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Dark Lord 2012

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by TapeDeck, Mar 19, 2012.

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  1. TapeDeck

    TapeDeck Mar 31, 2011 Illinois

    My guess is tents like XV, limited random bottles like 2011.

    My presumption is that coolers, chairs, grills etc are not allowed on the premises, but that, like XV, it won't be a problem, if you're going to throw things into your car before the gates open.

    This would be a good time to start IP trades.
     
  2. biglobo8971

    biglobo8971 May 6, 2010 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    our leader has spoken, those of you that I have already set up trades with, I apologize. They are no longer valid, will have to try to make a new one. Whats next?
     
  3. TapeDeck

    TapeDeck Mar 31, 2011 Illinois

    I just thought it would be cool to start a thread that might not die for rules or relevance. I'll go cry in my corner now.
     
  4. nrbw23

    nrbw23 Jul 30, 2007 Ohio
    Beer Trader

    This will be the first DLD I've missed in a long while damn weddings.
     
  5. RTrain12

    RTrain12 Feb 6, 2010 Illinois

    Atleast you didn't get shut out to internet problems!
     
  6. MaxSpang

    MaxSpang Jan 28, 2011 Ohio

    I'm going to be bringing some tasty brews from the cellar. I'll gladly share a pour with any BA out there

    :wub:
     
  7. MarkIntihar

    MarkIntihar Mar 17, 2010 Michigan

    What is an Dark Lord?
     
  8. Askchucky

    Askchucky May 2, 2011 Illinois
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    Got my tix at the pub yesterday, although is becoming a hassle I still enjoy meeting and hanging with people at these events. I hope to do some trading and tasting, will probably post my list as we get closer.
     
  9. AlexHouston

    AlexHouston May 19, 2011 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    I took off work for this one, so I'm definitely down to get there early and bring something to a potluck. Even though there was so much hooplah and panicking from people about tickets, it seems like those who wanted tickets got/will get them in some way, so it should work out for everyone. I'm glad I got them, but I wouldn't have pissed and moaned if I haven't. Way too many good bottles out there to feel jaded about it.
     
  10. MaxSpang

    MaxSpang Jan 28, 2011 Ohio

    Anyone else staying at the Hampton?
     
  11. MarkIntihar

    MarkIntihar Mar 17, 2010 Michigan

    Probably. Last year there was some excellent bottle sharing on Friday night at the Hampton.
     
  12. biglobo8971

    biglobo8971 May 6, 2010 Minnesota
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    the better one was Saturday, Friday was good, dont get me wrong. But there were several top bottles cracked downstairs Saturday while watch drunkards stumble in, into each other, dropping bottles, etc. It was really funny watching people who shouldnt be hot tubbing/pooling it try to convince other people to do it. Classic.
     
  13. MaxSpang

    MaxSpang Jan 28, 2011 Ohio

    Gah I can't wait. I booked a room way back in January in anticipation.
     
  14. MarkIntihar

    MarkIntihar Mar 17, 2010 Michigan

    Sounds awesome, I definitely missed out on the Saturday night tomfoolery.
     
  15. MaxSpang

    MaxSpang Jan 28, 2011 Ohio

    How does it usually go down? Do people just hang out in the lobby or is the banquet room open?
     
  16. Wseitz

    Wseitz Apr 25, 2010 Illinois


    Let the record show that my friend only dropped and broke a glass, not a bottle. Fortunately, the authorities were right on top of it. And the only one of us who was really drunk never made it down from the room for that part.

    We have a couple rooms reserved at the Hampton for this year, but so far we're still two tickets short.
     
  17. biglobo8971

    biglobo8971 May 6, 2010 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    hope you dont think I was signalling any one out, there were several bottles dropped that night.
     
  18. TapeDeck

    TapeDeck Mar 31, 2011 Illinois

    I will be getting several lbs of Bier Stix from Ream's in Elburn, for anyone who wants meat candy to snack on.

    We're bringing some of every beer in rotation at Russian River, Good People IPA and DIPA, a bunch of homebrew, and then our group is bringing a whole bunch of random rare-to-whales to share. We will pour indescriminately, whether you bring bottles to share, or not. Just ask. This will be a good time. We're still on the fence about bringing a grill and packing it up an hour or two before gates open.
     
