• Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Astoria: A Coastal Taste of Oregon

If you want to experience the rich harvest of Oregon agriculture where the mighty Columbia River meets the wild Pacific Ocean, Astoria is the place to do it. Give yourself a weekend to sample what Astoria has to offer and let these must-sees guide you:

Buoy Brewery, Astoria.

First stop: Buoy Beer Company. The place will be hoppin’ and we’re not only talking about the IPAs.

Sit near the windows, where you can see the waters of the great Columbia, or enjoy the outdoor patio when the weather is nice. Between the tap list—well-balanced and riddled with Oregonian hops—and Buoy’s menu—abundant with locally sourced ingredients prepared by artisan chefs—you’re in for a great meal. If you order fish, it’s likely the daily catch arrived from the boats of Bornstein’s Seafood just over a mile away.

Pilot House Distilling, Astoria.

It’s a short walk from Buoy to Pilot House Distillery. The tasting room of this small, craft distillery is quiet and welcoming. Natural light floods the room and reflects off of the warm wood and large windows provide an expansive view of the distillery. You’ll likely step over a chubby beagle named Bones who hangs out on the Persian rug near the bar. Pilot House is the place to sample the “Spirits of the Coast.” Try a tasting flight of their Bar Pilot Vodka paired with Grumpy Dog Shrub drinking vinegars, also made in-house, using fresh, locally sourced produce. You’ll be amazed by the flavors of the Jalapeño Lime Vodka mixed with Bloody Knuckles Bloody Mary Mix, or the Chai Vodka with Raspberry Shrub—pairings you won’t find anywhere else.

Lucky for you, another fantastic destination is just across the street.

Reach Break Brewery, Astoria.

Reach Break Brewery is the baby of Astoria breweries at barely six months old. Reach Break’s beer offerings are unique and innovative including sour beers, stouts, IPAs, and a saison brewed in gin barrels from neighboring Pilot House Distilling. When the weather is in your favor, take your beer to the patio and pick up a board game on your way. It’s likely to be a quintessential Oregon summer scene—sunshine, contented dogs lying about, local food-trucks, Birkenstocks, good beer, and good people. Reach Break’s patio-that-can’t-be-beat wins the ambiance award.

Street 14 Café in Astoria.

Continue your visit and start your day at Street 14 Café, a hip and popular coffee destination with a retro twist. Spot their neon “Coffee Shop” sign and find breakfast and lunch specials scrawled on chalk-painted clipboards. Local, handcrafted, and seasonal, you can find a list of the farmers and purveyors that the café sources from throughout the north coast.

If you passed on the pastry from Street 14 Café (and even if you didn’t), prepare your taste buds for a dizzying confection: handcrafted, French-custard style ice cream paired with Belgian style French fries from Frite and Scoop. With twinkle light decorations and retro powder-blue stools, Frite and Scoop is all charm. Their Employee of the Month board features Bill Murray, Agatha Christie, and Sir David Attenborough. How can you resist a place with such hard-working staff?

Beer taster tray in Astoria.

A visit to Astoria wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Fort George Brewery + Public House. Started in 2007, it has grown from a single brewpub to a full city block of restaurants, tasting room, breweries, cannery, and music venues. Opt for the upstairs bar (mostly because you shouldn’t miss going up their spiral staircase) and consider a spot near the window. Share a taster tray or be adventurous and order their seasonals! If you’re hungry, Fort George uses Pacific Northwest flours to create their pizzas and Oregon oak in the wood fired pizza oven. Their menu is peppered with Oregon-sourced ingredients that include Rogue Creamery cheeses, Oregon Pink shrimp, Painted Hills beef, and Carlton Farms pork. Fort George creates recipes to let local ingredients shine throughout their fare.

From beer sipping and liquor tasting, to coffee shops and food celebrating, you can find plenty of Oregon ingredients in Astoria. By supporting businesses that choose products from Oregon’s farmers, fishers, and ranchers, you choose to support Oregon agriculture—where there is something for everyone.

Astoria food & beverage guide:  

Buoy Beer Company
18th St, Astoria, OR 97103

Pilot House Distillery
1270 Duane St, Astoria, OR 97103

Reach Break Brewery
1343 Duane St, Astoria, OR 97103
No website at this time. 

Street 14 Café
1410 Commercial St, Astoria, OR 97103

Frites and Scoop
175 14th St, Astoria, OR 97103 

Fort George Brewery
1483 Duane St, Astoria, OR 97103

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