It’s almost here. Darkness Day 2014 is all set to descend upon Surly Brewing Company on Saturday, October 25 from 11am to 5:30pm. Veterans will note the lines typically begin the day before, with bottle sharing and revelry lasting all night until the sun breaks on one of the regions largest craft beer releases.
Some of the more pertinent details
are still TBA (such as draft beer list, Darkness bottle limit and wristband info), but here’s what we have so far straight from Surly (UPDATED 10/20):
Beer list coming soon!
Darkness Tappings (ONLY outside): Barrel aged and non-barrel aged Darkness will be tapped at both outside locations at 1, 2, 3 and 4pm.
We’ll also be pouring The Devil’s Work, Todd the Axe Man, Damien, Cacao Bender, Overrated, Hell, Furious and Cynic.
AND we have a few special casks for you to try:
* Non-barrel aged Darkness dry-hopped with Simcoe and Amarillo
* Damien dry-hopped with Chinook and aged on Red Oak
* Overrated dry-hopped with Chinook
* Mole Bender (Bender with cacao nibs, vanilla, ancho and chipotle peppers and aged on oak)
Beer tickets are $5. CASH ONLY.
6am – 11am:
11am – 5:30pm:
Chef Shack, Red River Kitchen (Republic’s food truck), Stanley’s On Wheels, Asian Invasion, Groveland Confections, Natedogs and AZ Canteen.
God Came From Space
Darkness swag including chalices, posters, and shirts featuring 2014 Darkness art by Erica Williams, as well as other Surly swag will be available for purchase. Erica Williams will be signing artwork from 2-3pm in the Taproom.
Purchasing Darkness Bottles:
More details regarding wristbands and bottles coming soon.
1,500 wristbands for Darkness bottles will be given out on a first come first serve basis. Darkness bottles are $20 each, CASH ONLY, with a limit of 6 bottles per wristband.
Darkness wristbands will be color-coded and marked with your purchasing time. The bottle purchasing line is no longer in the brewery, it has moved just down the street to a warehouse near the corner of 48th Ave. N. and Drew Ave. N. Don’t worry, it’ll be clearly marked on the day of the event. Please remain within the event grounds until it is your specified purchasing time. No loitering in the street or around the warehouse will be tolerated.
If you miss your allotted time, you will be able to enter up until 2:30pm to purchase bottles. If there are extra bottles after the initial sales, you will be able to buy up to four bottles of Darkness starting at 3pm (while quantities last, which typically is not long).
Surly’s neighbors have been gracious enough to let us use their parking lots. Don’t make a mess. Overflow parking is available at Caribou across Hwy. 100. Limited bike parking is available for those of you who are hardcore enough to go green. Look for it on the North side of 48th and Drew. If you need to leave your car here, no problem. Please have it moved by Sunday morning or it will be towed.
Must be 21+ to enter unless accompanied by parent. No tickets needed. DON’T SHOW UP BEFORE 3:30pm on Friday! If you do we will ask you to leave. Neighboring businesses will still be open and we want to respect their space and employees. Any tents/structures that are up during daylight hours will not be allowed. We will have volunteers helping with the line overnight. Please follow their direction as they can blackball you from the event if you don’t. As always, be safe and arrange a ride or take a taxi home.
The event always thins out later in the afternoon. Come on out in the afternoon to enjoy the free bands and the brewery.
Surly Brewing Company is located at 4811 Dusharme Dr in Brooklyn Center, MN.