  19. MaxSpang

    MaxSpang Jan 28, 2011 Ohio

    This is exactly how I'm going to be. Empty glass? Stick it in front of me, it'll be filled free of charge.

    Trying to stock up on beer karma points. Beer karma exists, fellas.
     
  20. biglobo8971

    biglobo8971 May 6, 2010 Minnesota
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    will be doing a lot of the same, would love to share. I wont be hard to notice.
     
  21. TapeDeck

    TapeDeck Mar 31, 2011 Illinois

    Cept if you looked like your avatar, no one would ever recognize your face. :)

    What time are folks planning on getting there? I was sort of thinking of aiming for dawn.
     
  22. biglobo8971

    biglobo8971 May 6, 2010 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    sounds about right.
     
  23. Redrover

    Redrover Jan 18, 2003 Illinois
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    I will be getting several lbs of Bier Stix from Ream's in Elburn, for anyone who wants meat candy to snack on.


    Ream's should have a fest! That place is simply awesome!
     
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  24. Wseitz

    Wseitz Apr 25, 2010 Illinois

    I was partially kidding. Though that did happen, I didn't think you were being specific.
     
  25. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota

    I understand that standing and drinking in the line is fun, but you don't HAVE to show up really early for any real reason right? Or do you miss out on special pours/bottles/food/whatever if you don't show up really early? I am in group B. Can I just waltz in at 1pm if I want?
     
  26. MaxSpang

    MaxSpang Jan 28, 2011 Ohio

    Biggest thing is the line I believe. I showed up at like 2 PM at the XV event and had to wait 4 hours before I even got inside the gates.
     
  27. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota

    When did the gates open though?
     
  28. MaxSpang

    MaxSpang Jan 28, 2011 Ohio

    I think 10 AM... maybe noon.

    I've never been to DLD so I can't compare, but I heard that the XV lines were ridiculous compared to DLD.


    How is the line to get into the brewpub on DLD?
     
  29. AlexHouston

    AlexHouston May 19, 2011 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    I always feel like kind of a douche when I join friends who parked over at some random tasting table, because I know I don't usually carry enough whales with me to feel like I'm not leeching off someone else's generosity. At least if I had a pretty decent bottle of two or something, I wouldn't feel as bad, but eh, I guess that's just my personality.
     
  30. biglobo8971

    biglobo8971 May 6, 2010 Minnesota
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    this is to me is by far the absolutely worst attitude to have. I treat DLD like a huge tasting, every one bring SOMETHING and contribute to the group. That could be beer, food, snacks, music, jokes, etc. There have been many BA's that are intimidated to do tastings. It's beer, if a guy gives you the stink eye because you bring a local/not rare/easy to get and he's poppin whales, punch that mo fo in da seeds. Thats not what an advocate is. I will be with a pretty decent group and we will have some stuff to share, you wont get one stink eye if you show up and contribute. Doesnt have to be anything specific. Hell, pass out Altoids, we would appreciate that the most, because we will be hangin with Oreo.
     
  31. CWBlues

    CWBlues May 4, 2011 Indiana
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    Well...last year I waited all day to get into the brewpub. And I'm not exaggerating at all. We got in line at about 11:30a. We got in about 4:45p. Had a vanilla oak aged Dark Lord and had to run out to get in line to buy our bottles.
     
  32. Grohnke

    Grohnke Sep 15, 2009 Illinois

    Passing out pretzels is a huge plus too
     
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  33. ackeeper

    ackeeper Dec 22, 2008 Illinois

    No worries on the "signalling out." Our group jokes about my dropped tasting glass. For some reason, the local authorities were quite concerned that I may injure myself picking up glass and made the poor hotel employee do it. I felt horrible, but really didn't need to be arrested for cleaning up a broken glass that fell out of a cooler. Our group was the antithesis of tomfoolery that night. We're too old.
     
