Fort George 2019 Stout Month Events Announced

It’s time for 28 days of darkness in Astoria, Oregon, at Fort George Brewery’s 2019 Stout Month. During this dark time of year the tap lists overflow with rich ales, barrel-aged Matryoshka bottles are released, and the world’s darkest stout festival washes over Astoria. And while the Festival of Dark Arts has grown in popularity (with tickets selling out in a record five hours!), do not let that single day overshadow your total stout experience. If you missed out on tickets to FoDA this year, venture to the brewery on any other day in February and immerse yourself in the darkness and deliciousness of Stout Month.

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Starting February 1st, the stout dam breaks on the block with a wave of unique Fort George dark ales releasing throughout the month. From an oyster stout, to a peanut butter & chocolate stout, to a stout with caramelized peaches, and one with tamarind & chilis, the possibilities are fathomless. Grab a blind stout taster tray in any location, or dive into a pint. Altogether, almost three dozen different Fort George stouts will be on tap in February. Here is the stout calendar:

February 1st

Murky Pearl – 6% oyster stout

Acceptance Peach – 5.1% milk stout with peaches & cinnamon

Fluffernutter – 9.2% marshmallow, roasted peanuts, vanilla

Itsy Bitsy – 4.3% dry Irish stout

From Astoria With Love – 9.4% Russian imperial stout

Smooth Operator – 7.35% smooth & easy milk stout

1,000 Years of Silence – 10.5% Mexican chocolate imperial stout

Cavatica Stout – 8.8% a year-round Fort George stout staple

2017 Matryoshka with Cocoa Nibs & Raspberries – 12% bourbon barrel aged RIS

February 6th

Tough Cookie – 7.1% chocolate chip cookie stout

Tamarind Nights – 5.25% tamarind & chilis

#BurgerWednesday pairing: Lamb Madras burger with pickled ginger, cardamom, cilantro, and caramelized onion with a side of Garam Masala potatoes

Saturday, February 9th

Hawaiian Sled Dog – 6.8% American stout with Maui Coffee and vanilla

Buorumkin – 14.5% barrel aged in bourbon & rum barrels with roasted pumpkins

Wednesday, February 13th

Solemn OATh – 7% classic oatmeal stout

Peanut Butter Brownie Stout – 9% peanut butter & chocolate

#BurgerWednesday pairing: Oregon beef burger topped with red curry peanut butter, bonito flakes with side of green papaya salad

Sunday, February 17th – The Aftermath

Breakfast Club – 9.9% milk stout with oatmeal, cinnamon, and figs

À la Vôtre – 6% a toast to French toast!

2019 Matryoshka – 12.75% bourbon barrel aged Russian imperial

Wednesday, February 20th

Ma-Rye-Ah Carey – 13% bourbon barrel aged imperial rye chocolate stout

2017 Matryoshka – 12% bourbon barrel aged Russian imperial

#BurgerWednesday pairing: cocoa dusted Oregon beef ribeye burger, aged Tillamook Cheddar, oolong aioli, pickled cucumber & onion with side of roasted fingerling potatoes

Saturday, February 23rd – A Day of Silence…

Waves of Silence: Allision – 9% brown sugar & dates

Waves of Silence: Burgee – 9% brown sugar, orange peel, Dutch cocoa powder, Papau New Guinea coffee

Waves of Silence: Capsize – 9% maple syrup & coconut

Wednesday, February 27th

Nightfall – 12% massive oatmeal stout aged in bourbon & brandy barrels

#BurgerWednesday pairing: Oregon beef burger, green peppercorns, shallots, brandy butter on house-made bun with side of Duchesse potatoes

Matryoshka & The Aftermath

This barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout series spends all year in barrels in the Lovell Brewery, releasing each winter in several layers. 2019 Bourbon Barrel Matryoshka is available now. At The Aftermath (the day after Festival of Dark Arts), four 2019 variations will be for sale in bottles:

2019 Matryoshka with Coconut

2019 Matryoshka with Coconut & Vanilla

2019 Matryoshka with Coconut, Vanilla, & Almonds

2019 Matryoshka with Coconut, Vanilla, Almonds, & Blueberries

All of the 2019 Matryoshka bottles will be available for purchase starting Sunday, February 17th, along with limited cellared 2018 Matryoshkas, plus very, very limited 2017 Matryoshkas. Heck, why not throw in a Skies of Wonder Imperial IPA release on that day, too? And, the Lovell Taproom will be pouring as many Matryoshka vintages & variations as they can fit on the tap wall.

Festival of Dark Arts

Right in the heart of Stout Month, Fort George stacks the block with three stages of entertainment, a menagerie of craftspeople, artists & roaming entertainers, and over seventy rare and unique stouts. If you have your tickets, we will see you on Saturday, February 16th. If you don’t, tickets to next year’s festival will go on sale at sunrise on Black Friday. To savor the tap list and entertainment, go to for updates.

The Stout Must Go On

You can pair your stouts with music every week in February, live atop the raised platform in the wood-fired restaurant. Fort George hosts Sunday night music, always at 8pm, and never a cover.

February 3rd

The Mutineers – mutinous Americana with country leanings and punk tendencies.

February 10th

Henry Chadwick (Solo) with Tommy Alexander (Band) – strong, catchy, melodic and fun…the essence of Henry Chadwick himself.

February 17th

Golden Promise – brewing up some country tunes.

February 24th

The Resolectrics – rock & soul power trio.

And confirmed for this year’s Festival of Dark Arts: The Builders and the Butchers, Black Belt Eagle Scout, Dark Castle, Hook & Anchor, Adam Torres, The Quick & Easy Boys, The Waysiders, Brother Angus, Wave Action, and more to come…

Traveling Carnival of Stout

You can get a taste of Stout Month at one of these Pacific Northwest locations. A handful of specialty stouts from Fort George will be pouring.

Monday, February 25th, 7pm to 9pm
Beer. Love. Cider.
Hair of the Dog Brewing
61 SE Yamhill St, Portland, OR

Featuring Fort George stouts, Finnriver ciders, and Hair of the Dog beer, all paired with a six-course meal. Reserve a seat at (503) 232-6585.

Tuesday, February 26th, 5pm to 8pm
Dark & Hazy Night
ABV Public House
5670 NW Clara Ln, Hillsboro, OR

A blend of Fort George stout & IPA tap handles.

Friday, February 28th, 5pm to 8pm
Dark & Hazy Night
Loyal Legion
710 SE 6th Ave, Portland, OR

A blend of Fort George stout & IPA tap handles.

Embrace the darkness. See you all at Fort George in February, with a stout in hand. To the darkest Stout Month yet!

Fort George Brewery
1483 Duane Street
Astoria, Oregon 97103
(503) 325-PINT

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