balanced with mild and complementary hops resulting in a beer neither to bitter nor too sweet.

Sunrise Oatmeal Pale Ale
5.5% ABV
A smooth and creamy session-style American pale ale. With a straw colored hue, this beers dry nature with affable bitterness and lovely hop aroma makes it an easy choice for drinking anytime of the day, even when the sun is rising. This beer is based on the first beer ever produced at the Fort George Brewery (Beer #1). We decided to add 75 lbs. of oatmeal to make it even better.

ABV 7.4% IBU 97
India pale ale's were designed to withstand the long voyage to India. Today, it seems one has to design the IPA strong and hoppy enough to make the trip back as well. Vortex IPA was the Fort George's first foray into this strong beer category. Our IPA is made with generous additions of Amarillo, Simcoe and Cascade hops throughout the brewing, fermentation and conditioning phases, balanced with heaps of organic pale malt. We designed this to not rip your taste buds off your tongue, but rather vigorously stimulate them and your palate into a lupulin-ecstacy of pleasure. During the cross-country truck trip our brewery made to find it's home in Astoria, it was nearly scattered to the cornfields of Nebraska by a tornado. We try to capture some of nature's intensity in every pint.

ABV 8.8%
An immense, bold, black as night, American stout beauty; Cavatica is no dry Irish anything. Made in the tradition of terminator, except stronger, one sip and you will surely take notice of what you're drinking. The name honors this brewer's affinity with arachnia. Be forewarned, this beer will stain your clothes.

Bourbon BBL Cavatica
8.6% ABV
What could make our Cavatica stout even better? Bourbon! We let our house stout sit in wild turkey barrels for two and half moths. There in the dark bourbon soaked barrel our stout soaked up as much bourbon quality that it could before we sent it off to the bright tanks. With an up front bourbon taste backed by our dark malty stout, the Bourbon Barrel Cavatica is a deliciously potent brew that demands a taste.

Working Girl Porter
4.6 ABV

Our Panamax Porter is reborn with this new coffee porter named The Working Girl. This porter is reminiscent of our Panamax but has now has been brewed with the addition of over 5 lbs. of working girl coffee beans. The beans were put into both the mash tun and the kettle to create a light coffee aroma and coffee aftertaste in this diverse porter. With additional hints of chocolate and rye malt, this porter is well balanced and fantastic at any point in the day.

Spruce Budd Ale

With the help of many Fort George fans we picked over 120 lbs of Spruce tips, leaving our arms aching from the constant stabbing of the Spruce needles. Through all of that pain of picking over 35 lbs of Spruce tips for each batch came a beer that cannot be rivaled in deliciousness. With nothing more than organic pilsner malt and Spruce tips for ingredients, this beer might be the best thing you have ever put in your mouth. With Spruce tips being full of vitamin C, this beer is incredibly good for your health* and can lead to a longer life.** With each glorious sip you are able to realize what an adventure into the woods taste like. With hints of Spruce, citrus, and more Spruce, these beer tastes like a Spruce tree. With the summer heat in full swing, grab a growler of Spruce Budd, find some shade underneath a tree and enjoy life.

*Probably not true
**Definitely not true.

Floating Glass Balls and Bulldog Rhythm Review Reunion play live while we have a BBQ at the Fort George Sat. 14th

Floating Glass Balls
Saturday, August 14th
just after the Regatta parade

Bulldog Rhythm Review Reunion

Join the Fort George Brewery and Public House on Saturday, August 14th for Regatta Weekend. Following the parade down town will be live music from the Floating Glass Balls, local beachgrass, at 12:30pm. There will be a barbeque and seating on the Fort's new patio. The party will continue all day long with more music by Bulldog Rhythm Review who are having a Reunion show starting at 8pm. In the late 90's Bulldog Rhythm Review cut a wide swath from Rockaway to Alaska packing the largest dance halls with patrons hungry for a thick rocking soulful sound in five part harmony. Members of this legendary band include Claxton 'Kingsize" Taylor on guitar, lead and backing vocals and founder of BRR. Clax brought his particular brand of goodtime jazzy soul to the area in the mid 1970's with a sizable collection of Ray Charles and Howard Tate recordings. He put a fantastic band together in those heady time called "Rhythm Sponge" Claxton has played with far too many bands to list here but suffice it to say whatever genre, whatever tune he's bound to make it swing with his deep soul groove and he is the soul of the Bulldog Rhythm Review. Denise Drake is on lead and backing vocals, acoustic guitar, tambourine and shakers.
Denise came to the attention of Bassist Dave Quinton after moving to the area from Alaska. It took about two minutes to see how much she could add to sound and the show. The lovely Ms Drake sings effortlessly with amazing range and could not hit a sour note if her life depended on it. The dimension she brought ushered the band into it's golden age. Dave Qinton plays bass, acoustic guitar, and is also on lead and backing vocals. Dave is mister smooth. Don't be deceived by his boyish looks. He's been playing all kinds of music professionally forever from bluegrass to the symphony he has an easy laid-back style and a natural inclination to keep things together. When Dave croons one of his signature selections once or twice a set it makes for a cool sip of respite from the hot sauce. Peter Unander rocks the keyboards and sings backing vocal. Peter is a natural musician and loves to play. He's played piano for Shanghaied In Astoria, the Pagan Pancakes and dozens of other great bands. His association with Claxton Taylor goes back decades and provides a depth and dynamic of vital importance. Wes Warmond is on the guitar, a fine player from the Cannon Beach area. He really knows how to fit in and it's always a treat to have him play with the band. Rounding out the troupe is J. Pierce Christie master of trap set and on vocals. Pierce has a nice little vintage 1965 Ludwig Ringo drum set with the blue oyster finish. His cymbals are a delightful mix of period Avidis and Turkish K Zildijian. Pierce has played extensively around the area since the early 70's and played with BRR since it's inception in the early 90's. When Pierce moved out of the area in 2000 BRR went on hiatus. So did his drums. Since moving back Pierce has dusted off his drums and his chops and is ready to go.



