Posted on December 18th, 2017

The Surly Guide to the Holidays


BEER HALL HOURS: Closed December 23-25. Open 11 am – 8 pm New Year’s Eve. Open 11 am-4 pm New Year’s Day. Normal hours of operation all other days.

Regardless of how or what you celebrate (or don’t), one thing is absolutely true: it’s the holiday season, and we need to do something about it. In this case, what we need to do is tell you about delicious Surly beers, merch, pairings, and whatnot. Emphasis on the whatnot. Buckets of whatnot.


BARREL-AGED PENTAGRAM. On shelves now, our dark, Brett-fermented sour is barrel aged for 26 months (not a typo; 18 months in red wine barrels, 8 more in rye whiskey barrels), and the result is waves of sour cherry, oak, tobacco, and classic Brett funk, all underpinned by Dark Munich malt. The 750 ml bottle fits in most stockings.

XTRA-CITRA. This is the first winter our now year-round session pale ale is available. It’s the perfect low-ABV option if you need a break from Russian imperials and Baltic porters, or if you just want to remember when the sun was out and the world was green, bright, and full of promise. Both the 12 and 16 oz. cans fit in most stockings.


SPLIT HOLIDAY BECAUSE EVERYONE IN YOUR FAMILY GOT DIVORCED & Todd the Axe Man. The overabundance of Citra and Mosaic hops in this world-class IPA are your reward for a long weekend of dodging blizzards and driving to everyone’s house in three different states so no one’s feelings get hurt.


COOL SHIT: Our two most enduring seasonal items are the Holiday Mug and Tree Ornament, and the 2017 models are available now! If you have further gifting needs, a couple suggestions for the beer enthusiast in your life, all of which will fit comfortably into stockings, gift boxes, and bags:

  • Women’s banner logo thermal. It’s layering season.
  • Men’s Furious tee. The old Furious tee has seen better days. Where’d that hole come from? Is that grease or blood? Is he bleeding right now? Goddammit Mark, you have to go to the doctor. This shirt with a variation on the classic logo design is a proper, clean replacement.
  • Flannel trucker hat. Seasonally appropriate and everything.

GIFT CARDS: We’re running our “free money” promo through 12/31, so if you want a free $25 Surly gift card, just buy $100 worth of Surly gift cards. If you want a free $100 Surly gift card, buy $400 worth of Surly gift cards. It’s just that simple, folks. Cards fit in those tiny envelopes that gift cards come in, most greeting cards, and stockings.


WATCHING THE YULE LOG & Furious: As you sit mesmerized by the 24-hour loop of a roaring fire (Netflix even has it now), sip on our similarly-colored flagship IPA.


MENU: Ben Peine and the kitchen team, when they’re not busy test-driving our new pizza oven, added a slew of fresh items to the Beer Hall menu. It is our studied culinary opinion that they’re frickin’ delicious. They include:

  • Shrimp & Grits
  • Jerk Pork Shank
  • Steak & Potatoes
  • Sausage Board (Green chorizo, lamb brochette, and boar bratwurst, served with grilled bread)
  • Roasted Squash
  • Radicchio Fennel Salad

We’ve also made changes to our charcuterie board, dessert menu, and non-alcoholic beverage list. You can check the full menu here, or stop by in-person to experience the whole thing.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING NEW YEAR’S EVE/DAY: We will be open both days (12/31: 11 am – 8 pm; 1/1: 11 am – 4 pm) and will be celebrating/recovering with you. On New Year’s Eve, we’ll have our full brunch and Beer Hall menu, plus an array of casks and infusions:

  • Casks
    Madagascar Vanilla Bean Darkness
    Thai Cynic with ginger, Thai chilies, and Makrut lime
    Mexican Hot Chocolate Smoke with chocolate, ancho chile, and cinnamon
    Moe’s Bender
  • Infusions
    Todd (Mango Habanero)
    Sardonic (Passion Fruit)
  • Vintage Draft Offerings
    2016 BA Darkness

On New Year’s Day, we’ll have a special hangover brunch for all celebrants. If you overindulged, bring your own Advil.


MINNESOTA VS. GREEN BAY, SATURDAY NIGHT, DECEMBER 23RD & Overrated! The Upper Midwest’s divided football loyalties will be put to the test at many family gatherings. Smooth things over with our west coast IPA. SURLY CHRISTMAS HACK: You can even yell the name of the beer at (Clay Matthews/Adam Thielen) and just say you were asking for a fresh one. We give this a 60% chance of working, depending on the score.

We hope this helps you make this the Surliest holiday season imaginable. God bless us, every one.