  34. Wseitz

    Wseitz Apr 25, 2010 Illinois

    I understand how you feel, but I think if someone opens something and puts it on a tasting table, they want you to try it. If you only want to share beer with people who bring other whales, arrange an in person trade. I wouldn't open anything that wasn't already opened, and I'd be careful that I didn't monopolize the whole bottle, but if you open something and put it on a tasting table, it's fair game, whether the people sampling responded in kind or not. Those tables are there for a reason.
     
  35. jefeld

    jefeld Mar 31, 2010 Illinois
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    or if you want to be selective about pours, you pour your bottle by hand, especially if it is a whale. for rare beers i like to share the wealth all around, but pour smaller pours per person so everyone gets a taste.
     
  36. TapeDeck

    TapeDeck Mar 31, 2011 Illinois

    If you've brought anything, you're awesome, and almost always welcome with anyone.

    For anyone in this situation (newer to craft beer... not someone who hangs on to beer... never done one of these releases etc) here's the way to look at it.

    Bring snacks, if you don't have beer. If you don't have snacks, MAKE snacks. If you can't MAKE snacks, BUY snacks. Or bring money. Or gold. Or FIRE. Bring fire.

    The only thing that's lame is people who see a crazy bottle and then try to get in on the pours without being considerate. If you've got nothing to share, that's kinda careless, but it's still totally cool, as long as you wait your turn... wait until people nearby who ARE sharing get a pour. If you miss out, that's not the end of the world, but no one would ever give you the stink eye.

    We've never turned anyone down. It's never been a problem. It won't be a problem. But you've put the effort forth to sign on to BA. If you know you don't have any whales to share--go to your liquor store and ask for a suggestion for a sour... like get an Oude Geuze ($17) and now you have a great beer that we'll all be dying for as we stout out. You don't have to have unobtainium beer. Just kick in. Make it a party, instead of a charity, and you will have more fun, too.
     
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  37. Dontcounttoday

    Dontcounttoday Apr 23, 2010 Illinois
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    A few people are assuming that the structure of the event will go right back to how they did DLD in the past, but I wouldn't be so sure. At the XV release,they did things differently with the amount of alcohol they allowed in, and of course the way they did the line was way different. I have placed a question in their blog and FB to hopefully get an answer beforehand, but I hope it goes back to how DLD line worked in the past. Many people waited 4-5+ hours just to get in at XV Party (once the gates opened) and that sucks for them, but then again it also seemed to cut down on the crowd inside which was a plus.

    Also in previous years they allowed small coolers. They definitely won't be allowing coolers, but for XV and this years DLD they say you can bring in a few bottles. I do not know how strict they were the entire line, but for the first hour or so they were only allowed UNMARKED (homebrew) bottles in. Nothing with any kind of label. It really sucked for those bringing in stuff to trade because they either had to step out of line, try to stash their beer, or open it up before they got to the front. That was shitty in my opinion because they did not mention this at all on the site. I also asked about this so I hope to get a definitive answer beforehand.
     
  38. MarkIntihar

    MarkIntihar Mar 17, 2010 Michigan

    Umm... maybe you just had a grumpy security guard?

    I was in the first 100 people in line and had no problem bringing in a backpack with a few bottles (with labels) in it.
     
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  39. AlexHouston

    AlexHouston May 19, 2011 Illinois
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    Ha, very true. I was figuring that was my plan of attack. Just bring some stuff and offer to contribute to what I'm sure is going to be a murderer's row of good stuff.

    Very true. You forget that people make a conscious decision to open up whichever bottles they want, so it's not unreasonable that people wander by and want to sample some stuff. I'll buy some stuff before and see how it goes.
    That's a good rule of thumb to follow, which I was already doing making sure not to try anything that wasn't opened and that others got a pour before I did. You also speak very true about fire, though I'd prefer fellow advocates not know me as the guy who actually did burn down the Floyds.
     
  40. hayesez

    hayesez Aug 29, 2005 Indiana
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    Last year there was some confusion with the bottle share in the lobby of the Hampton, and we had to have the desk call the manager at home to get permission for Friday. Looking at getting started around 7:00 on Friday night this year, and have plenty of big bottles to share. Just bring a glass. This is my favorite beer-sharing event of the year and I truly enjoy passing out tougher-to-acquire beers. Hope you can join!
     
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