After we got checked in to Astoria for the Festival of Dark Arts, our AirBnB host told us that a brand new brewery had just opened in town. Of course we had to check it out. But first we had to find it. The place was so new it didn’t show up on google maps and we weren’t 100% sure of the name. Reach something. After a while we found it. They don’t have a website that I could find, but they do have a Facebook page which you can peruse HERE.
Turns out it was on Duane street, quite literally a block from Fort George. So we decided to swing by there on our way to getting in line. Obviously, we weren’t the only ones who had that idea. We ran into some of our Portland friends and hung out with them for a while. They were very ambitious and ordered a half pour of everything on the menu, so we got to try it all. Being Dark Arts weekend there was mostly Stouts on the menu, but they also had a Session IPA and an English Style Red Ale if you weren’t into the dark stuff. The Session IPA was super citrusy with huge hop character without being overly bitter. The red ale had a nice malty backbone.
For a place that had only been open a couple weeks when we got there, they had a very ambitious tap list with several barrel aged offerings. Of course, if you’re gonna break out a chocolate and vanilla stout aged in Whiskey barrels (Brownie Stout), Dark Arts weekend is the time to do it.
I was really impressed with what they had to offer and I would highly recommend you stop by the next time you’re on the coast. This is now the 5th brewery in the booming metropolis of Astoria, so you really owe it to yourself to go. I will be back for sure.