Last year I gave you Dark Lord Day through the eyes of a total rookie. I talked about the bad weather, the cramped conditions and the amazing, amazing beer. Well, one of those three things are worth talking about after this years fest, and thankfully, it’s only the return of the great beer.
If you spend any time on the forums over on BeerAdvocate, you know that the questions were flying non stop leading up to this years Dark Lord Day. Would the ticket buying process improve? Would the Floyds do something to curb second hand sales of tickets? Would it be at the park? What would the variants be? What about the allotments?
Part of the reason for all of these questions is that Three Floyds keeps information pretty close to the vest. After all, it’s not like any of us won’t show up if they change things up, we want the experience, we want the Dark Lord!
So with plenty of questions and just enough doubt, I stumbled into a ticket again for DLD, and after that there is no going back, literally. After all, this year when you bought a ticket they stamped your name on it, so good luck selling it on StubHub for quadruple the price you paid. And they also doubled the price (to 30$) of the ticket, which gives you nothing more than the RIGHT to stand in line in Munster, Indiana. And it turns out, they didn’t decide to just let the bartenders follow a metal band on tour or get their full back tattoo pieces finished, they actually used it to improve the festival experience!
Going from 2012 to 2013 was like going from a backyard BBQ to an actual festival. I know the event has grown like crazy in recent years, so it was quite a treat to show up and see Port-O-Lets as far as the eye could see and an gigantic area full of picnic tables and even a legit music stage. Yep, we didn’t know where we were at first. But after the shock wore off, it turned into the best beer festival you could ask for. Why? Well here are 25 reasons off the top of my head, in no particular order.
1) Fantastic weather
2) More room to roam
3) Mostly great people all around
4) New Dark Lord bottle art
5) The brewpub was closed, so less reason to get there super early
6) Cycle Brewing Nooner
7) Jackie O’s Oaky Golden Pucker
8) 2009 Fred From The Wood
9) Bells Batch 7,000
10) Hill Farmstead What Is Enlightenment?
11) White Chocolate, Chocolate Rain and Black Tuesday side by side by side
12) 3 Liter bottles of Supplication and Temptation
13) Barrel Aged Speedway Stout
14) Beachwood Full Malted Jacket
15) Mother Of All Storms
16) 10th Anniversary Utopias
17) Cantillon Iris
18) Three Floyds Cat Moves
19) Jolly Pumpkin La Roja Grand Reserve
20) Hill Farmstead Vera Mae
21) Cantillon Blåbær Lambik!
22) Sun King Pappy Van Muckle
23) 2011 Bourbon Barrel Dark Lord
24) BA Dark Lord with Vanilla Bean
25) BA Dark Lord Moscatel
Yeah, that was just some of the highlights of this years Dark Lord Day. The only low point was the long wait in line to buy our allotment of Dark Lord this year. I was in Group D and there were several bottlenecks which kept us waiting for nearly three hours. But at the end, I was happy to get my allotment, plus a bottle of Moscatel Barrel Aged Dark Lord. And with empty pockets and full backpacks we left another Dark Lord Day. The best one yet, and hopefully not the last for me.
(Yes, I’m drinking Bourbon Barrel Dark Lord. This picture kinda proves it.)
How was your Dark Lord Day experience?