Astoria: Fort George Brewery

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The Fort George Brewery + Public House is locally owned and operated. Blue Scorcher Bakery & Cafe in on the ground floor and an addition to the Brewery which includes a restaurant/pub featuring a brick fired pizza oven on the second floor. The compound includes the Fort George Building, built in 1924 as an auto garage and service station and more recently utilized as a body and paint shop; the Lovell Building, built in 1921 as a state of the art auto dealership and one of the only buildings downtown to survive the great fire of 1922; and the Alignment Shop, whose construction date is unknown and is currently leased to Fernhill Glass where glass art is created and sold. In 2006, the Fort George Brewery and Public House leased and began building out a restaurant, brewery, and kitchen next door to the Blue Scorcher Bakery in the Fort George Building. The remodel highlights the original architecture of the building, featuring old-growth beams and hand-forged brackets, and a variety of wood furniture and metalwork that pays homage to the building’s organic industrial ambiance. In 2009, the Fort George Brewery purchased all 3 buildings and began building out the Lovell Building to house a larger production brewery to keep up with demand. All of the construction in the Lovell Building was done in the same manner as the Fort George Building, and features the building’s old-growth style.

Funding/Leverage

  • Total Project Cost
  • Urban Renewal Loan $120,000
  • UR Storefront Improvement Grant of $30,000
  • SBA 504 loan $330,000
  • Lottery Funding $150,000
  • Craft 3 private funding
  • Private Investment

Community Benefits

  • Job Creation
  • Demand for local goods
  • Serves as a meeting space for events, meetings, and conferences
  • Hosts the Columbia River Maritime Museum Education Series
  • Restoration of two derelict historic buildings
  • Support for local artists (musicians at the pub)
  • Provides craft beer to Oregon, Washington, and Idaho

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