Darklord Day 2017

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by Beanblossom, Oct 13, 2016.

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  1. kodt

    kodt Defender (631) Mar 6, 2013 Illinois
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    I think I need to create an FAQ to answer all the questions that get asked over and over every couple pages on this thread (and every year). Even though the darklordday.com website has a FAQ that no-one reads.
     
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  2. CoeurdeLion

    CoeurdeLion Initiate (0) Feb 9, 2016 Indiana

    And Biggs' Stache, and Tiberian Inquisitor, and a couple of batches of BA Klaus...
     
  3. reefer_bob

    reefer_bob Initiate (0) May 13, 2014 California

    As I recall, Big Fredia didn't perform last year because s/he was going into rehab, got in trouble with the law, went to a halfway house, might be going to prison (ultimately didn't)...

    All in all bad timing.

    Maybe this year? Who knows.

    How about Big Fredia singing backup vocals on stage with Goatwhore? That'd be...... unique.....
     
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  4. kodt

    kodt Defender (631) Mar 6, 2013 Illinois
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    Put me in the list of people who enjoyed Biggs' Stache and Tiberian Inquisitor. However, BA Alpha Klaus with orange peel is one of the worst beers I have ever had.
     
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  5. Hoppity1

    Hoppity1 Aspirant (233) Apr 25, 2015 Illinois
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    Do imaginary friends need a ticket to enter? If not, are they guaranteed a hypothetical variant? If my imaginary friend has group A and I have group C can we enter together? I hope so, he has great whalez to share!
     
  6. Runofthedill

    Runofthedill Initiate (0) Oct 28, 2014 Ohio

    I'm thinking the answer to this is enter A like normal with both of you, then exit, hide tickets and reenter getting your C.
     
  7. prior2two

    prior2two Disciple (382) Oct 18, 2013 Illinois

    You wouldn't even need to exit. You could literally put on a new lanyard. It's not like anyone will know.
     
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  8. Runofthedill

    Runofthedill Initiate (0) Oct 28, 2014 Ohio

    My reason on exiting is I don't know if they will give you the guests ticket without them present.
     
  9. macewank

    macewank Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2010 Illinois

    They mail you the tickets....
     
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  10. puftdank

    puftdank Initiate (0) Sep 13, 2011 Illinois

    No, but at least one of you for one of those groups should have a neckbrace.
     
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  11. vikingpillager

    vikingpillager Initiate (0) Jan 9, 2017 Illinois

    My friends and I completed the full Group alphabet :slight_frown:
    How much time do you really spend in the lines collecting allotments? (Should I expect that we won't be spending much time together?)
     
  12. hiddendecoy

    hiddendecoy Initiate (57) Dec 13, 2015 Connecticut

    So here's a constructive topic: pre Dark Lord bottle shares, who's interested and which hotel? Are there any setup already?
     
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  13. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Savant (927) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    Depends. Last year blew through the line in record time. Other years, up to 2-3 hours not uncommon.
     
  14. macewank

    macewank Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2010 Illinois

    Hard to say cuz it depends on if they actually adhere to those allotment windows this year, they didn't last. Also depends on how much your group cares about being at the front of the line for their particular session.

    Realistically, you'll be fine to hang as a group. And there's nothing stopping you guys from hanging out together in the line to share. Just only one of you can go through at a time.
     
  15. DruD

    DruD Initiate (136) Dec 7, 2010 New York

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  16. Runofthedill

    Runofthedill Initiate (0) Oct 28, 2014 Ohio

    I forgot about that, i felt like they gave you something at the front entrance but now that I think more you are probably right.
     
  17. kodt

    kodt Defender (631) Mar 6, 2013 Illinois
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    Yeah that is a great guide every newcomer should read. The most annoying questions IMO are those related to tickets and guests. It really seems to confuse people for some reason. I think it is usually the term "ticket holder" that gets people. They think since they bought 2 tickets, they are the "ticket holder" for both tickets. When it really just means, hand a damn ticket to your guest, now they are "holding" the ticket and they are a ticket holder.

