The anticipation is brewing (horrible pun intended) for Dark Lord Day 2012. The annual April event has not been publicized by the brewery and details are hard to get. The only thing I know for sure is that it will be on a Saturday, it will probably be horribly planned, and the only way to get the news is to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, or visiting the brewery's website. Unless I've missed something horribly, nothing has been spoken since early January when we were told, "stay tuned."
In the meantime, December's release of Black Sun, a stout by 3 Floyd's description, more like a black IPA by mine (I'm no expert, I'm just saying with the hop content a novice could be confused), January's release of Behemoth, a hoppy, sweet barleywine, February's release of Brian Boru, an Irish red, and the trickling of Zombie Dust making its way out of the brewery should keep drinkers satisfied until the April date. Heck, stock up and bring every bottle with you to Dark Lord Day because you will certainly need it.
Crown Brewing has also been abuzz with activity and heavily promoting their sponsored Illiana Mayfest, Saturday, May 26. There lineup is constantly being updated on their Facebook page. You can get there via their website crownbrewing.com. Some confirmed breweries include: Sun King, Barley Island, Flat 12, Upland, Goose Island, Moylan's, and several others also appearing at BIG Winterfest.
Crown is also hosting a brewing class with Marty Nachel, author of Beer for Dummies and Homebrewing for Dummies on Tuesday, March 6 at 7pm. Tickets are $20 and include 5 half pints of beer. Sign up must be at the bar.
Bulldog Brewery is struggling to maintain an optimum brewing schedule. I talked a little bit with one of the co-owners down at Winterfest and he says they are slowly getting a handle on this brewpub thing. They are also getting involved with the community and hosting an evening with Northwest Indiana business movers and shakers sponsored by Emerge South Shore.
If you find yourself up Michigan City way, stop by Shoreline Brewery. If you haven't tried their Scottish Beltaine yet, you don't know what you're missing.
Figure 8 has been in their new place for a while and I have somehow still not managed to make my way there. Shame on me.