Spirit of 77

#BeerRelease

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

#BeerRelease

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

Crowler Sales Are Live!

#Beer Hall

The license is approved. The infrastructure is built. The crowlers are filled. For the first time in 14 years, you can bring home an actual, honest-to-god beer from Surly Brewing. … Continued

Know Before You Go!

#FestivalField

We’ve been holding concerts at Surly for over half a decade now with our friends at First Avenue. In that time, we’ve been asked a lot of questions, from “Where … Continued

Press Play

#BeerRelease

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

#BeerRelease

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

Summer Gets Surly

#summergetssurly

The long winter is over. Probably. The Beer Garden is open.  Festival Field is prepping for its biggest summer concert slate ever. We’re exposing bare skin to direct sunlight. We’re … Continued

Darkness Day Status: BACK

#GENERAL

The Growler Has Been Freed. This isn’t just great for Surly, it’s great for the state of Minnesota. Every brewery can continue innovating and growing IN MINNESOTA. How will this … Continued

Hop Stop Won’t Stop

#BeerRelease

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

#BeerRelease

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

#BeerRelease

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

#BeerRelease

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

#BeerRelease

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

#BeerRelease

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

Neighborhood Food Drive 2022

#SGAD

Non-profit organizations continue to witness the impacts of COVID-19 firsthand, and the need for emergency food continues to sit at a  historically high level. Rising food costs, supply chain disruptions, … Continued

Loud and Clear

#BeerRelease

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

#BeerRelease

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

#BeerRelease

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

#BeerRelease

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

Noise Made

#TheBlog

When Surly brewed our version of Brave Noise Pale Ale, we were asked to select a worthy cause to whom we could donate the proceeds from each pint sold. We … Continued

Sharpen Your Axe

#BeerRelease

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

The Year in Review

#TheBlog

2021 was better than 2020. And 2021 sucked. But we’re still here and so are you. For that we’re grateful. Let’s review the year in Surly: JANUARY GOOD: We canned … Continued

Furious 15

#TheBlog

Furious turns 15 this year. We’re honoring this milestone in the only logical way: Having a Furious. If you’re in the right place at the right time, you can join … Continued

Thanksgiving Instructions

#Beer Hall

Surly Executive Chef Donald Gonzalez guides you through the process of making your Surly Thanksgiving Feast step by step. Follow the instructions and enjoy! Be sure to refer to the … Continued

Bear With Us

#BeerRelease

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

#BeerRelease

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

#BeerRelease

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

Party On

#GENERAL

Our latest Intelligent Design beer comes from Francis Willette, Senior Brewer at our Brooklyn Center facility. This is the story of Pizza Party Lager. HOW’D YOU GET HERE: “I studied … Continued

We’re Not Not In Kansas Anymore

#TheBlog

Surly Enters Kansas & Western Missouri Minneapolis-based independent craft brewery extends distribution in Nov. MINNEAPOLIS (Oct. 26, 2021) – After successfully launching in the greater St. Louis area in 2019, … Continued

Batch 1000

#GENERAL

We’re packaging our thousandth batch of beer at Surly’s Minneapolis facility this week. 1000 batches of anything is a lot–beer, station wagons, pajamas with friendly dinosaurs on them–and we’re incredibly … Continued

Making Some Noise

#GENERAL

Brave Noise Pale Ale is now pouring in Surly’s Beer Hall. It’s our contribution to the Brave Noise project, designed to promote inclusive and safe environments for women, BIPOC, and … Continued

The Surly Set List

#BeerRelease

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

#BeerRelease

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

#BeerRelease

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

#BeerRelease, #TheBlog

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

#BeerRelease

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

#BeerRelease

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

#BeerRelease

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

Meet Aaron Johnson

#Beer Hall

Surly’s Beer Hall is on track to reopen this June. It would not be happening without the work of Aaron Johnson, a veteran of the Twin Cities culinary scene and … Continued

Spotlight On The Food Group

#SGAD

Surly Gives A Damn works with many charitable organizations across the Twin Cities to give back to the communities and neighborhoods that support us. Throughout 2021, we’re going to highlight … Continued

