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2015 Dark Lord Day

Monday, April 27th, 2015

dark lord day store front

2015 Dark Lord Day was by the worst day weather wise since I have been going to the event (2010 Dark Lord Day). Weather reports called for rain starting on Friday evening with up to an inch of total rain before it stopped late on Saturday afternoon. Besides the rain, the temperature never made it out of the mid-40s, making for a nasty mix of early spring Chicago weather.

Upon arriving at the business park that Three Floyds is situated at the back-end, I was directed to park by festival workers. At five miles per hour, I avoided the sporadic, stammering, non-coherent strides of patrons that were five or more drinks past their limit, I finally arrived at the parking lot, the only one that seemed to be open to the public. $25 lighter, I found a parking sport amazingly close to where Rich and Chuck had been hanging all day.

Dirty and drunk isn't my idea of a fun day at Dark Lord Day.

Dirty and drunk isn’t my idea of a fun day at Dark Lord Day.

Shortly after meeting with the boys, Chuck opened a 2014 Dark Lord to share and I was greeted by a man walking (if that had any chance of being walking, I am world class sprinter) a woman to a car. She was covered in mud to her waste, nice and wet; filthy. No way she would be getting my car but the dude through her in the front seat. Dirty and drunk isn’t my my ideal way of spending Dark Lord Day. Fast forward an hour or so: the woman wakes up, opens the car door and the alarm goes off. The guy must of locked the doors as he left. Stupidity. One of the guys in our decided to help out and disconnect the car battery. Silence is bliss.

dark lord day muddy mess

The mud. Did I mention that an inch of rain, mixed with 6,000+ people trampling over grassy areas makes for a perfect cocktail of mud. I didn’t arrive until the late afternoon, when it stopped raining, plenty of time for the dragging of drunken shoe soles to mutilate the grass and wood chipped areas. Many people were wet up to their knees as the jeans they were wearing soaked up the rain. Many were donning mud up to their knees as well, while a few had fallen completely in the mud, similar to my first aforementioned woman above. I believe a few “adults” were looking at being dirty as a badge of coolness. Needless to say I am glad I am not cool.

dark lord day tents

Dark Lord Day is know for having Dark Lord, some Dark Lord variants, and great guest craft beers on tap. Walking around the tap tents didn’t impress me as much as it has in the past. Prices are up. Way up! More on that shortly. The guest tap list wasn’t as strong as in the past. Zombie Dust was no where to be found. Rich did have a couple pints of a Brew Kettle IPA that was on tap. I don’t remember the name but the aroma and flavor of the hops smacked tropical fruits all over the senses. Damn solid.

As the day wound down towards the E group (6:30 – 8:30pm), Chuck became more inebriated, Rich and I decided to wait out the line, and we all listened to death metal while laughing at the over served. During this time, a guy fell (drunken stumble) while carrying 12 bottles. One of the four packs hit the ground, breaking the bottles. $80 of dark, devilish liquid mixed with the rain soaked asphalt. What a waste.

If you look close enough there is probably a bottle that still has beer in it. I am surprised that Chuck didn't try to drink it!

If you look close enough there is probably a bottle that still has beer in it. I am surprised that Chuck didn’t try to drink it!

Chuck’s pickled liver forced his brain to short circuit. He started going up and down the isles of picnic tables that were stuffed with empties and some not-so-empty bottles of craft beer. Chuck took this an opportunity for free beer. Luckily he tried to pour the first into glass. The chunks that rushed out made me think cigarette butts, not yeast. A bit of coaxing allowed me to pour both out. Trying to be a responsible “advocate” (Chuck’s words), I kindly reminded him that he had to drive home from Rich’s house after the event. He promised to stop drinking as we headed for the bottle line.

Three Floyds is not your friend. They want your money: quickly and efficiently as possible. The cost continues to rise. In six years of going I never had to pay for parking. The price made me think I was in Chicago, not Munster. The cost of each ticket, with fees, is up to $45+. The bottles went up $5 to $20 per bottle. If you factor in the cost of the ticket, the bottles are over $30 each. If you want to throw in the parking costs and the intangible of your time, gas, wear and tear on your car the cost sky rockets. All this for an okay beer at best. Good thing friends are there to talk me off the ledge.

Some lessons learned:

  • A drunk Chuck is a lier and speaks Chuckese while in that state.
  • Chuck passing out in my car is better than him throwing up in said car.
  • FFF only cares about your cash.
  • Rolling around in the mud as an adult on a 40*F day is not cool. Drunk or not.
  • Dark Lord Day is easier to enjoy when it is sunny and at least 60*F.
  • Rich thinks he owns my car radio.
  • This was probably my last Dark Lord Day.

