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Brewery hosts ‘The Aftermath’ following Festival of Dark Arts

Published on February 1, 2018 9:10AM

Courtesy Fort George Brewery

A Festival of Dark Arts glass

Courtesy Fort George Brewery

A Festival of Dark Arts glass

ASTORIA — Every year, for one dark day, stout lovers converge on Fort George to enjoy craftspeople, roaming entertainers, art and spectacle, surrounded by more than 60 rare stouts on tap during the Festival of Dark Arts.

If you were lucky enough to get tickets, check festivalofdarkarts.com for lineups and stout lists. If you missed out on tickets this year, get ready for The Aftermath.

On Sunday, Feb. 18, the day after Festival of Dark Arts, the Fort George campus will reopen to the public at noon. There will be new stout releases in the pub and pizzeria, and the tap trailer will be filling growlers from the remaining Festival of Dark Arts kegs.

But barrel fans will be in the Lovell Brewery for the release of four new variations in this year’s Matryoshka series. Joined by Bourbon Barrel Matryoshka (2018) and cellared versions of the Matryoshka beers from 2017, the Lovell Taproom will pour all eight of these barrel-aged stouts.

Wax-dipped bottles of the five 2018 Matryoshkas along with limited cellared bottles from 2017 will be on sale. To add a little light to the dark, a fresh Fields of Green will be released at the brewery. Get this evolutionary IPA on tap or in four-pack cans to go.

No tickets, no reservations required. Top your night with a live performance by The Builders and the Butchers at 8 p.m. There is never a cover.

Stout Month

To some people, the second month of the year is simply February, the shortest and, at times, dreariest month along the Oregon Coast. But at Fort George, February is 28 days of dark, delicious ales, more commonly known as Stout Month.

Created more than 20 years ago by Fort George co-owner Jack Harris, Stout Month has taken on a life of its own in Astoria. Brewer creativity with the style expands every year, as do those stout tap lists (24 unique stouts this February!).

As you arrive at Fort George public house, or pizzeria, or Lovell Taproom during February, you’ll be welcomed with an overflowing tap list of dark and deliciousness. Stout staff is here to help you with your selection, or you may order up blind stout taster trays. At least eight stouts will be on tap in each location, with a new stout released every few days.

Bring your loved ones, beloved growlers and love of the dark. Fort George promises you won’t go away light-handed.

For more information about Fort George Brewery and Stout Month events, go to fortgeorgebrewery.com.


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