image courtesy's Flickr pageLet's be honest we love India Pale Ales. Maybe it's because we live in one of the few areas where hops are as plentiful as roadside blackberries. Or maybe it's because someone decades ago, exercised local sourcing, before it was hip. Whichever the reason we are judgmental, hop-minded, people. We love our India Pale Ales and it shows.

But what if you aren't one of those who would rather sip on a cup of coffee, latte, or cappuccino? What kind of beer defines you? Most 'experts' suggest a Porter or Stout. And they would probably be right. But why guess when you can find out not only if Stouts are for you but what kind of Stout.

After a few weeks of relative silence from the brewery Fort George has completed their festival details. More crucially the brewery has secured all 46 Stouts to be featured at the Festival of Dark Arts, this Saturday.

Celebrating the craft-beer style, Stout, the Festival of Dark Arts is one part beer festival and one part art appreciation. Whether you are a lover of local art, the metaphysical, or garage bands; you can't go wrong with the Festival.

And what better way to reflect on your investment than by enjoying one of 46 different stouts, from breweries around the region.

With names like Meekers Mark, Bad Ass Stout, Old Baba Yaga, or Moose & Squirrel; you really have no choice. So here's the list for you to look at.

  • Fort George Meekers Mark
  • Fort George Campout Stout
  • Fort George Rye Whiskey Bbl. Cavatica Stout
  • Fort George Polish’s Black Walnut Stout
  • Fort George Long Dark Winter
  • Fort George Murky Pearl
  • Fort George Coffee Girl
  • Fort George Kentucky Girl
  • Fort George Cavatica
  • Fort George Bourbon Bbl. Cavatica
  • Fort George 3 Wisemen
  • Fort George Squash Stout
  • Fort George Spank Stout
  • image courtesy P D Gibson's Flickr pageFort George Viva La Stout. 
  • McMenamins Rum Aged Terminator
  • Three Creeks Coffee Imperial Stout
  • Block 15 Nebula 
  • Block 15 Super Nebula
  • Terminal Gravity Bar X Stout
  • Alesmith Speedway Stout
  • Migration Frankie Clause
  • Old Schoolhouse Stout
  • Astoria Brewing Co. Bad Ass Stout
  • Bear Republic Old Baba Yaga
  • Bear Republic Spiced Old Baba Yaga
  • Breakside Dry Stout
  • Laurelwood Bbl. Aged Moose & Squirrel
  • Boneyard Bbl. Aged Shug Night
  • Elysian Omen Stout
  • Portland U-Brew Tiger’s Blood
  • Upright Chocolate Stout
  • Ninkasi Bbl. Aged Oatis
  • Stone Bourbon Bbl. IRS
  • Lompoc Stout Out Loud
  • Sasquatch Brewing Espresso Stout
  • Rogue Double Chocolate Stout
  • Bison Chocolate Stout
  • Hopworks Army of Darkness
  • Deschutes Abyss
  • Great Divide Espresso Yeti Stout
  • Cascade Barrelhouse Diesel Stout
  • Burnside Brewery Red Light District
  • Goodlife Pass Stout
  • Lucky Lab Povlov’s RIS
  • Green Flash Double Stout. 
  • There could be one or two more!

More details surrounding this year's Festival of Dark Arts

The 2nd Annual Festival of Dark Arts will take place all over the Fort George Brewery campus with 46 Stout beers scattered throughout the Fort George Public House, Lovell Brewery, Taproom and Showroom (Dark Arts Gallery).

The Dark Arts Gallery has been adorned with art from Astoria’s righteous art scene.  The gallery will be a “cash and carry” event where spectators can purchase the art, and pull it right off the wall.  In conjunction, the first ever “Terrarium Invitational” has populated the barrel tops throughout the showroom.  Artists include: Shane Bugbee, Vinnie Steele, Sally Lackaff, Natalie Orr, Eva Kirk, Kim Waites, Mariah Manners, Jessica Schleif, Martin Garrison, Jamie Boyd, Linden, Brendan Harper, Colour Gorsuch, Roger Hayes and Agnes Field. 

The Dark Arts Gallery Stage in the Lovell Showroom will provide audio and visual art throughout the day.  Performances will be held by Cheyne Stoecks, Kites at Night, John Berendzen, Jupiter and Marco Davis, Gregg Skloff, The Easter Island Project, Birch Book/In Gowan Ring, The Sun & Moon Ensemble, Var’yin Parham & Jessamyn Grace, and World Renowned Tuvan Throat Singer, Soriah.  In between sessions, The Columbia River Sound Map will entertain your ears with a 3-D transportation to various areas of the Columbia River.

In the Lovell Brewery, visitors can get their tarot cards read by Portland’s Psychic Siamese Terror, witness  Stout Painting from “The Beer Painter,” Karen Eland, blown glass from Fernhill Glass, get an old-time photo from Clement Photography, get inked by Hold Fast and Keepsake Tattoo companies, or make a hand-forged iron bottle opener with the Solstice Forge.

Lastly and notably, the brewery will be releasing a limited edition version of the Cavatica Stout. "The 2013 version has been aged in Heaven Hills Rye Whiskey Barrels and comes with a bizarre story to boot!  These beers are designed to age phenomenally." Unfortunately you won't find this four-pack anywhere but the brewery. So you really have no choice.

Festival of Dark Arts start this Saturday (February 16th).

Saturday February 16th, 2013 2:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Fort George Brewery presents the Festival of Dark Arts
1483 Duane Street Astoria, OR 97103
All ages.  Admission is Free.  $8 Tasting Glass.  $1 Tasting Tokens


About the first photo’s Author

"Matt Wiater is a photographer covering the Portland beer scene for"

About the second photo’s Author

Paul Gibson originally hails from Carlsbad, New Mexico, so it’s no wonder he prefers the Northwest’s cooler temperatures and its vast selection of hoppy delicious beers. As a kid, he first started taking photos with an Instamatic of his friends on their BMX bikes. Now he takes photos of beer, breweries and on occasion street photography, events and concerts—minus the Instamatic. You can see more of his photos on Flickr ( ).

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