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Have a Cold One:

The Beer Lover's Guide to Astoria and Warrenton

If there’s one thing that brings locals and out-of-towners together, it’s a shared love for suds. With fewer than 10,000 people, this small river town boasts a surprising number of breweries and brewpubs. Rain or shine, winter or summer, you’ll find the perfect pint to top off your visit to Astoria. 
 
Have a cold one: Astoria is home to several homegrown breweries as well as a scenic outpost of Oregon Coast-based Rogue Ales. All offer great local pub grub, are family-friendly and located within easy walking distance to affordable hotels. 
  • Built on the site of the original Astoria settlement, Fort George Brewery is Astoria’s largest brewery. Stop by for lunch and a taster tray, tour the facilities, or play a round of shuffleboard. In 2013, “the Fort” expanded its pub to a second floor overlooking downtown and the Columbia River, making it arguably one of the most scenic breweries in Oregon. Taste: Vortex IPA 
  • Astoria’s newest brewery is beer with history. Buoy Beer, a 20-barrel brewery, restaurant and tap house, is now open in the historic New England Fish Co. building originally built in the 19th century. Tales of the town’s canning past live on in the original floors and walls, and garage-style doors open up to reveal the fresh, salty air of the mighty Columbia River. Taste: Buoy Czech Pils
  • Wet Dog Café is home to Astoria Brewing Company, named after Astoria’s first brewery established in 1872. A cornerstone of the riverfront district, Wet Dog and Astoria Brewing welcome visitors with a wide variety of beer styles brewed nearby at their facility in the iconic Andrew and Steve’s Building. During summer months, snag a seat on the deck and wave at passing trolley riders. Taste: Bitter Bitch Imperial IPA or Red Beard Amber
  • An Oregon classic, Rogue Ales Public House can be found on the east side of town in the historic Bumble Bee Tuna building at Pier 39. Take the trolley from downtown or bike along the Astoria Riverwalk. Sit at the bar and listen to seafarers and shipping crew members tell tales of long hauls across the Pacific Ocean and the dangerous Columbia River Bar. Taste: Dead Guy Ale 
  • Located near Pier 39, Hondo’s Brew & Cork is a one-stop-shop for a pint, growler fill, bottles from around the world and home brewing supplies.  The taproom features 12 rotating craft beer taps– four brewed in-house and eight guests – with a small menu of beer-pairing favorites like brats and BBQ. Taste: Big Dog Bourbon Stout
Souvenirs: Before heading out of town, stop at The Growler Guys growler fill station to pick up something to make friends and family jealous of your trip. The Growler Guys offer a selection of 32 regional brews on tap including favorites from Astoria’s own Buoy Beer, Fort George and Astoria Brewing Co. 

Trails to beer: The fun doesn’t have to stop in Astoria. Follow the North Coast Craft Beer Trail to discover new taps from the eclectic McMenamins Sand Trap Pub in Gearhart to Seaside Brewing Company and more along Highway 101. Taste your way through bold bitters, rich stouts and hoppy ales along the 29-mile trail and collect a commemorative pint glass at the end. 

Time it right: Astoria takes its beer seriously. With major beer-focused events happening throughout the year, you’ll always have a reason to get away for some sips and suds. 

Winter Warmers: When days get shorter, beers get darker. Each February, Stout Month takes over Fort George Brewery with blind tasting trays, brewers’ dinners and the Festival of the Dark Arts. The last weekend of the month also brings the annual Fisher Poets Gathering, entertaining crowds with poetic interpretations, lively accounts and deep reflections of life at sea. 

Back to Brew: As summer winds down, taps in Astoria pick up. Imbibe at the Pacific Northwest Brew Cup in September, a small gathering featuring more than 30 Northwest beers, street eats from local vendors, live music, growler fills and more along Astoria’s scenic riverwalk. 
*As you imbibe, remember to get a ride. Stay at one of our walkable hotels or call taxi service from any of Astoria’s breweries, pubs and bars.
 
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