Darkness Day 2019 Survival Guide

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For some, going to Darkness Day weekend is all about being in the moment, and just letting the whole experience wash over you like a river made of imperial stouts. For others, it’s about making sure this guy, who we’ll call Terry, knows where the bottle shop is, when the bands are playing, and if … Continued

Darkness Day Casks, Vintages, and More

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You’ve read about Darkness. You’ve read about the Variants. You’ve read about the guest breweries. You’ve read about the campground beers. Fine. That’s fine. But what have you done for us lately, Surly? Terrific question. Here are all the other beers Surly is bringing to the party on Darkness Day (Saturday, 9/28). Take a seat. … Continued

Dawn of Darkness Pouring List

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We now know what many of our friends are bringing to the Dawn of Darkness Beer Festival on Friday, September 27th–tickets here. Reminder: All these breweries are unavailable in Minnesota and western Wisconsin, and you can enjoy all-you-care-to-sample pours from 6-9 pm on Darkness Day Eve. We’ll have stouts, sours, a Shower Beer (no, really, … Continued

Cheers to More Darkness Day Beers

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Every year, we look at ways to make the great Darkness Day (Sept. 27 & 28, Somerset, WI, tickets here) experience even greater. Never too much of a good thing and all that. One of the ways we’re doing that this year: More packaged beer. Many of you understandably hold onto your Darkness and variant … Continued

2019 Darkness Variant Art

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We’ve already revealed the 2019 Darkness art, courtesy of Tim Chapman, our 2019 Featured Artist. It’s our privilege to share with you his art for our three Darkness variants. If you need a refresher on what those are: Double Stuffed Darkness–Rum Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout with Vanilla Beans and Cacao Molé Darkness–Bourbon Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial … Continued

The 2019 Surly Darkness Artist Is…

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Tim Chapman! Tim comes to Surly from St. Paul via Sydney, Australia. You know, the traditional journey that everyone takes. He’s creating label art for our 2019 Darkness line–the OG, the barrel-aged, and any variants.  The art will be featured on bottles, posters, shirts, and at our annual Darkness Day celebration. It’s a full-fledged, paid … Continued

A Month of Darkness

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What October loses in light, it gains in Darkness. Throughout the month, Surly will be releasing several beers, each one darker than the last, in anticipation of our beloved Russian imperial stout. (Yes, we’re also releasing WET, our flat-out amazing fresh-hop beer made with 6000 lbs of fresh-off-the-bine Citra hops, and it is decidedly not … Continued

Darkness Day Deadline

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If you were waiting to get your Darkness Day Bottle Package, stop. Online sales for both end at 5 PM Central on Thursday. If you need a refresher, or have somehow missed every part of our Darkness Day media blitz: Tier 1: Darkness Day Bottle Package: Campground access from 12 pm September 28 to 12 pm … Continued

Darkness Day Ticket FAQs

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There are three ticket tiers for Darkness Day 2018. We’ve had some questions about what each one entails. We have answers, along with a hell-ton of other information. TIER 3: General Admission (purchase here) $35 Campground Access & Site from Friday 12 PM thru Sunday 12 PM Darkness Day Eve Access–At 5 pm, the gates … Continued

The Bands of Darkness Day 2018

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The massive 2018 Darkness Day lineup can’t even be contained in one day. For the first time in history, the traditional Darkness Day Eve bottle share/campout will have its own metal/hardcore soundtrack. (Get your tickets right here.) Contained herein is a brief description of each band, a video, and a one-sentence review from Dr. Professor … Continued

A Darkness Day Roadmap

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Darkness Day is different this year. For one, it’s no longer in the suburban business park where our original Brooklyn Center brewery sits—we moved it 45 minutes east to Somerset, WI. For another, Darkness Day covers a full weekend, with the party and music starting Friday night before we pack it up on Sunday morning. … Continued

Darkness Day Guest Breweries (Part Two)

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One of the benefits of holding our 2018 Darkness Day celebration in Somerset, besides creating a better overall (and legally sound) experience than a cramped Brooklyn Center industrial park can offer, is that Wisconsin law allows us to spend our favorite weekend of the year with our craft brewing friends. Not only can we pour … Continued

Darkness Day Guest Breweries (Part One)

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One of the benefits of holding our 2018 Darkness Day celebration in Somerset, besides creating a better overall (and legally sound) experience than a cramped Brooklyn Center industrial park can offer, is that Wisconsin law allows us to spend our favorite weekend of the year with our craft brewing friends. Not only can we pour … Continued

Darkness Variant #3: Tattersall Fernet Barrel-Aged

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We’ve spent the last couple weeks featuring the most talked-about part of our 2018 Darkness Day blowout in Somerset: Darkness variants. We’ve experimented with complementary flavors for our Russian imperial stout in the Beer Hall and at select beer festivals, but never before to this extent. To say we’re excited to roll these out to … Continued

Darkness Variant #2: Rum Barrel-Aged Coconut

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Over the next few weeks, we’ll be featuring the most talked-about part of our 2018 Darkness Day blowout in Somerset: Darkness variants. We’ve experimented with complementary flavors for our Russian imperial stout in the Beer Hall and at select beer festivals, but never before to this extent. To say we’re excited to roll these out … Continued

Darkness Variant #1: Bourbon Barrel-Aged Cherry Vanilla

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Over the next few weeks, we’ll be featuring the most talked-about part of our 2018 Darkness Day blowout in Somerset: Darkness variants. We’ve experimented with complementary flavors for our Russian imperial stout in the Beer Hall and at select beer festivals, but never before to this extent. To say we’re excited to roll these out … Continued