Spirit of 77

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Our latest So You Want to Brew a Beer entry comes from Derek Haubenschild, Surly’s HR Manager, and creator of Surly 77, a nod to one of his favorite cocktails. … Continued

Sixteen

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It takes a measure of grit to persevere through sixteen years of business, and that ability to stick it out and keep pushing boundaries inspired Sixteen, a wildly unique celebration … Continued

Press Play

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The playlist. A modern-day spin on the classic mixtape (kids, ask grandpa about C-90 cassettes sometime), building the perfect playlist is an artform. For working out. For the backyard party. … Continued

Shutter to Drink

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For those who weren’t born yet or don’t recall them all that fondly, the ‘80s introduced some <Minnesota voice> interesting </Minnesota voice> fashion trends. Popularized by new wave bands with … Continued

Hop Stop Won’t Stop

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Are you looking for hops? Stop. The Surly Hop Stop variety pack is the ultimate destination for the discerning hop lover. In addition to our hoppy Furious flagship, you’ll find … Continued

Bring the Tropics Home

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In 2021 we introduced the first Supreme Variety Pack. The crisp, refreshing flavor of Grapefruit, Mango, Black Cherry, and Key Lime Supreme immediately stood out amidst a sea of bland … Continued

Thiol of the Century

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You’re asking yourself, “What in the hell is a thiol?” It’s a good question, and one that Surly and Other Half attempt to answer with Thiol & Error, a limited … Continued

Start Making Sense

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A great pale ale is the perfect vehicle for big hop flavor. Amid a sea of overwrought IPAs with too much malt or too little everything else, the juicy hop … Continued

Furiouser

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To celebrate our flagship’s 15th anniversary, we brewed an amped-up Furious that emphasized its signature blend of robust malt and citrusy hops. And that was just the start. We then … Continued

Drops Out

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It’s time to achieve maximum saturation with Surly’s new year-round hazy IPA. Drips & Drops Hazy IPA splashes down this week, drenched in Sabro, Amarillo, Mosaic, and Citra hops. Juicy … Continued

Loud and Clear

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West Coast hardcore took punk rock one step further. Faster, harder, and even more aggressive–drums and guitars combusting into barely controlled chaos. Stirred by that unruly sound, we bring you Controlled … Continued

Two Truths and an IPA

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Tuesday, 2/22/22. A remarkable day. Not only is it the birthday of American legends like Kyle MacLachlan, Julius “Dr. J” Erving, and Don Pardo*, it’s also an extraordinary confluence of … Continued

Permanent Record

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Don’t be alarmed. What you’re hearing is a brawny, bracing double IPA making itself at home as Surly’s first seasonal of 2022. Like sound waves bouncing back to your ears, … Continued

Business As Unusual

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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. … Continued

Sharpen Your Axe

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Mountains crumble. Stars fall. Rivers run backwards. The gods shudder. Fear not. Double Bladed Axe Man guides your journey to IPA Valhalla with a mighty swing of Citra and Mosaic … Continued

Bear With Us

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The Bear is done hibernating. Citrusy, piney, and just bitter enough, Yummi Bear West Coast-Style IPA is back for the season and available right now. Aggressively hopped on Centennial, El … Continued

Choose Wisely

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There’s a TED Talk out there about the paradox of choice. The crux of it is that, when you have limitless options, your ability to choose diminishes. If you’ve been … Continued

Garden Party

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Being led into temptation has negative connotations. No one denies this. One could even describe its checkered history as snakebitten. However, Surly would like to argue that it isn’t all … Continued

The Surly Set List

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Slowly but surely, live music is returning. Beloved venues like Minneapolis’ First Avenue are reopening. The daily influx of new concert announcements, from stadium shows to nightclub gigs, are a … Continued

Fifteen Years, One Beer

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Surly built its brewing reputation on not necessarily brewing to style. Our 15th anniversary beer embraces that ethos with a vengeance. There is a lot going on with this one, … Continued

A New Age

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In the farthest, deepest fathoms of the ocean, light is but a rumor. That vast, benighted place where the leviathans hold sway. Age of Leviathans, Surly’s BC Small Batch offering … Continued

Brave Noise

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Brave Noise Pale Ale is the collaborative, multi-brewery initiative of Massachusetts’ Notch Brewing and one of their brewers, Brienne Allan, designed to fund inclusive and safe environments for women, BIPOC, … Continued

Fest With The Best

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To say that we’re ready for Oktoberfest at Surly is an understatement. For starters, there really wasn’t an Oktoberfest in 2020. There was plenty of great beer, but the parties … Continued

Now You See It

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We’ve had a long, hot summer here. Chances are you have too. We’re also aware, more than most, that this summer will eventually end. We know what awaits. Making the … Continued

