And then there were SIX…oh wait I guess that doesn’t really work because it is more like ‘holy geez, there are SIX! Over the last two years Astoria, Oregon, a town of 9,500 people had five breweries. This year another brewery emerged. Can you believe it?! I know, just another reason to come check out this picturesque town.
Lets get started because it’s NATIONAL BEER DAY!
Buoy Beer Company
Number one reason this brewery is unique – they have a see through square cut out of the floor where you can look down at the California Sea lions. It is pretty cool and the kiddos love it! The dining room overlooks the Columbia River and the view is spectacular. The tap room does not have a river view, but it does have a small outside section. This spot is great if you have a fury friend tagging along or for watching the town trolley pass by during the summer.
This was the first place I had gone when I first got here. I fell in love with their Petrale Sole dish and the Cream Ale. The cheese curds with Romesco are a must as well, especially if you have never had cheese curds! Food quality and service has never disappointed me.
Fort George Brewery
This place has some history to it – when a fire in 1922 had burn down the town the Lovell Building was one of the few places still standing. This brewery has a neat feel to it no matter if you are in the Lovell Taproom, the Original Pub (downstairs), or the Upstairs Pizza. Excellent chalk board drawings are the visual as you decided on the beer list.
Every Sunday night from 8-10 pm is live music upstairs and get there a little early to grab one of their awesome pizzas too. Their Pulled Pork pizza is my absolute favorite fresh out of their Oregon Oak fueled woodstone oven. Fort George also puts on an amazing event every year in February called the Dark Arts Festival. If you are a stout lover than this event is one you won’t want to miss on the Oregon Coast. Tickets are limited so be sure to get them early.
A brew with a view – This brewery is right on the River Walk and you can see the view pretty much anywhere you are sitting. They have their own beer and they also have Astoria Brewing Co’s beer. So you could try two breweries’ beer in one spot. On another note their Marionberry milkshake is da bomb!!!
When the River Walk Trolley is running in the summer, one of its stops is right out front. Wet Dog has a nice seating area on the River Walk as well where pets are welcome to enjoy the views too.
Reach Break Brewing
The new kid on the block – This is a brand new brewery located a block from the Fort George Brewery. They will eventually specialize in Sours and Farmhouse Ales, but that is not all they will have. Since they have just opened their doors they have limited hours on the weekends. Reach Break Brewing has a key location in Downtown Astoria right around the corner from Fort George.
Astoria Brewing Company
Here it is right around the corner from Wet Dog. Astoria Brewing Co is a taproom where they provide their beer selection.
Hondo’s Brew & Cork
This brewery is not as touristy as the ones above, but still has a nice sized beer list. Usually about 10 beers brewed by them and they have a small food menu as well. Hondo’s even has everything you need for a home brew.
CHEERS! Now go have that pint that is well deserved.
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