The Slipping Into Darkness festival is a stout lovers dream come true

The Slipping Into Darkness festival is a stout lovers dream come true

While we wait patiently for spring to arrive, we might as well enjoy the last of the great winter beers, in the fridge, specifically the stouts we’ve enjoyed these many months.

Last year, 4 Hands celebrated their love of stouts and the wide variety of stouts in their portfolio, as well as those made by their friends, with an annual festival called Slipping Into Darkness. But this year’s festival has a bit of twist to it, beginning with one just happens to be one of my favorite styles of music to drink beer too, bluegrass.

The first ever Slipping into Bluegrass is a FREE, family-friendly event with food and beer available for purchase on March 8th.

Vince Herman & the Foggy Memory Boys with opening guests The River Kittens. The event kicks off around 5 pm with music beginning at 5:30 pm.

Beer will be available inside and out along with food available from Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co., Truck Norris, and Farmtruk.

Look forward to getting down with some killer live tunes the eve before the 2nd annual Slipping into Darkness event the next day.

The 2019 event is March 9th, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.and will feature 25 of 4 Hands best stouts, as well as a full-on New Orleans, themed menu provided by The Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co. as well as their friends from Sump to provide a caffeine fix.

The festival is broken into “experiences” featuring 25 + stouts from the host brewery, as well as a collection of stouts from guest breweries.

The experiences are broken down like this.


  • Chocolate Milk Stout
  • Cherry CMS
  • Absence of Light
  • Mississippi Mud Cake CMS
  • Tiki CMS
  • Bananas Foster CMS
  • Chai CMS
  • Mint CMS


  • Single Origin Double Shot
  • Madagascar Chai


  • Madagascar 2019
  • Single Barrel Madagascar
  • El Salvador Madagascar
  • Coconut Cacao Madagascar
  • Cinnamon Madagascar
  • Blueberry Pancake Madagascar


  • Single Origin Imperial Stout
  • Single Origin Coffee Tasting With Sump


  • Barrel Aged Bona Fide 2017
  • Father Time
  • Rapture
  • Revelations
  • Volume 1
  • Azza

The collection of guest breweries featuring their favorite stouts is also very impressive.

Side Project

  • Derivation Blend #10-Imperial Oatmeal Stout aged in Rum Barrels for 14 months, then finished on Kaldi’s El Salvador El Manzano Honey-Processed Coffee Beans & Madagascar Vanilla Beans. 14% ABV

2nd Shift

  • Barrel Aged Maple LSD

Spiteful Brewing 

  • 1/6 bbl of G.F.Y. Stout – 8.0% ABV.

  • G.F.Y. Stout is a roast-forward Irish stout. Bittersweet cocoa, toast, and dark fruit predominate the nose, and it finishes with some bitterness and moderate dryness. It’s the first beer we ever released commercially (2012), and it is the torch-bearer for what Spiteful represents.


Hopewell Brewing 

  • Big Cold Brew is an Imperial Coffee Stout‚ÄĒthe winterized version of its summertime counterpart. Added weight and richness set the stage for a robust Oaxacan coffee, giving way to big hits of fudge, graham cracker and nutmeg. Brewed in collaboration with Metric Coffee


Marz Brewing 

  • Nutellazilla imperial milk stout with hazelnuts

  • Double jungle boogie double pale ale with rooibos tea

Solemn Oath Brewing 

  • Bourbon Barrel-Aged Goldmund, a Mexican hot chocolate style imperial stout aged with vanilla, Meco Chipotle peppers, and cinnamon that has been aged in bourbon barrels. This Goldmund took the path of world traveler instead of staying home and has come to share its wealth of experience with you.

Along with the opportunity to try 25+ stouts from 4 Hands, your $50.00 ticket gets you collectors tasting glasses, live mus, c and a Slipping into Darkness stocking cap! Click here for ticket link and more info.


4 thoughts on “The Slipping Into Darkness festival is a stout lovers dream come true

  1. The Almond Joy Madagascar that they offered at SiD last year was one of the very best beers I’ve ever had. Excited to sample this year’s offerings!

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