Ian McFeron Band

Sunday, August 15th
8-10pm No Cover
Fort George Brewery
1483 Duane St.-Astoria

Saturday, August 14th
2-4pm No Cover
Waikiki Beach, Cape Disappointment

The Ian McFeron Band exploded onto the Seattle music scene shortly after releasing their debut album, Don't Look Back (2003), when they were discovered by "The Mountain" in Seattle (AAA-formatted KMTT at 103.7 FM). Within months, the first single, Love Me Twice, edged out songs by Modest Mouse, Bob Schneider, The Bo Deans, and Ray LaMontagne in The Mountain's "New Music Throwdown," a weekly competition where listeners vote for their favorite of two new songs. The band went on to share the spotlight with international and national artists such as Patty Griffin, Nanci Griffith, Shawn Mullins, Amos Lee, Sister Hazel, Missy Higgins, Julia Fordham, Carbon Leaf, The Hothouse Flowers, and Jars of Clay.
A prolific songwriter whose lyrical prose and fervent work ethic has drawn comparisons to Bob Dylan and Ryan Adams, McFeron has released a steady stream of albums: Don't Look Back (2003), A Long Way To Freedom (2005), and Fistfight With Father Time (2006). Let It Ride (2007) marks the band's fourth full length LP- a fourteen-track narrative spanning themes of love and heartbreak, faith and despair, political corruption and hope. Released on March 3rd, 2007, Let It Ride was celebrated with back-to-back shows at the Triple Door in Seattle, both of which sold out in advance.

In live performance, McFeron (vocals, guitars, piano) is joined by the Texas fiddle of Alisa Milner and the backbeat rhythms of Jon Markel and Mark Bateman. The band has also performed with well-known Northwest lead-guitar players such as Alice Stuart and Rod Cook, and with slide-guitar virtuoso Dan Tyack. The diverse musicianship of its members allows the Ian McFeron Band to shift smoothly through a variety of roots-Americana styles, ranging from acoustic folk rock to gritty alt-country blues, from heartfelt, soulful ballads to driving, danceable backbeat groves.



Art & Beer Walk in Astoria

A perfect weekend activity awaits this Saturday evening in Astoria. Follow Highway 30 to where the big River finds the biggest Ocean, for an evening of original art and local brew. The ever-spectacular Fort George Brewery is sponsoring the community's monthly 2nd Saturday Art Walk, supplying different beers to art venues. Meander our quaint, quirky and historic streets, peruse the unique selection of art and creative wares throughout the downtown .... AND enjoy an award winning ale or refreshing wasabi ginger ale while you take in the art experience. The event hours are 5 - 9 PM, Art & Beer walk maps and official Vortex tasting glasses will be available at art venues. For more details about this event please visit: www.astoriaFOG.org/beerwalk or check out beer info at www.fortgeorgebrewery.com.


Fat Man & Little Boy: the Atomic Duo

Thursday, July 22nd
8pm No Cover
Fort George Brewery
1483 Duane St.-Astoria

Fat Man & Little Boy: the Atomic Duo is the latest project from Bad Livers founder Mark Rubin featuring the hot mandolin and plaintive vocals of young Silas Lowe. This release marks Rubin’s first foray into American folk music since the last Bad Livers CD almost a decade ago, and is the first recording he has made as a singer and guitarist. Inspired by the great “Brother” vocal duets and string bands of the Depression era and formed on a dare, Rubin and Lowe have in a very short time risen to the vanguard of the emerging re-interest in acoustic roots Americana in their home of Austin TX.
Their debut CD was recorded live and without overdubs in the course of 3 hours on lovely spring afternoon, their new CD features instrumental rags and waltzes, breakdowns, blues and ballads marked by hot picking and tight vocal harmonies that harkens back to the rough and ready sounds of both urban and rural songsters. It was a common interest, nay obsession with, pioneer Texas musical acts like the Dallas String Band, the East Texas Serenaders, western swing crooner Floyd Tillman and others that brought Rubin and Lowe together initially. Playing a guitar and mandolin graciously provided the National Resophonic Guitar Company; they are most comfortable performing entirely acoustically, without microphones, much in the same way their musical forefathers found perfectly acceptable.

And unlike many acts today mining a similar vein, they strive to present their music devoid of hokey trappings of nostalgia, infusing the wise old parables of American Song with the intimacy and urgency of the modern era. Relying on material whose content speaks to the ages, they include in their live sets numbers penned by contemporary songwriters, many of whom they known personally and have worked with such as Don Walser, Danny Barnes, Steve James and others.



Blackberry Bushes

Sunday, July 11th
8pm No Cover

The Blackberry Bushes Stringband is a high energy, soulful, Americana quartet. The “Bushes” are a band of songwriters with a strong Bluegrass and old-time bend. They have remained loyal to their Ozark, Appalachian, and Mississippi River roots and added just a twist of West coast indie-rock. Second place winners of the 2009 Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition, The Blackberry Bushes Stringband formed in Olympia, WA in 2004. They tour nationally, and feature quick pickin’ banjo songstress Kendl Winter, singer-songwriter-strummer-stomper Jes Raymond on guitar, rattlesnake fiddler Jakob Breitbach and lowdown songsmith Joe Capoccia on the upright bass. They are often noted for their sweet harmonies, darling lyrics, and near virtuosic musicianship. Their songs are instant classics, and their performances are guaranteed to turn heads and move an audience.



Liberate the Ales BBQ

2:00 pm till the Fireworks
Sunday, July 4th
Fort George Brewery
1483 Duane St.-Astoria

Live music and BBQ in the Fort George Brewery parking lot celebrating our nation's Independence Day. The patio will be open for awesome outdoor seating and view of the bands.

Los Comatosos warms up the evening with their latin folk stylings from 4-6pm.

Local reggae favorites Ma Barley keep the party rocking from 7:00 till the fireworks.
Spencer will have on tap outside our Vortex IPA, Divinity, Spruce Budd Ale, and North 3.
Dana will be BBQing baby back ribs, and serving them with coleslaw and watermelon!


Flock to the Dock and then Trek to the deck!

