A bit of History

Founded in March 1811 by Captain Jonathan Thorn, Astoria was the Pacific Fur Company’s primary trading post in the Pacific Northwest. Astoria was renamed Fort George after King George III while under temporary British Authority during the war of 1812. At over 200 years, Astoria is the oldest American settlement west of the Rockies.

Since its inception, Astoria has been battered with a series of fires and industry collapses. In 2007 Fort George Brewery + Public house was established. Even though Sweet Virginia (our small batch brewery) was just a wee lady, she helped bring some of the thrum of hard work back to this pocket of the city.

A WHILE AGO (1921)
The Lovell Building was originally built in 1921 to house the expanding Lovell Auto Co. As fire devastated the downtown core in 1922, drastic measures were taken to save this new building. Many Astoria businesses lost their storefronts to the fire, and the Lovell Building transformed itself into a cultural hub for the city, housing the Lovell Arcade and the Blue Mouse Theater. The building remained an automotive dealership and repair facility until the late 1990’s.

In 1924 the Fort George Building was erected on the original settlement site of Fort Astoria, operating as an automotive repair shop through the early 1990’s. Briefly abandoned and sadly neglected, the Fort George Building has been revitalized and is now home to the Blue Scorcher Bakery and Fort George Brewery + Public House.


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