2019 Dark Charge Day: FAQs

Before we get to December 7th’s big party, we wanted to answer a few questions you may have about Dark Charge Day 2019! Make sure you join the Dark Charge Day Facebook Event so that you’re getting all the relevant announcements leading up to and during the actual winter block party!

What is Dark Charge Day? Is it a bottle release or a big party?

It’s both! Dark Charge Day is a massive winter block party celebrating Braxton’s biggest bottle release and our friends in the craft beer community. The bottle release happens inside the Taproom while the party is in a heated tent outside the Taproom doors, on the 2nd floor in the Loft, and on the 3rd floor on the Rooftop! Join the Facebook Event to stay up-to-date on all the latest events and news from Dark Charge Day.

What are the prices for this year’s Dark Charge? How many of each bottle can I purchase?

  • Dark Charge BBA: $14, Limit 4
  • Dark Charge BBA Maple Breakfast: $16, Limit 3
  • Dark Charge BBA Mole: $16, Limit 3
  • Dark Charge BBA Luxardo Cherries & Citrus: $16, Limit 3
  • Dark Charge Cognac Ex-Bourbon: $25, Limit 2
  • Dark Charge Cake Box: White Chocolate Raspberry, German Chocolate Cake, Bananas Foster: $60, Limit 2

How many of each bottle are available?

  • Dark Charge Bourbon Barrel Aged: 843
  • Dark Charge Bourbon Barrel Aged Mole: 883
  • Dark Charge Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Breakfast: 863
  • Dark Charge Bourbon Barrel Aged Luxardo Cherries & Citrus: 886
  • Dark Charge Cognac Ex-Bourbon: 536
  • Dark Charge Cake Box: White Chocolate Raspberry, German Chocolate Cake, Bananas Foster: 344

What is the process for purchasing bottles?

The bottle release will happen in the Taproom. Starting at 11am, the doors will open (expect a line down 7th Street) – once in the taproom, you will proceed to Bottle Sales where you will make your purchase of Dark Charge bottles. You will be emailed a confirmation of your order with a receipt.

VIP Bottle Sales will take place inside the VIP tent, outside on 7th Street – look for VIP signage after entering the Winter Block Party. Just like general bottle sales, they will be emailed a confirmation of their order with a receipt.

With this receipt, you can pick up your bottles at ANYTIME during the event from Bottle Pickup, which is located in the back of the brewery, behind our Merchandise area. This means you can pick them up immediately after purchasing OR leave them until later in the day. We will keep you posted on the number of bottles remaining in the Facebook event and via twitter.

Will you run out of Dark Charge bottles or The Cakebox?

Likely, but we don’t know for sure until the day of the event. We would not recommend waiting until after Saturday to get your 2019 Dark Charge bottles. They will not be available outside of Braxton Brewing Co on December 7th!

Can I reserve Dark Charge bottles online?

You cannot. Unlike our other bottle releases, you will not be able to reserve Dark Charge online. Make sure you’re there on Saturday, December 7th to get all your Dark Charge bottles!

Do I have to carry my Dark Charge bottles around while I enjoy all the food, live music, and draft beer?

Just like previous years, once you purchase your bottles from Bottle Sales, you have the option of going directly to Bottle Pickup OR you can enjoy the rest of your day at Dark Charge Day, but be sure to come back to Bottle Pickup to get your bottles before the event ends!

What happens once you’re out of bottles?

While the official bottle release in the taproom will be over, the party will still be bumping outside and throughout the building. You can try the variants on tap, listen to live music, get some local food, try our 20 guest taps, do a pastry flight with the Cakebox variants, taste barrel-aged coffee and…more!

Where do I park for Dark Charge Day?

Like all of our events, we recommend using a designated driver to ensure you get to and from the event safely. If you are driving, please reference the map below for the best parking options.

What time is Dark Charge Day?

Both the Winter Block Party and Bottle Release open at 11am. The Bottle Release will continue to run until the bottles are completely sold out. The Winter Block Party will take place outside in a heated tent from 11am-11pm. The Taproom, the Loft, and the Rooftop are all open until 1am.

Is the event inside the Taproom or outside on the street?

Short answer – yes! The bottle release and fulfillment takes place inside the main Taproom. The Loft on the second floor is open to all guest this year to enjoy their Dark Charge-inspired bites, take a break, or watch some of the sporting events happening on Saturday! Up on the Rooftop, we have live acoustic acts all day, 20 different taps, and plenty of space to enjoy your barrel aged beer.

