written by Ginnette on February 26th, 2013
Beer Submission Deadline – Friday, March 29th
Dinner – Saturday, April 20th
The Fort George Brewery + Public House will celebrate and honor the art of homebrewing at a special 5 course beer-pairing dinner on Saturday, April 20th.
Submit your beer in (2) 12oz bottles or equivalent by March 29th to the Fort George Brewery + Public House, Hop N Grape Longview, or F. H. Steinbart Co. PDX to be considered. Only one beer per homebrewer will be chosen. Brewers may submit as many varieties as they wish. If chosen, 5 gal of the beer must be available for the dinner. Winners will have a course crafted around the beer, as well as a seat of honor for the dinner. Please make sure that the bottles are clearly marked with:
The name of the beer.
The style of the beer and ABV.
Your name, phone number, and email address.
Tickets for the dinner are $65 for one and $120 for a pair. You can make reservations + pre-order future dinners by calling the Fort George Public House at 503.325-7468, or order online here!
written by Ginnette on February 8th, 2013
Saturday, February 16, 2013 - 2:00-10:00
Fort George Brewery + Public House | Lovell Brewery Taproom and Showroom
All ages are welcome - Admission is free - $8 for a Festival glass – $1 per sample
DESCHUTES ABYSS - ALESMITH SPEEDWAY STOUT - ELYSIAN OMEN - GREEN FLASH DOUBLE STOUT - SASQUACH BREWERY ESPRESSO STOUT - LUCKY LAB PALVOV’S RIS - LOMPOC STOUT OUT LOUD - TERMINAL GRAVITY BAR X STOUT - GOOD LIFE PASS STOUT - STONE BOURBON BBL IRS - BLOCK 15 NEBULA - BLOCK 15 SUPER NEBULA - HOPWORKS ARMY OF DARKNESS - OAKSHIRE ESPRESSO STOUT - NINKASI BOURBON BBL OTIS - MIGRATION FRANKIE CLAUSE - 10 BARREL AMERICAN STOUT - BEAR REPUBLIC OLD BABA YOGA - BEAR REPUBLIC OLD BABA YOGA SPICED – ROGUE SHAKESPEARE STOUT – BONEYARD BOURBON BBL SHUG NIGHT - BURNSIDE RED LIGHT DISTRICT - LAURELWOOD BBL AGED MOOSE AND SQUIRREL - THREE CREEKS COFFEE IMPERIAL STOUT - CASCADE DIESEL STOUT – GREAT DIVIDE ESPRESSO YETI – BISON CHOCOLATE STOUT - PORTLAND U BREW TIGER BLOOD - BREAKSIDE DRY STOUT - MCMENAMINS BOURBON BBL AGED TERMINATOR – OLD SCHOOLHOUSE STOUT – ASTORIA BREWING CO. BAD ASS STOUT – FORT GEORGE CAVATICA STOUT - FORT GEORGE LONG DARK WINTER MILK STOUT – FORT GEORGE POLISH’S BLACK WALNUT STOUT - FORT GEORGE VIVA LA STOUT - FORT GEORGE SPANK STOUT - FORT GEORGE SQUASHED STOUT - FORT GEORGE CAMPOUT STOUT - FORT GEORGE MURKY PEARL - FORT GEORGE COFFEE GIRL STOUT - FORT GEORGE BOURBON BBL CAVATICA STOUT - FORT GEORGE RYE WHISKEY CAVATICA STOUT - FORT GEORGE KENTUCKY GIRL - FORT GEORGE MEEKER’S MARK - FORT GEORGE THREE WISEMEN
Barrel Aged Cavatica Stout Release
The Festival of Dark Arts will mark the release of Barrel Aged Cavatica Stout in Limited Edition 4-Packs, to be acquired in-house only. The unique packaging will serve as the transportation for these covert cans and suggests the theme: Dark. Each year, a different vintage will be released for the festival. The 2013 version has been aged in Heaven Hills Rye Whiskey Barrels and comes with a bizarre story to boot! These beers should age phenomenally.
