Saturday was Three Floyds‘ “Dark Lord Day” at their brewery in Munster, Indiana. If you’ve never heard of Dark Lord Day or been there, it’s Three Floyds’ annual beer festival where they release their Russian-Style Imperial Stout, Dark Lord. It’s a limited brew sold yearly and only at the festival. I grew up and went to school in Northwest Indiana where the brewery is located and didn’t really realize how popular Three Floyds is until I heard about Dark Lord Day. I’ve always liked their beer (since I turned 21 of course), but had no idea that I lived so close to one of the best breweries in the country. People come from all over the country to get this beer! You can read more about the festival and also what else they brewed here.
In addition to the beer, there’s also food from local vendors and live bands that play all day. The bands are all metal bands (to go with the “Dark Lord” theme) which…let’s just say I’m not into that kind of music, but I appreciate their talents.
Since the event takes place in the midwest in April, it’s always a toss-up as far as weather goes. We’ve gone a few years and there was only one I can remember not needing an umbrella. The weather this year was 48 and persistent rain, so needless to say I was kind of grumpy. I didn’t go last year, but I heard it was worse somehow.
The way they sold their tickets this year made the lines move more quickly. I don’t want to give away any secrets, but there are two lines to enter the festival and one of the lines is always EXTREMELY shorter than the other. For some reason they don’t have any signs directing anyone to the other line, but we got a tip from my friend who made it inside before us. Finding this other entrance saved about an hour wait just to get inside.
Once we got our beer that our tickets entitled us to, we immediately met up with some friends in the huge tent to keep us out of the rain. (My mood immediately improved once we got out of the rain.) Most of my photos are from inside the tent because it was too rainy to venture outside. Other than the weather, the event is something I always look forward to every spring. I wish they’d hold it later in the year when the weather isn’t so bad, but what can you do?
If you went to DLD this year, I wanna see your photos! Let me know which beers you got! We ended up with the Temecula 3000 and the Dark Lord de Muerte variants.