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Draft Darkness in Chicago?

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

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  1. tinypyramids

    tinypyramids Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2012 Illinois

    i live within walking distance but i never go there because i don't want to plan an entire day around a burger. after eating there many times, i decided that their burgers are great but they don't justify a two hour wait, and the beer is never anything i can't find elsewhere.
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  2. jegross2

    jegross2 Meyvn (1,209) Jan 3, 2010 Illinois
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    That's why you drink there or at square bar while waiting
  3. mbockstruck30

    mbockstruck30 Disciple (320) Dec 31, 2010 Illinois
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    exactly. Square Bar was the best thing to happen to Kuma's patrons.
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  4. Askchucky

    Askchucky Initiate (195) May 2, 2011 Illinois
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    Last year Small Bar and Banger's & Lace had it on tap.
  5. jln83

    jln83 Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2012 Illinois

    Three Ace's had it last year too.
  6. Dontcounttoday

    Dontcounttoday Devotee (458) Apr 23, 2010 Illinois
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    Three Aces disappointed the crap out of me over the summer. BCBS and BCBVS were both on tap, as well as Scarlet over the period of a few weeks. It lasted so long because they don't update their website very well, wasn't much word of it on here, and their tap lines kept going down because they couldn't keep them cool in 100+ degree heat. Even when the taps were running all the beer was very warm and had been warm for some time it seemed. Scarlet was awful, the BCBS and Vanilla were ok but can be served at room temp. Also the bartenders had no idea the difference between regular BCBS and Vanilla and couldn't tell me which I was drinking twice.

    The one time we ate there the food was fantastic though, I must say, but I hate the way they treat their beer. Sorry for the rant
  7. tbaiza

    tbaiza Initiate (0) Jun 2, 2009 Illinois

    Does anyone know who handles the distribution for Darkness in Chicago? I understand Surly doesn't get distributed out of Minnisoota, but I am oh so curious about this.
  8. immobilisme

    immobilisme Aspirant (231) Nov 8, 2005 Illinois

    Surly used to go through Windy City, but I don't know how it works these days. Probably the same?
  9. Kwaz

    Kwaz Initiate (0) Mar 31, 2012 Illinois
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    Hopefully you don't need the bartenders to tell you which is which :wink:
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  10. Dontcounttoday

    Dontcounttoday Devotee (458) Apr 23, 2010 Illinois
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    The problem is calling ahead to ask if Vanilla is still on tap and being told yes. I brought 3 friends that had never had it, we sit down and order, and no one can taste Vanilla at all. Still amazing of course, but disappointing, and they swore it was vanilla. I went in the next day and another bartender told me it had tapped out a few days previous.
  11. nickMB

    nickMB Disciple (310) Nov 17, 2009 Illinois

    Is the vanilla still present though? I mean I expected most of it to fade over two years. I think we can all be the judge of that on black friday in a few weeks I guess, but i have a feeling 2010 vanilla is now 2010 BCBS.
  12. tinypyramids

    tinypyramids Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2012 Illinois

    Yes it is present, and it's glorious.
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  13. MUMike

    MUMike Initiate (0) Feb 3, 2012 Missouri

    I plan entire business trips around Kumas! I love that place and since I live eight hours away, I look forward to every trip to Chicago and figuring out how to schedule a Kumas visit.

    Hopefully I can get there this weekend when I come up for FoBAB.
  14. Dontcounttoday

    Dontcounttoday Devotee (458) Apr 23, 2010 Illinois
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    I've had Vanilla on tap 3 times this year and opened 2 bottles myself. The bottles were both beautifully flavorful with rich vanilla. Same thing with 2 of the 3 taps. A single tapping I had was very faded but still present. BCBVS if cellared correctly are still drinking ng great
  15. chi16brew

    chi16brew Initiate (0) Feb 1, 2011 Illinois

    Was that faded tapping the one at fountainhead? Since it was the only time I have had vanilla I have no reference but I did find the vanilla rather hard to pick up that day.
  16. nickMB

    nickMB Disciple (310) Nov 17, 2009 Illinois

    Just hard to imagine a spice not fading after two years. But haven't had any since the original release so hard to compare.
  17. foobula

    foobula Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2009 Illinois

    I was thinking the Cobra Lounge tapping, myself. Had it there and the vanilla was present, no doubt. But the next night, I had Bourbon County 2011 somewhere and it really blew away the BCBVS in the vanilla dept, and every other department.