Time spent with friends is much better than Dark Lord will ever be. If I do go in the future it will only be to point and laugh at Chuck! Enjoy!

Useless Fact: Human thighbones are stronger than concrete.

Magic Hat Brewing Company Odd Notion (Spring ’10) (365 Day 132)

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Magic Hat Odd Notion Spring 2010

I don’t even know, based on the ownership, of Magic Hat Brewing Company if it is considered a craft brewery. After having had some of their beer in the past, I have sort of categorized them as a brewery that I would bypass. Magic Hat makes some okay beers but I would consider them more of a transitional brewery: meaning that someone who is looking to come into craft beer would like their beers more than an “aged” veteran.

I had Odd Notion Spring 2009 and it was far from something that I liked. When my wife showed up with Odd Notion Spring 2010 I was left than happy. That’s why the beer has sat in my fridge for a year. 2010 was much better than 2009, even a year old. I couldn’t find the beer on their site, so I don’t if they are continuing to brew the series. Enjoy!

Useless Fact: In Fruita, Colorado the town folk celebrate “Mike the Headless Chicken Day.” Seems that a farmer named L.A. Olsen cut off Mike’s head on September 10, 1945 in anticipation of a chicken dinner – and Mike lived for another 4 years without a head. Mike died from choking on a corn kernel.

Two Brothers Brewing Company Ebel’s Weiss (365 Day 129)

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Two Brothers Ebel's Weiss

Two Brothers Brewing Company seems to have that name that any and all would call their brewery. Obviously and possibly unfortunately that name is taken for all time. Two Brothers operates just west of Chicago in Warrenville, Illinois.

Up until recently it they have been content to brew American craft beer that they are their loyal followers appreciate. I don’t know if they are falling prey to some of the changes in taste and developments in the industry, but they are starting to produce and should be releasing a sour in the near future. That is good new for me. The fifteen minute car ride will well be worth trip.

One of Two Brothers stand by beers is Ebel’s Weiss. If memory serves me correctly this is the last name of the brewers. Nice play on words. A definite any time beer that is well placed lawn mower beer. Enjoy!

Aroma: 9, Taste: 8, Look: 8, Drinkability: 8, Overall: 8.3

Useless Fact: The highest tide in the world is in the Bay of Fundy, Canada, where there is a rise of 53 feet (16 m).

Project Finished – Time for Beer Again!

Monday, June 28th, 2010

It is hard for me to believe that it has been two weeks since I said how busy I have been and that I would be writing on a regular basis. So much for that idea. I will not apologize as life brings us all the unexpected; learning to deal with it is part of life.

This past Friday, while speaking to Rich, I told him that I was done with this huge project, so I stopped by to discuss beers and he went and did it: grabbed a bottle of 2010 Three Floyds Dark Lord from the cellar. Unfortunately, my wife gave a call and we had to put the tasting aside for another day. Just so the wife doesn’t get a bad name, she didn’t ask me to come home, I wanted to.

I guess when you finish a tough project, luck is on your side. The wife and I found our way over to Rich’s house around 10:00pm on Saturday night. This time the total and complete intent of the visit was to have Dark Lord. And have Dark Lord we did.

Outstanding is the easiest way to describe it. The aroma and flavors are deep and complex: dark fruits (raisin, plums, cherry), roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, some booze, and even smoke. It is thick, heavy, and a meal in a bottle. I will have to have another soon as I didn’t review the beer, I just wanted to savor the beer.

Now that that episode of my life is over, I can get back to more home brewing and American craft beer reviews. I think I might still be on target for 365 reviews this year. If not, it is catch up time. This weekend will find me in Minnesota for a Surly tour and a visit to Flat Earth, Town Hall, and Summit. Enjoy!

Wednesday Is Here Again!

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Another week and another beer store visit. Finding out the new American craft beer arrivals is strangely enough something that I look forward to. Like a small child awaits the trip to Target to check out the toys.

The beer store was loaded yesterday, the amount of new American craft beers seemed at a high, even without the leadership of Matt, the stores beer buyer. It isn’t often that I go up and down the aisle and lose track of the world around me as the new American craft beers on the shelves sparkle and fill my head with wonderment and thoughts of new jordan what they would taste like. Oh the possibilities.

New beer list:

Quite the stunning group. I pruchased a four pack of Backwoods Bastard, a bomber each of the following: Juliet, La Parcela, and Bourbon County Stout (2009) by Goose Island Brewery. Once I get over my cold, happy days for my beer tasting senses. Enjoy!