This year, Surly Brewing Co.’s Darkness Day is moving to a whole different state.
According to a post on the Minneapolis, Minn.-based brewery’s website, the new location of the annual event dedicated to Surly’s Russian imperial stout will be Somerset Amphitheater in Somerset, Wis. instead of the brewery’s Brooklyn Center facility as has historically been the case. The move is due to a number of issues, including the fact that the event has outgrown the brewery’s facility, and Surly needed a larger location that would allow the sale of bottles to go.
In addition, the event will be held on Sept. 29, three weeks earlier than last year and more than a month before bottles will be shipped to retailers on Oct. 31.
Finally, attendees to Darkness Day 2018 will not only be able to purchase bottles of Darkness 2018 before the general public, but will also have the chance to buy multiple Darkness variants, although details on what those will include are still being finalized according to Tiffany Jackson, communications manager at Surly.
Darkness is a Russian imperial stout brewed with pale ale, golden promise, crystal, dark crystal, oats, black, chocolate and roast malts, as well as Amarillo, Columbus, and Simcoe hops that is packaged in 750ml bottles. In addition to the regular stout, Surly has historically released a barrel-aged version of the Russian imperial stout on a later date than the regular version, with the 2017 incarnation having been released in February.
The Darkness series started in 2007 and has featured a different monster on the bottle every year since it was first released. Past years’ label art have included depictions of Baba Yaga, “a screeching bat nightmare,” a mummy, the Devil, a vampire, a werewolf and the Grim Reaper. While the monster for Darkness 2018 has not yet been announced, Surly announced that Michael Iver Jacobsen would be producing the art for this year’s release.
Update (April 13, 2018) — This post was updated to include details on the release date, location information and variant information. It was originally published on April 10, 2018.