Birthday Beercation part the first – Stout Month in Astoria

Back to Astoria and a birthday month excursion for Stout Month!

So, no, I did not go inside Fort George on festival day, I was pretty close though. Despite a chill and consistent but not heavy rain, there were lines at the start but I ran across many people who were waiting to go in, a thing I had not seen before.

I started my day at Reveille Cider with a Breakfast in America apple and pear cider with botanicals, orange and grapefruit zest. Lovely tart citrus mix. Fruit punch notes.  Almost like orange juice.

Next door, Reach Break was pretty busy too. Only two IPAs on the board. They also had a kolsch and coastal hefe on tap. Here is a quick rundown of the five beers, I sampled…

Duane Street Wild Ale – gin botanical collab with Pilot House.  Really nice.  Bready with botanicals spicing

Merlot Veraison– wild ale with Merlot grapes. Nice red color. Very red wine, tannic. 

Evolution of an IPA 9 – hazy dipa. Wood chips. Sawdust. Quite bitter with some creamy softness. 

A Storied History – dopplebock collab with Buoy. Sweet and malty.  Just tastes Germanic to me. 

Hessian Aggression – collab with Rowley from NM. Barleywine. Smokey. Real nice. 

Stout Month

The shortest month of the year just got better, if you live near Fort George Brewery in Astoria. Why? Because it is stout month.

Here is the lowdown on what’s occuring: “We’ve been busy brewing up Stouts for the past month and a half and planning for the “Dark Arts Festival.” Pirates, an old fashioned iron forge, on-site tattoo artists, tarot card readings, stout painting, belly dancing, fire-eating, fire dancing, AND 15+ Stouts on tap are just a couple of things that will make up this circus. In the background will be our brand new Metalcraft vessels and an entire Dark Arts art showcase of Oregon visual art. All month long in the Public House and Taproom, we will feature 8+ other stouts on the “blind taster tray.” February just got better.

Attached is a formal press release, images, and links to two Fort George/PDX Stout Month previews at the end of January. Thanks for your continued support. We are all amped to expand, brew more beer and drink more beer in 2012. As we continue to grow, we will create more good reasons to take a trip to the coast, as well as good reasons to drink great beer all over the best beer state in the union.”