We Need YOU! To make this an Outstanding Downtown event!
The Astoria Downtown Historical District Association (ADHDA), Astoria Warrenton Chamber of Commerce (AWCC), Astoria Sunday Market (ASM), Astor Street Opry Co. (ASOC), Baked Alaska Restaurant, FOG, Fort George Brewery, Mise en Place Kitchenware, Old Town Framing Co. and Purple Cow Toys, have teamed up to sponsor the
4th Of July Party in Downtown Astoria on Sunday July 4th!

This event is an expansion of the Annual Independence Day Party on 12th Street dock in downtown Astoria created by Baked Alaska owners, Jennifer and Chris Holen. This year’s celebration marks the 10th year for this fun frivolity and in honor of this significant anniversary local businesses (listed above) have come together to cultivate this wonderful FREE downtown annual event!

Activities at the 12th Street dock include: musical performances by Jesse Lee Falls & The Distractions along with Ms. Ann Tierney on acoustic guitar, food & drink offered by the Baked Alaska and other local restaurant vendors, children’s games provided by Purple Cow Toys, the creation of a masterpiece chalk art doodle lead by Ms. Dulcye Taylor (Open to participation by all!), photo booth fun from ASOC & the ADHDA along with the 2010 Cast of Classic and Junior Shanghaied In Astoria leading the 2nd annual “River Walk Parade”.

Then to keep the party happening, there will a brilliant “Party Hop” CHALK PATH connecting the celebration on the 12th Street Dock to the Fort George Brewery right through downtown Astoria! At Fort George you will find their 3rd Annual Liberate the Ales Festival celebration which features their notorious beer garden on their fantastic new outdoor deck, delicious barbeque, and music by Local Latin-folk band Los Comatosos and local Astoria reggae group, Ma Barley.

The Downtown Parties begin just as the Sunday Market closes (right around 3:00pm) to encourage all locals and visitors alike to stay in downtown and enjoy the evening!

The “Everything but the Kitchen Sink” River Walk Community Parade starts At 6:00pm when walkers will gather at the Old Train Station in Downtown Astoria (look for signs!) ending at the12th Street Dock Party. This 2010 Independence Day parade theme is “Everything but the Kitchen Sink” based on the World War II campaign which called on average citizens to become extraordinary as they combine efforts towards one goal of freedom and independence. As the slogan says “Everything but the Kitchen Sink” and we as Americans, community members and Astorians, can hold together even when times are tough… if we stick together!

Remember the theme (Independence Day and everything but the kitchen sink!) and don’t forget to dress appropriately! Prizes will be provided by the Astoria Warrenton Chamber of Commerce, Astor Street Opry Company, Baked Alaska, Old Town Framing Co., Mise en Place, Fort George and Purple Cow Toys and will be awarded for: Best in Kid, Dog (you read right…DOG) and Adult Costumes, Best Group, (independence day), Best umbrella, Best decorated Bike (or other moving object) and (for Dulcye) Best Sturgeon costume.

It is our hope that this 4th of July, through our combined energy we can create a vibrate, artistic, fun and safe atmosphere for all community members to gather, relax, celebrate and enjoy a safe place to enjoy our city’s fabulous AWCC fireworks display together in Downtown Astoria!

So do not forget to:
“Flock to the Dock and then Trek to the deck”
So you can: chalk, shock, rock, gawk, talk and PARTY HOP in downtown Astoria on the 4th of July!”

For more information call Jennifer at 503-298-0682. See you there!


Autumn Electric

Sunday, June 27th
8pm No Cover
Fort George Brewery
1483 Duane St.-Astoria

Autumn Electric started playing soft dreamy folk music in November 2008. The band comprised Michael Trew, who sings, plays the guitar, flute and percussion and Naomi Smith on piano and vocals. They did a small tour of the west coast sleeping on floors and living off gas station coffee. Upon returning to Seattle they hit one of the worst snow storms Seattle ever saw. They hibernated and drank coffee from the food bank. In early 2009, they found Dan DesRosiers, who plays the drums and glockenspiel, and began exploring grunge roots. Autumn Electric then released a full album in July 2009 followed by a US tour in November. 2010 has seen the band exploring of much of the northwest as well as taking a foray into college radio. Naomi comes from a classical and jazz-oriented background. She met Michael while working in the University of Washington library of music and after a stint as bassist in Undercover Llamas. She then traveled to Alaska and Europe and has returned to the Northwest music scene. Michael has been borrowing his dad's records for years, liking mostly John Denver, The Moody Blues and Simon and Garfunkel. His voice teacher was Chandanna Dixit from India. He was mostly influenced from church hymns. Daniel DesRosiers hails from the East Coast and grew up on a mix of psychedelic rock and experimental recordings. You may know him from a project called Pink Robot.



Heather Christie

Sunday, June 20th
2pm No Cover
1483 Duane St.-Astoria

Join the Fort George Brewery and Public House this Sunday, June 20th and celebrate your father at a BBQ in the parking lot with special guest Heather Christie. Heather was born into a family of musicians in the Pacific Northwest. Gifted with the love of musical arts, she began singing and playing in bluegrass jams, country & folk tunes, gospel sing-a-longs, radio theater and talent shows. She started writing at an early age and began singing professionally in her early teens. Heather has graced the stage of many Performing Arts Centers, Theaters, Colleges, Festivals, Galleries, Pubs, and House Concerts. As a Lilith Fair Finalist, and national award-winning FROGTOWN performer, Heather has performed nation wide with many top artists such as Tracy Grammer, Linda Hornbuckle, Fred Eaglesmith, Harry Manx and Brian Webb. With three albums of her own, and recent collaborations with award-winning producer Philip Pelletier, Heather Christie continues to create and explore many styles of music that speak to the heart and soul of the human experience.

The Holiday Friends

Sunday, June 20th
8pm No Cover
Fort George Brewery
1483 Duane St.-Astoria

The Holiday Friends is a five-person band from northern Idaho that formed in the autumn of 2008. Members include: Scott Fagerland (guitar, vocals) Jesse Wityczak (keyboard, vocals), Jon Fagerland (guitar, vocals), Zack O’Connor (bass, vocals), and Jacob Mraz (drums). They self-released their debut EP Neon Persuasion in the spring of 2009, and began building a broader fan base through regular live performance.

