Dark Lord Day (DLD) 2015

Discussion in 'United States: Midwest' started by MarkLaFay, Jan 6, 2015.

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  1. theagilesloth

    theagilesloth Initiate (0) Oct 5, 2008 Illinois

    I've done Reggie's the last 2 years and never had any issues. Feel like the bus breakdown must have been an isolated incident because they run shuttles all year long to other events so they must be pretty proficient at it.

    One other point about Reggie's is that in my experience you don't necessarily need to be there at 7am to get on the first wave of buses. I was there at open last year and a few of my friends trickled in at 7:30-7:45 and still managed to get on the first wave. Still, if you want to guarantee a spot on the first wave get there when they open.
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  2. myersk27

    myersk27 Initiate (0) Oct 21, 2011 Indiana

    accuweather showing high of 46 now with rain....weather.com says 50 with breezy rain all day..........god this is going to be so much fun to be drunk, wet, and cold with all of you assholes. can't wait.
  3. barowe

    barowe Initiate (0) Dec 4, 2012 Indiana


    Double bingo.

    Thanks for the reassurance!
  4. mdomask

    mdomask Initiate (0) May 27, 2012 Illinois

  5. Canada_Dan

    Canada_Dan Initiate (0) Jun 14, 2013 Colorado

    In 2013 the Reggie's bus was full when I tried to catch it back to Chicago. Was not a good scenario with a dead phone and a long way from sober. I would avoid if you have other options
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  6. HartsyThaiFood

    HartsyThaiFood Initiate (0) Dec 11, 2013 Illinois

    Oh, awesome. I know some of my friends are stragglers, so I feel it's best to be safe and say "hey, get there at 7
    We were slow in figuring out how to get there, so it seems like an okay option given the circumstances/times/etc. I also have some family that lives in Munster about a mile away from FFF, so if things get really bad, I can just call them up and have them get my friends and I to a train station or something if needed (absolute worst case).
  7. l1nemup

    l1nemup Initiate (0) May 18, 2010 Indiana

    Just announced the kiosk is selling limited numbers of 14 DL and BA Behemoth today. No word on prices.
  8. awdturboiv

    awdturboiv Initiate (0) May 24, 2008 Indiana

    I recommend you read the text in all CAPS on the back of your ticket.
  9. TallPaul07

    TallPaul07 Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2010 Indiana

    Technically, Belgian brewed lambics are sold in Northwest Indiana. Just not easy to find. Speaking technically, of course.
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  10. dragonofblood

    dragonofblood Initiate (0) Apr 22, 2005 Canada (ON)

    Tickets have arrived. No BS "ticket resolution" tent for me!

    At least I hope not. Bringing all the stuff they said to bring just in case they decided to go ahead and deactivate our tickets anyway because, based on eTix's monumental incompetence so far, it wouldn't surprise me if that happened.
  11. JPond4

    JPond4 Initiate (0) Jan 30, 2015 Nevada

    Just found out the 18th st. event was a ticketed thing, and is sold out. Any other ideas for what a buddy and I can do on Friday? Is the Goose Island taproom finally open?
  12. kodt

    kodt Pooh-Bah (2,010) Mar 6, 2013 Illinois
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    True, if he wants real lambics I would go into the city and check Binny's LP, Beer Temple, WLV etc..

    But he did say he preferred local brews.
  13. TallPaul07

    TallPaul07 Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2010 Indiana

    The beer that they would have sold onsite is getting loaded on to a truck and sent to the distributor instead...which means they will get all of their money instantly vs. selling it throughout the day. I don't think they will need to re-coop costs from not selling beer on site.
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  14. HoldenDurden

    HoldenDurden Initiate (0) Nov 27, 2011 Illinois

  15. kodt

    kodt Pooh-Bah (2,010) Mar 6, 2013 Illinois
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    Not yet, but it's possible it will open this week still.

    You can still go to 18th St after 7pm when the ticketed sessions are over.

    Other options include: Local Option and Flossmoor Station
  16. Ken134

    Ken134 Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2013 Illinois

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  17. a_beckman25

    a_beckman25 Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2013 Michigan

    Finally the thread has turned back around! Im going to add that the new stein glasses from Dark Matter look legit.... Way better than the original mugs. Has anyone ever had the bagged coffee they are releasing? Or anything similar from them. Curious what to expect there....
  18. mayorQuimby

    mayorQuimby Zealot (621) Jun 5, 2009 Tennessee

    What about the fact that if they sold it at DLD it would've been cash only (i.e., some earnings may fall through the cracks for IRS reporting...) AND they'd be charging ~ retail prices themselves rather than having to give the distributor a discount.

    Given how much they are annually putting out on DLD, I am guessing the two factors I've noted above would reduce the bottom line on sales of those beers considerably.
  19. acan312

    acan312 Initiate (0) Jun 21, 2011 Illinois

  20. dwduncan2

    dwduncan2 Initiate (0) Feb 8, 2012 Illinois

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  21. bocky24

    bocky24 Initiate (0) Apr 10, 2013 Iowa

    Flossmoor or any hotel in area will prob have a bottle share.
  22. HopFace

    HopFace Initiate (0) Feb 29, 2012 Colorado

    Floosmoor, Binny's (I like south loop), Kuma's, Walgreens in Greektown, West Lakeview Liquors, or just go to 18th after 7pm. Also tons of hotel bottle shares.
  23. MNPikey

    MNPikey Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2011 Minnesota

    Crap, Zombie Dust on sale for the week at the kiosk today. 100% chance of being sold out by tomorrow. Was hoping to get some Friday but will likely have to go hunting at liquor stores.

