Astoria, Oregon, US
Astoria Ale Trail: In Partnership with Food & Wine Magazine
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Approximately 3 Hours
Sit back, relax and take in the stunning views of the Columbia River as you pass through the town of Astoria on your way to sampling Oregon's finest ales.
You're headed to Fort George Brewery & Public House, established in 2007 and specializing in innovative and exciting flavors such as coffee stout and wasabi-flavored ginger ale. During your visit, you might want to try the Quick Wit -- a Belgian-style ale that's made with organic pale and wheat malts, ground coriander and lemongrass.
Next, you're off to Rogue Ales, occupying a former Bumble Bee tuna cannery. Rogue sits on the Astoria River walk, a five-mile river trail that's lined with hotels, restaurants, parks and a nearly 100-year-old restored trolley train. Made with the finest hops and barley malt, Rogue Ales are bottled using an oxygen-absorbing cap and brown glass for better shelf life. Some of the barrel-aged beers and ales you might want to try include Chipotle Ale, which is a golden ale made with roasted chipotle peppers. It produces an eye-opening chili flavor with a malty, smoky aroma and smooth, crisp flavor. Double dare you!
Your last stop is at the Astoria Brewing Company, where a variety of beers are handcrafted using a wide range of hops and grains to create unique flavors. The pub's riverfront deck is open during the summer and offers a fantastic view of the Columbia River. Here you might try Strawberry Blonde -- a beer that attributes its light pink to golden opaque hue to the barley, wheat and 90 pounds of strawberries used in the brewing process.
Minimum age is 21 years.