Their sound draws from a variety of influences, but is distinct and maintains its integrity. While employing synthesizer arrangements reminiscent of groups like The Killers and the incorporation of intertwining guitar melodies and bass lines redolent of Modest Mouse, they also tip the hat to giants such as The Beatles and The Beach Boys through proficient use of vocal harmonies, organic acoustics and auxiliary percussion.

Their Musical Influences include The Beatles, The Shins, Animal Collective, Timid Tiger, Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses, The Beach Boys, Modest Mouse, My Morning Jacket, The Killers and others.



Trashcan Joe

Sunday, June 13th
8pm No Cover
Fort George Brewery
1483 Duane St.-Astoria

“Trashcan Joe is a marvel, a wonder that defies categorization in any sort of contemporary setting.” -Don Campbell, The Oregonian

In 2002 Cap'n James Cook needed an outlet for all the old-time jazz and folk songs he'd learned over the years, so he rustled up some friends willing to take on this oddball assignment, thus forming Trashcan Joe. But along the way, they found themselves writing their own tunes, which have become the real strength of their recordings and live performances. This trend culminates in 2006's Real Life, Trashcan Joe's third CD, but the first composed entirely of original material.

A typical live show consists of these original tunes, classic standards from early jazz and blues, movie theme songs, and swing, all played with drive and finesse. Trashcan Joe are a steadily working live band, and have played venues such as Oregon Country Fair, Pickathon (twice), Oregon Public Broadcasting's LiveWire, the Northwest Folklife Festival in Seattle , and were the house band at the 2006 Candidates Gone Wild at the Roseland Theater.

In 2006 Trashcan Joe joined the roster of Young Audiences, an organization devoted to bringing musicians and other artists into schools for educational performances. “Anything can be a musical instrument!” is the band's message as they explain how their instruments work, and show kids how they can make their own instruments from cans, combs, pencils, and other household items.

Trashcan Joe also has soundtrack work on the old resumé. In 2004 they scored the music for the Aurora award winning OPB special Zig-Zag which explores the stories of several Portland area commuters. Later that year came the feature motion picture Lipstick and Dynamite, which chronicles the history of women's wrestling and includes TJoe music as part of the soundtrack.

Trashcan Joe has a well rounded and exciting sound, and can rise to any occasion. Go and check them out!


Where you can find our Truffle Shuffle Stout on tap this weekend

Astoria Taps:
T Paul's Supper Club
Astoria Coffee House
Triangle Tavern
Silver Salmon
Wet Dog Cafe
Pizza Schmizza
Desdemona Club
Oh yeah, Fort George

Cannon Beach Tap:
The Lumberyard

Portland Taps:
Bailey's Tap Room
Belmont Station


Tony Smiley

Sunday, June 6th
8pm No Cover
Fort George Brewery
1483 Duane St-Astoria

"One-Man-Riot-Loop Ninja", Tony Smiley (Portland, OR) has become one of the busiest musicians in the Pacific NW. His unique, no holds barred performances truly stand out in this internationally recognized music scene. "His sound is so thick and engulfing…. even the hippest of hipsters drinks it up and booty shakes with wild abandonment; one part road trip, one part thrift shop record collection, and fifty zillion parts dreamy endless summer soundscape". (Justin Morrison, Plastic Landscaper) Dance floor beats and wah-wah guitars punctuate his appealing rock epics. The high-energy compositions including folk, human beat box, 80's new wave, and rock-n-roll are truly awesome. His wide-ranging influences include some of classic rocks finest: Prince, David Bowie, Pixies, INXS, and Jimi Hendrix. Tony's shows and recordings are enhanced by Mr. Kevin Younkins (Mixer/Co Producer) capable knob twisting. As he mixes in real time, stereo effects and levels are adjusted as looping instruments are played. Tony says, "I lay down a rhythm guitar lick and loop it and then I lay down a bass lick and loop it, then beatbox and then I sing and play lead over that. When the time comes I also use the loop pedal to sing harmony or back up vocals." Jeremy Wilson's (Dharma Bums/Pilot) MastanMusic Label is the marketing force behind "Driving Myself Sane", Tony Smiley's 2nd release. 2008 will find Tony on the road shocking audiences nightly, providing some of the most mind-blowing rock shows the world has ever seen.



Pete Krebs and his Portland Playboys

Sunday, May 30th
8pm No Cover
Fort George Brewery
1483 Duane St.-Astoria

Hailing from rainy Portland Oregon, the Pete Krebs Trio can be found performing somewhere around that town almost every night of the week -- clubs, pubs, restaurants, old man bars and gas stations -- playing their own music, a mix of hillbilly swing, gypsy jazz and tunes from the Great American Songbook. Led by guitarist and vocalist Pete Krebs, the Trio features Keith Brush on upright bass and David Langenes on guitar. Formed in 2006, the Trio has appeared nationally as well as internationally and has been featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting's 'Art Beat', KMHD's 'Home Grown Live' and both the Portland and Cathedral Park Jazz Festivals and the PDX Lindy Exchange. The band's sound is timeless, equal parts Texas roadhouse, Paris dive bar and New York's sonic landscape. A regional favorite of the NW swing-dance community, the Trio often find themselves shaking the shack for dancers and listeners alike. As they like to say, 'music for your drinking, dining and dancing pleasure...' C'mon out to a show and say howdy, we'd love to see you there!



Miss Massive Snowflake

Sunday, May 23rd
8pm No Cover
1483 Duane St.-Astoria

"Miss Massive Snowflake is the Partridge Family of weird." Willamette Week

Miss Massive Snowflake are freshly returning from their April 2010 European tour with their new album called "Songs About Music." They will feature songs off the new album live Sunday, May 23rd at the Fort George Brewery and Public House. Portland's Miss Massive Snowflake is led by former Rollerball skipper Shane de Leon, and the group plays a politically charged mix of glammy rock augmented by brief noisy excursions. de Leon, whose strong voice and humorous wit, lead protest songs that come off like party anthems. Horns wail and punch screwed groove guitar riffs, while fat bass and polyrhythmic percussion combine with both female and male vocals to make beautiful, moving, and intellectually satisfying rock music. This is Miss Massive Snowflake’s second full-length album following the 2008 electronic based, “Queen’s Headache” (NPR07). The music starts at 8pm and there is no cover.



