Last week we went to Chicago. I love going to Chicago because that means we get to stop by Three Floyds on our way home. Three Floyds is one of the best breweries in the world, and some websites vote them as the best of the best. They do make Dark Lord, a beer that has an entire day dedicated to it. It’s called Dark Lord Day. Go figure.
Anyway, we stopped by on our way home and they had some new beers to try. They were also remodeling, and the place was a mess. They used to have couches everywhere, and it was just a sweet place to hang out. Now they are expanding, the couches are gone, and the kitchen is where we used to sit to get a good view of the brewery. Oh well, things change… but the beers do not. On to the beers!
Like I said, they had several new beers to try. Between the three of us, we sampled quite a few. Below are all of the beers that we had.
Brian Boru – 40 IBU – 5.5% ABV
Ireland’s first and last Ard Ri (high king) of the whole Gaelic race, Brian Boru was born in Munster, Ireland around 940. Brian’s mother was killed by Vikings when he was a child. He spent his life uniting the Irish tribes to become the first king of Ireland only to be killed at Clontarf on Good Friday 1014 putting down a rebellion by the king of the province of Leinster. This one’s for him.
Mushy P. – 20 IBU – 6.4% ABV
On October 17, 1814 in Giles Parish, London, a 22 foot tall wooden porter tank ruptured, causing surrounding vessels to burst, releasing an estimated 323 gallons of house-destroying portal tidal wave. Porters were the overwhelming ale of choice for the London working class. Mushy P. pays homage to this English brewing tradition with complex roastiness and robust flavor.
Jinx Proof – 35 IBU – 5.1% ABV
This refreshing continental-style pils has a light body combined with a pronounced noble hop aroma and a crisp, dry finish. This is the perfect beer for easy flavorful drinking. Brewed in a collaboration with our friends at Jinx Proof tattoo in Washington D.C.
Rabbid Rabbit – 25 IBU – 7.4% ABV
This Franco-Belgian style Farmhouse Ale has an effervescent body and light straw color. Rabbid Rabbit is a complex and frothy beverage with a deceptively high alcohol content.
Lawless ESB – 67 IBU – 6% ABV
adj. Not governed by, or obedient to laws – (OED) This medium odors strong bitter is another one of our New Zealand hopped ales. Copper in color, hoppy, refreshing and made with thoughts of Hobbiton.
Region Riot – 10 IBU – 8.1 ABV
This delightful malt liquor was brewed to celebrate the equally delightful “Region” that we brew in. Brewed with a portion of Indiana corn, this is what a malt liquor should be.
Das Klein Schwarz Einhorn – 23 IBU – 5.5% ABV
Ever seen a unicorn? How about a baby German one that’s not white, but black? Well now is your chance to let one merrily prance across your palate. This black German-style session lager is refreshing, crisp, and mystically intriguing with its maltiness.
Stygian Darkness – 18 IBU – 9% ABV
This strong, dark Belgian-Style is just the beer to warm you in the winter months. You also won’t have to put coins in a corpse’s eyes to pay Charon, the ferryman, to get across the river Styx to get one, just give the counts to your server.
Hell’s Intelligencer – 28 IBU – 8% ABV
An oatmeal stout brewed with Intelligentsia coffee. “Richard yet lives, Hell’s Black Intelligencer” – Queen Margaret, Richard III
Some of these beers were served in 8 ounce gasses. They were ALL served in plastic cups. Since they are remodeling, they are serving all beers in plastic cups. It was weird drinking good beer out of plastic cups, but it is what it is.
The place is changing. The food menu is changing. But the beers are still great. Speaking of food, they have a REALLY weird menu. Jake ordered some lamb, while Sheryl ordered a cookie plate. It was $5, and was… well, a few little cookies on a plate. I sort of thought it would be a plate made out of a cookie, but still.
Anyway, I still love the brewery and while I have never been to Dark Lord Day, I love trying their new beers and writing about them. Have you ever been to Three Floyds Brewing Company? What is your favorite beer?
*The beer notes were taken from the menu.