Living in California I have access to my fair share of amazing brews but that doesn't stop me from greedily yearning for beers brewed outside my little corner of the country. In my formative craft beer years the words; Founders, Bells or 3 Floyds always had a mythical ring to it. The unattainable fruit from a far away land. Fast forward several years and I still get excited when I get the chance to try a new beer from any of these infamous breweries.
3 Floyds is one of the many limited-distribution breweries around the country with a rabid cult following, in this case originally driven largely by the one-day-a-year release of its Russian imperial stout, Dark Lord. However, there is another beer that many people might consider to have really put 3 Floyds on the map, and in a way it upstaged even the coveted Dark Lord upon its initial bottling release.
There are a few beers that have gained enough national attention to warrant full day events centered around their release, and arguably the most anticipated is 3 Floyds Brewing Co.'s Dark Lord Day. Held in Munster, Ind. every April since 2004, the event draws people from all over the world, and tickets sell out in a matter of minutes online.