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.