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Dark Lord Day (and Fourth Step) Ride


Dark Lord Day (and Fourth Step) Ride

Time: April 30, 2016 from 7:30am to 4:30pm
Location: The Clock Tower
Street: 3700 N. Recreation Drive
City/Town: Chicago
Website or Map:
Event Type: drunken
Organized By: bobweiser
Latest Activity: May 1, 2016

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

It's about riding to Three Floyds and boosting our cognitive function every month this year! Now there's a consistent schedule -- the 4th Saturday of every month -- others have opportunities to lead (I can't make it every time), and you can qualify for the F-12 Award.

Dark Lord is a gargantuan Russian Style Imperial Stout, with a reverse cascading head that starts out billowing the color of burnt oil like the Dark Lord rising from the black primordial beginnings. Its resonant vinous aroma has been described as cherries, sweet malt, molasses, burnt currants, plums with a port wine alcohol undertow. Mochachino notes buried within. Motor oil consistency, hellishly smooth yet divinely burnt and vinous. The first sip coats your palate with a palatial charred fruit and chocolate blanket. Alcohol burn wiggles its way down your throat with a thick body..

Dark Lord Day is a festival where participants can meet other beer enthusiasts, sample beers from all over the world, enjoy good food, 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). The name on the ticket must match the government issued ID of the ticket holder.

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 ride to Flossmoor Station and take the Metra, 50 if you ride to 93rd and take the Metra or to 100th and take the J14, 55 if you ride to 71st and take the J14, 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 your Dark Lord and rare Dark Lord variant.

Online resources: Google map, cue sheet, Flossmoor Metra Electric train schedule, 93rd St Metra train schedule, Jeffrey Jump (J14) bus schedule, Metra policy, CTA guide, and, to save a minute at the start, the nifty online CCC waiver.

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Comment by bobweiser on May 1, 2016 at 11:30pm
Comment by bobweiser on May 1, 2016 at 11:25pm

Long story long: Learned from experience, brought rain gear and extra layers, was prepared to stand in rain all day. Got to Lansing before the rain became steady, stopped and changed right away, never got soaked. Brought 2 bottles to share met people was shared with let's see 6 new beers + more not-new including vintage Dark Lords. Brought 2 panniers went through line had time to buy 2 Burn 'Em pints (and sell my leftover vouchers) before it was time to leave for the train to get back in time to get to Next. Got to Hammond ahead of schedule popped into 18th Street for one last bottle. Surprised mine was the only bike on the train.

Comment by bobweiser on April 29, 2016 at 10:28am

fyi moved it up a half hour

Comment by bobweiser on April 28, 2016 at 1:28am

ugh now it looks like april showers again

Saturday 04/30 100%
Showers in the morning, then becoming windy with a steady rain in the afternoon. Thunder possible. High 52F. Winds ENE at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 100%.
Comment by bobweiser on April 25, 2016 at 11:27pm

or maybe the 1:57p that gets in at 2:39p

Comment by bobweiser on April 23, 2016 at 3:38pm

fyi thinking about taking the south shore line to get back in time for dinner reservations. maybe the 4:40p from hammond (7.6 miles) that gets in at 5:23p.

Comment by bobweiser on April 23, 2016 at 3:09pm

weather should be a little better than last year:

Saturday 04/30 10%
Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 58F. Winds ENE at 10 to 20 mph.
Comment by bobweiser on April 23, 2016 at 3:06pm

the latest from their site:

Variants This Year

Legio Gemina
Dark Lord Aged in Pineau de Charentes Barrels

French Vanilla Militia
Dark Lord Aged in Armagnac Barrels with Vanilla, Cocoa Nibs, and Coffee

Trump and Pump
Dark Lord Aged in Sauternes Barrels

Dark Lord de Muerte
Dark Lord Aged in Bourbon Barrels with Guajillo Chilis

Dwarven Power Bottom
Dark Lord Aged in Muscat Barrels

Marshmallow Handjee
Dark Lord Aged in Bourbon Barrels with Vanilla Beans

Quit Hitting Yourself
Dark Lord Aged in Porto and Madeira Barrels

Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord
Dark Lord Aged in Bourbon Barrels

Dark Lord Aged in Madeira Barrels with Tart Michigan Cherries

Temeculan 3000
Dark Lord Aged in Pineau Charentes Barrels with Green Cardamom and Ceylon Cinnamon

2015 The Earl of Biggleswade
Dark Lord Aged in Brandy Barrels with Cocoa, Coriander, and Cardamom

2015 Akvavit
Dark Lord Aged in Akvavit Barrels

2015 Muerte
Dark Lord Aged in Bourbon Barrels with Guajillo Chilis

Band Schedule

1:00pm - 1:45pm Lord Mantis
2:15pm - 3:00pm Barrier
3:30pm - 4:30pm Plague Bringer
5:00pm - 6:00pm Municipal Waste
6:30pm - 7:30pm EyeHateGod
8:00pm - 9:15pm Skeletonwitch
throughout the day: DJ Dave Duchek
Comment by bobweiser on March 28, 2016 at 2:02pm

did everybody get their tickets?

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