Darklord Day 2017

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

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  1. Billy_Bars

    Billy_Bars Aspirant (294) Jan 18, 2014 Illinois
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    To all the people talking about bottle sharing at Hampton Inn...

    2 years ago, my first DLD, we had some friends of a friend staying there. We went and hung out in their room for a bit, because, well, DLD weather is horrid. After we came out we were just walking out the front door and stopped to talk to some guys in the lobby. Next thing I know it's the most badass, impromptu bottle share ever. Huna, Assassin, BVDL all got popped, but more than the whales, it was just a great time. Met some beer friends there that I still trade with here and there.

    TL;DR- I highly recommend running into the Hampton Inn for anyone just in case you can spark something fun. You almost can't screw that up.
     
  2. croush

    croush Zealot (530) Mar 20, 2015 Illinois
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    I bought these at Target last year, along with a caribiner to attach them to my lanyard. Not the best glass, but it is great to not have to worry about dropping it or anything. I also had some plastic cups with me as backup and/or to give pours out to other people that might not have a glass available.
     
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  3. here4thebeer11

    here4thebeer11 Initiate (126) May 30, 2015 Indiana
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    Sounds good, thanks! So what's with the queue looking think on the north side by the entrance?
     
  4. here4thebeer11

    here4thebeer11 Initiate (126) May 30, 2015 Indiana
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    What time? Might go even though I'm not staying there lol. More whales to share the better!
     
  5. prior2two

    prior2two Disciple (350) Oct 18, 2013 Illinois
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    There's no difference to the quality of the share. Really a statement that can be applied to the whole day.
     
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  6. Billy_Bars

    Billy_Bars Aspirant (294) Jan 18, 2014 Illinois
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    I honestly don't think it matters. I'm not positive of the time we were there, but I am 100% sure DLD wasn't over. We were group A and B, so we were spent pretty early; that's why we went to rest a bit. After that, instead of going back to DLD, we ran into this bottle share. I'm pretty sure this happens throughout the day in that lobby.
     
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  7. Scalawags

    Scalawags Aspirant (246) Jun 18, 2013 Michigan
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    If you think the Saturday share at the Hampton is badass, don't come on Friday night. You won't make it to DLD.
     
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  8. carlso_aw

    carlso_aw Aspirant (237) Jan 10, 2016 Indiana
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    I'll be there, and likely bringing some tasty beverages for drinking.
     
  9. EddieGarcia

    EddieGarcia Initiate (131) Sep 28, 2015 Illinois
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    I'll be at the Hampton Inn, reporting everyone to the front desk for being loud while I'm trying to get some sleep.
     
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  10. That_Bearded_Guy

    That_Bearded_Guy Disciple (301) Jan 25, 2016 Michigan
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    Who's staying at the Hampton inn Hammond? I'll be bringing tasty shit to pour out for all you crazy bastards
     
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  11. Iamjeff6

    Iamjeff6 Champion (830) Sep 9, 2013 Virginia
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    I bought these, I always bring them to shares where I don't want to bring glassware

    https://www.amazon.com/Govino-Glass-Flexible-Shatterproof-Recyclable/dp/B002WXSAT6

    I think the thumb notch is like a 5oz pour too
     
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  12. TheKlevin

    TheKlevin Devotee (429) Aug 6, 2014 Michigan
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  13. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Aspirant (270) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    Drinking out of wine glasses...on Dark Lord Day!!!??? No wonder it rains all the time. There is only one drinking vessel approved by the DL and that is this:

    https://www.amazon.com/Das-Horn-Drinking-Vessel-24oz/dp/B00EGIBDUS

    or maybe the DL/DM Chalice if you can figure out how to make it a necklace.
     
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  14. Iamjeff6

    Iamjeff6 Champion (830) Sep 9, 2013 Virginia
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    God that chalice is heavy, especially when filled with a 22oz beer.
     
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  15. kodt

    kodt Zealot (505) Mar 6, 2013 Illinois

  16. SaulTBauls

    SaulTBauls Aspirant (222) Mar 22, 2013 Iowa
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    The most clutch purchase I made was two or three years ago when I picked up a smaller Camelbak prior to the fest. I've used it at several other fests and it's been a life saver.
     
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  17. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Aspirant (270) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    That's convenient, by the same token, FFF doesn't gouge on water. I think the local animal shelter usually sells bottles of water for $1 each in the grounds with the proceeds going to the shelter.
     
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  18. Jplachy

    Jplachy Aspirant (263) Feb 12, 2012 Illinois
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    Nothing beats having that life saving water hose next to your face. You'll forget about the water in your bag but having the hose to drink from right there....like right by your face is great.
     
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  19. That_Bearded_Guy

    That_Bearded_Guy Disciple (301) Jan 25, 2016 Michigan
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    This will be epic as fuck at DLD
     
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  20. toolbrew

    toolbrew Defender (692) Feb 26, 2008 Illinois
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    I brought the small solo cups from the Dollar Store last year and gave them to a few people in the south line who didn't bring cups...made their morning and shared great beer!
     
