Brooklyn Center, MN October 24th, 2015

Darkness Day 2015

Brooklyn Center Brewery, Release Parties

The hordes will soon descend upon the gates of Surly… Darkness Day 2015 cometh! This year, we’re keepin’ with tradition and hosting the party at our Brooklyn Center brewery. We’ll have LOUD music, food, beer—the works. Get ready for the darkest day of the year…

WHAT: Darkness Day 2015

WHEN: Saturday, October 24, 11am – 5:30pm

WHERE: Surly Brewing Company BC, 4811 Dusharme Drive, Brooklyn Center, MN

BEER LIST (Draft):


  • Brett Mikkel’s IPA
    • Fermented with Brett and dry hopped in the cask with Blanc, Melon and Mandarina German hops
  • Tea-Bagged Furious
    • Dry hopped in the cask with Amarillo hops
  • Tea-Bagged Todd The Axe Man
    • Dry hopped in the cask with Citra and Mosaic hops
  • Oak Aged Bender
    • Aged in the cask with oak
  • Thai Cynic
    • Aged in the cask with Lemongrass, Puya and Crystallized Ginger


  • There are TWO wristbands at the event, please read the following carefully.
  • Everyone will be ID’d and given one of the following: a 21+ OR an underage wristband upon entering the gate. The 21+ wristbands are the only wristbands that allow you to drink beer at the event.
  • There are 1,500 Darkness wristbands that will be given out on a first come first serve basis. This wristband will allow you to purchase up to SIX bottles of Darkness. Wristbands will be color coded and marked with your purchasing time. If it is not your allotted time to purchase Darkness, DO NOT LINE UP, go enjoy your damn day. If you miss your allotted time, you will be able to enter later to purchase bottles with any other group until 2:30pm. This year, the bottle purchase line WILL NOT be in the brewery. The bottle purchasing line is near 48th and Drew and is clearly marked. If there are extra bottles of Darkness after the initial sales, you will be able to buy up to four bottles starting at 3pm (while supplies last, which typically is not long).
  • We are trying to get everyone through the Darkness line as efficiently as possible. Purchase times are approximate. If we can get you through faster, we will. Check out @SurlyBrewing on Twitter and #DarknessDay for updates/changes on wristband purchasing times.


  • You MUST be 21 to purchase Darkness or beer tickets.
  • Everyone will be ID’d prior to entering the gates. If you are not 21, you MUST be accompanied by a parent.
  • Each person with a Darkness wristband will be allowed to purchase up to SIX 750ML bottles of Darkness for $20 each, CASH ONLY.
  • IF there are extra bottles of Darkness after initial sales, Darkness Day attendees will be able to buy up to FOUR bottles of Darkness starting at 3pm (while supplies last). Darkness will be available in bars and liquor stores in Minnesota starting the week of October 26 and be available in Chicago, Iowa and Wisconsin starting the week of November 30.
  • Tap beers will be poured in three locations: two trailers and in our Taproom. All locations will pour the same line up of beers. Casks pours will be available ONLY at the CASK STATION. Casks will be released periodically throughout the day.
  • Beer tickets are $5 each. You MUST purchase beer tickets under the ticket tent before you get in line for a beer. Beer tickets can be purchased with cash or credit card.



*Show times subject to change

2015 DARKNESS DAY ART: Local artist Brandon Holt created this year’s twisted nocturnal creature. Emerging from a deep and ancient cave, his screeching bat-nightmare has evolved a set of adaptions well suited to detecting and devouring uncommon nourishment. Brandon will be signing merch at the Merch Tent from 1pm-3pm. You can check out more of Brandon’s work by following him on Instagram @heathenlegs or at

MERCH: Darkness gear, featuring artwork by this year’s Surly featured artist, Brandon Holt, will be available for purchase at Darkness Day. Merch includes men’s and women’s t-shirts, a long sleeve shirt, a workshirt, a zip up and pullover hoodie, hats, posters, a special goblet and more. Darkness merch will also be available in The Company Store at Surly MSP the Tuesday following Darkness Day. Brandon will be signing merch at the merch tent from 1pm-3pm.


  • Surly’s neighbors have been gracious enough to let us use their parking lots. Don’t make a mess.
    • PLEASE NOTE: Out of respect for our neighbors still doing business, please DO NOT enter into the Industrial Park to park or line up until 3:30pm Friday. 
  • Overflow parking is available at Caribou across Hwy. 100.
  • Limited bike parking is available for those of you who are hardcore enough to go green. Look for it by the front gate.
  • If you need to leave your car here, no problem. Please have it moved by Sunday morning or it will be towed.


  • Dry Drivers: 651-491-9363
    • Not a taxi services, these guys will drive you and your car home!
  • Suburban/Diamond/Green & White: 651-222-2222
  • Blue & White/ABC Taxi/Rainbow Taxi: 612-333-3333

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