Draft Darkness in Chicago?

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by readbaron, Nov 7, 2012.

  1. readbaron

    readbaron May 12, 2010 Illinois
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    I imagine it's a tad early for it to start showing up, but it seemed like everybody and their brother got a keg last year, and I'm already craving a glass. I'd be much obliged if people could post any tappings they know of.

    Also, when is FFF's going to get their act together and release some kegs of Dark Lord? (I know - never. But seriously - if Surly can ship kegs all over, why can't FFFs share some love?)
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  2. danimalarkey

    danimalarkey Mar 3, 2008 Illinois

    I think they bottle nearly all of it rather than holding any for kegs. When I've gone to tastings/special events where Dark Lord is being served, it has always come via bottles, best I can recall.
  3. MUMike

    MUMike Feb 3, 2012 Missouri

    3F did send some Dark Lord kegs to CCB's Hunaphu Day earlier this year.
  4. kawilliams81

    kawilliams81 Feb 27, 2009 Illinois
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    Darkness has been at multiple bars across Chicago the past 2 years, so I would guess it will show up in the next couple of weeks.
  5. adamgnoth

    adamgnoth Apr 2, 2012 Colorado
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    Do they bottle and sell Darkness around Chicago? I had it last year via draft, but would love to get some bottles.
  6. EROCK75

    EROCK75 Aug 5, 2009 Illinois
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    Darkness bottles, like all Surly canned and bottled brews, are only sold in MN. Hence all the out of town people at Darkness day, like me. :D
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  7. jegross2

    jegross2 Jan 3, 2010 Illinois
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    3F dark lord gueze?
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  8. PlayaPlaya

    PlayaPlaya Sep 19, 2012 Illinois

    I'll believe it when I see it.
  9. Tnudish

    Tnudish Feb 16, 2012 Wisconsin

    You'll see it if you know where to look...
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  10. lurchingbeast

    lurchingbeast Feb 19, 2009 Illinois

    Or just follow Dontcounttoday's posts.
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  11. JPortillo

    JPortillo Mar 12, 2012 Illinois
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    If anyone finds darkness on tap in chicago please let me know.
  12. Tnudish

    Tnudish Feb 16, 2012 Wisconsin

    That's how I will know! I've gone to the same place for the last couple of years and got multiple pours over a couple day period. Hope they get some again this year.
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  13. thetomG

    thetomG Feb 17, 2010 Illinois

    What he said. I'm guessing it won't be too hard to track down once it arrives...


  14. Dontcounttoday

    Dontcounttoday Apr 23, 2010 Illinois
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    I was wondering why I had 6 new followers today. Well I know where it should be tapping and ill make sure to inform everyone after a few days if milking it
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  15. adamgnoth

    adamgnoth Apr 2, 2012 Colorado
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    well that is depressing. guess i'll be searching for draft's here in the city!
  16. EricCioe

    EricCioe Aug 7, 2010 Montana

    I had Darkness on tap at Jake Melnick's of all places in 2010. Really strange to find that beer at that bar.
  17. adamgnoth

    adamgnoth Apr 2, 2012 Colorado
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    I had it last year at Fountainhead. One of my favorite Chicago bars. Just recently had Zombie Dust on Cask there.....unbelievable and way too easy to drink!
  18. tinypyramids

    tinypyramids Jul 19, 2012 Illinois

    darkness is good stuff, but imo stone's irs is better, cheaper, and easier to get my grubby mitts on.
  19. sgoro

    sgoro Jul 15, 2010 Illinois
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    Had unlimited pours at Local Option and Publican last year. Both were towards the end of December.
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  20. TotallyHosed

    TotallyHosed Jun 20, 2009 Illinois
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    It was tapped at Map Room last year. I bet we'll see a few tappings this year as well.
  21. mbockstruck30

    mbockstruck30 Dec 31, 2010 Illinois
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  22. Treebs