Catherine Feeny

Sunday, May 16th
8pm No Cover
Fort George Brewery
1483 Duane St. -Astoria

Catherine recently moved to Portland, Oregon. When not touring, she indulges a new found passion for growing vegetables. In 2008 she drove 12,000 miles with her husband-to-be in a 1990 Mazda 323 called Swansong playing more than 40 planned and impromptu shows in dens, living rooms and gardens all over the United States.

Previous to arriving in Portland, Catherine lived for several years in Norfolk, England, releasing her second album to critical acclaim. ” ‘Hurricane Glass’ is one of those albums that soothes the listener into quietude… and only then coils its complications and ambiguities around you,” wrote Dain Cairns in the The Sunday Times.

After being picked up for the film “Running with Scissors,” and featured in “The O.C.,” the album’s lightning-rod track “Mr. Blue” reached the A-list at Britain’s most listened-to radio station, BBC Radio 2. Catherine toured the British Isles extensively, both as a headline act and in support of such artists as Martha Wainwright, Kelly Jones (The Stereophonics) and The Indigo Girls.

Catherine is touring with her new album "People in the Hole" which will be officially released June 25th.



Los Comatosos

Los Comatosos
Sunday, May 9th
8pm No Cover

Los Comatosos led by Mike Metzner (a.k.a. Scheckie) will perform at the Fort George Brewery and Public House. Scheckie was born into a musical Portland family. Influenced by his older brother Jeff Metzner, a Portland jazz pianist, one of Scheckie's first musical forays was in the experimental band, Smegma. His musical tastes and experiences covering miles of ground, with stints with bands such as The Crackpots and the Latin band, Los Comatosos, Scheckie's musical travels also extend to England, Ireland and Spain.

As a sideline, Sheckie got work playing latin music in a night club, and was asked to bring in a couple musicians to make a trio. Inviting fellow Star Garage bandmate Wayne Evens to play bass, along with percussionist Russell Jaland, the band played Latin music every week in Nottingham. When Sheckie returned to Astoria he left singer/guitarist Rikki Martinez to keep the trio going. When Sheckie returned a year later, Rikki was still playing with Wayne and Russell. They'd renamed the band Mas Y Mas. So when Sheckie returned to Nottingham, Mas Y Mas became a quartet. They later went on to much acclaim, playing in all the top clubs in Dublin, Cork and all over Ireland.

Back in the Northwest, Sheckie continued to book his latin-folk band, Los Comatosos, with Bond Street bandmates Spud Siegel and Bill Uhlig. They produced a well-received CD. Spud Siegal and Mike Metzner will be performing as Los Comatosos on Sunday, May 9th at 8pm. There is no cover.



Recently Alex Hansen has been seen sporting the Fort George logo, and not on a t-shirt or hat. He had it tattooed on his arm. Talk about a loyal customer!
Though the actual tattoo was done on the spur of a moment (by Sean Gillholy of Outside the Box Tattoo in Longview, WA), the idea had crossed Alex’s mind prior to his sitting, as he had already dedicated an entire arm to tattoos representing Astoria, including a piece representing a portion of the art on the Astoria Column.
Why, you might ask, would he choose to do such a thing (besides an easy way to get $1 off his pints on Tuesdays)? First and foremost, Alex is a huge fan of the Fort. Most regulars would recognize Mug Club Member #50 as he often comes in for a brew (usually Vortex) after work, and sometimes even in the middle of the day. He loves the beer and the atmosphere, and what he describes as the “diverse culture of people” that hang out here. He also loves watching people attempt to parallel park through the front windows (always entertaining!). He says that, before the Fort opened, there was something missing in the social scene of Astoria, and that the Fort has now filled that void. As someone who truly believes in keeping it local (can you blame a local Knappa boy?) and genuinely loves beer, Fort George is a natural fit for Alex.
And then there’s the cycling, Alex’s other passion. He’s been competing with Project 529 Team just about as long as the Fort’s been open, and the two have been a good match. The Fort has helped sponsor many of his local cycling competitions, including Cross Crusade in Astoria and Tour de Gulch in Longview, with raffle prizes, t-shirts, and of course beer. And those bikers love their beer! Something about the two really mesh; Alex says it tends to be the same type of culture, those who love to bike and those who love craft beer. According to him, “the post-ride beer is just as important as the ride”. There is nothing like a cold one after a good, hard ride. And because the beer is so good, Fort George has a definite fan club in the bike racing crowd.
Alex has taken his passion for biking to a new level recently by co-founding the Lower Columbia Bike Project, which focuses on both trail building and on bringing the passion for cycling into more people’s lives. And this is in addition to his full-time job at Bergerson Tile.
We love our regulars at the Fort, and Alex is definitely one of the best, always smiling when he walks in the door. We’re glad to have him as a customer, and we’re definitely proud to have our logo forever inked on his arm.


Chris Parreira w/ Laura Lee Imhoff

Sunday, May 2
8pm No Cover
Fort George Brewery
1483 Duane St.-Astoria

East Coast Folk-Jazz meets West Coast Folk-Bluegrass.

Chris Parreira and Laura Lee Imhoff met in Austin, TX in the Spring of 2009. While very different stylistically, they shared a similar work ethic and an immense respect for each others music and immediately became close friends and gig buddies. Laura Lee is a Southern girl at heart, but grew up on a small farm in Massachusetts. She taught herself to play an old guitar; stringing her poetry to a melody. In her late teens, Laura Lee moved to Boston and continued to grow as a young singer-songwriter. Chris

A lively and dynamic performer, Laura Lee Imhoff serenades the audience with her sexy, sultry voice; roping them in with heartfelt, storytelling lyrics of broken hearts, new loves and old loves. Her percussive guitar playing is similar to that of Ani DiFranco, but she blends it with an honest, original voice that some people might put somewhere between Norah Jones and Regina Spector. The young songstress has toured from the East Coast to the heart of the South and is now making her debut along the West Coast.

Chris Parreira also has a very energetic, percussive style of guitar playing, but takes a slightly different approach. It’s folk, it’s bluegrass, it’s jazz, but it’s also fresh and modern sounding. A smooth baritone, Parreira sings from the heart about the joy, the loneliness and every emotion in between that comes with being a traveling songwriter.

