This thread is an effort to compile information on all the previous years of Dark Lord Day. As time goes on, details get fuzzy, articles become harder to find. There are well written recaps for the more recent years, but quality information on the first few years especially is hard to come by. My own memory of past Dark Lord Days begins to meld and it can become difficult to differentiate what happened what year. People always seem to have arguments over details, so I thought it would be nice to have an organized thread. If anyone else thinks this project is interesting, please comment with any details and resources you have. Ticket prices? Bands? Allocations? Bottles produced. Number of Attendees? Good pictures or video. Etc.. are the type of details I am looking for here. I'll start this off with what I have. Please let me know if I made any mistakes. Dark Lord Day History 2002-2003 Dark Lord was first brewed in 2002, only 5 barrels were produced. Apparently Starbucks coffee was used in one of the early batches (2002 or 2003?) before they switched to Intelligentsia. Other early ingredients included molasses, honey, and vanilla. 2004 Details: First bottling of Dark Lord. (Was the release actually called Dark Lord Day in 2004?) Date: ? Wax Color: Red Bottles Produced: ? Number of Attendees: ? Allotment: no limit 2005 Details: First official Dark Lord Day. This was before the brewpub was open, everyone fit inside the brewery. Date: April 29, 2005 Wax Color: Orange Bottles Produced: ? Number of Attendees: A couple hundred Allotment: no limit 2006 Details: First year the event really became huge. Dark Lord had reached the top of RateBeer's best beers in the USA list and was ranked number 2 in the world. Certainly this contributed to the growing hype for Dark Lord. Date: Wax Color: Gold Bottles Produced: ? Number of Attendees: 1 or 2 thousand? Allotment: ? Variants: 2005 Woodford Reserve Dark Lord on draft, 12 750ml swingtop bottles produced and given to employees/friends. Also heard that a few were raffled off at the event? 2007 Details: The line to buy Dark Lord got up to 5 hours long this year. First year bands played at the festival. They played inside the brewery, which was somewhat cramped. Date: Wax Color: Silver Bottles Produced: ? Number of attendees: 3 or 4 thousand? Allotment: 6 per person Variants: ? Bands: Dreadnok Ripper Imperial Battle Snake Bible of the Devil 2008 Details: Lines were even longer than 2007. The one major detail I have from a friend who attended was a long line of people still waiting for Dark Lord when they announced they were sold out. These were people who waited all day. First year Vanilla Bean Dark Lord was available on draft. Date: Wax Color: Black Bottles Produced: ? Number of attendees: ? Allotment: ? Variants: Oak Aged and Vanilla Bean were available draft only. Bands: Den of Vipers 11:30-12:30 German Girls 12:30-1:30 Dynasty of Posiedon 1:30-2:30 Rabid Rabbit 2:30-3:30 Mucca Pazza marching around 3:00-4:00 Sybris 4:30-5:30 Imperial Battle Snake 6-7 Mucca Pazza stage show 7:30-8:30 Bible of the Devil 9-10 Minsk 10-11 2009 Details: First year tickets were required to purchase Dark Lord. Tickets were easily counterfeited however, and because of that allotments had to be cut late in the day. People were able to get multiple allotments if they had multiple tickets. You could still attend the festival without tickets. Date: April 25, 2009 Wax Color: White Bottles Produced: Number of attendees: Allotment: 4 per person Variants: ? Ticket Details: Tickets were $10, the site crashed under the load causing much frustration. Tickets were sold direct from Three Floyd's site? Sold at 4:25 am on St. Patrick's Day. 3/17/2009. Bands: Pelican Waco Brothers Sybris Bible of the Devil 2010 Details: The same easily counterfeited tickets were used again this year. Bottles of 2009 Dark Lord were also available for sale this year. Tickets were required for an allotment, but you could attend without tickets. By this year the grounds around Three Floyds were full of people setting up camping chairs, grills, tents etc.. all around Date: April 24, 2010 Wax Color: Green Bottles Produced: ? Number of attendees: 10,000 to 12,000 Allotment: 4 per person, but you could swap one 2010 for a 2009 and purchase 3 2010s + 1 2009. Variants: Vanilla Bean Dark Lord draft only Ticket Details: Tickets were $10, sold on St. Patrick's Day 3/17/2010. Tickets were sold on a Shopify site setup by FFF, again the site crashed. Bands: Monotonix Sweet Cobra Sybris Imperial Battlesnake 2011 Details: Several big changes were made this year. They put up fences around the grounds, and only allowed entry to ticket holders. The tickets were sold from an actual ticket seller and tickets had bar codes so that they were not easily counterfeited. This is also the first year barrel aged variants were bottled and available via scratch off. No grills were allowed, along with the fences caused this year to be much more crowded, everyone was stuck inside the gates making the lines for drafts very tight. Coolers and folding chairs were allowed inside, creating large bottlenecks inside. Date: April 30, 2011 Wax Color: Yellow Bottles Produced: ? Number of attendees: ? Allotment: 4 per person Variants: Pappy Van Winkle, Brandy, Brandy Vanilla, De Muerte. Draft variants only available inside the brewpub causing a very long line (5+ hours), to get into the brewpub. Ticket Details: Tickets were $10 and were sold through an online ticket broker (which one?) on Saturday March 19th, 2011. Bands: Indian Sweet Cobra Lair of the Minotaur Bible of the Devil Slough Feg Sybris 2012 Details: Date: Wax Color: Red Bottles Produced: ? Number of attendees: ? Allotment: 4 per person Variants: Bourbon Vanilla Bean, Bourbon, Cognac De Muerte, Cognac Ticket Details: $15 a ticket. Bands: Argonauts Powermad High on Fire eyehategod 2013 Details: First year artwork was changed. Also first year to greatly expand event space using the parking lot of the building just north of the brewery and utilizing space across the street from the brewery. They also blocked off the street, adding to the event space. The bands played on a stage outside, which was a huge improvement over having them play in the brewery warehouse. Date: April 27, 2013 Wax Color: Orange Bottles Produced: ? Number of attendees: ? Allotment: 4 per person Variants: Bourbon Vanilla Bean, Port, Moscatel Ticket Details: $30 a ticket. Sold through Music Today. Bands: 11 am Bloodiest 12:30 pm Lair of the Minotaur 2 pm Sweet Cobra 4 pm Pig Destroyer 6 pm Municipal Waste 8 pm High on Fire 2014 Details: First year General Admission tickets were sold. These tickets allowed entry to the festival, but did not allow for the purchase of Dark Lord bottles. Date: April 26, 2014 Wax Color: Red Bottles Produced: ? Number of attendees: ? Allotment: 4 per person Variants: Bourbon Vanilla Bean, Brandy, Earl of Biggleswade Ticket Details: $30 a ticket. Sold through Crowd Surge. General Admission tickets were sold via a lottery system, also for $30 a ticket. Bands: Witchbanger 12:30pm – 1:15pm Iron Reagan 1:45pm – 2:30pm Brain Tentacles 3:00pm – 3:45pm Corrections House 4:15pm – 5:00pm Vulgaari 5:30pm – 6:15pm EYEHATEGOD 7:00pm – 8:00pm High On Fire 8:30pm – 9:45pm 2015 Details: Date: April 25, 2015 Wax Color: Purple? Bottles Produced: ? Number of attendees: ? Allotment: 4 per person Variants: TBD Ticket Details: $40 a ticket. Sold through eTix. GA tickets $30. Bands: TBD This post is a work in progress, will continue to update.