    Treebs Apr 18, 2011 Illinois

    Jegross 2.0
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  23. Dontcounttoday

    Dontcounttoday Apr 23, 2010 Illinois
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    I am not sure about Jegross' past posts on such a thing but I was kidding. If its on tap anywhere, I will probably make a post as soon as I get a seat and have a drink in hand. That is how I usually share with the community and would hope it does not seem selfish.
  24. kawilliams81

    kawilliams81 Feb 27, 2009 Illinois
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    Bavarian Lodge usually taps it on Black Friday I do declare.
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  25. Treebs

    Treebs Apr 18, 2011 Illinois

    Haha, I knew you were kidding. My post was also a joke. I always forgot to include that stupid fucking winky face. ;);););)
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  26. Gonzoillini

    Gonzoillini Oct 15, 2008 Illinois

    Yea was a good time last year going from Goose Island Black Friday > Bav Lodge Black Friday. Don't think I'll be in any shape to do that this year if they happen to get another keg and tap it on Black Friday. Unfortunately, I think they finished off the rest of their Surly cellar stash last year as well.

  27. Redpac

    Redpac Aug 27, 2009 Illinois
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    They had it in 2011 as well. They do get some awesome beer, they just don't do a great job of promting it when they get it.
  28. Mjmoser

    Mjmoser May 6, 2012 Illinois

    Agreed. They often have good things go through there. Darkness is news to me though... I enjoyed BA Ten Fidy earlier this year there...
  29. Gonzoillini

    Gonzoillini Oct 15, 2008 Illinois

    Which made it a hidden gem for those of us who work downtown. Was nothing like getting off of work and grabbing some barbecue and having a couple of great beers. They also had a phenomenal cask beer event last year that wasn't packed, but was still a blast.

  30. readbaron

    readbaron May 12, 2010 Illinois
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    Do they advertise said events anywhere? (Twitter, BA, their own site? This downtown working BA would like to know.) Gracias in advance.
  31. Gonzoillini

    Gonzoillini Oct 15, 2008 Illinois

    I am on their email list, but honestly I heard about all the events I went to via word of mouth. Used to chat up the beer guy when I would come in and he would alert me to this or that. I would stay tuned to our local chatter on BA / the events section of BA just to see.

    Certainly a different approach in 2012, but they were always busy so they are doing something right.

  32. DROOO

    DROOO May 5, 2009 Illinois

    2 out of my last 3 visits there have been less than impressive due to staff.
  33. JakeT469

    JakeT469 Jan 13, 2012 Colorado

    U are correct on that sir. Not to thread jack but... has anyone heard what's going on at the Bav Lodge for Black Friday this year?
  34. Mjmoser

    Mjmoser May 6, 2012 Illinois

    I agree, although we had the same shitty server! Good beers though.
  35. immobilisme

    immobilisme Nov 8, 2005 Illinois

    Agree with most people above... if anyone is getting it, it will surely be Bavarian Lodge, Map Room, and Jake Melnick's.

    I wouldn't be surprised to see it the day after FOBAB at Map Room's anniversary.
  36. foobula

    foobula Dec 14, 2009 Illinois

    I'll rep the N burbs by throwing out the two I'm aware of: Firkin and Durty Nellie's
  37. markrmoser

    markrmoser Jun 27, 2010 Illinois

    +1 above, Durty Nellie's did have it on tap last year!
  38. tjfilippo

    tjfilippo Jan 28, 2008 Illinois
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    yup... Firkin's had it atleast for the last 3 years...
  39. jegross2

    jegross2 Jan 3, 2010 Illinois
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    I have 0 obligation to tell everyone about where a beer is being tapped Treebs. That's Dontcounttoday's job. Don't be a hater.
  40. jegross2

    jegross2 Jan 3, 2010 Illinois
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    I do know that Map Room, Local Option, Kuma's, Sheffields and Publican had it last year. I imagine they will all have it again this year -- especially Kuma's
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