Performing both solo, and as a duo, Chris Parreira and Laura Lee Imhoff will meet up in San Francisco, CA this April for a tour that will take them to Seattle, WA and everywhere in between.




Home Brewer's Dinner Wednesday April 14, 2010

Home Brewer's Dinner

Wednesday April 14, 2010


Buffalo sliders: with mushrooms, Brie, and served on a Blue Scorcher bun

Joel Lick Spigots: Harry Oyster Stout


Sautéed Spicy Tiger Pawns on a bed of wilted spinach with a red wine vinegar

Brett Estes and Bob Father: IPA's #22 & 23


Smoked Tillamook Cheddar Bisque with popcorn

Dan Sutherlands: Brownsmead Brown


Pork Vindaloo
An Indian Style sweet and spicy slow roasted Pork Shoulder with Stewed tomatoes and Orange bosom Basmati

John Heasley: Experimental IPA


Debbie’s Chocolate Cream Pie

Anthony De Luz: Coco Nib Brown


1483 Duane Street Astoria, Oregon (503) 325 - PINT

Crown Point

Sunday, April 11th
8pm No Cover
Fort George Brewery
1483 Duane St.-Astoria

Acclaimed for his passionate and energetic live performances, Jon Davidson tours relentlessly in support of his latest album, Perfect Cliche. The first two singles off the album have garnered airplay on over 200 FM stations across six radio formats: Modern Rock, AAA, Hot AC, Country, Rock, and College, and charted at #1 on several stations.

Jon Davidson is a solo artist as well as the frontman for the hard rock band Silversafe. The singles "Beautifully Bittersweet" and "Going Home," from Perfect Cliche, have garnered airplay on 200 FM stations in 45 states, and will be included in several upcoming films and MTV shows. His single, "What Can I Say?" has been selected for inclusion in the 2010 film, "Twisted Redemption." He has toured in 5 countries and played with artists such as Powerman 5000, Puddle of Mudd, The Exies, and Hurt.

Russell Stafford is an Australian born singer/songwriter residing in Portland, Oregon. Since releasing his debut album “Freshwater” in 2005, Russell has shared the stage with such prominent artists as Augustana, Anna Nalick, Josh Radin, Mat Kearney, Meese and more. His unique sound, powerful performances and genuine character have garnered him both local and national radio airplay, and a dedicated Northwest fan base.

In 2008, Russell released the much awaited follow-up to Freshwater. Fittingly titled "Between You & I", he continued his efforts to break out of typical singer/songwriter restraints. In 2009, Crucial Music Publishing began using songs from Between U & I for select national broadcasters and independent films

The album weaves from the pop/rock single "Cheap Wine”, to the all out rocker, "Every time I come down" with a cohesive sound that’s as unexpected as it is unique. Joined by guitarist Kevin Hahn (Animotion, Tri-Polar, Castella, Kleveland), Bassist Dain Ryan (Dirty Little Fingers) and drummer, Jason Fellman (Breakfast Club, Jason Fellman Band), "Between You & I" is a testament to the diverse talent of this young songwriter.

Russell also lends his music and talents to many local and national charities, including the Muscular Dystrophy Association, The Humane Society and the Doernbecher Children's Hospital.



Bruce Smith and the Boda Boys

Sunday, April 4th
8pm No Cover
Fort George Brewery
1483 Duane St.-Astoria

Southwest meets Northwest: Texas native Bruce Thomas Smith plays Original “Transplant Rock” (TM), You know, Guitar in the driver seat and a story teller in the back, top down, cruisin’ just below the speed-limit, open highway, and tons of fresh scenery...

Bruce has released 6 solo music projects to date, ( 4 CD's ) and has recorded original music soundtracks with his friend Tuck Neilson. Bruce and his previous band The Rocks won a regional southern Oregon Battle of the Bands. Bruce's song "You Leave the Mark" is a featured part of the new Bridges CD, a compilation CD featuring several other Northwest Artists, the proceeds going towards Cancer research here in the NW. (www.bridgescd.org).

Bruce has a fan-base stretching from Tennessee to Texas, Oregon to New York, and is currently living on the Oregon Coast. Come see him LIVE, and, as Bruce says: "Let's meet some new best friends!"



The Faraway Boys

Sunday, March 28th
8pm No Cover
Fort George Brewery
1483 Duane St.-Astoria

"So(outhern) O. C. Rockabilly"- heidie johnson

Southern Orange County, California Rockabilly band The Faraway Boys will tour through Astoria at The Fort George Brewery on Sunday, March 28th at 8pm. Somewhere between Psychobilly, Rock-n-Roll and traditional Rockabilly, falls the sound of Faraway Boys. A power trio that first began on a street corner in Laguna Beach, CA. in the summer of 2005, and have since progressed to playing the local club scene as well as a string of small tours. The band members are Scott "Scotty" Young on guitar/vocals; Sean "Bucky" Walbrink on drums/vocals and Miguel "Ralphie" Gonzalez on up-right bass/ vocals. That street corner taught the Boys how to perform in front of an audience for the first time and gave them the confidence they needed to write their own songs. Faraway Boys are greatly influenced by the greats: Johnny Cash, Elvis and the Stray Cats. Back in those early days, it was a common sight to see the Boys on their street corner every Friday night, playing away.

Then, in the fall of 2005 the Boys decided they had out-grown their little corner and began to rehearse in a regular practice space. It was at this timethat they began to try out their original material for the first time. Within a few months, the first of three Faraway Boys song demos had been recorded and the sound was more traditional, spawning the classics Sailor Jerry Rum and Cowboy Moon. For the next year or so, Faraway Boys spent most of their time in thier practice studio close to home - refining their sound and focusing on performing live. The weekends would give them good opportunity to showcase the songs written during the week and propel them towards becoming a better live act. The live show is the true love of the boys and their energy is full of contagious emotion, humor and heart-felt spirit. The band's policy of performing "Any time - Any where" has led them from San Diego to Sacramento and parts of the mid-west during the first year playing "Any time - Any where" they could! Currently, Faraway Boys have just come out of the studio with their first album: Pirate Ship Set Sail, which they are planning to release on April 4, 2008. Their love for meeting new people, writing songs and playing live shows keeps them busy on most weekends. To put it simply, their music is their life and love...and it shows!



