We don’t fest like the rest. You may have heard that. We didn’t adopt that tagline for SurlyFest, our fall seasonal beer and annual celebration, just because it rhymes, although that helped. We took the basic Oktoberfest concept, then we fucked with it until it was something more recognizably Surly.
It starts with the beer. A dry-hopped rye lager is not an Oktoberfest beer. Blending earthy rye notes and American hop aromatics in a crisp lager is a clear violation of Oktoberfest rules, but it is the fest beer we want to drink. In a flood of seasonal festbiers and malt bombs, SurlyFest stands out.
That’s what inspired us to make our annual SurlyFest celebration something beyond a riot of dirndls and accordions. We don’t brew to style, so fest-ing to style doesn’t make a whole hell of a lot of sense. Minneapolis is 4500 miles from Munich. Our brewery is a lot closer (unless you’re coming from Munich, in which case, willkommen), let’s just stay in town. We’re throwing the party we want to have, and the party Surly Nation deserves. The rundown:
To purchase advance tickets, go here. Admission is free, but advance tickets ensure your entrance if we hit capacity (we did last year), plus you can get cool shit like the glass boot.
Don’t fest like the rest. Fest like us.