    The first night was like vanilla on top of a very good beer, the second night was a phenomenal beer that had even more vanilla integrated into it.
  18. aefbjo

    aefbjo Initiate (0) Jun 8, 2005 Bahamas

    I had Darkness at Small Bar (Division) last year or the year before as well as Map Room. Very good but not so great as to require large amounts of effort to consume, in my opinion.
  19. danimalarkey

    danimalarkey Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2008 Illinois

    Just posted on facebook by SmallBar:
  20. foobula

    foobula Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2009 Illinois

    dislike :slight_frown:
  21. readbaron

    readbaron Initiate (0) May 12, 2010 Illinois
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    Gaaah! Say it ain't so.
  22. Lansman

    Lansman Aspirant (239) Mar 19, 2011 Missouri
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    The relationship Todd has with those at Northdown Cafe is such that if anyone will have Darkness on tap in Chicago (SmallBar Tweet to the contrary), Northdown will be it.
  23. BierVogel

    BierVogel Initiate (162) Oct 29, 2012 Minnesota
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    I'm driving down to Chicago from MPLS tonight and have a few extra bottles in the fridge. I'd be willing to mule a few down if someone is really desperate to try it (BM me.) It IS worthy of the hype, IMO.

    Surly definitely increased production of it this year. It was not hard to find here in the Twin Cities but it did disappear within a few days. Surly is building a new brewpub, so hopefully output will increase in the coming years for it to achieve a greater reach.
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  24. BreakingBad

    BreakingBad Initiate (0) Sep 17, 2012

    I haven't seen it on tap anywhere and I've had places tell me that it isn't coming to Chicago this year? Why not? if it has the past 4 years why would surly not send a few kegs our way if they upped production?
  25. JmH

    JmH Initiate (0) Jun 6, 2012 Illinois

    how dare they!
  26. weakness33

    weakness33 Initiate (0) Jul 1, 2011 Illinois

    Surly is going to Chicago. Monday, November 12th, the Surly Crew will be at the Hopleaf and Map Room pouring Darkness. Tuesday, November 13th, the Surly Crew will be at Clark Street Ale House, Small Bar – Division, Kuma’s Corner and Sheffields. After that, you will be able to find our tap beer at a few bars in Chicago. More details to follow about the events. FYI, our distibutor in Chicago is Windy City Distribution – 630.809.1748.

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  27. FlssmrBrewAlum

    FlssmrBrewAlum Aspirant (204) Feb 25, 2009 Illinois
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    Post 228.. most recent post 1027
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  28. MasterSki

    MasterSki Site Editor (6,394) Dec 25, 2006 Ontario (Canada)
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    Yeah - I was going to ask what year that was from...
  29. JakeT469

    JakeT469 Disciple (345) Jan 13, 2012 Colorado
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    Well damn!! We missed the boat on that one. It's the 15th today. Long gone by now! :wink:
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  30. mishuggah

    mishuggah Initiate (194) Jul 14, 2009 Illinois
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    Contact Us

    Surly Brewing Co.
    4811 Dusharme Dr.
    Brooklyn Center, MN 55429

    (763) 535-3330
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  31. mishuggah

    mishuggah Initiate (194) Jul 14, 2009 Illinois
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    Perhaps you can ask the question "How does brewery release only beers affect craft beer and why does stone chose not to do them?" as well.
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  32. jegross2

    jegross2 Meyvn (1,209) Jan 3, 2010 Illinois
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    Told ya Kumas would get some
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  33. jegross2

    jegross2 Meyvn (1,209) Jan 3, 2010 Illinois
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    According to Kumas, their keg of Darkness has not been tapped yet.
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  34. Treebs

    Treebs Initiate (0) Apr 18, 2011 Illinois

  35. nucmedmario

    nucmedmario Initiate (173) Sep 1, 2010 Illinois
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    the last monday, november 12th was in 2007.
  36. tinypyramids

    tinypyramids Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2012 Illinois

    the post is from 2007.

  37. jegross2

    jegross2 Meyvn (1,209) Jan 3, 2010 Illinois
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    Egg on face. Oops
  38. aefbjo

    aefbjo Initiate (0) Jun 8, 2005 Bahamas

    Bacon, cheddar and egg on face meat, on top of delicious burger...
  39. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2011 Minnesota

    Fun fact - they literally adopted the name after watching that bit.
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  40. Mjmoser

    Mjmoser Initiate (0) May 6, 2012 Illinois

    Anyone sitting in a quiet bar drinking this and not telling anyone? Anyone have insight into any bars getting a keg?
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