Dark Lord Day 2008

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Date: April 26, 2008

Overview

Dark Lord Day 2008 was held on Saturday, April 26th. The notable story from this year was that there were still hundreds of people in line who had waited 5 hours when it sold out. Beer sold out around 4 or 4:30 pm. Also, this was the first year Vanilla Bean Dark Lord was available on draft.

Unlike previous years where people were primarily bottle sharing and just hanging out in the morning, this was the first year people got in line early in the morning. Prior to 2008, people just hung out until around 11:00 or 11:30 and then got in line just before sales. This year started the trend of getting in line as soon as you arrive. But with several thousands more people, that was probably inevitable. People near the front of the line arrived as early as 5:00 am. DLD veterans were a little baffled by the line, wondering why people would get in line when DLD is about bottle sharing the tasting tables.

Because of the huge turnout, as the day progressed word was going around that the allotment would be cut from 6, to 4, to 2, to 1. However it sounds like allotment was cut straight from 6 down to 1 right before selling out late in the afternoon. Estimated 500-1000 people still in line that missed out on beer after waiting up to 5 hours.

Porta potties were reportedly overflowing as well.

After the event there was a large influx of bottles listed on eBay, this seems to be the first year that re-selling on eBay became a big issue.

Details

The festival started at 11:00 am and lasted until 10:30 pm.

Wax Color

Black

Allotment & Price

6 bottles per person. $15 a bottle.

Allotment was cut late in the day to 1 per person as an attempt to get beer to as many people as possible. It sold out around 4:00 or 4:30 pm.

Attendance

Estimated 4,500-5,000.

Taplist

Dark Lord Day 2008 Flyer

Notable FFF taps:

  • Oak Aged Dark Lord (Bourbon Barrel Aged)
  • Vanilla Bean Dark Lord (Bourbon Barrel Aged)
  • Cask Dreadaught

Guest taps:

  • Russian River Compunction
  • Pizza Port Black Lie IPA
  • Firestone Walker Parabola
  • Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA
  • Surly Bitter Brewer
  • Founders Double Dry Hopped Centennial IPA
  • Founders Devil Dancer
  • Founders Rubaeus
  • Beer Valley Black Flag Imperial Stout
  • Goose Island Belgian Blonde
  • Piece Camel Toe
  • Two Brothers ?
  • Flossmoor Station Pretty Big IPA

Notable To Go Beers

Hvedegoop

Merchandise

Dark Lord Day t-shirts were available this year

Food

Dark Lord sausage loaded with caramelized onions on pretzel bun.

Brewpub

The brewpub was open for the event.

Weather

High: 59 °F Low: 50 °F

Cloudy in the morning, clear in the afternoon. Windy.

Variants

  • Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord (draft only)
  • Bourbon Barrel Aged Vanilla Bean Dark Lord (draft only)

Bands

Bands played on an actual stage setup inside the brewery this year, instead of on the balcony as in 2006 and 2007. Mucca Pazza played both a stage show, and earlier in the day marching around the festival outside.

  • Den of Vipers
  • German Girls
  • Dynasty of Posiedon
  • Rabid Rabbit
  • Sybris
  • Imperial Battle Snake
  • Mucca Pazza
  • Bible of the Devil
  • Minsk

Photos

Videos

Promotion for this video:

Like you, we can’t wait for Dark Lord Day 2009 to come, and we’re pretty excited now that it’s less than a month away. We’re doing our level best to make DLD ‘09 the best year yet.

It’s going to be no small feat - we’ve set the bar pretty high for ourselves. In fact, last year we even had a professional documentary crew choose our Dark Lord Day event to be featured in an episode of “How The Best Is Done”.

So Voom HD (the production company) brought out their fancy high definition cameras and got some fantastic footage of the event. And then they put together an absolute knockout program. We were featured during the last ten minutes or so within their hour long show, and we’ve got a few highlights from that footage below.

Hope you enjoy it - we may post a little bit more in the future but we figured this would be a decent start.

Our special thanks to Voom HD, our friends at Flossmor, and everyone who was interviewed last year. We really appreciate all your support!

Coverage