Archive for October, 2008

Where is the Darkness?

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Wow. That was awesome.
1st, let us talk about bars that will be serving Darkness. This list is of bars in the Twin Cities that will be getting the beer on tap. It does not guarantee that they will have the beer on tap. 331 Club, 3 Square, 8th Street Grill, Acadia Café, Bryant Lake Bowl, Blue Door, Blue Nile, Busters on 28th, Café twenty-eight, Common Roots, Groveland Tap, Grumpys NE, Happy Gnome, Macs Industrial, Mackenzies, Mad Cappers, Muddy Pig, Pracna, Stub & Herbs, Washington Square Grill, Zorbaz in Detroit Lakes.
We will be having Darkness tapping events at:
October 30th- Stub & Herbs
November 5th – The Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL.
November 12th – Hell’s Kitchen in Duluth
November 17th – Monk’s in Sioux Falls
TBA – 3 Square in Maple Grove.
There are no leftover bottles of Darkness from the sale at the brewery.
Surly will brew over 3500 barrels of beer this year. The 3500 barrel production number is the limit for breweries or brewpubs to get a license to sell growlers. The 750 ML bottles are a variation of growlers. So, next year we can not sell Darkness at the brewery. In addition, the current limit for getting a license to sell glasses of beer (like at SurlyFest and Darkness Day) is 3500 barrels. Regardless of changes to the law, you can be sure that we will continue to contribute to MN beer culture.
I will put some thoughts about D-Day after my head clears and bruises heal. One more thing, thanks so much to Mary Sellke and the 81 volunteers that made the event great.

Enough already!

Friday, October 24th, 2008

More videos of D-Day preparations!

Darkness on TV

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Fox 9 morning news stopped by to check out what the hype is about.

See below for Darkness sale info!

Stub & Herb’s

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

See you at Stub & Herb’s on October 30th for the Darkness tapping!
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Pictures of 2008 Darkness

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Chip recently moved up from Austin, TX and is a big beer fan. He is volunteering during D-Day and also volunteered to help label Darkness bottles and dip them. Thanks to all the folks that helped get Darkness ready for this weekend. Chip has a beer blog and took some photos of his handiwork, check it out.

Also, there will be a Darkness preview on Fox Morning news in the Twin Cities on Wednesday, October 22nd. Check out the news and see what we are up to.

D-Day – The Latest

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

Inquiring minds want to know – What’s happening at D-Day? Here is the latest as of today.
Brewery gates open at noon on Saturday, October 25th. The 1st 700 people through the gates have the option of purchasing bottles of 2008 Darkness. Each individual can buy up to 6 bottles. The bottles cost $17 each and that includes tax. CASH ONLY! These bottles are 750 ML, like a wine bottle, that’s equal to 25.3 ounces. Folks can purchase their bottles of Darkness anytime between noon and 5:30. You must purchase your beer by 5:30 or your beer will be sold to someone else.
These bottles of Darkness will not be sold at liquor stores. We will not mail these bottles of beer to folks, nor will we save the beer for folks that can not make the event. If you want the beer, be one of the 1st 700 people through the gates.
Darkness Goblets, posters and t-shirts will be for sale during the event. This year’s Darkness poster was designed by local tattoo artist Nic Skrade.
D-Day attendees will be able to buy Surly beer during the event. $3 tokens will be available for purchase. CASH ONLY! These tokens are redeemable for 12 ounce beers that will be poured from noon to 5:30.
Three bands will be playing during the day at the brewery.
12:15 GuzzleMug
2:00 God Came From Space
4:00 Powermad

We will be closing the gates at 6:30. Please arrange for a pickup, cab ride or designated driver. We will have volunteers directing folks to different areas to park in our industrial park. Our neighbors have been kind to let you use their lots to park. Please don;t leave crap in their parking lots and make sure your car is removed from their lot by Sunday evening if you need to leave your car.
Food will be available for purchase during the event.
Minors are welcome with their parent.
This is the last D-Day at the brewery because we will not be able to sell beer from the brewery after December 31st of this year. Stop on by and enjoy the day!
Darkness draft launch parties, Omar will be at each of the events.
October 30th – Stub & Herbs
November 5th – Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL
November 12th – Hell’s Kitchen in Duluth

Darkness Day Band Set Times!

Friday, October 17th, 2008

12:15 GuzzleMug
2:00 God Came From Space
4:00 Powermad

D-Day Volunteers

Monday, October 6th, 2008

We need some volunteers for Darkness Day, October 25th.

******We are good! Lots of folks signed up, thanks and see you in a few weekends!***

Surly Tube #2

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Check out some other Surly shorts and a Surlyfest video on our photos page.