• Best Brewpub
Runner-up: North Jetty Brewing, Seaview
Honorable mention: Buoy Beer Co., Astoria
• Best Pizza
Runner-up: Fultano’s, Astoria/Warrenton
Honorable mention: Baked Alaska, Astoria
At the center of Fort George Brewery’s second-floor expansion is a Mt. Tahoma Woodstone Pizza Oven. Fueled by kiln-dried oak supplemented with applewood, the oven fires at 650 to 700 degrees Fahrenheit and turns out the brewery’s popular gourmet pizzas.
“We want our pizza to be epic,” said Executive Chef Jeff Graham, adding that he and Fort George co-owner Chris Nemlowill wanted high-quality pizza they’d be willing to feed their own children.
The pizza dough comes from Shepherd’s Grain, a Portland-based collection of Pacific Northwest wheat growers. Fort George sources many of its toppings locally from farms like Glory B, Lazy Creek and Blackberry Bog, Graham said. The brewery uses nitrate-free pepperoni and sources pasture-raised chicken from Svensen. In the winter, they switch to more available produce such as sweet potatoes, rutabagas and sun-dried tomatoes.
In addition to winning Best Pizza, the restaurant also won in the Best Brewpub category.