Sunday, February 18th, 2024

Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Astoria’s Fort George


After spending the day at Fort George Brewery drinking all the stouts as part of their Festival of the Dark Arts, Peaks & Pints is ready for another Fort George beer flight. Founded by brewers Jack Harris and Chris Nemlowill, the two combined their brewing expertise from previous Oregon coast gigs at Bill’s Tavern and Astoria Brewing Company to open the Astoria brewery in March 2007. Harris and Nemlowill drove their first 8.5-barrel brewhouse — nicknamed “Sweet Virginia” —from the East Coast and through a tornado to open a small pub in the Fort George Building on Duane Street in Astoria. In 2009, they bought almost the entire city block, including the Lovell Building, where they installed a 20-barrel commercial brewhouse — “Little Miss Texas” — followed by a neighboring $12.5 million production facility. Stop by Peaks & Pints for an in-house flight of Fort George beer – a flight we’re calling Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Astoria’s Fort George.

Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Astoria’s Fort George

Fort George Dwayne’s World

6.66% ABV

Dwayne, the owner of Bridge & Tunnel Bottleshop and Taproom, is the man to go to for unique, rare, and delicious bottles, cans, and pints on Duane Street in downtown Astoria. It was Bridge & Tunnel’s anniversary last week and to celebrate all these years of more beer on Duane, Fort George made a beer with their favorite Duane Street neighbor, Dwayne. Brewed with Apollo, Citra, Columbus, Columbus Cryo, HBC 586, Galaxy, and Nelson Goo, Dwayne’s World has the fruity, dank qualities of premium kush. Party on, Dwayne.

Fort George Abstract Thought

7% ABV

“The concept of beer is an abstraction,” says Fort George Abstract Thought hype. “The concept of having a concept of beer is an abstraction. The concept of a beer called Abstract Thought is an abstraction. In general, the deliciousness of beer is contingent upon the brain’s perception of the concept of a beer. The level of engagement of the perceptual system in tasting and enjoying the beer is directly correlated with the abstract concept of a delicious beer. You are simply more likely to enjoy it if you know what it is.” Abstract Thought is a West Coast IPA with Simcoe, Mosaic, and Columbus Cryo hops, designed to stimulate your native human reflex to contemplate.

Fort George Beta 35.2

7.1% ABV

Fort George has brewed 3-Way IPA since 2013, featuring two different craft brewery collaborators every year. While the two collaborating breweries haven’t been announced for 2024, the beer is already in production. Beta 35.2 is a test batch for this year’s 3-Way. It’s a juicy, punchy tropical IPA some powerful fruity funk. Beta 35.2 is much the same as 35.1 but with a little Columbus Cryo to Mosaic, and Simcoe for some added oompf.

Fort George Crysknife

7.2% ABV

A crysknife is a knife whose blade was made from the tooth of a dead sandworm of Arrakis. It’s the weapon of choice for Arrakis denizens, Fremen, a group of people in the fictional Dune universe created by Tacoman Frank Herbert. Fort George’s Crysknife is a New England-style IPA brewed with the Astoria brewery’s BFF, Denver’s Our Mutual Friend Brewing. It’s a mélange of fruit and spice from Mosaic, Azacca, Vic Secret, and Amarillo hops.

Fort George Polish’s Black Walnut Stout

6.4% ABV

Fort George lead production brewer Michal “Polish” Frankowicz grew up in the Midwest eating black walnuts, thus inspiring him to create a black walnut stout for the brewery’s February-long Stout Month. Nuts? Indeed, although black walnuts differ from their quotidian brethren with their added richness, smokiness, and yes, staining anything dark brown they come in contact with once cracked. Frankowicz transfers the beer onto five pounds of halved walnuts — “more surface area provides stronger flavor” — before adding a pound of smoked walnuts into the bright tank.

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