Two award-winning local brewers are preparing to open shop in Astoria's historic Fort George Building at 1493 Duane Street.

Jack Harris and Chris Nemlowill, both of Astoria, recently signed a lease for space next to the Blue Scorcher Bakery and Café, in the former Ocean Crest Chevrolet body shop. They plan to launch the Fort George Brewery and Public House there this fall.

"It's going to be a little brewery," said Harris. "The idea is to enjoy the beers and some simple, but hopefully creative food."

The name is "inspired by the Fort George Building, and the fact that Astoria used to be called Fort George," said Harris, who has brewed beer for Bill's Tavern and Brewhouse in Cannon Beach, for nine years.

Harris and Nemlowill, who has brewed for the Wet Dog Cafe & Astoria Brewing Co., are forging ahead with a three-pronged approach. First, they are emphasizing their new business will be an authentic public house, with custom-brewed beer, simple fresh cuisine and a friendly, low-intensity atmosphere. Second, they intend to embrace the community. Third, they intend to craft "really good beer," said Harris.

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