Dark Lord Day Survival Guide

Discussion in 'US - Midwest' started by yeahnatenelson, Apr 4, 2012.

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  1. pschul4

    pschul4 Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2011 Illinois

    Based on your reviews/hads you prefer stouts to IPAs, would you say that is correct? I might end up bringing one of each only time will tell
  2. MarkIntihar

    MarkIntihar Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2010 Michigan

    I like everything, I just review more stouts :slight_smile: Seriously though, just grab whatever you think is their best offering that you can get in a growler. I'm not picky.
  3. TotallyHosed

    TotallyHosed Initiate (0) Jun 20, 2009 Illinois

    To pschul4 and MarkIntihar, I'm hoping Indignant (aged in Templeton Rye barrels) will still be available the day before DLD. I will pour it into every empty cup I see.
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  4. beersis81

    beersis81 Initiate (0) Mar 13, 2009 Illinois

    We will most likely be bringing a Haymarket growler or two as well, so they should be well represented at DLD!
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  5. JakeT469

    JakeT469 Initiate (0) Jan 13, 2012 Colorado

    I plan on bringing a growler from Haymarket as well. Won't know what it will be until last minute tho. Also I'll prolly b bringing a growler from Piece, Revolution and Half Acre.
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  6. pschul4

    pschul4 Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2011 Illinois

    I have my eye on their Defender but if that's not available I'm a big fan of the Aliester IPA

    Of course this far out it's impossible to tell what will still be on tap by then
  7. MarkIntihar

    MarkIntihar Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2010 Michigan

    Looks like I'll be set on trying a Haymarket pour or two! :slight_smile:
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  8. JakeT469

    JakeT469 Initiate (0) Jan 13, 2012 Colorado

    Love both of those brews as well and yea it's still a little far out to know what they're gonna have around DLD. I had the Lizzie's Simcoe IPA last week and that was one of the better IPAs I've had up there do if that's still flowin I'll prolly go with that. I'm hoping they'll have Mathias back on tap b4 DLD in which case I will def be bringing a growler of that. It's in fermentation now so we'll c
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  9. Jerry

    Jerry Initiate (0) Apr 15, 2012 Illinois

    Great thread. Really getting excited for my first DLD.
  10. Microbrewtaster

    Microbrewtaster Initiate (0) Jul 30, 2011 Indiana

    Do I get one?
  11. MarkIntihar

    MarkIntihar Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2010 Michigan

    From me, or Nate? Either way, yes.
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  12. EJLinneman

    EJLinneman Aspirant (244) Mar 2, 2009 New Jersey

    I wound up getting a ticket. Will be coming with a couple growlers from Carton Brewing in NJ along with some other stuff.
  13. lastb33rcall

    lastb33rcall Initiate (0) May 11, 2009 Ohio

    Haha this kind of reminded me of Max Brook's Zombie Survival Guide
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  14. elkhunter36

    elkhunter36 Initiate (0) Feb 29, 2012 Wisconsin

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  15. clintonpuckett

    clintonpuckett Initiate (62) Apr 29, 2008 Indiana

    I declare today NATE NELSON DAY! High fives all around!
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  16. chanokokoro

    chanokokoro Initiate (0) Jan 31, 2012 Illinois

    I was hoping as well, but its tapped out...
  17. chanokokoro

    chanokokoro Initiate (0) Jan 31, 2012 Illinois

    Mathias is on tap right now. I'm hoping it lasts. If so, you can count me in for hauling a growler of it to DLD...
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  18. chanokokoro

    chanokokoro Initiate (0) Jan 31, 2012 Illinois

    Such a shame that one has to watch their bottles like a hawk because of some unethical bastards that might steal them... Although I would've preferred to have Group A or B, Group C does afford one the advantage of getting his or her bottles at the end of the day and not having to keep track of them.
  19. aasher

    aasher Poo-Bah (3,609) Jan 27, 2010 Indiana

    I can't believe we forgot corkscrews for Loons and other lambics.
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  20. yeahnatenelson

    yeahnatenelson Meyvn (1,110) Feb 8, 2010 Illinois

    Wow, glaring error to my OP - DEFINITELY bring a waiter's corkscrew, both for Cantillon/Ithaca bottles as well as champagne corks that don't want to come loose like Boulevard.
  21. pschul4

    pschul4 Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2011 Illinois

    this fun in the templeton barrels was waayyy better than last time they ran indignant but sadly they are out of it :slight_frown: would have totally loved to blow some minds with that one
  22. TotallyHosed

    TotallyHosed Initiate (0) Jun 20, 2009 Illinois

    Yes, pschul4, it's sad that Rye Indignant is out, but chanokokoro has the right idea: Mathias!
  23. ClubberLang

    ClubberLang Devotee (410) Jun 1, 2007 Illinois

    At Sausagefest there they had the Lizzie's simcoe as well as Double Daisy Cutter and some other hoppy beers. I enjoyed the Lizzie's more than the DDC. It's damn good.
  24. JakeT469

    JakeT469 Initiate (0) Jan 13, 2012 Colorado

    Damn they had DDC on tap at sausage fest!? I knew I shouldve got tix to that. I have 1 bomber of DDC left that I'll b pouring at DLD
  25. yeahnatenelson

    yeahnatenelson Meyvn (1,110) Feb 8, 2010 Illinois

    2014 DLD virgins: these guidelines still apply. Stay hydrated, be respectful, have fun!
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  26. 1noa

