“The FORT GEORGE BREWERY, known for its great Northwest craft beer and dedication to sustainability, launched an effort last week to help SOLVE at least a small part of the California SEA LION PROBLEM along the Lower Columbia River Basin,” an April 1 (please note the date) press release from the brewery declared.

“Using no more than hand trucks, a half-dozen brewers, and 50 pounds of albacore tuna, Fort George employees were able to relocate one of the animals to the Lovell Building brewery at 14th and Duane. There they have given the sea lion, now called HOPPER (pictured), a permanent home away from the controversy.”

“That’s 1,000 pounds of salmon that will be available to commercial and sport fishermen this year,” said Fort George co-owner CHRIS NEMLOWILL. “And he’s pretty easy to take care of. He loves leftover fish and chips and our Murky Pearl Oyster Stout.”

“It’s a win-win for us,” Chris added. ‘Our new Sea Lion Stout will go into cans this fall and the local fishermen are extremely happy. If every brewery up and down the Columbia River did this, salmon populations would skyrocket and the beer would be unbelievable.”

— Elleda Wilson