US - Midwest Darkness Day 2018 - in Wisconsin

Discussion in 'Beer Travel, Events and Releases' started by elkhunter36, Apr 13, 2018.

  1. elkhunter36

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    Well this is weird. Do we need to have this discussion in the Wisconsin thread?

    http://surlybrewing.com/news/darkness-day-moving-remain-calm/


    Darkness Day is moving.

    Now, before you freak out, there’s a good reason for this.

    Simply put, we ran out of room at our Brooklyn Center brewery. Cramming that many people and that many campers into an industrial park was a study in chaos and a credit to the very (VERY) tolerant businesses who share the neighborhood with us.

    Once it became apparent that we had to move the event, we needed to find another location that would allow us to amplify the entire experience. Festival Field wasn’t an option, as state law prohibits us from selling bottles of Darkness outside of the building. We were able to sell bottles in Brooklyn Center thanks to an agreement with Brooklyn Center Liquors, who we should all thank for what they’ve done to support Darkness Day over the years.

    With that in mind, we needed to find a place that would allow us to:

    1. Sell Darkness bottles.
    2. Have live, loud music.
    3. Have plenty of campground for the folks who very literally come from all over the world to be there.
    4. Generally make Darkness Day a bigger, better event.
    The best option in the area that fulfilled these four requirements was the Somerset Amphitheater in Somerset, Wisconsin.

    So that’s where Darkness Day will be this year, on Saturday, Sept. 29. It’ll be cool.

    What we can tell you at this time:

    • Tickets will be required for admittance. Booking a campground isn’t free, even in Wisconsin.
    • These tickets will allow you to camp overnight on Friday and/or Saturday. It’s the best way we can think of to maintain the phenomenal bottle share/cookout/bonfire scene that has sprung up around Darkness Day and still be vaguely responsible. This must be what growing up feels like.
    • You DON’T have to camp. Again, enjoy Darkness Day/Darkness Day Eve responsibly.
    • Saturday, September 29th will be the ONLY day you can buy Darkness bottles before its official release date on October 31st. Yeah, Halloween.
    • In addition to straight-up Darkness, there will be bottles of Darkness variants available for purchase.
    • GOING TO REPEAT THAT: BOTTLED DARKNESS VARIANTS. We’ll give you the details this summer.
    What we’ll tell you in the future:

    • Ticket costs. There will be packages (camping, camping with electricity, camping w/bottles of Darkness, etc.). Those will be revealed in June.
    • The bands. There will be a bunch. Those will be revealed this summer.
    • The other beers. We’re bringing a lot. We might bring more than that. Again, more info this summer.
    That’s it. This is a big ol’ experiment for us, so let us know what you think. Hit us up (or light us up, we’re used to it) on our social channels.
     
  2. sherm1016

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    I think this warrants its own thread. Don't want all that Minnesota Nice in our Sconnie thread.
     
  3. rmalinowski4

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    Now when they say camping with electricity, they mean campers right......
     
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  4. lurchingbeast

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    I....like this. These changes might be enough to bring me back to the area for the first time in 7 years.
     
  5. maximum12

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    I despise this.

    Attendance had already dropped for the overnight share & bottle pickup the last couple of years. I doubt people are going to want to drive 45-60 minutes for a bottle share & to pick up what has become a (very good) shelf beer.

    Wildly interesting variants or great guest breweries could change this, but I see a big drop-off in attendance coming, based on my anecdotal discussions with friends.
     
  6. sacrelicio

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    I'll wait for the details, could be really good, but I'll miss the old spot. At any rate variants and good guest beers are a must.
     
  7. PurityControl88

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    Anyone still planning on checking this out? I went to Darkness Day four years ago and had a blast, partially due to people from this site.
     
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  8. Dbijnagte

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    We will be there. Skipping zwanze to try out camping. It’s sounding like the guest breweries and taplist should be pretty amazing. Got someone to buy the $200 package for me and I’m giving him all the bottles. Should be a great time, we will still be bottlesharing for sure.
     
  9. PurityControl88

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    Good deal. Hopefully I end up making it and if so, will totally hit you up.
     
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  10. Dbijnagte

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  11. elkhunter36

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    We have been talking about it. If this group ^ is all going we would most likely go.

    Does anyone know if you get to pick your camping spot or is it assigned? It would suck if we were all at opposite corners of the park from one another.
     
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  12. Dbijnagte

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    I think it’s just first come first served. You get a camping bracelet and that lets them know you can be there. There wasn’t anything about picking spots when I ordered mine.
     
  13. sacrelicio

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    They should post more info. Guest breweries, bands, something.
     
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  14. sacrelicio

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    Also...is it sold out?
     
  15. Dbijnagte

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    It’s not but only bottle packages are available as of now. They will open up camping only tickets eventually.
     
  16. Fingolfin

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    I'm out for this year. Timing is too close to the fall powerlifting meet which is now my annual tradition.
     
  17. maximum12

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    Also out, unless I have an inexplicable attack of FOMO, or they bring in sixteen J. Wakefield pastry stouts as guest taps.
     
  18. Dbijnagte

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    There are rumors of this...

    Probably only a couple though.
     
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  19. PurityControl88

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    I wish they would post this already... what's the hold up? You'd think if a band/brewery were coming they'd said yes by now. Hoping it's because the bands and guest breweries will be ridiculous.
     
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  20. sacrelicio

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    I want to go but I'm hesitating until I know more.
     
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