    1noa Initiate (0) Mar 24, 2011 Virginia

    water, sunscreen...that is all.
  27. rxeight

    rxeight Initiate (0) Feb 5, 2012 Illinois

    Thanks for bringing this back from the dead. Only thing I'll add is the no coolers is referring to large hard plastic coolers. If you have a cooler bag with a shoulder strap you are fine. They don't want people dragging a rolling cooler through lines all day and taking up space. I have a large cooler bag, fits 6 bombers that I have brought the last 2 years, no problems. Target sells a nice back pack cooler that a few of my friends use.
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  28. atomic

    atomic Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2009 Illinois

    Definitely some good advice in here, this should be stickied

    does this forum even sticky?
  29. Stevedore

    Stevedore Poo-Bah (6,524) Nov 16, 2012 Oregon
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  30. MUMike

    MUMike Initiate (0) Feb 3, 2012 Missouri

    does this forum even lift, bro?
  31. mdomask

    mdomask Initiate (0) May 27, 2012 Illinois

    Only in the presence of walezbro... bro...
  32. sordyl

    sordyl Initiate (163) Jan 20, 2014 Illinois

    What's the story on parking for DLD? Is it just on the sides of the roads in the office park?
  33. Zombie_Dust

    Zombie_Dust Initiate (108) Oct 31, 2012 Illinois

    I think I'll bring a growler or two from Tighthead Brewing
  34. oxdtown

    oxdtown Initiate (0) Jan 25, 2011 Illinois

    Avoid it at all costs. But I'm pretty sure there is limited parking but you're going to pay for it
  35. rxeight

    rxeight Initiate (0) Feb 5, 2012 Illinois

    Side of the road in the office park fills up pretty early. Id guess by 6 am. A couple of the other businesses got smart and started charging for parking. I paid $20 to park in the lot at the Jewish center. I think the park across calumet also was charging $10 or $20 last year.
  36. Lansman

    Lansman Aspirant (248) Mar 19, 2011 Missouri

    I am always dumbfounded by the sheer number of people who drive to Dark Lord Day. Be careful out there folks. The last thing I want to see on here (or anywhere for that matter) is news of a tragic event that could have been avoided taking place after DLD.
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  37. Stevedore

    Stevedore Poo-Bah (6,524) Nov 16, 2012 Oregon
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    Are you allowed to leave your car overnight, assuming you've paid the $20 for parking? I'd imagine people would want to have cars to have a base of operations and a place to keep a cooler of beer/store Dark Lord allotment in during DLD.
  38. Jonnyhiggs

    Jonnyhiggs Initiate (134) Dec 7, 2012 Illinois

    Stop telling people our secrets! Next think you know, people will be expecting to try some BC Rare and BC Vanilla over by our cars. Which we will have. :wink:
  39. BRZvice

    BRZvice Initiate (0) Apr 7, 2012 Michigan

    The grounds were muddy in areas last year so don't wear your new shoes. There is rain in the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday so be prepared.
  40. scottsad

    scottsad Initiate (0) Jun 11, 2014 Michigan

    So glad I found this thread. I scored 2 tickets to this year's DLD and some of the stories have me a bit nervous, lol. I do have a bunch of questions and I am hoping I can some of them answered here. Many of them revolve around the distinction between on the event grounds and off, I believe. So, here goes:

    1. Can a backpack be brought in? I was thinking a decent size pack would be great for carrying everything in and carrying purchases out. I know some events don't allow packs, so I want to make sure about this. It would also allow me to keep my hands free more than carrying something with a handle.

    2. I have seen mention that a soft cooler can be brought in, so this is good. Is this mainly for beers I bring to share, or is it for carrying beers out? I was thinking I could put my DL in my backpack mentioned in the previous question, but I was curious about the primary use of the cooler.

    3. Which brings me to another question regarding the shares. I have seen some pictures, and these look legendary. Is the whole event a bottle share as well? Is the bottle share all day? I have been to some beer events where people will share in line, but once they get into the event, there is no more sharing. I figured I could bring in a Kuhnhenn growler and some other decent beers if this is the case.

    4. This one is a big one for me--can I go back and forth to my car (providing I am parked somewhat close by) if I want? I figured the car could be a good base of operations if I am able to go back to it somewhat easily. Basically, is it fairly easily to leave and enter if I want?

    5. On the subject of parking. My pickup time is 6:30-8:30, and I am driving there from Detroit, so I will be getting there after the event starts, probably early afternoon. Since I am getting there later, and willing to pay, should I be able to find at least some parking, even if it is a few blocks away? My hope is that I can catch some early people leaving and grab a spot.

    6. This is the last question topic for now. Do people bring cameras? Is it okay to bring one? I guess this goes with the backpack question, in that a camera bag would basically be a small backpack, or I would put it in my regular pack. This would go along with the back and forth to the car thing too. I wouldn't mind having a camera in the car and just grabbing it for a little while, then putting it back.

    Sorry for all the questions, but I figured this would be the best place to get an answer. DLD has been on my beer bucket list for a while, and I want to make sure I get the best experience I can.
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