Fort George Pub Stage
Dark Arts Gallery Stage – Performance Schedule
2:00 – CHEYNE STOECKS – An ongoing project started in 1996 with origins in punk rock, industrial and percussive based ensembles of 3 to 7 members has evolved to its current, dark ambient lineup of 1.
2:45 – KITES AT NIGHT
– The ongoing soul project of Nyklus Stephens, Kites At Night has explored many realms of genre including obscure folk, traditional noise pop, and distorted sonic lullabies. Nyk aims to dissociate listeners from their previous mindsets, situate a collective vibe and blend the boundaries of psyches through textured sounds and compelling visuals.
3:30 – JOHN BERENDZEN
– A resident composer and sound designer for 20 years, John Berendsen creates electroacoustic music and sound for theatre, dance and arts communities in Portland and beyond. He has collaborated with Imago, defunct theatre, Oslund + Co/Dance, Hand2Mouth, Oregon Children’s Theater, and many others.
4:15 – JUPITER AND MARCO DAVIS – A noise rock duo with interpretive dance by Dragulation ring leader, Marco Davis.
5:00 – GREGG SKLOFF – Featured on the 2009 album Gigantomachia by the Naket Future, Gregg Skloff has played contrabass since 1990 with artists such as John Gruntfest, Urs Leimgruber, and Bhob Rainey. His solo instrumental performances, with swirling storms and sweeping vistas, conjure a uniquely intense and enigmatic mood.
5:45 – TIFFANY LEE BROWN AND ERIC HAUSMANN- THE EASTER ISLAND PROJECT – Eric and Tiffany will present video and improvised music from The Easter Island Project, taking the audience from the Northwest to New York to the island of Rapa Nui (Easter Island) with combined elements of performance, writing, ritual, and art.
6:45 – BIRCH BOOK/IN GOWAN RING – A poet, composer and existential voyager, “B’ee” has performed in over 20 countries worldwide for over 20 years with a variety of transcendental nature folk music. He’s released numerous albums of original material for the projects Birch Book and In Gowan Ring and will be performing original songs with his recently built Lyre-Harp-Guitar.
7:45 – SUN & MOON ENSEMBLE – Sun and Moon Ensemble is a musical vehicle
for the metaphysical sound composition and improvisation of Derek Ecklund. In 2006, Derek developed a digital instrument called the Planetary Sinewave Organ consisting of sinewave frequencies that are tuned to planetary orbit cycles. Joined by Cameron Wagner; drone and voice, and Jonathan Howitt; percussion, this performance will bring orbit cycles of the planets into frequencies and down into listeners ears.
8:30 – VAR’YIN PARHAM & JESSAMYN GRACE – BELLY DANCING – Var’yin Parham has over 15 years of experience in Egyptian Cabaret style dance and teaches at the Astoria Arts and Movement Center. Var’yin is also the artisan behind Ondine Treasures Jewelry, a collection of unique adornments inspired by the Northern Pacific Coast which will be featured at the Dark Arts Festival. Visit her booth and fall in love with something one of a kind. Jessamyn Grace, co-founder of the Astoria Arts and Movement Center, sees belly dancing as a way into and unto the self. She began taking Egyptian Cabaret and Turkish style Belly Dance from Saqra and Aziza in 1994. At just 14, Jessamyn got her first Tarot deck during a family visit to Seaside, OR and finds Tarot to be the perfect medium for contemplation of the beauty and complexity of people’s lives. Visit her tarot booth at the Dark Arts Festival with a question for the ancestors in mind…
9:00 – SORIAH – Soriah, which translates as “Milky Way” from Sufi, is the stage persona for the internationally recognized artist, Enrique Ugalde. Soriah’s craft is a blending of traditional Khöömei (Tuvan Throat Singing), tempered with Soriah’s own visceral force. A live Soriah performance is as much a paranormal experience as it is a concert. The atmosphere is sculpted by thick resin incense, mystical Aztec evocations and tribal drumming that transport the audience to a space between worlds.
