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Darkness 2014 Artwork from Erica Williams

Here’s this year’s artwork for the beer that makes collector nerds sweat and eBay fiend salivate… we’re talking about this year’s artwork for Surly Darkness. This year Erica Williams takes the reigns with a harpy keeping watch over Surly Brewing Co.’s coveted Russian Imperial Stout, Darkness. (non-cropped version here)

Darkness 2014 - Erica Williams

What do you think? Like it? Dislike it? Love it?

Surly Darkness Day 2014 is slated for October 25th at the brewery in Brooklyn Center.

From the label:

The legendary Harpy tortured unwary travelers by stealing their precious food and drink. This year’s cruel creature defends her cauldron of Darkness with razor claws and a dead stare of malevolence. Don’t mess with her Darkness.

She’s hoarding this massively opaque barrel aged Stout screaming with notes of chocolate, coffee, dried tart cherries, vanilla, rye whisky and raisins. The thick body of this Russian Imperial Stout finishes sweet, with a piney resinous hop character.

Dare if you will to open the bottle and steal from the imagination of our 2014 Darkness artist, Erica Williams.

Hey Art Nerds, How ‘Bout a Beer Gig?


Our friends at Surly Brewing Company are looking for their next featured artist. Said artist will create art for Surly’s next anniversary beer (∞ight?), SurlyFest & Darkness. You’ll no doubt see the artwork on bottles posters, shirts and other fun things.  Surly has worked with a variety of artists over the past number of years (tattoo artists, graphic designers, illustrators, painting elephants) , so the medium & style is wide open with the caveat that the work needs to be unique and “Surly.”

And while recognition and free beer is nice, this is a paid gig as well. “The chosen one” will be working from concept to design to finished piece with the merry men and women of Surly on a timeline.

Care to join the likes of artists such as  Josh “Jawsh” Lemke, Brent Schoonover, Michael Berglund, Aesthetic Apparatus, DWITT, Nic Skrade, and Adam Turman?  Send some info about yourself, your connection with Surly and examples of your previous work (links to your portfolio, etc.) to michael@surlybrewing.com by Friday, March 7.

Good luck!

2012 Darkness Signing at Brooklyn Center Liquor

Brent Schoonover, this year’s Surly Darkness label artist, will be at Brooklyn Center Liquor from 5-7pm on December 14th to sign Darkness bottles, posters, swag, numbered prints, your manboobs*, etc. BYOB Darkness bottles or other swag for signatures. Cheers!

5625A Xerxes Avenue North (Map)
Brooklyn Center, MN 55429

*I don’t know that he’ll actually sign manboobs. You’ll have to ask.

Black Friday at Rathskeller

The Rathskeller at Tycoons in Duluth is throwing down with a very special selection of beer for Black Friday. Dave Hoops says he’s stoked to be able to find these beers and encourages people to check it out. They’re offering a “buy two, get your third at half price” deal.

Black Friday is the outstate MN debut of Indeed Midnight Ryder at Duluth’s Tycoons Alehouse and Eatery. Come enjoy some unique black beers, the list is impressive!
– Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
– Surly Darkness
– Sierra Nevada Narwhal
– Odell Bourbon Stout
– Bells Hell Hath No Fury
– Deschutes Abyss
– Alaskan Smoked Porter
– Founders Breakfast Stout
– Fitger’s Brewhouse Bourbon Ed
– Fitger’s Brewhouse Ed Imperial Stout
– Indeed Brewing Midnight Ryder