Business As Unusual

The first Surly variety pack of 2022 gives you two IPAs from opposite ends of the spectrum, a velvety smooth lager, and the beer that changed Minnesota’s craft beer landscape. Unusual Suspects fits the profile.

Hypermodern. Some people get excited about sneaker drops or digital pictures of apes that are money for some reason. Breweries? They get excited about hops. The Idaho 7® hop, developed by our friends at Jackson Hop Farms, bridges the tropical/citrus divide with striking notes of melon, pineapple, tangerine, and red berries. Hypermodern IPA centers Idaho 7® for a thoroughly unique and drinkable IPA. Believe the hype.

Ghost Empire. Empires rise. Empires fall. A hauntingly delicious dark lager? Those are forever. Ghost Empire conquers the palate with rich malt sweetness and a spectral touch of hops. Scary good.

Havoc Machine. Clean, hoppy, and devastating, Havoc Machine delivers an authentic West Coast IPA payload. Our celebrated 2021 spring seasonal returns to unleash a classically dank and citrus-heavy assault of Cascade, Chinook, and Amarillo hops, wreaking havoc on lesser IPAs.

Unusual Suspects starts hitting shelves the week of January 31. Hypermodern, Ghost Empire, and Havoc Machine are exclusive in cans to the 12-pack with some draft availability. It’s available to all Surly markets.

The particulars:


  • Hops: Idaho 7, Sabro
  • Malt: Two-Row, Golden Promise, Cara-8, Acidulated Malt, Carafoam, Oat Malt, Flaked Oats
  • Yeast: English Ale
  • Pour: Hazy Golden
  • ABV: 7.6%
  • Bitterness: Low

Ghost Empire

  • Hops: Warrior
  • Malt: Munich, Carafoam, Caramunich
  • Yeast: German Lager
  • Pour: Mahogany
  • ABV: 5.5%
  • Bitterness: Low

Havoc Machine

  • Hops: Warrior, Chinook, Cascade; Dry-Hop: Chinook, Cascade, Amarillo
  • Malt: Two-Row, Carahell, Acidulated Malt, Flaked Oats
  • Yeast: English Ale
  • Pour: Golden
  • ABV: 7.5%
  • Bitterness: High

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