    If you bought your tickets at the brewpub, you need to pick them up from the Ticket Resolution tent at the North entrance to the event. Otherwise you get em in the mail.
     
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  18. Bbear

    Bbear Initiate (147) Oct 26, 2016 Illinois

    They gave you vouchers when you entered last year so that might be what you're thinking.
     
  19. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Savant (927) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    Don't worry they resolved the awkward issue with the vouchers and rain from last year, this year they will just hand you a pile of oatmeal consistency, paper porridge when you walk in.
     
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  20. ChiCubs78

    ChiCubs78 Initiate (0) Jan 2, 2015 Illinois

    With a side of soy sauce.
     
  21. Runofthedill

    Runofthedill Initiate (0) Oct 28, 2014 Ohio

    one year everyone will go to the south line cause of years of north line failures and I'll be there and get through the north in 5 minutes. I wait for that payoff.
     
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  22. eppie82

    eppie82 Meyvn (1,428) Apr 19, 2015 Illinois
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    I get to the north line early enough for shares that it doesn't worry me how long it takes to get in.
     
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  23. here4thebeer11

    here4thebeer11 Initiate (0) May 30, 2015 Indiana

    What's the North line like if you get there ~3 hours before it opens? I've only heard horror stories, but I guess people never said what time they arrived there.
     
  24. eppie82

    eppie82 Meyvn (1,428) Apr 19, 2015 Illinois
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    Last year I lined up just before 6:30AM for 10AM opening at the north gate. Was probably around 150th or so in line. Got in relatively quickly and picked up a Marshmallow Handjee with the very first wave of people that got in.

    Best part of that early lining up was the great people and incredible beers that they shared. I had an opportunity to try beers I never thought I would get a chance to try. Even if I didn't have group A tix again this year, I would came early.
     
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  25. Pooles26

    Pooles26 Initiate (0) Nov 17, 2011 Connecticut

    What are people's preferred method of carrying bottle share bottles/DL bottles within the festival? I've heard backpacks, cooler backbacks/shoulder bags, beer holsters, etc. Are there particular products or tricks that come highly recommended? I'm in the market for a new cooler or cooler bag for beer releases, and DLD seems like a good excuse to get one.

    Sorry, if this was discussed earlier in the Thread, I've only been following for that last 15-20 pages or so. Thanks.
     
  26. eppie82

    eppie82 Meyvn (1,428) Apr 19, 2015 Illinois
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    I haul around a back-pack. Usually bring 6-7 bombers for share and plan on sharing 4-5 before entering fest. At that point the whole allotment can go right into back pack where it is secure. There are quite a few thieves at DLD and you definitely dont want to be hauling your allotment in that tote bag.

    Also, I dont think coolers are allowed but I'd check on that. Id recommend just getting a descent sized backpack (no wheels!) where you can fit a few bottles of water (for hydration and keeping the beers you will share cool) as well as space for the 5-8 beers.
     
  27. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Savant (927) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    Going to DLD is like going to war. It isn't enough to have the proper beer, you need the proper equipment to survive the day. I would suggest this load out though have never done it:

    https://www.amazon.com/Dorlaer-Beer...8&qid=1490053927&sr=8-18&keywords=beer+helmet

    https://www.amazon.com/EZ-Drinker-D...8&qid=1490053871&sr=8-15&keywords=beer+helmet

    https://www.amazon.com/Donald-Trump...3871&sr=8-20-spons&keywords=beer+helmet&psc=1

    and finally

    https://www.amazon.com/Wyndham-KTBE...8&qid=1490053927&sr=8-28&keywords=beer+helmet
     
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  28. here4thebeer11

    here4thebeer11 Initiate (0) May 30, 2015 Indiana

    Awesome thanks. We might be doing the same then (group A). Are the shares as good as the South line? How long would you say it took you until you got through the gates? Just wondering if we show up around 5:30-6, if it is better to do the North or the South line.
     