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  21. eifster82

    eifster82 Defender (651) Apr 19, 2015 Illinois
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    Not only did we bring same salt & pepper shakers ( @kdawgmoney and I ) for shares drinking, we also brought clear cups for people that broke or didn't bring their own glasses as well.

    The only negative I found about those salt & pepper glasses was that it's a relatively small opening for the pour, and the further we got into the day (drinking) it became tougher to pour into them and others were hesitant to do so also, leaving me with the pressure of not spilling. Im thinking of some kind of lanyard for a 5 oz mini-snifter with wider opening this year.
     
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  22. zach60614

    zach60614 Aspirant (202) May 1, 2012 Illinois
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    I feel like the people in line around us have no interest in beer whatsoever. At least 5 different people declined pours of St. Lamvinus when they were offered in the South line last year.
     
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  23. Sabtos

    Sabtos Poo-Bah (2,858) Dec 15, 2015 Ohio
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    There's a lot fewer BA-minded folk at DLD than it would sound from this thread.

    A lot of people with BCBS and bourbon familiarity show up due to the reputation of the big beer and living within relative proximity to the fest. And yay, they bring all their GI, but anything outside of the immediate big name Chicago bourbon barrel aged stout and they'll look at it like you're trying to put one over on them.
     
  24. kreg02

    kreg02 Aspirant (272) Nov 19, 2012 Illinois
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    You come find me I will have some of that, :rolling_eyes:
     
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  25. Sabtos

    Sabtos Poo-Bah (2,858) Dec 15, 2015 Ohio
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    What was your icon before--gd it! It keeps escaping my memory and now the itch has gotten too strong! lol
     
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  26. kreg02

    kreg02 Aspirant (272) Nov 19, 2012 Illinois
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    lol, Ron Swanson... sorry on shaking things up on you
     
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  27. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Aspirant (270) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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    The Dark Lord Fortune #326
    Anyone who accepts pours of every good thing they are offered isn't going to last long at DLD.
     
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  28. reefer_bob

    reefer_bob Disciple (330) May 13, 2014 California
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  29. ChiCubs78

    ChiCubs78 Disciple (300) Jan 2, 2015 Illinois
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  30. HouseofWortship

    HouseofWortship Aspirant (270) May 3, 2016 Illinois
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  31. prior2two

    prior2two Disciple (350) Oct 18, 2013 Illinois
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    I like the caribeaner idea. I have a fobab taster from a few years ago that has a handle. With a caribeaner, that can attach to lanyar no problem.
     
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  32. asams10

    asams10 Disciple (344) Mar 19, 2014 North Carolina
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    Can I get all of their pours then?
     
  33. SaulTBauls

    SaulTBauls Aspirant (222) Mar 22, 2013 Iowa
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    This is true. I've used them more than once to fill back up. I was more speaking to sharing outside of the grounds or the night before. I would absolutely advocate supporting the animal shelter.
     
  34. zach60614

    zach60614 Aspirant (202) May 1, 2012 Illinois
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    Good point. Like the guys in 2015 that brought a case and half of Dogfish Head 120 Minute, they were shit housed. Most of the declines for pours I have received over the years were from people that brought nothing and weren't drinking. Guess I'm usually in line around the metal heads.
     
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  35. Dactrius

    Dactrius Meyvn (1,081) Apr 23, 2012 Wisconsin
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    I've found it harder and harder to find people sharing in line (with people they didn't come with) as the years have gone by. Similarly, the big share under the tent is usually pretty dead by the time I'm hitting my stride (unless it's raining and people are hiding under there) since we don't show up to the fest until after lunch.

    Everyone loves to talk about how awesome the bottle shares are but it's heavily luck driven, or based on having a big group of people you already know, and it seems like that's getting more and more true each year.
     
  36. reefer_bob

    reefer_bob Disciple (330) May 13, 2014 California
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    I just walk around with a bottle of Pliny and people swoon.
     
  37. prior2two

    prior2two Disciple (350) Oct 18, 2013 Illinois
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    This has not been my experience at all.
     
  38. Zoomslowik

    Zoomslowik Disciple (319) Mar 17, 2016 Illinois
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    That's a good but expensive way to get shit housed.
     
  39. Jplachy

    Jplachy Aspirant (263) Feb 12, 2012 Illinois
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    Strangers offered me beer all day long last year.
     
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  40. ChWRoCk

    ChWRoCk Initiate (38) Dec 9, 2013 Illinois
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    I've only been once, but nobody around me seemed willing to share in line before entering the festival; I probably got there at like 10, probably not the prime sharing time as I assume all the die hard bottle sharers arrive much earlier. I did have a decent bottle out in plain sight I was drinking to try and get people to notice to share, no dice.

    Most of the shares I got throughout the day were people offering pours to cut the line in front of me. Also, I just happened to overhear a conversation of some folks who literally live 5 minutes from me and I jumped in and they started sharing bottles.

    I never did enter the bottle sharing tent because I wanted to use up my vouchers...at the same time, is it frowned upon to enter the tent if I don't have much to share?
     
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