Pentagram is finally back. It just looks different.
Surly’s legendary dark, barrel-aged sour beer hasn’t changed. It still ferments in stainless steel and spends 18 months or more in red wine barrels. It still has yards and yards of funk from the brett yeast blend. It still centers notes of sour cherry, oak, and tobacco and a Dark Munich malt chewiness. It still can be enjoyed immediately or cellared.
This time around, it’s in cans.
The 2021 edition of Pentagram is our introductory BC Small Batch release for the year. As with previous BCSB beers, it’s available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans, replacing the traditional 750 mL bottle format.
(Why did we switch containers? Unless it’s Darkness, individual bottles just don’t move with the velocity they once did across our industry. A beer of Pentagram’s high quality should not gather dust at your local liquor store. The cans will cellar equally well, if not better. In addition, 64 ounces of Pentagram is more than 750 milliliters. Take that, metric system. More Pentagram for your money.)
We originally slated Pentagram to return in the summer/fall of 2020, but you’d be amazed how much a global pandemic can mess with an independent craft brewery’s release schedule. That said, it allowed Pentagram to spend even more quality time in the barrel than previous editions, and it allowed us to start the new year with a bang.
For longtime fans, we’re incredibly pleased to bring this one back. For newer ones, you’re going to want to see what all the fuss is about.
Pentagram is available to all U.S. Surly markets beginning the week of January 4th.
Hops: Warrior (bittering)
Malt: Dark Munich, 2-Row, Belgian Crystal, Chocolate
Pour: Reddish Brown