I love beer. After now having visited over 400 different breweries, it’s fair to say I have sampled a lot of beer (follow me on Untappd). From post-race pints and run club meeting locations, to beer miles and relays, running and the kegged nectar seem to go hand-in-hand in Oregon. Our Kegs and Legs feature is where beer & cider drinking runners like me can go to find some new favorite beverages. Check out previous posts here!
Coming up THIS WEEKEND is race number 14 of the 2018 Oregon Brewery Running Series – held at Fort George Brewing in Astoria.
Fort George is one of my all-time favorite breweries. I don’t know exactly how to pinpoint things, but the history of the building goes well beyond the 11 years it has been housed by the brewery. The Lovell Building was built way back in 1921 to house an automotive company, as well as an arcade and theater. It remained an auto repair shop until the 90’s before becoming vacant and sadly neglected. Thanks to some progressive movement, the building has been revitalized and houses the Blue Scorcher Bakery in addition to the brewery. The atmosphere really is an amazing combination of old and new, blending the craft beer movement in a setting that feels like everyone should be wearing Gatsby-era suits and Fedoras.
The Astoria brewery scene is pretty dang incredible and absolutely worth a trip out. In addition to Fort George, there are also great options such as Buoy, Astoria Brewing, Rogue-Astoria, Hondo’s (small and underrated), as well as newer ones like Reach Break and Reveille Cider. But Fort George is sort of the centralizing figure in the close-knit Astoria beer scene. In fact, the staff member from Fort George who is working with the Brewery Running Series for the event, actually was a major organizer for the Run on the River event, which was heavily-sponsored by Buoy.
We recently checked out a few IPA’s from Fort George:
Optimist IPA is a year round 6.2% IPA that can be found with regularity throughout the region. The cans themselves are crisp (white cans with silver arrows), as is the taste inside. It’s a bit high on the bitterness schedule, but still maintains a floral and citrusy hint to it. It’s a pretty simple and straightforward in its recipe and preparation, and as a result it’s a simple straightforward IPA that is easy to enjoy.
The annual summer release of the 3-Way IPA is basically a holiday for craft beer drinkers. In this series, Ft. George completes a collaboration IPA with two other breweries who have a history of creating solid IPA’s. This year, they partnered with Modern Times (from San Diego and their recent PDX location), and Holy Mountain (from Seattle) to create a minimally bitter IPA that pours a deep gold color and weighs in 7.2% ABV. I love this beer, which is no real surprise. It fits in super well with summer drinking, as it’s more citrus and flavorful than a standard NW IPA. I will say that this may be slightly better on draft than in cans, so it’s one to consider making the trip for.
The 3-Way series is only available through the summer, so definitely find it and check it out! The upcoming Brewery Running Series event is a great opportunity to do just that!