Emma Hill

Sunday, January 31st
8pm No Cover
1483 Duane St.-Astoria

Emma Hill is a 21 year old singer songwriter living in Portland, Oregon. Emma began crafting her personal flavor of folk in the small Alaskan village she grew up in. After she moved to Palmer to go to High School, Emma quickly became a staple of the budding Alaskan music scene, bringing her rurally influenced stylings to Anchorage. Emma sang with the group Blackbird Productions and as half of the folk duo Pennies and Patches – garnering a large local recognition. In 2006 Pennies and Patches went on hiatus, and Emma found herself in Portland and began writing more personal solo material. In 2007 Emma recorded and released her first full length album “Just Me” on Kuskokwim records. “Just Me” showcased her wide vocal range as well as her eclectic musical taste while staying in the realm of folk/Americana. Emma toured extensively to support the album throughout the west coast as well as national tour. The album also received regular radio play on college and independent radio stations. “Just Me” reached #8 on the KRUA Anchorage album charts. In 2008 Emma recorded her second album “Clumsy Seduction”, which is scheduled for release in March 2009 on Kuskokwim.

Emma maintains her strong Folk/Americana roots while crafting beautiful stories and unbelievably catchy melodies. Emma has been commended for singing with a maturity beyond her years, on “Clumsy Seduction” she goes above and beyond; both in her voice and her songwriting. With full instrumenta- tion and her signature songwriting style, “Clumsy Seduction” is the culmination of an artist on the Brink. Emma has successfully come into her own, solidifying her status within the Folk community as an “Artist to Know” in 2009.


Bruce Smith Solo

Sunday, January 24th
8pm No Cover
1483 Duane St.-Astoria

Bruce Thomas Smith, Texas native, and Award-Winning songwriter performs his ORIGINAL "Transplant Rock" music. "Smith’s music is an acoustic marvel that lures audiences, and keeps them hooked." Hitt Music - Los Angeles, CA.
Bruce will performing several NEW songs from his upcoming CD release titled: "Polar Bear Cool" as well many tunes from his previous 4 CD releases. Cd's will be available at the show. Website: www.brucesmithmusic.com


Jesse Meade

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

"Whether you're broken hearted or about to fall in love, Jesse Meade's slow, raspy, style makes for perfect listening."
-Megan Udow
Eugene Weekly

Jesse Meade is a 28 year old singer-songwriter now living in Eugene, Oregon. He accompanies himself with his own finger-style, acoustic guitar playing while performing both original material and an array of cover songs. His influences include musicians like: Ray Charles, Hank Williams, Chuck Willis, Elizabeth Cotten, Otis Redding, Jimmie Rodgers, Aretha Franklin, Percy Mayfield, John Hurt, Sam Cooke, Patsy Cline, Fats Domino, and Dinah Washington. Currently he is performing all over the Northwest while also writing and recording new music and will be live at the Fort George Brewery and Public House on Sunday, January 17th at 8pm. There is no cover charge.


2010 Mug Club filling fast

The 2010 Mug Club sales kicked off on Tuesday, December 1. 25 new mug numbers were available for sale and sold out that same day. On January 1, 2010, at 11:00 AM all mugs not renewed went up for sale to the general public.The price for the mugs are $85.00, and enables mug holders to get a 21.5 oz beer for the price of a pint, as well as be eligible to win in the monthly t-shirt drawing. The glass mugs have been imported from Germany this year, and each one is engraved with the Fort George logo and the mug holder's number.
Call or come into the Fort George today to make sure you get a spot. (503) 325-PINT

Black-eyed Peas bring good luck for 2010

Happy New Years everyone! Here is a very tasty way to bring in the New Year. Aside from soothing the stomach from the beers consumed from the evening before, its has been a long-standing tradition to eat a bowl of black-eyed peas, also known as the cow pea, to bring luck for the year to come.

During the time of the civil war Union troops, led by General William T. Sherman, looted and destroyed all food supplies they could in the south. At the time the black-eyed pea was only considered suitable for raising livestock so it was left alone.

As the beans cook they swell and represent prosperity, combine that with a little cured pork product and you have your self a prosperous and tasty bowl of beans.

The following recipe is pretty basic. You can fill it out with the addition of collard greens, hot sauce and corn bread.

Dana MacAuley, Head Chef


1 1/2 pounds fresh black-eyed peas, rinsed, drained

8 to 12 ounces bacon, diced

1 1/2 cups chopped onion

1 cup chopped red and green bell pepper

1/2 cup chopped celery

1 clove garlic, minced

1 1/2 cups water

1 can (approx. 14.5 ounces) fire-roasted diced tomatoes, or chili-seasoned tomatoes

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon dried leaf oregano


1. Put rinsed fresh black-eyed peas in a 4 to 6-quart slow cooker.
2. Cook bacon in a large skillet until softened; add onions, peppers, and celery and continue cooking, stirring frequently, until vegetables are tender. Stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute longer
3. Add the vegetable mixture to the slow cooker along with the water. Cover and cook on low for 5 to 7 hours, or until peas are tender. Add remaining ingredients and continue cooking for 1 to 2 hours longer.

February 1st marks the beginning of Stout Month at the Fort George Brewery in Astoria, OR. At least 8 stouts will be featured this year, including Badda Bing, a flanders-style sour cherry stout; The Murky Pearl, brewed with Willapa Bay oysters; Bourbon Barrel-aged Cavatica Stout; Spank Stout, brewed with 3 varieties of hot pepper; and the ever-popular Coffee Girl Stout, made with espresso. Several guest stouts will also be on tap, including The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery. A flight of all the stouts is available for a blind tasting, and commemorative Stout Month t-shirts will be for sale.
The annual "Stout & Oysters" Brewer's Dinner will take place on February 10th, featuring 5 courses of mouth-watering oysters paired with selected stouts. Tickets for the Brewer's Dinner are $55, or $100 for two.
The Fort George Brewery is located at 1493 Duane St. in Astoria, OR. Visit the website at www.fortgeorgebrewery.com, or call (503) 325-PINT for more information.

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Pan and the GD's

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

Pan and the GD's are an alternative americana group whose music can be described as 'sophisticated hobo music' or 'adventure music.' They are an uncompromising group of individuals who produce accessible scenes of sound. They run the gambit, turning styles in and out like skateboarders turn tricks. Michael Pan is the band's songwriter and leader who claims that "writing songs is like rolling a smoke in the back of a pickup, you have to do whatever is necessary to accomplish the mission." Other members include drummer Matt Farina who is solid, inventive and plays with a bullwhip precision. Bassist Chris Petryszak holds down the bottom like gravity. He has been called a theater jam man and is known to have partied in hotel rooms with the Dixie Chicks. Unlike most americana acts that only follow a country/blues feel, Pan and the GD's don't forget that jazz is a huge part of what it means to be American. Families are welcome and the music is free. It starts at 8pm.