Nettle Honey

Thursday, March 25th
8pm No Cover
Fort George Brewery
1483 Duane St.-Astoria

Touring from Seattle, Washington are Nettle Honey playing at the Fort George Brewery and Public House. Nettle Honey plays high energy old-time and bluegrass influenced originals as well as traditional songs and fiddle tunes. They have been playing together for four years but have recently started to get a little more serious with touring and in the last year have begun playing more shows in Seattle venues as well as The Bainbridge Island Bluegrass Festival, the Folklife Festival and the Green Frog Acoustic Tavern in Bellingham. They have also been swept up by the growing Northwest old-time community and are active in the newly formed Seattle Subversive Squaredance Society. Nettle Honey's traditional line-up of guitar, banjo, fiddle, upright bass makes them at home in old-time and bluegrass venues, yet their original songs depart from traditional structure and lyrics. Nettle Honey have played with rock/indie/new folk bands such as the Train Wreck Riders, The Raggedy Anns, and Paper Bird. The band takes stage on Thursday, March 25th at 8pm with no cover. Get your seat early.



The Notes Underground

Sunday, March 21st
8pm No Cover
1483 Duane St.-Astoria

The Notes Underground is an all original three-piece rock band from Portland, Oregon playing at the Fort George Brewery and Public House on Sunday, March 21st at 8pm. Mainly influenced by playing together in an acoustic act they modify classic tempos and electrify them into something new. Although all the music is completely original you might find something familiar within it's understated simplicity.



Porter Dodge March 17

Porter Dodge, traditional Irish fiddler will play at the Fort George Brewery on Wednesday, St. Patrick's day with David Crabtree on guitar. They have been playing St. Patty's Day together for 30 years plus. The music will be all instrumental with blood boiling reels and jigs, guaranteed to make you kick your foot off. The music starts at 8pm and goes until 10.


Jack looks back on the past three years

Three years is not really all that long, but amazing things can happen. The Fort George will be celebrating its’ third birthday on March 14th this year. When Chris and I started putting this together in the Winter of ’05 we had solid pub and brewing experience, the belief and trust of family and friends who invested in us and a vision to build the kind of place we would both like to drink beer in. We didn’t always agree on all the details, but the overall goal of being people and community centered always prevailed.

In the late Spring of ’06 it started to become frighteningly real as we pulled into town after an exhausting 7 day trip to Virginia to fetch our brewery. Months of demolition and rebuilding with Dana, Anthony and his crews started to come together when we hosted the Bob Marley Birthday Party with Ma Barley before we were ready to open. It seemed like this might actually work, at least as long as we featured a reggae band and free chicken.

Finally, on March 11 we opened our doors. Most of this time is a blur to me as a vague 18 hour a day beer fueled frenzy, but what really stands out are the people. We had a pretty tight-knit family group develop while we were under construction, but things really got interesting when we brought in a staff and our public to the public house. Brigid is still with us from the original opening day staff. Chris Huff put his mark on the place. Shannon started early on. Sarah came in to apply and I handed her an apron. Megan, Chandler and Erin helped us get through our second summer. We now have a staff of over 20 dedicated people who make this place better every day.

Paul was our first regular, and the first to be cut off. That is better than hanging a dollar bill on the wall. Folks were very encouraging and kept supporting us even when they had to wait forever to get a burger. Now I see people all over the region who I have gotten to know through the Fort.
Babies have been conceived, born, learned to walk and talk since we opened our doors. We too, have outgrown our original plans and were fortunate to have a landlord willing to let us stretch out and take over his buildings so we can throw bigger and better parking lot parties, make more beer and generally contribute in our small way to this amazing area we are all lucky to live in.

Three years isn’t a long time and we have no intention of slacking now. Our growth plans, while ambitious are all rooted in our overall goal of giving people an excellent place to enjoy beer and each other. We will continue to count on our patrons and staff to continuously improve our standards. I ask you all to do your part in our success by filling out a comment card, send us an email or just stop one of us and tell us how we can make this Public House even better.

- Jack Harris, Co-Owner

Attention all Homebrewers, Beer Lovers, and Fort George Fans!

We here at Fort George take being a Public House very seriously. It has been because of our great customers that we have been able to grow and better our business and for that, we would like to give back. Fort George Brewery would like your ideas for a new beer that could be made in our brewery. If you would like to see a new style of beer, would like us to try something new with our beers, or have a recipe of your own that you would like to see pouring at Fort George, submit an entry and it could end up being brewed!


All beer entries must be able to be made with our American Ale Yeast or our Belgian yeast. The beer selected will be based on quality, creativity, availability of ingredients, and by how delicious it sounds. You may submit as many entries as you like but only one beer will be chosen.

All entries must be emailed to spencer@fortgeorgebrewery.com by April 10th for consideration. Please call Fort George (503) 325- PINT and ask for the brewery for any further inquiries.

The winner will get to name their beer, be recognized in the upcoming Fort George Newsletter, and receive a free pitcher of their beer.


We are proud to celebrate our 3rd Birthday here at the Fort George Brewery + Public House on Sunday, March 14th, 2010. We'll have drawings for prizes all day with lots of special prices and we'll be bringing back some old menu favorites. Ma barley, our favorite local reggae band that has been with us from the beginning, will kick the party up a notch from 8-10 pm. It's all ages with no cover.The band will be singing a Fort George jingle and needs some audience assistance. We will be recording it for possible use in a future commercial. So put on your dancing shoes and help us celebrate because without you none of this would have been possible! For more info please call or check out our website.