Outside on the street, the Winter Block Party featuring live music, 20 guest taps, special Braxton Barrel-Aged beers, the straight-from-the barrel experience, food vendors, and coffee booth are all in the lot adjacent to the taproom. You can see the layout of the outdoor tent below. Plan accordingly!

Will the Loft be open during Dark Charge Day?

Yes! All day in the Loft we’ll have local and regional sports games showing, as well as beer on draft and tables set up so you can take a load off and recharge for more Dark Charge! 

Will the Rooftop be accessible during Dark Charge?

It will be open! We’ve added a heated tent to the rooftop and all taps will be open. Please use the elevator from the Taproom or from the second floor to access the roof.

Is the outdoor tent on 7th St heated?

Yes, we have more than enough heat to keep everyone warm throughout the day and evening. Not to mention the awesome tap lineup that will help with that.

What is the Cake Shop and how much does it cost?

Introducing The Cake Shop – a brand new Dark Charge Day experience that’s sure to satisfy your sweet tooth! Our neighbors, Coppin’s, paired three pastries with the Dark Charge Cakebox variants – German Chocolate Cake Bite, Raspberry White Chocolate Tartlet, and Bananas Foster Cheesecake.

The Cake Shop at Braxton includes pastries from Coppin’s, paired with 3 variants from the Dark Charge Cakebox. For $30, you’ll get your hands on:

  • 2019 Taster Glass + 3 taster tickets 🎉
  • 3oz Pour of each Cakebox Variant 😛
  • German Chocolate Cake Bite 🍫
  • White Chocolate Tartlet 🍰
  • Bananas Foster Cheesecake 🍌

Is Dark Charge Day a ticketed event?

Dark Charge Day is a free-to-attend event! Pint prices will range from $6 to $8. If you have questions about specific guest taps, you can visit the Full Guest Tap List on DarkChargeDay.com. You can also refer to the question above about Dark Charge bottle prices and limits.

Is Dark Charge Day child or dog friendly?

Just like Braxton’s Taproom, children and pups are welcome to attend until 9pm. However, we do expect it to be a crowded event and ask that you use your best judgment when deciding whether or not to bring your under-21 guests or four-legged friend.

Is there food being served at Dark Charge Day?

What’s great beer without great food? We have 6 local food vendors this year serving up Dark Charge infused or inspired menu items. Find the full list of vendors and what they are offering at DarkChargeDay.com!

What’s the live music schedule?

Just like always, Dark Charge Day is going to be rocking! Not only will we have live music in the main tent outside, you can also find acoustic acts up on the Rooftop throughout the day! Find the full music lineup with times and locations at DarkChargeDay.com!

What guest taps will be at Dark Charge Day, when are they being tapped, and how much will they cost?

There will be 20 guest taps at Dark Charge Day that are released throughout the entire day. The full guest tap list, tapping schedule, pour sizes and guest tap pricing can all be found at DarkChargeDay.com!

What’s up with the bourbon barrel aged coffee at Dark Charge Day?

Our friends at Coffee Emporium will be hosting a coffee booth at this year’s Winter Block Party! We’ll be pouring Bourbon Barrel-Aged Guatemalan Coffee. Even better, for only $20 Barrel Aged Starter Coffee whole beans will also be available to purchase and take home if you wish.

Will growler fills be available during Dark Charge Day?

You will not be able to get a growler or crowler fills of any of the beers on tap at Dark Charge Day.

What about tasters and flights?

We will not be doing flights to ensure that the service is efficient and effective. However, there is a special Dark Charge Taster glass this year. For only $20, you receive a 5 oz 2019 Dark Charge commemorative taster and three 5 oz pour tickets. Once you’re out of tickets, 5 oz taster refills are only $4!

Are there drink options for non-beer drinkers?

Yes, there are plenty of options! For starters, we will be serving all 8 refreshing flavors of VIVE Hard Seltzer all day long. If you’d like something a little strong, we will also be mixing up our 8 custom cocktails – one for each flavor!

In terms of non-alcoholic options, we have a full lineup of soda in the taproom. We also have Starter Coffee hot, iced and on nitro. In addition, our outdoor coffee booth will have a delicious Bourbon Barrel Aged Guatemalan coffee available for purchase at $20 per box.

We can’t wait to lift one to life with you this weekend at Dark Charge Day! If you still have questions about the Winter Block Party or the Dark Charge bottle release, reach out to our team via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and we’ll do our best to help you out!