Saturday, April 30 is one of the biggest days of the Chicago craft beer scene. It's Dark Lord Day, that one day of the year when Three Floyds Brewing Co. releases its Dark Lord Imperial Russian Stout, only for those who were lucky enough to score advance tickets and come to the brewery and brewpub at 9750 Indiana Parkway, Munster, Indiana.
Final details of the event have now been posted on the DLD website, with many answers for those frequently asked questions:
- Gates open at 10:00 am
- The Darklord bottle limit will be 4 bottles per person, $15.00 per bottle.
- There will be a lottery for extremely limited, hand bottled, hand numbered barrel aged variations. Guests will exchange their event tickets for a Golden Ticket with a scratch off section. If their ticket scratches off as a winner, they will have the opportunity to purchase one bottle of one of the four variations in addition to the 4 bottles of Darklord. The variations are:
° Darklord aged in Pappy Van Winkle 23 year barrels
° Darklord aged in brandy barrels
° Darklord aged in brandy barrels with vanilla beans
° Darklord de Muerte: DL aged in bourbon barrels with ancho and guajillo peppers
These hand bottled, hand numbered, hand waxed bottles will sell for $50.00.
- All purchases on Darklord Day are cash only.
- Some of our Guest Drafts:
Founders Breakfast Stout, Nemesis, Kentucky Breakfast Stout, Backwoods Bastard, Newaygo County Cherry, Devil Dancer, Double Trouble. Victory Smoked & Oats, Headwaters Pale, Braumeister Pils. Schlafly Kölsch, Imperial Stout Van Steenberge Monk's Ale Brewdog Paradox Smokehead Bell's Batch 10,000, Oatmeal Stout Left Hand TNT weizen doppelbock Dogfish Head My Antonia, Worldwide Stout, Old School Barleywine, Burton Baton Ommegang Gnomegang The Bruery Saison De Lente, Loakal Red, Old Richland Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Rare, Schlenkerla Fasten Beer, Oat Smoke, Maerzen Futhermore Knot Stock, Oscura La Rulles Estivale, Aventinus Eisbock Sierra Nevada Oliva Dubbel Oakshire Heart Shaped Box, Imperial Overcast Espresso Stout. Plus a couple more on the way...
Earlier, Adam Nason of Beernews.org confirmed a few details with Lincoln Anderson, Sales Manager at Three Floyds, after stories about other variations of the Dark Lord Imperial Russian Stout. Metromix posted a photo to its Facebook wall showing a silkscreened bottle for "Brandy Barrel Aged Dark Lord with Vanilla Bean," and a written series of "1/666." For those who came in late, the regular Dark Lord is a 15% above monster with vanilla, molasses and Intelligentsia coffee, but is not barrel aged.
The Three Floyds blog has also updated its "Tips for a Successful Darklord Day" list, reprinted below:
- This year's event requires a ticket for entry. There will be no admittance for non ticket holders. The Munster Police Dept. will be out to enforce traffic flow and loitering. If you do not have a ticket, hopefully you can make it next year instead.
- Attendees must be 21 years of age or older.
- Pets will not be permitted to this year's event.
- If you wish to bring beer for trading and sampling with friends we encourage you to do so within reason. A few bottles here and there are permissible. Please do not bring cases and kegs. You will not be admitted with excessive beer.
- Parking will be up to the attendees. Our little brewery does not have the facilities to accommodate vehicles.
- If you are bringing a vehicle please assign a designated driver.
- If you are planning to bring a bus or RV they must be kept out of our industrial park to allow emergency vehicles access (police order).
- The weather is normally unpredictable. It may be rainy or sunny so be prepared.
- Please do not bring anything to sell. Vending will not be permitted.
- Please hang on to your tickets. You'll be glad you did. (A reference to the lottery for special edition Dark Lords)
- The Event is cash only as always. There will be ATMs on site.
- If you wish to bring lawn chairs try not to bring the couch version. Space is at a premium. Also please be mindful of traffic flow when deciding where to hang out.
- No grills will be allowed.
- Most of all please be respectful of our town and our neighbors. We want to continue to hold a safe and fun event in the years to come and we can only do it with your help.
While the new restrictions on DLD attendance have curtailed some of the ancillary events in the area, a few establishments have been able to unofficially hook into the mania surrounding this event:
The Tribes Alehouse in Mokena (11220 W. Lincoln Hwy) is offering "Big, Bad & Black Beer Week" now through Friday night. Big, black brews on tap for the event include Avery Meph Addict, New Holland Night Tripper, Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast, Left Hand Fade to Black, North Coast Old Rasputin, Allagash Black, Rogue Imperial Stout, Dark Horse Four, Stone Sublimely Self Righteous, Three Floyds Topless Wych, and Founders Porter.
Flossmoor Station Restaurant and Brewing Co. (1035 Sterling Avenue, Flossmoor, IL) has become known for its own Friday "Pre-DLD event," and this year, they open the patio at 2:00 p.m. for visitors to sample the taps and bring beers to trade. New head brewer Nick Barron (I hope to have more on this later) has announced a tap list of nine rare beers to be poured from a jockey box on the patio:
Barrel Aged Beelzebeer, Raspberry infused Barrel Aged Beelzebeer, Magnolia Star Malt-Bourbon Liquor (also barrel aged), Barrel Aged Panama Red, Brett Saison Funkel, Dean's Beans (coffee stout), Bare Brett (100% brett. fermented), Rosie Pom, and Collaborative Evil 2010 (Smoked Porter).
Additionally, their Saison & Garfunkel will be available in bottles, and raffle tickets will be sold at $5 for a chance at the last 12 bottles of HiFi Rye. Former head brewer Bryan Shimkos told me he will also be on hand, so be sure to offer your laurels and hearty handshakes.
Both Flossmoor and Three Floyds are allowing beer geeks to bring bottles onto the premise for sampling and trading, and all should understand the need not to haul in an excessive number of outside bottles. Keep it simple, folks, to keep it fun.
Meantime, mere minutes from the Floyds brewpub, is Beer Geeks (3030 45th St., Highland, IN). They will be offering specials from their 20 taps of craft beer, plus a beer engine pour of Snake Pro IPA from Valparaiso's Figure Eight brewpub. Saturday Beer Geeks willopen at noon,and will feature a book signing by John Holl, co-author of "Indiana Breweries," a detailed and current guide to all the brewpubs and microbreweries in the state of Indiana.