Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Beer Review: Fort George Brewery Spruce Budd Ale

Style: Herbed ale/pilsner
ABV: 4.9%

Fun Fact About the Brewery:

My love for Fort George Brewery has been well documented here so far, but let me say again: These guys are awesome. They renovated an old historic building in Astoria, formerly an auto shop, and turned into their main brewery and pub. Really, really want to go to Astoria now and not just to re-enact scenes from "The Goonies." Their four main brews just started getting distributed in Washington in aluminum cans in early 2012 and they recently added a fifth one, Quick Wit Belgian Ale. Have yet to try anything I haven't liked from ol' Fort George.


The Spruce Budd ale is their summer seasonal and holy crap is it ever refreshing. Each batch is brewed with over 35 pounds of spruce tree tips, giving it a very herby and slightly spicy kick, but the pilsner malt keeps it mellow and crisp. The first taste just ignites your taste buds. And at 4.9%, it's a true session beer. I had this on draft at Bottleworks and haven't seen it on tap anywhere else yet. Overall, a truly unique beer and a very original take on a summer seasonal. Can this baby and ship it up to my doorstep on the regular, please!

Rating: 4.75/5

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