2018 Festival of the Dark Arts Returns to Fort George Brewery

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Dark beer lovers and lovers of the dark mystical arts come together at Fort George Brewery’s annual Festival of the Dark Arts, held every February during the brewery’s Stout Month. This year’s festival will take place on Saturday, February 17th, and as usual Fort George has curated a list of some of the biggest and baddest Imperial Stouts known to humankind alongside fire dancers, music, face painters, fortune tellers, and all sorts of mystical and artistic craziness. More info on ticket sales and the festival below.

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Prepare Yourself

Limited tickets to the 2018 Festival of Darks Arts go on sale starting at midnight Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, November 29th, and this year they are more limited and coveted than ever. Bearers will be granted entrance on Saturday, February 17th into a magical menagerie of dark art and macabre entertainment, all the while surrounded by the most awe-inspiring collection of stouts ever assembled in one place. You’ll be entranced by the iron, glass, ice, and chainsaw craft. Live music, dark art galleries, and roaming practitioners of the fanciful arts will delight you. All told, over 60 rare and unique stouts will be tapped, tempting all of your darkest senses.



New to the Fest

Stretch out into expanded festival areas on 14th Street and onto the new upper deck of the Fort George Building where new surprises await you. Arrive at your leisure starting at noon and come and go as you please. You can look forward to rare stouts tapping throughout the day and night, with all-new live entertainment until festival end.


And then, save stout room for the boldest Fort George barrel aged bottle release ever, starting Sunday, February 18th at noon. Five unique variations of Matryoshka will be available in wax-dipped bottles, plus very limited quantities of cellared 2017 Matryoshka and Matryoshka variations to construct your vertical tasting. It is indeed a Sweet Virginia bottle release worthy of Stout Month.



The Details

For more information and a link to tickets go to Entertainment and stouts will be added as they are confirmed. Tickets are $55 each. All tickets this year allow  festival access starting at noon. Every ticket holder will receive a Festival of Dark Arts Grimoire, a 2018 festival glass, and twelve drink tokens with additional tokens for sale at the festival. You must be 21+ and have a ticket to attend.


Festival of Dark Arts

Date: Saturday, February 17th, 2018

Time: Noon to 10pm

Place: Fort George Block – 1483 Duane Street, Astoria, OR

Details: All tickets are $55. 21+ only & IDs required for entry.


Buy your tickets and book your hotel rooms early, then prepare to paint your palate black with the awe inspiring essence of Stout Month.



Legal Disclaimers

Be forewarned: stout will stain your clothes. Dress appropriately. Tickets are transferrable but not refundable. Voted by the Willamette Week Oregon Beer Awards in 2016 & 2017 as the best beer festival in Oregon. 2018 will only get darker….

Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding. Contact: [email protected]


  1. Eric t

    November 17, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    No more early entrance VIP option??? Dang, that hour of focused tasting before the crush was the best.

  2. Randy Roach

    November 24, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    Last year’s jam-packed crowd, and poor crowd management, made for an unpleasant and disappointing experience. We’d been in years past and enjoyed it, so hyping it to friends and taking them last year was embarrassing.

  3. Max Hunger

    November 27, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Did they raise the prices from last year? I thought they were $40 last year.

    • Randy

      November 28, 2017 at 5:45 am

      last year a ticket was $43.19, including on-line booking fees

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