It’s 2013, for those who still write checks. And already we are in the thick of festival news as Fort George announces the coming of their Festival of Dark Arts.
Now in its second year, this unique event held in February, focuses on stouts.
The Festival of Dark Arts is the Carnival of Stout, the culmination of Stout Month (February). It’s a one-day, full on multimedia extravaganza based on one common theme: Dark. Well, Dark and Stout. Attendees will feast their senses on 30+ Stout beers, browse the Dark Arts Gallery, listen to a variety of live music, have their tarot read, forge iron beer openers, blow glass beer mugs, witness belly dancing, fire dancing, and even get tattoos inside the brewery. House-made, Stout-inspired cuisine will also be available for Stout soaking. This fest, now in its sophomore year is much more than a Beer Fest, it is one of the most unique parties that a brewery has ever thrown. The festival takes place on the Fort George Brewery block, throughout the Lovell Building Brewery + Taproom, Lovell Showroom and the Fort George Brewery + Public House, for the first time also utilizing the second story of the building. This date will also mark the release of Limited Edition 4 packs of Bourbon Barrel Cavatica Stout available on site for purchase. A hand-drawn map will serve as your guide, but your senses will lead the way.
The final list of breweries still needs some polishing. If you think there is a stout (Imperial, Irish-style Dry, Milk, Oatmeal, etc.) that would compliment this festival; you should contact them directly (503) 325-7468 or via their Facebook fan page. We realize that this is only the second day of January. But that shouldn’t stop you from making your plans to be in Astoria, Oregon; this February 16th.