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2017 Readers’ Choice: Best Brewpub, Best Pizza

Winner: Fort George Brewery, Astoria

By Edward Stratton

Coast Weekend

Published on February 14, 2018 4:01PM

Last changed on February 14, 2018 4:50PM

Fort George Brewery won in the Best Brewpub and Best Pizza categories

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Fort George Brewery won in the Best Brewpub and Best Pizza categories

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• 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.



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