It’s no secret that the Pacific Northwest is filled to the brim with sleek, trendsetting craft breweries. We know a thing or two about craft beer here in picturesque Astoria, Oregon. In fact, Astoria has four breweries, a brewpub, and an up-and-coming cidery. Not bad for a little Columbia Riverside town of 10,000 people. And, luckily for you, Astoria Riverwalk Inn is just a brief, $1 riverfront trolley ride from the best beer in the region. This handy Astoria brewery guide helps paint an accurate picture of the city’s thriving beer scene, with all its quirks, historical elements, and, of course, mouthwatering IPAs.
The Astoria Brewery Guide: A Beer for Every Palate
A self-guided Astoria brewery tour would inevitably lead you to historic downtown and, yes, the nostalgic Riverwalk. With so many options at your disposal, it’s essential to do a wee bit of research before slipping into a taproom. Below, you’ll learn more about three distinct breweries in Astoria (and a cidery), all of which are within 1.5 miles of our elegant seaside inn.
Starting this comprehensive Astoria brewery guide with Fort George was a no-brainer as its beer owns the highest rating on Untappd, the best beer-focused app on the market. The brewery sits inside the Fort George Building, a visually-striking 1924 marvel, alongside Blue Scorcher Bakery & Cafe. The architecture alone is worth the trip for some, but Fort George’s extensive selection of year-round and rotating IPAs is what allures most visitors. Some of our favorite concoctions include Magnetic Fields, Suicide Squeeze, and Fields of Green, all of which are packed with mountains of flavor.
This head-turning duo is an ideal lunchtime respite for those longing for a pint and a bite amid downtown’s splendor. Two local food carts frequent these popular, attached Duane Street taprooms, so you’ll always have easy access to inventive sandwiches and smile-inducing Thai cuisine. Most travelers adore the space because it allows groups to simultaneously dabble Reach Break’s wild ales and Reveille’s European-style cider.
The last stop on this self-guided Astoria brewery tour is Bouy Beer Company, located along the still banks of the Columbia River. Buoy’s industrialized seaside taproom is a common gathering place for large families and groups—it’s hard to top those views! Unlike Fort George and Reach Break, Buoy mainly focuses on traditional ales, such as German lagers, pilsners, wheats, and stouts. But, of course, that’s fine with us as everyone needs a refreshing lager during the dog days of summer. Such beer types rarely garner august reviews from self-labeled Astoria beer aficionados, but that’s OK because we’re a sucker for a classic Helles lager or Czech pilsner.
Quintessential Astoria Lodging
Sadly, your meticulously-planned Astoria brewery tour must come to an end at some point. That being said, there’s no better place to toast an unforgettable day around town than inside one of Astoria Riverwalk Inn’s visually-striking theme rooms. We’re proud to be one of the only pet-friendly hotels in Astoria, so feel free to bring along your favorite furry, four-legged kids this time around. Luckily for you and your group, we’re located along the Riverwalk near a handful of restaurants and, of course, the riverfront trolley. To book a long-overdue escape to the gorgeous banks of the state border, please give us a call today at 503-325-2013.