Occult Following

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Certain things defy easy answers. Scientists are baffled. Religion offers no solution. When reason and faith are abandoned, when the standard frames of reference break down and rational explanations can’t … Continued

Perfect Machine

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Cry havoc and let slip the hops of yore! Clean, hoppy, and devastating, Havoc Machine delivers an authentic West Coast IPA payload. Surly’s second seasonal of 2021 unleashes the classically … Continued

Due Time

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Our second BC Small Batch beer of the year centers hellacious amounts of hop flavor, fiendish notes of stone fruit and citrus, and a smooth, sinister finish. It sounds almost … Continued

Barrel-Aged Is Back

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Darkness is a beer that earns its reputation. Malty and intense yet velvety smooth, our Russian imperial stout’s yearly release is a de facto holiday, and not just because it’s … Continued

Hazy Outlook

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All that we know, all that we’ve ever known, and all we will know exist at the same time. Space, time, matter, energy, folding a fitted sheet, everything. It’s a … Continued

Round Them Up

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Our first variety pack of 2021 rounds up a motley crew of delicious beers. Unusual Suspects lines up three all-new beers and one legendary IPA for you to pick out. … Continued

MN-ixed Messages

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Mixed Messages, our holiday season variety pack, is so named due to the different beer styles contained therein. It also references the tactical-grade passive aggression of our beloved home state … Continued

Industrial Strength

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Minnesota’s first double IPA is back. Abrasive takes its name from Sparky Abrasives, the original occupant of our original Brooklyn Center location. Fueled by a mountain of Citra hops, Abrasive … Continued

Get the Message

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You ever go into a liquor store and find yourself entirely unable to decide what you want? You’re craving an IPA, but it’s also your personal coffee beer season. You … Continued

Premium Blend

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Over a year in the making, our latest beer is a true collaboration of ideas, flavors, and craft. Surly and New Belgium proudly present Culture Collab, a blended culture American … Continued

Fourteen Years, One Beer

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The traditional 14th anniversary gift is ivory. Two things about ivory you should know is that it’s remarkably cruel to animals and impossible to drink. Barleywines, on the other hand, … Continued

Direct Approaches

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Direct Current IPA, Surly’s fall seasonal, hums with an overload of hop flavor and character. Charged with generating an IPA that will light up your cooler, our brewers chose an … Continued

Take a Trip

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Surly’s BC Small Batch August release imagines a world where an IPA gets dry-hopped not once, not even twice, but three entire times. We call this brave new reality Trip … Continued

Ready to Pounce

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KNOW THE DIFFERENCE Saber-Tooth Tiger: an extinct tiger-cat, more accurately known as a Smilodon. Sabrotooth Tiger: a Sabro hop-driven IPA from Surly Brewing Co. The Sabro hop brings what we … Continued

Get the Party Started

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As we dip our toes into the water of “being around other people again,” it helps to have an ice breaker. You can talk about whether you’re recycling or composting … Continued

Surly Goes to The Shop

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Surly entered the Arizona market roughly six months ago. Besides being welcomed with open arms and full pints, we also made friends with The Shop Beer Co., a fantastic independent … Continued

March Beers Are Here

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Three new Surly beers are hitting shelves this week. There’s the highly anticipated yearly variant of one of our most beloved beers. There’s also our monthly BC Small Batch release, … Continued

An Ambitious Task

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The BC Small Batch series prides itself on experimentation, whether we’re aging Mexican lagers in tequila barrels or pushing the hop envelope as far as nature and our brewing equipment … Continued

In Thaw We Trust

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Surly’s first variety pack of 2020 is designed for these post-holiday months, as we trudge our way out of winter’s grip. There will be days where the temperature sneaks above … Continued

Ready for Launch

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Making an approachable beer that still gives you the hop character and juiciness of a hazy IPA isn’t rocket surgery. It’s Rocket Surgery. This uncomplicated, easy-drinking ale has an abundance … Continued

Don’t Overthink It

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When formulating Surly’s 2020 release calendar, we had a couple choices: Introduce a CBD-infused, barrel-aged, hard seltzer smoothie in cans that explode if handled by a non-first-born son, or Make … Continued

Make Your Own Luck

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Black cats skitter. Ladders loom. Mirrors break. Danzig writes a song that Johnny Cash covers. The calendar reads Friday, December 13. Disregard these ominous portents and remember: You make your … Continued

Get Some Fresh Ink

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Our final BC Small Batch release of 2019 shares a name with one of our tattoo-loving staff’s favorite things. (Besides metal/hardcore bands with names your parents are iffy about.) Sharp … Continued

Give Peace a Chance

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The BC Small Batch series encourages our brewers to experiment with unexpected flavors and collaborate with our fellow independent craft brewers. November’s selection fulfills these expectations with a vengeance. Introducing … Continued

