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Dark Lord Day (and Fourth Step) Ride


Dark Lord Day (and Fourth Step) Ride

Time: April 26, 2014 from 9am to 10pm
Location: The Clock Tower
Street: 3700 N. Recreation Drive
City/Town: Chicago
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Event Type: drunken
Organized By: bobweiser
Latest Activity: Apr 28, 2014

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No, this isn't about making a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

It's about trying to ride to Three Floyds every month this year. Now there's a consistent schedule -- the 4th Saturday of every month -- others have an opportunity to lead (I can't make it this time), and you can qualify for the F-12 Award.

Dark Lord is a gargantuan Russian imperial stout with a reverse cascading head that billows the color of burnt oil, like the Dark Lord rising from his black primordial beginnings. Its resonant vinous aroma is of cherries, sweet malt, molasses, burnt currants, and plums with a port wine undertow. Mochachino notes are buried within. It has the consistency of hellishly yet divinely smooth motor oil. The first sip coats your palate with a thick charred-fruit-and-chocolate blanket. Alcohol burn then wiggles its way down your throat.

Dark Lord Day is a festival where participants can meet other beer enthusiasts, sample beers from all over the world, eat, listen to live music, and generally have a great time. It's also the only day of the year you can buy Dark Lord. The festival requires a ticket (but the ride doesn't). No admission to the festival will be granted without the original purchaser being present to validate their ticket with their state or federal ID. Tickets are non-transferable.

The ride takes the lakefront trail south from the Clock Tower. You can join up anywhere along the trail. Just let the group know where so they can look for you.

45 miles total if you take the Metra back, 70 if you ride both ways. 16-19 mph. Bring money, government-issued ID, a lock, lights if you might stay late, water and snacks to have en route, and panniers for beer you can't get in Chicago.

Online resources: Google map, cue sheet, Metra schedule, Metra rules, and, to save a minute at the start, the nifty online CCC waiver.

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Comment by Kevin Mulcky on April 28, 2014 at 11:56am

Super fun atmosphere. Good food, nice people. We had a great time, and drank a bunch of different beer. The shuttle from the Beer temple was cool, people were passing bottles as soon as we boarded. 

We had GA tickets - so weren't able to buy bottles of DL, but some kind soul pitied us and gave us a bottle during the bus ride home. 

Comment by bobweiser on April 26, 2014 at 11:11pm

So did anyone go? If so, how was it?

Comment by millenial removing Bernie tattoo on April 17, 2014 at 9:41am

Aaron, all the cool kids are doing my ride that day anyways:


Comment by Aaron Bussey on April 17, 2014 at 8:45am

Oh you need a ticket to get in?

Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on April 7, 2014 at 1:26pm

As (1) our resident Dark Lord is out of action for a while; (2) I have no ticket; and (3) the brewpub will be closed for ticketless like myself . . . I'll ride somewhere else ;)

Comment by Kevin Mulcky on April 7, 2014 at 1:22pm

I'm taking the shuttle from Beer Temple. No riding for me.

Comment by bobweiser on April 2, 2014 at 5:03pm

hit by a cab, no biking to dld for me :-(

(but i'd still drive there if a kind soul helped me out with a ticket, hint hint)

Comment by bobweiser on April 1, 2014 at 11:58am

right now, tickets are sold out. sometimes more become available, though!

Comment by Serge Lubomudrov on April 1, 2014 at 11:23am

Well, then . . . as tickets are sold out and brewpub will be closed, there's no point . . . except Robert's company, of course ;)

Comment by bobweiser on April 1, 2014 at 10:12am

"In an effort to reduce congestion and provide more Barrel-Aged offerings to everyone, the Brewpub will not be open."

still hoping for a visit from the ticket fairy...

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