Get ready, Festival of the Dark Arts returns to Fort George in 2023



Tickets don’t go on sale until late November and the event isn’t until February, but now is the time to start making your plans for Festival of the Dark Arts, the bodacious celebration of stout hosted by Fort George Brewery in Astoria, Oregon.

Festival of the Dark Arts is a popular event. More than a beer festival, it’s carnival of creativity and craftsmanship of all kinds: fire jugglers, belly dancers, blacksmiths, contortionists, tarot readers, and more. Astoria is a small town. Hotel rooms and festival tickets are snatched up quickly. Plan accordingly.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, February 18th. Tickets go on sale November 25th. Keep an eye on the event website as things progress. In the meantime, here’s the most recent announcement from Fort George Brewery.


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“We’re friends, right? Good friends. Great friends – we finish each others… yes… sentences. See what we did there? We were made for each other.  Which is why we’re telling you first. The world’s darkest beer festival, Fort George’s FESTIVAL OF DARK ARTS, is back in 2023. We took a break for a while. We don’t have to tell you why. This isn’t that sort of message.” 

“The point is, we’ll be back on Saturday, February 18th, 2023. The list of stouts is steadily growing. We’ve had two whole years to gather the rarest, coolest, darkest stout in the known universe. And this is a festival of STOUT. No porters, no barleywines, no soft IPAs, no Uruguayan Tannat. Just STOUT.”


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“But we know you can’t truly appreciate a stout unless you’re entertained while you’re drinking it. Which is why we’ll be taking over the entire city block to make room for activities. Join us and all the purveyors and practitioners of the Northwest’s most unique and curious crafts as we celebrate darkness in the darkest season with masses of food, bonfires, live music on three stages and over 60 of the best and rarest stouts the industry has to offer.”

“Festival of Dark Arts is a celebration of stout, craftsmanship, and all masters of the unique and curious arts. The worn pavement of our courtyard has seen contortionists, fire jugglers, ice sculptors, black smiths, leather workers, beer painters, artisan coffee roasters, throat singers, belly dancers, trapeze artists and tarot readers. They all go well with stout.”


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“So join us in February, in the middle Stout Month, at the end of the darkest season, in Astoria, the darkest city on the Oregon Coast, as we chase the sun back into the sky with stout.” 

“Tickets, which include a taster glass, tasting tokens, extra treats, and a grimoire (festival handbook), will be released November 25th at Sunrise (7:30AM).”





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