ASTORIA — There is no darker place than Fort George Brewery (1483 Duane St.) during February Stout Month.
Limited tickets to the 2018 Festival of Darks Arts — the largest single-day stout and art celebration in the world — go on sale starting Wednesday, Nov. 29, and this year they are more limited and coveted than ever.
Bearers will be granted entrance Saturday, Feb. 17, into a magical menagerie of dark art and macabre entertainment 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. More than 60 rare and unique stouts will be tapped, tempting your darkest senses.
Stretch out into expanded festival areas on 14th Street and onto the new upper deck of the Fort George Building, where 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 the festival’s end at 10 p.m.
And save room for the boldest Fort George barrel-aged bottle release ever, starting noon Sunday, Feb. 18. Five unique variations of Matryoshka will be available in wax-dipped bottles, plus very limited quantities of cellared 2017 Matryoshka and variations to construct your vertical tasting.
For more information and a link to tickets, visit festivalofdarkarts.com. Entertainment and stouts will be added as they are confirmed. Tickets are $55 each. 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 or older and have a ticket to attend.
Be forewarned: Stout will stain your clothes. Dress appropriately. Tickets are transferable but not refundable.
The Festival of Dark Arts was voted by the Willamette Week Oregon Beer Awards in 2016 and 2017 as the best beer festival in Oregon.