written by Brad Blaser on December 7th, 2015
Don’t Miss Your Chance to Attend The Darkest Celebration of Stout in the World
Tickets for the 2016 Festival of Dark Arts are on sale now at www.festivalofdarkarts.com. This one day carnival of stouts is the centerpiece to Fort George Stout Month, a month long celebration of the darker ales. Ticket holders will be granted entrance into a magical menagerie of dark art and macabre entertainment, all the while surrounded by the boldest collection of rare specialty stouts ever assembled in one place.
Mark your calendar for February 13th. The Festival of Dark Arts begins at noon and ends at 10pm, pouring all over the Fort George campus in Astoria. You’ll be greeted with live music, roaming entertainment, and over 60 unique stouts on tap. Behold artisan demonstrations from the iron forge, tattoo artists, glass blower, ice sculptor, and stout servers. Delight in the fire dancers, tarot card reader, tintype photographer, belly dancers, and much more….all with stout in hand.
All festival information can be found at www.festivalofdarkarts.com. Entertainment and stout lists will be added as they are confirmed. Stout tasting tickets are $40 (plus service fee). These entitle the bearer to entrance, a festival glass, and 12 tasting tokens. Additional tokens will be available for $1 each at the festival. Admission only tickets for non-drinkers and minors are $10 (plus service fee). Please purchase wisely – all sales are final and there are no upgrades on the day of the festival. Children under 5 do not require a ticket.
In an effort to maintain the intimacy of the festival, only a limited number of tickets are available. Buy your tickets online, book your hotel rooms, then prepare your palate for the overwhelming number of stouts it is about to receive.
Festival of Dark Arts
Saturday, February 13th, 2016
Noon to 10pm
Fort George Brewery
1483 Duane Street
Astoria, Oregon 97103
written by Brad Blaser on December 3rd, 2015
The Fort George Magnanimous Mug Awards were held on Sunday, November 29th at the brewery in downtown Astoria. A call went out at the start of the month for nominations of craft beer lovers who are also doing great things in the community. Six finalists were ultimately chosen – Dulcye Taylor, David Reid, Jessica Schleif, Jeff Daly, Norma Hernandez, and Dan Bartlett. Each nominee picked a non-profit organization and set out with the goal to raise as much money as possible, on one night, and earn the Magnanimous Mug for 2016. It went better than expected.
Including a matching donation from Fort George Brewery to the top fundraiser’s charity, the nominees collected over $8000 for local causes. Those groups included the Clatsop County Animal Shelter, North Coast Food Web, Astoria Downtown Historic District Association, Clatsop Animal Assistance, and the Astoria Warming Center. And this year’s Magnanimous Mug went to Astoria’s Jeff Daly, who alone raised over $2100 dollars for the Assistance League of the Columbia Pacific.
The Magnanimous Mug Awards will return next November, with new nominees and a goal to raise even more money for local charities. And beginning this January, Fort George will be hosting a fundraiser for local non-profits every month. If your organization is interested in participating, please email your information to email@example.com.
A huge thank you to all of the nominees. The North Coast wouldn’t be the same without you.
written by Brad Blaser on November 2nd, 2015
On November 1st Fort George Brewery released their latest seasonal, Magnanimous IPA. This winter collaboration blends piney Simcoe and Chinook hops with hand-harvested Grand Fir trimmings from Earth & Sky Farm, all packed into a 16-oz can. Typically November 1st also marked the start of “No Shave November” at the pub, culminating with the “Bearded Mug” awarded to the most magnificent beard of the bunch. But this year Fort George has decided to do something different – something even more magnanimous.
Join Fort George in presenting the first annual Magnanimous Mug – an award bestowed upon one noble craft beer aficionado who is dedicated to making the North Coast a better place. To do this, Fort George needs your help. Who is the most magnanimous person you know? What about them exemplifies these attributes? What’s their favorite Fort George beer? Is there a story, article, or award that conveys this magnanimous spirit? Let Fort George know by filling out the Magnanimous Mug nomination form online at www.fortgeorgebrewery.com/magnanimousmug, or by picking up a nomination form at the pub.
The winner of the Magnanimous Mug will be entitled to all of the Fort George Mug Club benefits for 2016. Nominations are being accepted until November 15th. A select group of finalists will be contacted to determine eligibility. The awards ceremony takes place Sunday, November 29th at 6pm, upstairs at Fort George before Sunday night music. Magnanimous IPA is a limited winter seasonal. Be magnanimous always. Drink Magnanimous IPA while you can.