  29. JakeT469

    JakeT469 Initiate (0) Jan 13, 2012 Colorado

    There will be great shares up and down both North and South lines. Pick your poison.
     
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  30. kodt

    kodt Defender (631) Mar 6, 2013 Illinois
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    Cooler backpacks are perfectly fine. They just don't want people rolling in big hard igloo coolers.

    Something like this:

    https://www.amazon.com/Coleman-C003-Soft-Backpack-Cooler/dp/B00LGVSR0W

    or this

    https://www.amazon.com/Coleman-16-C...d=1490056111&sr=1-24&keywords=cooler+backpack

    or this

    https://www.amazon.com/Igloo-60429-...e=UTF8&qid=1490056147&sr=1-9&keywords=maxcold

    are perfectly fine. Just don't bring anything with wheels, or anything that can't be carried on your back or over your shoulder.
     
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  31. Beerdudenumberone

    Beerdudenumberone Disciple (317) Dec 9, 2012 Indiana
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    This will be my 4th DLD in a row and the bottle shares on both north and south lines are all insane. I often walk the line offering pours. Here's to seeing some BA's there and sharing some good brews. I'm a pretty big metal fan and always look forward to the line up. Been wanting Thy Art Is Murder for years. What do you guys think? To much for FFF's?
     
  32. Runofthedill

    Runofthedill Initiate (0) Oct 28, 2014 Ohio

    ive seen people with these before, but I can't find one that will hold a mini tulip/snifter, but looking for like a glass lanyard. I know it sounds dorky, but i remember thinking last year how much easier it would be if i wasnt carrying this glass all the time while trying to get stuff out of my backpack.
     
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  33. Beerdudenumberone

    Beerdudenumberone Disciple (317) Dec 9, 2012 Indiana
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    My wife made mine and a few family members.... told her she needs to go with me and set up a booth somewhere. Bet she would sell the heck out of them.. she only has about $2-3 in them.
     
  34. Beerdudenumberone

    Beerdudenumberone Disciple (317) Dec 9, 2012 Indiana
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    I guess I'm assuming you were talking about the snifter lanyards?
     
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  35. eppie82

    eppie82 Meyvn (1,428) Apr 19, 2015 Illinois
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    I thought I saw those for sale somewhere last year. Did a quick search on Amazon but couldnt find any. Will definitely be on a lookout for it myself.
     
  36. here4thebeer11

    here4thebeer11 Initiate (0) May 30, 2015 Indiana

  37. eppie82

    eppie82 Meyvn (1,428) Apr 19, 2015 Illinois
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    It will be on the street.
     
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  38. Zoomslowik

    Zoomslowik Disciple (315) Mar 17, 2016 Illinois
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    You guys need to search the wine supplies. Wine snobs spend significantly more money on beverages/paraphernalia than beer snobs, so there's a ton more stuff.

    I used one of these last year and it was very effective: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004D5MZE2/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    If you look up wine lanyards, there are a few other options.

    I also picked up these glasses. They were the best combination of quality (ie not complete crap that will break in an instant), price and size. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007F0TLBW/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Obviously don't fill it unless you're ready for a fight! This set was on sale for $10 when I bought them, so you might want to search "plastic wine glasses" for other options.

    Lastly, this is easily the best beer-related purchase I've made. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00015COUS/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    I use them all the time and I stick my bombers in them for a little extra padding in the backpack. I've dropped them a few times and the bottles survived, though I wouldn't recommend testing it. They were $10 when I bought them, but still worth it now!
     
  39. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Savant (927) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    https://www.etsy.com/listing/492307...-lanyards-black?ref=pla_similar_listing_top-2

    https://www.thisiswhyimbroke.com/hidden-flask-tie/

    https://www.bevtie.com/
     
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  40. ClarkstonMark

    ClarkstonMark Initiate (89) Feb 21, 2016 Michigan
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    pin this post ... awesome
     
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