Fort George Brewery + Public House



1483 Duane St.
Astoria, OR 97103


Jack's Houston Update

We just watched two trucks leave the Saint Arnold's parking lot headed north. I could see a little tearing up in the eyes of Brewer Vince as the kettle, mash tun, grist silo, bright tank and two fermenters he had tended so lovingly left for Astoria.
Half the crew left shortly afterwards to catch flights back home. Terp had kept us enthralled with a seemingly endless stream of wierd stories. Paul and Dave put in many hours of work cutting the brewery free with competent saws-all and grinding skills.
Only two tanks remain to liberate tomorrow; one more fermentor and a hot water vessel. Mike, Dave and I are catching a few Zzzz's before we get dinner at a pub tonight. We ought to be loading the last truck by 2pm tomorrow and then Dave and I will rev up Squidward (our U-Haul) and head either West to San Antonio or North toward Denver depending on weather.
More updates to follow.

Jack Harris


A golden opportunity to hail the ale! Seaside’s ‘Beach, Bite and Brew’ event pairs food, craft beers

ALEX PAJUNAS — The Daily Astorian
Joel Marshall, a server at Bill’s Tavern and Brewhouse in Cannon Beach, pours a pint of Duck Dive Pale Ale.

ALEX PAJUNAS — The Daily Astorian
The Fort George Brewery and Public House is preparing its Bourbon Barrel Stout for Seaside’s Beach Bite and Brew. Cavatica Stout has been aging inside barrel’s of Makers Mark and Wild Turkey since Jan. 28, to create the bourbon beer.

The Daily Astorian

SEASIDE - For those who have a taste for beer, enjoy a good meal and love the beach, Seaside will haveit all, come Friday and Saturday.

That's the weekend the city's first "Beach, Bite and Brew" is planned, where 12 craft brewers will offer tastings of some their most popular and some of their most intriguing beers.

But what good is beer without something to eat, asked Jeanne Clark, events coordinator for the Seaside Chamber of Commerce, who is organizing the event.

So, along with the craft brewers, she invited Seaside restaurants to participate by offering their customers special dinners and suggesting the beers to accompany each meal. The food pairing will be offered on Friday night at several restaurants in town, Clark said.

A list of participating restaurants will be available at the Carousel Mall and at the Visitors Center.

But on Saturday, the real fun begins when four local chefs compete in a "cooking with beer" competition. Their meals will be offered from noon to 4 p.m. at the Seaside Elks Lodge, 324 Avenue A. Tickets for the competition and a general tasting from 5 to 9 p.m. are $35. The cost for the general tasting only is $20, which covers the three-ounce beer samples. A souvenir glass is included.

Eight food vendors will provide offerings for a charge during the evening's beer tasting.

"We looked at what the crab festival has done for Astoria and thought a beer festival would work here," said Clark. "We wanted to have something that people could get involved in that was close to the beach but not right on the beach. But they can still take advantage of the beach."

The chamber hopes that the "Beach, Bite and Brew" will become an annual event. If that's the case, then those attending the festival should probably brush up on their beer terminology.

Terms that might be studied include "IPA" or "hoppiness" (which may be what some tasters taste before they feel "happiness"), "bittering" or "secondary fermentation."

Chris Nemlowill, co-owner of the Fort George Brewery, plans to offer the "Vortex," the brew pub's flagship IPA; "Divinity," a Belgian "wit" or ale; and Cavatica stout, a bold, black American stout.

While he is happy to be promoting his beers, Nemlowill's focus will be to "get more people in the area exposed to Oregon beers."

"There aren't many places in Seaside that feature craft beers," he said. "There has been a lot of focus on macro-industrial style beers - Coors, Anheiser-Busch and Miller. The smaller, Oregon craft brands haven't gotten a lot of exposure on the coast."

In fact, Nemlowill said, only 12 percent of the beer consumed in Oregon is made in this state. But the potential exposure that events such as the "Beach, Bite and Brew" offers to the public, he added, is "very exciting."

"This is an up and coming industry," Nemlowill added.

Those who have ever entered a McMinamin's Restaurant will be familiar with the bottled beers that will come from Gearhart's Sand Trap Inn: IPA, Terminator, Hammerhead and Ruby.

Blair Hampson, Sand Trap general manager, said the restaurant's servers always suggest "fun food" that will go with their craft beers.

"We hope we can make good suggestions, but it really depends on the person's taste," he said.

Does he prefer cold or warm beer?

Personally, he said, he doesn't like his beer extremely cold.

"If it starts at just below 40 degrees and it warms up, there's more flavor," Hampson said.

A couple of customer favorites - Duck Dive pale ale and Blackberry Beauty - will be served up by David Parker, who crafts the beers upstairs over Bill's Tavern in Cannon Beach.

Parker, who started out at Bill's as a bartender, began crafting beers four years ago when the former brew master, Jack Harris, joined Nemlowill at the Fort George Brewery.

Duck Dive is probably made the most often because customers drink it so quickly, Parker said.

"It takes seven to 10 days to make a batch and only three days to drink it," he said.

But if the tavern runs out of Blackberry Beauty, customers whine. "They say they have driven all the way from Seattle to drink it," Parker said.

The science of beer-making is simple, he said: converting starches from grain into sugars.

But the secret of beer-making is the yeast and the "food" that is fed to the yeast. There's ale yeast, lager yeast and pilsner yeast.

"All yeast is different and it makes different kinds of beer," Parker said. "The yeast determines the quality of the beer."

During the winter, Parker brews once or twice a week, but during the summer, when visitors are thirsty, he's brewing three or four times a week.

"I'm running on a treadmill then," he said. "I cannot keep up."

But, said Parker, who remains fascinated about a process that turns bags of grain into beer, "it's literally spinning straw into gold."

Those who want to know what they are tasting when they sample beer should check for a taste of the grain that was used in the beer. Is there a balance between the grain and alcohol?

"Sometimes, it's too malty, or roasty or hoppy," said Parker, using those technical terms again.

He calls studying the taste of individual beers the "hops experience."

"If I'm studying the 'hops experience,' I'm asking, 'Is there too much bittering - does the taste stay in my mouth?"

Parker is constantly observing his brewing results and studies what makes some beers more popular than others.

"It's fun," he said. "I don't think anybody should be done learning."

And when food is coupled with beer, it becomes even more interesting because the dish's ingredients could change the beer's taste.

At the "Beach, Bite and Brew," participants will be able to discover for themselves which beers might go well with which foods.

"What it boils down to, you can talk about pairing food with beer, but until you taste it, you won't know," Parker said.