Parties Fit for a King

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The response to Black Horsemen Danish-style black lager, our collaboration with metal legend King Diamond, has been astonishing. Fans from across the world (no, seriously: we just had a request … Continued

Yummi Kicks In

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Is the West Coast the Best Coast? That’s not for us to say here in flyover country. But we absolutely love a good West Coast-inspired IPA, market trends be damned. … Continued

Frost Advisory

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Seasons change. Summer turns to fall. Your buddy Kyle who wears shorts all the time begrudgingly wears jeans for the first time since April. Our Frost Pack eases the transition. … Continued

Good Omen

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Halloween is a mere six weeks away. The 2021 edition of Darkness approaches, its arrival heralded by the son of Darkness, ruling at its baleful side with a dark energy … Continued

The Rule of 3DH

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Our September BC Small Batch selection is a returning favorite, and probably the most hop-forward beer our hop-forward brewery makes. 3DH, a highly aromatic and flavorful triple IPA, is available … Continued

Meet Us In St. Louis

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After a successful draft rollout in June, Surly is incredibly pleased to announce a full brand launch in St. Louis beginning the week of September 2.Online Form – DRI RTW … Continued

Meet Us In St. Louis

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After a successful draft rollout in June, Surly is incredibly pleased to announce a full brand launch in St. Louis beginning the week of September 2.Online Form – DRI RTW … Continued

Meet Us In St. Louis

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After a successful draft rollout in June, Surly is incredibly pleased to announce a full brand launch in St. Louis beginning the week of September 2.Online Form – DRI RTW … Continued

The Prost with the Most

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Can a non-traditional craft brewery make a traditional Oktoberfest? That was the challenge Surly faced as we contemplated the kind of beer enjoyed for literal centuries, from Munich to Minnesota. … Continued

Surly Temple

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Every great temple starts with a simple foundation and rises to spectacular heights. Temple, Surly’s BC Small Batch beer for August, earns the comparison. It starts as a relatively uncomplicated … Continued

Nøkken At Your Door

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Craft beer has always been about the hops, and in recent years that emphasis has only heightened: Single hop IPAs, experimental varieties, otherwise normal people with jobs and families who … Continued

Supply Your Demand

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Demand, meet supply. The craft beer world’s bottomless desire for IPAs and hop-forward beers shows no signs of abating. Surly shares that thirst, and our latest variety pack is primed … Continued

Supreme Achievement

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We encourage you to enjoy the impossibly refreshing Grapefruit Supreme all on its own. The bright flavor, gentle tartness, and crisp, citrusy finish make it an unbeatable crusher. That said, … Continued

Make It Reign

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With certain beers, you just know. Surly wanted to brew a fruit-forward, lower-ABV beer for its second variety pack of 2019. It would be in market when spring started turning … Continued

A Summer Stunner

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Seasonal summer beers, particularly in our part of the world, are often paired with bucolic imagery of lakes and cabins and canoes. We love a good pontoon beer too, but … Continued

St. Louis Gets Surly

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It’s time to make it official: Surly is expanding distribution to St. Louis starting the week of June 10. The initial launch will be draft-only, with bars and restaurants pouring … Continued

Space Race Returns

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The people have spoken, and our May BC Small Batch launch will be (drum roll sound) exactly the same as April’s BC Small Batch launch. Space Race, a double dry-hopped … Continued

April New Releases

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Our April new release lineup is formidable, and rather than make you slog through a long introductory paragraph about hops and barley and the American West and the changing of … Continued

The Return of Rosé

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Surly Rosé, our spring/summer smash of 2018, is back for 2019. The brainchild of Surly Head Brewer and unofficial rosé wine ambassador Ben Smith, this fruit-forward lager is unlike just … Continued

Get In The Pit

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We get a lot of questions online. Some are more consistent than others: “What are your hours?” “Where are you located?” “Is Ben going to grow his mustache back?” In … Continued

Thaw Out

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Our first variety pack of 2019 welcomes the new year with a couple flagships, a favorite from 2018, and a new beer that embraces our Minnesota roots. The Thaw Pack … Continued

2019 Brand Calendar

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The 2019 Surly Brand Calendar is early this year (for us, anyway). The reason? We didn’t want to wait and tell you about all the good shit.  Here’s what’s what: … Continued

Resilience IPA

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The haunting images and rising death toll from California’s Camp Fire are almost too much for anyone to process. The scale of the damage defies comprehension, and the need to … Continued

Back On Our Grind

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Hopheads are some of our favorite people. They’re like this obsessed (in a good way) network of beer-loving thrill-chasers who always alert each other when the next object of their … Continued

Stay Frosty

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The final Surly variety pack of 2018 lands this week, and it’s ideally suited to the coming months. We call it the Frost Pack, and it’s crafted to pair with … Continued

All the Hops That Fit

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Surly built its reputation on hops, even when that wasn’t the cool thing to do. (The Minneapolis bar owner who spit Furious out in front of Omar is foundational brewery … Continued

Frisson Break

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Our new BC Small Batch beer started as an attempt to solve a Beer Hall problem. The quandary: How to accommodate celebrants hoping to raise champagne toasts at our Destination … Continued

Biff! Bang! BAOW!