Perfect Machine

#BeerRelease

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

#BeerRelease

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

Minnesota March Bingo

#TheBlog

In the spirit of other weekday timekillers like Minesweeper, Cosmo relationship quizzes, and doomscrolling, Surly offers the following Minnesota March Bingo Card. Some of these things are evergreen while some … Continued

Barrel-Aged Is Back

#BeerRelease

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

We Have An Artist

#Art

We have a Darkness Artist! After judging entries from dozens of highly qualified artists and illustrators, we’ve found a successor to 2020 Darkness Artist Barbara Guttman. Congratulations to Justin Bergo, … Continued

Spotlight On Bridging

#SGAD

Surly Gives A Damn works with many charitable organizations across the Twin Cities to give back to the communities and neighborhoods that support us. Throughout 2021, we’re going to highlight … Continued

Hazy Outlook

#BeerRelease

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

The 2021 Darkness Artist Search

#Art

In the landmark case of Jacobellis v. Ohio, Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart defined the difference between art and hardcore pornography as such: “I know it when I see it.” … Continued

Peel Slowly and See

#TheBlog

UPDATE 6/30/22: You’re as sick about hearing about “supply chain issues” as we are, but sourcing printed aluminum cans continues to be a challenge across the independent craft beer industry. … Continued

Round Them Up

#BeerRelease

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

First Ave First Aid

#firstavefirstaid

There might not be two greater cultural touchstones in the Twin Cities: Enjoying a craft beer at your neighborhood taproom and watching live music at your favorite local venue. A … Continued

2020 Darkness Variants

#GENERAL

It gives us no small amount of pleasure to deliver some authentic, no-BS good news: With no Darkness Day and an overwhelming need for something special to brighten up this … Continued

Surly Brand Calendar 2021

#GENERAL

The annual release of Surly’s brand calendar is always a welcome experience for us and Surly Nation. It gives us a chance to let you know what we’ve been working … Continued

MN-ixed Messages

#BeerRelease, #TheBlog

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

12 Days of Giving a Damn

#SGAD

The 2020 holiday season is going to be difficult on many fronts. In addition to the “usual” problems of hunger, housing insecurity, and a lack of toys under the tree, … Continued

Lucky 13

#GENERAL

Friday the 13th has many unlucky, sinister connotations, never more so than when it lands in the year of our lord 2020. That said, for all of Jason Voorhees’ many … Continued

Industrial Strength

#BeerRelease

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

Last Call For Now

#Beer Hall

Surly’s Beer Hall will close its doors indefinitely after last call tonight. The COVID-19 pandemic makes operating a large gathering place impossible, especially in a Minnesota winter. We hope to … Continued

Get the Message

#BeerRelease

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

October in the Beer Hall

#GENERAL

A few things to note as we wrap up food and drink service in the Beer Hall: We strongly encourage reservations. Walk-ins are allowed but they might be seated in … Continued

Premium Blend

#BeerRelease, #Collabs

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

#BeerRelease

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

#BeerRelease

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

#BeerRelease

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

And We’re Back.

#Beer Hall

Welcome to Version 3.0 of Surly’s Beer Hall 2020, opening at 3 pm on Thursday, August 6th. We’re healthy and excited to get back to what we do best. Here’s … Continued

The Surly Food Truck Rides Again

#Other

The Menu: Surly Burger Double patties, American cheese, lettuce, red onion, fancy sauce, toasted bun. Served with potato chips. Philly Cheesesteak Smoked prime rib, whiz, beef-fat mayo, peppers & onions, … Continued

Get Surly on the 4th

#TheBlog

Welcome to the strangest goddamn 4th of July weekend ever. (OK, the 1776 one was also weird, but that’s because it was brand new and toilets weren’t invented.) As we … Continued

Ready to Pounce

#BeerRelease

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

#BeerRelease

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

#BeerRelease

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

A Note From Omar

#TheBlog

The emergence of COVID-19 and the resulting public health crisis has shaken us all to our very foundation. The response from health care professionals, government officials, and the public at-large … Continued