    Might be trying to keep the horde down so there isn't as much traffic during setup.
  24. Chris_H_2

    Chris_H_2 Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 Illinois

    I'd like a jambalaya with a cup of gumbo please.

    Oh, wait. You mean you don't own Heaven on 7? Carry on.
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  25. JakeT469

    JakeT469 Initiate (0) Jan 13, 2012 Colorado

    Anyone have any reports on the to-go line at the brewpub right now? As someone mentioned earlier, DL '14 and BA Behemoth bottles for sale?
  26. TrapJaw77

    TrapJaw77 Initiate (0) Apr 17, 2015 Illinois

    Had the unicorn blood, their regular that is used in DL. It's fine. Don't go out of your way.
  27. boilermakerryan

    boilermakerryan Initiate (0) Nov 8, 2011 Indiana

    As of 15 min ago it was only half of the parking lot long however, I would imagine that it is much longer now.
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  28. TallPaul07

    TallPaul07 Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2010 Indiana

    I had never even considered that.....plus their sales are trending downward as of the past 6-12 months. They probably will need to triple the cost of BA DL bottles to make up for it.
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  29. cjacobsen

    cjacobsen Initiate (0) Aug 26, 2010 Illinois

    Still wouldn't surprise me if the variants were much more expensive. Tickets went up to 40 and the bottles went up to 20...
  30. JakeT469

    JakeT469 Initiate (0) Jan 13, 2012 Colorado

    Thanks. Won't be able to get there for about another hour.
  31. boilermakerryan

    boilermakerryan Initiate (0) Nov 8, 2011 Indiana

    Not sure if you are being sarcastic but, where are you seeing FFF sales trending downwards?
  32. hopswap1

    hopswap1 Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2012 Illinois

    Anyone know if there's anywhere to plug in a charger on the grounds? I've run out of battery on my phone the past 2 years, what with untappd checkins, picture taking, and furiously updating my twitter feed for variant updates. I'd like to avoid that happening this year. Drunk and no form of communication is not a good place to be.
  33. Iamjeff6

    Iamjeff6 Initiate (0) Sep 9, 2013 Virginia

    Cant tell if serious... Why not just write down your check-ins and do it later when you have access to a power outlet. Or you could always buy one of those portable phone battery chargers things.
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  34. hopswap1

    hopswap1 Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2012 Illinois

    Totally serious. Not so much about the untappd check ins but the phone running out of battery. For some reason my phone battery is always on its last legs when DLD comes around and it won't hold a charge for a full day. Gotta charge it 2 or 3 times a day. The portable phone chargers are an option but a bit expensive.
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  35. myersk27

    myersk27 Initiate (0) Oct 21, 2011 Indiana

    1. Write down check ins
    2. Bring an actual camera
    3. get variant update when you go through the line to get bottles.

    turn off your phone and have a good time with those around you. :slight_smile:
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  36. hopswap1

    hopswap1 Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2012 Illinois

    Yea I was mostly kidding about the checkin, just started using untappd recently. Mostly concerned with staying in touch with other friends who are in different groupings and a bunch of IP trades I have set up. Battery on my phone is terrible. Hate that I cant just drop in a new battery on the iphone.
  37. Iamjeff6

    Iamjeff6 Initiate (0) Sep 9, 2013 Virginia

    I have seen some places that have them for cheap, either get one of those or turn off all the battery draining shit and only use it when needed.

    Or just drink enough that you don't care about having a phone!
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  38. mbockstruck30

    mbockstruck30 Pooh-Bah (1,564) Dec 31, 2010 Illinois
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    21st century beer geek problems.
  39. YoungLad

    YoungLad Crusader (491) Apr 27, 2009 Indiana

    For those staying at any of the south Hammond hotels off of Kennedy, there are now three new breweries in Griffith (New Oberpfalz, Pokro, and Wildrose), plus Beer Geeks, which are a five minute car ride from that location. These craft brewers are relative babies, just having opened in the last few months, but I think are promising.

    I don't think Beer Geeks has anything specific for Friday night, but I know Jason's been stockpiling kegs of goodness for DLD (capped by CBS at 8:00 on Saturday, but I'll be dead by then...), so I suspect that the 20 taps there will offer something extra especial delicious.

    Or, there's One Trick Pony in Lansing, for those staying off of Torrence or even Halsted, which might be a good pairing if you go to Flossmoor for their bottle share / release event.
  40. prior2two

    prior2two Maven (1,468) Oct 18, 2013 Illinois

    Last year I plugged mine in by one of the lighting rigs There was a surge protector with extension cords and I just plugged into that and left it.

    Wasn't ideal. Best bet might just be mobike battery pack.
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