Dark Arts Gallery
Curated and designed by Jessica Schleif, the gallery is a collection of local art including sculpture, painting, and photography all available for purchase. Cash and carry, wrap and take.
Kim Waites - Jessica Schleif - Martin Garrison - Mariah Manners - Jamie Boyd - Sally Lackaff - Natalie Orr - Eva Kirk - Colour Gorsuch - Agnes Field - Shane Bugbee - Brenda Harper - Linden - Vinnie Steele
Jessica Schleif (The Fort George Gardener) is excited to present this collaboration with Sally Lackaff and Kim Waites who have created these living pieces of art – little worlds you can take home with you.
Artists on Site
THE PSYCHIC SIAMESE TERROR
JESSAMYN GRACE from the Day of the Velvet Voice (Belly Dance and Tarot)
VAR’YIN PARHAM Belly Dance and Ondine Treasures Jewelry
SOLSTICE FORGE Craft Blacksmithing with David and Karen Curl
KAREN ELAND The Beer Painter
GILES CLEMENT Wetplate Photos
TATTOOS from Hold Fast and Keepsake
STOUT INSPIRED FOOD Provided by Fort George Chef Dana MacAuley and O’Falafel Cart
EASTER ISLAND PROJECT
BIRCH BOOKS/IN GOWAN RING
VAR’YIN AND JESSAMYN
Dark Arts Gallery Sound Installation
THE COLUMBIA RIVER SOUND MAP – Throughout the day, between performances in the Dark Arts Gallery, Derek Ecklund will be presenting his ongoing online sound installation – The Columbia River Sound Map. As a professional sound recordist, Derek has mastered the art of creating a pristine, realistic audio snapshot. He believes sound, to be the best medium for transporting the listener directly into an environment and uses soundscape recordings to immerse the listener into a realistic 3-D environment. Derek hopes to inspire a deeper listening and awareness to the depth and variations of the sonic environments existing on our planet, through his recordings. In 2009, he started the Columbia River Sound Map project, geotagging sound coordinates to a Google satellite map along the 1,243 mile course of the Columbia River from the source to the sea. He is inspired to use these sound recordings to tell a story about the river and its relationship to the life and livelihoods that depend upon it. By sound mapping, he more closely aligns soundscape with landscape.
Festival of Dark Arts: The evolution, the dream
Founded by artist and Astorian Jessica Schleif, the Festival of Dark Arts started as a small gathering and fundraiser for the Astoria Visual Arts Gallery, a space first created for new and emerging local artists. During some of the darkest days of the year, samples of locally made chocolates and rich creamy stout shed light on the local underground art and music scene.
The stout was curated and donated by local brewer Jack Harris who, over a couple of pints one evening with friend Jessica, shared his dream that February would be stout month the world over. He saw the potential of the Festival of Dark Arts to highlight stout as art and wanted to bring visual and musical art together with the art of craft beer. With that, he invited Jessica to bring the Festival to Fort George Brewery for 2012 during our Stout Month (February of course).
Recognizing the positive impact the Festival of Dark Arts had on the community and with interest in its continued success, another local artist, Sally Lackaff, created a piece to promote the festival itself. With branding in place and a new, bigger space to host the event, 2012 saw The Dark Arts Festival explode. This year’s Festival is expected to bring over 1500 people from the Northwest and beyond together in Astoria to celebrate the craft of all things dark and delicious.
written by Ginnette on August 4th, 2012
Saturday, August 11th, come celebrate the 2012 Regatta in Astoria with Fort George Brewery. Doors open at 11 a.m., live music starts at 1 p.m. – all ages, no cover! Featuring Darby O’Gill from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Facho & Friends from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Blue Skies for Black Hearts from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Enjoy BBQ, bagpipers and more…