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Barrel-Aged Oat Wine, or BAOW, is an updated take on an old favorite. Roughly based on the recipe for Surly Eight, BAOW adds some tweaks and a hell of a … Continued

Rosé. All Day.

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Ben Smith is the Head Brewer at Surly’s Minneapolis facility. Ben Smith looks like someone with that title: black t-shirt, black jeans, black boots. (Granted, he was wearing a Western-style … Continued

#MERICA! Beautiful.

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#MERICA, Surly’s pre-Prohibition American lager, is back. Defined by flaked corn and soft hop aromatics, it’s an easy-drinking summer beer ideal for lawn mowing, hot dog preparation, and observing sunsets … Continued

A Certain Zest

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We hope you enjoyed the 17 hours of spring we got this year in the Upper Midwest. It was a wild ride and will be fondly remembered by us all. … Continued

A Surly Summer

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The big pile of snow/crud in the Sears parking lot is gone. Road construction makes your phone’s traffic app more important than significant family members. The shovels and winter coats … Continued

BC Small Batch

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We love our Brooklyn Center brewery. This is not to say we don’t love our big, shiny Prospect Park brewery. It’s what brings the world Furious and Xtra-Citra and hog … Continued

Obscurity of Purpose

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Our latest collaboration started like this: Let’s make a hazy IPA, only clear. This thought occurred, as such thoughts often do, at Grumpy’s in northeast Minneapolis. Surly’s Ben Smith and … Continued

Galactic Descent Lands

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Intelligent Design, if you’re unfamiliar, is a series of beers where one of our brewers gets to play in the sandbox (metaphor, there is no sandbox at Surly Brewing) and … Continued

The North Rises

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Minnesota United second season of professional soccer is underway.  It’s only right that Rising North Pale Ale, the official beer of Minnesota United, returns for its sophomore campaign as well. “Being … Continued

Get Familiar

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Surly’s QC Boss Riley Seitz writes about the creation of The Familiar.  “Proud” is the first word that comes to mind when I taste The Familiar, along with tart, juicy, … Continued

Introducing Grindcore

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We have a new year-round, draft-only beer. It’s called Grindcore. Here’s what you need to know. It’s a nitro espresso milk stout. The nitro aspect provides a creamy, velvety mouthfeel … Continued

+1: You’re On the List

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An old Minneapolis bus station. An abrasives factory in the ‘burbs. From these humble beginnings sprang the last great rock club in the country and one of America’s leading craft … Continued

Surly Variety Packs

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When we started canning and distributing 12 oz. 12-packs in 2017, the response was twofold: Alright, 12-packs! Surly rules! Where’s the variety pack? The first response was heartening. We like … Continued

A More Perfect Ten

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We just celebrated our 11th anniversary. We’re gearing up for our 12th. But before we get to that, we’d like you to revisit an old friend. As you may recall, … Continued

2018 Brand Calendar

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The 2018 Surly Brand Calendar is brimming with surprises, new beers, and what we in the brewing industry call “cool shit”. We can’t wait to share it with you. Here’s … Continued

The Hops Control Us

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There are three things you need to know about Hopshifter, Surly’s newest year-round beer: It’s a new IPA. From Surly. That should be enough, but we committed to three things … Continued

2017 BA Darkness

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It’s nice to be able to answer the questions you get on social media in a positive, affirmative manner. Sometimes you simply can’t: To the person on Instagram who asked … Continued

Barrel-Aged Pentagram

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Pentagram is our dark sour ale, fermented on Brett and aged in red wine barrels for 18 months. What Barrel-Aged Pentagram does is take it one step beyond. After its … Continued

A Beer for Peter Simpson

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UK-based Simpson’s Malt was founded in 1862, and over five generations, the Simpson family has provided their malting expertise to breweries and distilleries the world over. Their base of operations, … Continued

Get WET

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Wet hop beers are worth the trouble. You have an incredibly limited window in which to brew them. The farther away you are from the hop fields, the more hoops … Continued

Darkness Day Guests

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You line up for Darkness Day. You get your wristband. You purchase your allotment of 2017 Darkness. Now what? Given that you’re at a brewery, and you maybe want to … Continued