Surly Darkness Day 2015

Surly Darkness Day crowd | KaleAndAle

Crowd facing the stage at Surly Darkness Day 2015.

It’s been a busy week in my world (hence the lack of posts), what with Back to the Future Day and Surly Darkness Day this week. But I have some fun posts in the next few days you will want to come back for that are worth the wait.

Back to the Future Day

As I mentioned and I’m sure you heard everywhere, Wednesday was Back the the Future Day, the day Doc Brown and Marty McFly go to in the movie “Back to the Future II.” Having grown up in the 80s, I loved the trilogy and my young self couldn’t fathom 30 years into the future and what or how things might change.

Great Scott, we made it to Oct. 21, 2015! I celebrated by dressing up and watching the movie on the big screen, which was a lot of fun. Did you do anything to celebrate?

Back to the Future Day VDennis | KaleAndAle

Ready to go back in time on Back to the Future day.

Darkness Day

Yesterday was Surly Darkness Day. This is the day their Russian Imperial Stout is released. People camp out the night before to wait and get one of the coveted wristbands that allows you to purchase the beer. That beer isn’t my style so I slept in my own bed.

Darkness Day is a big celebration with beers including special casks, food trucks and metal music (to bring the darkness). It’s held at the former Surly taproom, which is still a production facility. Since we live close enough to bike, Aaron and I decided to check it out. It was sunny and the mid-50s, so the five mile ride was nice. We zipped past the people walking in who parked far away and cars trying to find a spot nearby, and parked our bikes near the action.

Right away you pass the food trucks and music to get to the beer. Everything was well marked and there was plenty of room to move around. The line for beer tickets was short, and we hopped into the first beer line we saw. It happened to be the only place the cask beer was served and, three hours into the event, three of the five casks were already gone, so I’m glad we happened into that line.

It was long but moved quickly. I went with a Thai Cynic with lemongrass, crystallized ginger and Puya, a pepper. It had a nice spiciness at the end. We also had Furious Black, Hopshifter, Darkness 2015 (so why did people get there 11 hours before me, it was on draft people?!), Surly Pils and Damien, brewed from the remnants of Darkness, which was really good.

And because it was a beer festival with metal music, the people watching was solid. There were a lot more kids and far fewer pretzel necklaces than I expected. The best, though, was a couple with detailed homemade Surly can costumes.

Surly Darkness Day costumes | KaleAndAle

Found this couple with great homemade Surly can costumes.

All in all it was fun to be able to ride my bike to go to a Surly event. Surly beers are very unique and I was sad for me but happy for them when they closed this location near me a year ago and opened a beautiful destination brewery farther away, but its awesome to go back to the original taproom.

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