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February 5th, 2014 12:01 am BRIAN YAEGER | Beer Guide

Beer Guide 2014: North Coast Day Sip

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Fort George Brewery and Public House

1483 Duane St., Astoria, 325-7468, fortgeorgebrewery.com.

As an ode to Astoria’s native Goonies, Fort George sells a T-shirt adorned with Sloth’s “suspenders.” It looks good with Vortex IPA, which sports a perfect body with tropical punches of Simcoe, Centennial and Amarillo. In February, when it’s cold, sample myriad versions of Cavatica Stout, including black walnut, chili and whiskey-aged iterations. Otherwise get a Vortex upstairs at this recently expanded pub, which has panoramic views and upscale pizza.

Seaside Brewing

851 Broadway St., Seaside, 717-5451, seasidebrewery.com.

For those not addicted to elephant ears, there’s finally a reason to trek out to Seaside. Seaside Brewing’s building—formerly city hall—had a drunk tank where the bar now sits. But even more captivating is the brewpub’s ultra-fresh seafood and house-smoked brisket threatening to overshadow the beer. Warm up with the 5 Mil Strong Ale, or really fire up the party with Black Dynamite, an imperial stout with bourbon-soaked vanilla beans and cacao nibs.

Bill’s Tavern & Brewhouse

188 N Hemlock St., Cannon Beach, 436-2202, billstavernandbrewhouse.com. Warren House Pub, 3301 S Hemlock St., Cannon Beach, 436-1130.

Cannon Beach has two bars mere paces from each other, both with majestic ocean views and a suitable pint of Bill’s 2x4 Stout. If you see the Stranger at Bill’s, don’t wave it off: It’s a rum barrel-aged IPA that’ll have you talking like a pirate by pint’s end. And the Oatmeal Imperial Red packs such a spicy hop kick you’d swear it contains rye instead of velvety oats.

De Garde

1909 2nd St., Tillamook, 541-301-8109, degardebrewing.com.

De Garde brewer Trevor Rogers knows visiting beer geeks love his spontaneously fermented brews better than Coasties. Now, De Garde has a taproom where tourists can taste his sour Berliners or Senne lambics. The infinitely sessionable Bu Weisse is a genteel 2.1 percent (see page 16). Many of Roger’s concoctions include grapes or were aged in local wine barrels, like the Tempranillo Desay. If you need a cheese pairing, Tillamook has plenty.

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