Monday, April 6, 2009

I've got a Golden Ticket!

And I'm not bringing damn Grandpa Joe along to slow me down either! The "Golden Ticket" is for Dark Lord Day, April 24. This is the release party of Dark Lord Imperial Stout, brewed by Three Floyds Brewing and is a highly regarded and VERY hard to get beer. So hard that on last year's release, thousands lined up for the chance to buy bottles of the beer, which went on sale at 11 am, and by 3 pm they were sold out...FOR THE YEAR! This year, to alleviate the problem of line-cutting and to ensure people waiting will actually get the beer they waited so long for, they have implemented a "Golden Ticket" system. Tickets went on sale a few weeks back for people who had registered for a chance to get the tickets. So at 3:20 am Albuquerque time, my phone alerted me that the time had come, and I better grab up my ticket! Within 5 hours, all the tickets had been sold out. Now this beer is held in such regard, I and all the others paid 10 dollars just to have the privilege of buying the beer. That's right- I don't get any actual beer for that money; the beer itself costs $15 a bottle. There is no word yet on how many bottles a Golden Ticket allows me to buy. So we are headed to the vacation destination of Munster, IN for the event, which promises a bunch of bands, special releases from great breweries, and a huge gathering of beer geeks who will bring rare goodies for trading and tasting. We will be off to Chicago for a few days of relaxation after that. I'll be sure to give a full report of the trip.

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