Sunday, June 9, 2013

Fort George Brewery - 1811 Lager

Astoria's official Bicentennial brew.
Astoria, Oregon is a cool little town located near the mouth of the Columbia River. Besides being the setting of the iconic 1980's Spielberg film "The Goonies", the city has quite an historic pedigree. Named after fur magnate John Jacob Astor, the city is close to the spot where Lewis and Clark spent a grueling, rainy winter before heading back east. Of course, there's some mighty fine beer to be had in Astoria, particularly at Fort George Brewery, which sits on the very site that Astor built the first US settlement west of the Rockies.

The beers brewed at Fort George Brewery are some of the best in the state of Oregon, or anywhere else for that matter. I never miss an opportunity to visit their brewpub whenever I'm in the area.

Fort George Brewery's wares can also be found in local stores here in my burg. They come packaged in pint-sized aluminum cans, which I think is great. Easy to carry, chill and store, cans are also the "greener" packaging option, leaving a smaller carbon footprint than glass, especially in the recycling end of things.

Today, I'm drinking a Fort George 1811 Lager. The beer poured from can into my pint glass a slightly hazy, golden yellow color with a foamy, bright white head. The head dissipated quickly and left a thin cap of lacing behind. Lots of spotty lace was left all over the glass.

Aroma was sweet malt and grain. Light lemony, grassy hops. Subtle floral hints in the background.

Taste was mildly bitter, citrus hops--a distinctive NW flare to this lager. Sweet caramel malt and an earthy grain flavor provides a nice balance to the brew. There's a corn taste but not the harsh corniness you'll find in a mass-produced adjunct lager.

Light to medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Dry finish with that bitter hops taste left pleasantly on the palate. I like it!

This is a sessionable lager that would make a great hot summer BBQ beer. I'm giving 1811 a BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 crushed cans out of 4.



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