Fort George Brewery Co-Owner, Chris Nemlowill, to Address CCC Graduates

Clatsop Community College is proud to announce that Chris Nemlowill, co-owner of Fort George Brewery, will address graduates at the 2017 commencement ceremony Friday, June 16, at 7 p.m. in Patriot Hall at the CCC campus in Astoria.

“I’ve been asking a lot of people if they remember who spoke at their graduation, and not many do. I hope to give the graduates something they will enjoy and maybe even remember,” stated Nemlowill.

Nemlowill grew up in this community and attended CCC after high school. Not sure of his direction but knowing he needed to continue his education, he considered mechanics but landed on pursuing computer science and marketing. He completed an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree at CCC in 2001 then transferred on to Southern Oregon University to continue his education and graduated in 2003. On track to continue his career path, Chris was set to start an internship at Intel when life set him in another direction and he ended up taking care of his grandmother. “I knew I’d have some down time while I was helping my grandmother, so I bought 6 books on how to brew beer and that’s how it started,” he explained.

Chris started brewing batches of various beers and would give samples away for people to taste as he refined his skills. He furthered his knowledge of the beer industry while studying abroad in the Netherlands. Between his academic classes he would visit breweries all over Europe to learn from brewmasters. As he was gaining skills, he knew he needed a mentor and turned to Jack Harris, who at the time was working as the brewmaster at Bill's Tavern in Cannon Beach. Their collaboration turned into a business partnership and Fort George Brewery was created in 2007. Fort George Brewery now owns the entire city block it sits on and has expanded their canning and distributing reach while still serving the local community and being an anchor business to the city.

“Clatsop Community College is honored to have a CCC graduate and successful business owner in our community as our 2017 commencement speaker,” said  Chris Breitmeyer, President of Clatsop Community College, “CCC strives to provide access for local people to get starting in their educational journey and to stay local and build a successful career. Chris Nemlowill embodies both of these attributes and we are so proud of all he is doing in the community.”

Chris expressed how CCC set him up to succeed through this journey to business ownership. “ I felt prepared to go to SOU and be successful. I learned how to study and was on the deans list and was fired up about my future. CCC has really good programs that helped prepare me for this….to run a business,” he stated.

Now as a business owner, he recognizes the value in having a community college to keep and enhance talented people in the area. “We need that resource in our community for our businesses here in Astoria. Getting an education can transform you.”       

Clatsop Community College will award certificates and degrees to over 170 students this year. This includes 130 two-year degrees, and 47 one-year certificates. For additional information regarding the CCC Commencement Ceremony, visit

Please direct inquiries to: Chris Ousley, 503-338-2326;

 Image: Graduation speaker Chris Nemlowill



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Accommodations: Persons having questions about or a request for special needs and accommodation should contact JoAnn Zahn, Vice President of Finance and Operations, at Clatsop Community College, 1651 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, Oregon 97103, Phone 503-338-2421 or TDD 503-338-2468. Email special needs and accommodation request to Contact should be made at least two business days in advance of the event.


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