Stay Home With Surly

#TheBlog

Many of us are spending more time at home lately. And by “more time” we mean “all of it.” Watching daytime TV the other day (might have been Ellen or … Continued

Be Your Own +1

#TheBlog

We miss live music. We miss encores and wristbands. We miss First Avenue. As you know, First Avenue postponed or cancelled upcoming shows at all their properties due to the … Continued

A Message From Surly Brewing

#TheBlog

Surly Nation, Providing you an environment that is clean, safe, and fun is what Surly Brewing and our destination brewery are all about. The coronavirus pandemic has required us to … Continued

30 Days Of Biking 2020

#30DOB

Surly is a long-time friend and sponsor of 30 Days of Biking, and as they enter their 10th year of riding, we’re proud to continue that. We’ll be sponsoring a … Continued

Drink It Now Day

#DrinkItNowDay

This Saturday (3/7), we’re encouraging Surly Nation to open their cellars, clear out their refrigerators, and Drink It Now. Our friends at Allagash Brewing in Maine introduced this concept, which … Continued

March Beers Are Here

#BeerRelease

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

Regarding Darkness Day

#TheBlog

Darkness Day is over. For now, at least. The annual celebration of our legendary Russian imperial stout is officially on hiatus. The move from Brooklyn Center to Somerset, WI, while … Continued

Catering To You

#Beer Hall

There are many reasons to hold your wedding at Surly: the one-of-a-kind venue, the dedicated, on-site event coordinator, the state-of-the-art A/V system, everything. But today, we’d like to focus on … Continued

An Ambitious Task

#BeerRelease

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

Get Surly at The Loppet

#Furious48, #SGAD

Surly is a longtime supporter and sponsor of The Loppet Foundation. Surly Gives A Damn volunteers assist with everything from course construction to clean-up, and you can find us manning … Continued

Giving A Damn, By The Numbers

#SGAD

If you’re familiar with our brewery, then you’re likely familiar with Surly Gives A Damn. Our charitable arm, SGAD focuses on giving back to the communities that built us, both … Continued

Gather Here Today

#Beer Hall

So, you’re getting married. First of all, congratulations! You probably weren’t expecting a leading independent craft brewer to tell you this today, but it’s just the beginning of the positive … Continued

New Year, New Fare

#Beer Hall

Executive Chef Ben Peine and our culinary team revamped our daily Beer Hall offerings, adding new options to never-leave-the-menu favorites. All of them are available now and all offer an … Continued

In Thaw We Trust

#BeerRelease

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

#BeerRelease

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

Get Surly at Big Beers

#Other

We’re headed to Breckenridge, CO later this week for the 20th Anniversary of the Big Beers Festival right in the heart of the Rockies at the  Beaver Run Resort. Not … Continued

Don’t Overthink It

#BeerRelease

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

#BeerRelease

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

#BeerRelease

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

#BeerRelease

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

#BeerRelease

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

Give A Damn Before 2020

#SGAD

Surly Gives A Damn (SGAD) is looking to close 2019 out with a sustained barrage of damn-giving before and during the holidays, as we’ve lined up a series of events … Continued

Get Surly, Michigan

#TheBlog

Given our Upper Midwest home base, we’re often asked when Surly will be available in Michigan. After all, Ironwood is only two hours from Duluth (Deb from Ironwood has pointed … Continued

Arizona Gets Surly

#TheBlog

At first blush, there might not be many similarities apparent between Arizona and Minnesota; however, the two states share many important things in common. We love Larry Fitzgerald. We’ve all … Continued

Yummi Kicks In

#BeerRelease

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

Get Surly at GABF

#GABF

The Great American Beer Festival is upon us. The annual Denver convention is a craft beer lover’s Wonka factory, with hundreds of breweries in attendance and just as many pre-parties, … Continued

Furious 48

#Furious48

Furious48 has some winners! Congratulations to Walter from St. Paul, Christopher from Bloomington (MN), Jared from Denver, and Eleanor from Chicagoland. They and their +1s will all be partying on … Continued