Beer lovers unite for Surly's Darkness Day 2016

Looking for something to do today? Head over to the Surly brewery for Darkness Day 2016.

If you're heading to the Surly brewery on Saturday, prepare for long lines.

That's because Oct. 15 is Surly's Darkness Day, a day for beer fans to gather at the brewery in Brooklyn Center for the release of Darkness 2016, a popular brew that comes out for a limited time every October.

The event kicks off at 11 a.m. on Saturday and besides all the beer, the day is full of live music from local and national metal bands, as well as food trucks and limited cask pours, Surly's website says.

Only 1,500 wristbands will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, Surly said. A wristband will allow you to purchase up to six bottles of Darkness.

Here's a video of what to expect:

What's so great about the beer?

Darkness is a Russian Imperial Stout with hints of chocolate, cherry, raisin, and coffee, and is 13% ABV.

According to MNBEER.COM, it is one of the most sought after beers in the country, with people lining up 24 hours in advance for Darkness Day.

In fact, they line up so early that Surly warned people they would be kicked out if they started the line before 3:30 p.m. on Friday.

Surly knows that people want the beer, and they've expanded distribution of Darkness to outstate markets like Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and for the first time, to North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska, City Pages said.

This year, they're bringing Darkness to more bars, and they've added a few other limited-time dark beers, Minneapolis Eater said.

The new brews are Furious Black, a black IPA, and Damien, an American Black Ale.

You can try them all at Darkness Day, where beer tickets cost $5 each.

Next Up


Gallery: Kirby Puckett's former Brooklyn Park home for sale at $485,000

The home still features some of Kirby's touches and apparently a secret compartment in the wet bar.

hospital, emergency room

Charges: Driver was going 71 mph in 25 mph zone before crash that killed teen

The vehicle went airborne and slammed into the wall, killing a teenage passenger.

Jacob Frey

Minneapolis mayor reveals his plan for policing changes

Mayor Jacob Frey announced a slate of new policy proposals at an event in north Minneapolis Monday.

fawn rescue chisholm

2 newborn deer rescued from sinkhole on the Iron Range

Firefighters rescued the deer and returned them to their mom.

lake, water

Search is on for possible missing boater in Roseville

A vehicle and empty boat were found at McCarrons Lake.


Man sentenced for firing gun at sister's boyfriend during funeral

Shelby Gene Boswell was sentenced to 110 months in prison and three years of supervised release.

shakopee splash pad 1

Someone cut off the foot of a lion at the Shakopee splash pad

Officials are offering a $1,000 reward for information on who did it.

lake water

Man's body found near fishing boat in southeast Minnesota

The marsh he was found in is about 120 miles southeast of the Twin Cities.

road construction

Highway 12 between Orono and Independence closed for 4 months

Crews will be making safety improvements along the "Corridor of Death."

Nicholas Joseph Ammesmaki

Arrest warrant for 'armed and dangerous' suspect in Cloquet shootings

Anyone who knows of his whereabouts should call 911, police say.


Calling all artists: Surly Brewing is looking for you

They're looking for unique art that incorporates the Surly brand.

Former bartender wins lawsuit against Surly Brewing Co.

Surly Brewing loses lawsuit over tip pooling.

5 things to know about Surly's Darkness Day

People wait in line for hours to buy a bottle of beer.

Surly is releasing a new beer this weekend in honor of the Minnesota United

There's a pregame party Sunday – and you could get a free beer.

Surly Darkness Day is moving ... to Wisconsin

The Minnesota brewery is crossing the border to expand the event.