Not only will there be three different bottled variants of Surly Brewing Co.’s Darkness imperial stout released during this year’s Darkness Day, but all three have been aged in different barrels.

The three variants being released are 2019 Double Stuffed Darkness, a rum barrel-aged Russian imperial stout with vanilla bean and cacao added; 2019 Molé Darkness, a bourbon barrel-aged Russian imperial stout brewed with vanilla beans, chocolate, cinnamon and chiles; and 2019 Darkness Old Fashioned, a rye barrel-aged Russian imperial stout with Moroccan sweet orange peel added.

In addition, the The Minneapolis, Minn.-based brewery will be selling 750ml bottles of the base 2019 Darkness, 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.

According to a post on Surly’s website, there are four different options for fans attending the event with tickets for each available at this website:

Weekend Pass (Bottles Included) — Limited to 1,000 tickets — $200

  • Three 750ml bottles of 2019 Darkness plus the option to purchase more onsite on Saturday
  • Three 750ml bottles of 2019 Darkness Variants (one of each style)
  • Admission to Friday night’s Dawn of Darkness beer festival and “all-you-care-to-sample pours” from guest breweries
  • Admission to Saturday’s Darkness Day celebration
  • Reserved campground/parking from Sept. 27 to Sept. 29
Weekend Pass (No Bottles Included) — Limited to 500 tickets — $55
  • Admission to Friday night’s Dawn of Darkness beer festival and “all-you-care-to-sample pours” from guest breweries
  • Admission to Saturday’s Darkness Day celebration
  • Reserved campground/parking from Sept. 27 to Sept. 29
  • No bottles are included in the package price but purchasers will be have ability to purchase 2019 Darkness bottles on Saturday
Friday Pass (No Bottles Included) — Limited to 500 tickets — $45
  • Admission to Friday night’s Dawn of Darkness beer festival and “all-you-care-to-sample pours” from guest breweries
  • Admission to Saturday’s Darkness Day celebration
  • Reserved campground/parking from Sept. 27 to Sept. 28
  • No bottles are included in the package price and purchasers will not have ability to purchase 2019 Darkness bottles
Saturday Pass (No Bottles Included) — Limited to 500 tickets — $35
  • Admission to Friday night’s Dawn of Darkness beer festival and “all-you-care-to-sample pours” from guest breweries
  • Admission to Saturday’s Darkness Day celebration
  • Reserved campground/parking from Sept. 28 to Sept. 29
  • No bottles are included in the package price and purchasers will not have ability to purchase 2019 Darkness bottles

The Darkness series started in 2007 and has featured a different monster on the bottle every year since it was first released. This year’s monster is a “six-limbed savage” drawn by artist Tim Chapman, while past years’ label art have included depictions of “a screeching bat nightmare,” a mummy, the Devil, a vampire, a werewolf and the Grim Reaper.

According to Surly, this year’s Darkness Day 2019 will be held on both Sept. 27 and Sept. 28 at the Somerset Amphitheater in Somerset, Wis. In addition, Surly has historically released a non-adjunct barrel-aged version of the Russian imperial stout on a later date than the regular version.

Update (Aug. 5, 2019) — This post was updated to additional links and graphics. It was originally published on June 12, 2019.