SEASONAL BEERS

Abrasive Ale, AKA 16 Grit, D.V.D.A.

We brewed this beer originally at the end of 2008 as a farewell to growler sales. As usual, we underestimated the demand for the first Double IPA in Minnesota. We brewed the beer again in the spring and released it as a draft only beer. It was originally called 16 Grit, a size of abrasive grit used at the old Abrasive factory that once stood where the brewery now resides.

STYLE: Double Oat IPA
MALT: 2-Row, Golden Promise, Oats, Lite Crystal
SUGAR: Brewers Crystals
HOPS: Warrior, Citra
YEAST: English Ale

OG: 19.5° Plato
ABV: 9% v/v
COLOR: 8 ºSRM
IBU: 120ish
AVAILABILITY: Late December-March

 

SurlyFest

A traditional Oktoberfest bier from Surly? Nein! If you want one of those, grab your passport and head over to Munchen (bring us back some pretzels.) SurlyFest is brewed with three different types of Rye and a single variety of American Hops. Malted Rye, Flaked Rye, and Crystal Rye impart a distinctive biscuit flavor to the lush Vienna Malt body, and dry-hopping with Sterling Hops adds bright, floral hop aromas. A single hop, dry-hopped, rye lager bier? Ja!

STYLE: NOT a German Style Oktoberfest Bier
MALT: Vienna, Rye
HOPS: Sterling
YEAST: German Lager

OG: 14.5º Plato
ABV: 6.0% v/v
COLOR: 14 ºSRM
IBU: 34
AVAILABILITY: Septemberish

 

Bitter Brewer

First one in, last one out, sweating in the summer, freezing in the winter. Years of toiling and boiling have turned our brewer Todd into a cynical, surly, bitter brewer...You too can get bitter without all the fuss. Simply crack open a can and fill a glass with our latest - Bitter Brewer. Pale orange in color, this ale gets intense toast and marmalade character from British malt and American hops. Dry-hopping brings the floral citrus aromas. So go ahead, get bitter!

STYLE: Not really a British Bitter
MALT: 2-row, Aromatic, Crystal, Oats
HOPS: Columbus, Glacier
YEAST: English Ale

OG: 9.5º Plato
ABV: 4.1% v/v
COLOR: 8 ºSRM
IBU: 37
AVAILABILITY: May-August

 

Darkness

This massive Russian Imperial Stout brings waves of flavors; chocolate, cherries, raisins, coffee, and toffee. We add a touch of hops to make this delicious brew even tastier.

STYLE: Russian Imperial Stout/American Double Stout
MALT: Pale Ale, Golden Promise, Crystal, Dark Crystal, Oats, Black, Chocolate, Roast
SUGAR: Belgian Dark Candi Sugar
HOPS: Columbus, Amarillo, Simcoe
YEAST: English Ale

OG: 29° Plato
ABV: 9.8 % v/v
COLOR: 55 ºSRM
IBU: 85
AVAILABILITY: October

 

 

 

 

Smoke

Ebony-hued, Smoke wafts out of the bottle and into your senses, borne on the wings of European traditions, wrapped in American innovation. Lager-brewed, like any true Baltic Porter, with smoked malts from Bamberg, Germany, the home of Rauchbiers, then mellowed by oak-aging. Black malt flavors mesh with notes of raisins, plums, figs and licorice with the subtle smoke on the side, for a complex and luxurious, yet silky smooth drinking experience. It's a sipper at Alc. 8.2% by VOL., but everyone knows you can't have Smoke without fire!

STYLE: Oak Aged Smoked Baltic Porter
MALT: Pale Ale, Smoked, Black, Oats
HOPS: Warrior
YEAST: German Lager

OG: 19.5º Plato
ABV: 8.3% v/v
COLOR: 45 ºL
IBU: 50
AVAILABILITY: November

 

Mild

Our first session beer. An English-style Mild whose drinkability makes it fun.

STYLE: English Brown Ale-Dark Mild
MALT: Pale Ale, Golden Promise, Brown, Crystal, Roast
HOPS: Columbus
YEAST: English Ale

OG: 10º Plato
ABV: 3.8% v/v
COLOR: 14 ºSRM
IBU: 21
AVAILABILITY: February

 

Schadenfreude

Schadenfreude is a German word for shameful joy, taking pleasure in the suffering of others.
Utilizing German Munich, Vienna and Caramunich malts this dark (Dunkel) lager has rich bread and toffee flavors balanced by a soft bitterness. Additional aging on toasted Minnesota oak makes Schadenfreude a one of a kind Dunkel.

STYLE: German Style Dunkel (Dark) Lager-Oak Aged
MALT: German Munich, Vienna, Caramunich, Carafa
HOPS: Sterling
YEAST: German Lager

OG: 13º Plato
ABV: 4.8% v/v
COLOR: 41 ºSRM
IBU: 25
AVAILABILITY: April

 

Wet

1,200 lbs of hops picked fresh in Michigan and shipped to Minnesota immediately. From bine to brew in less than 24 hours. Utilizing in-house-designed wet hop steeping tanks, this IPA uses 10 pounds of wet hops per barrel, resulting in a resiny and dank IPA.

STYLE: West Coast India Pale Ale
MALT: 2-Row, Crystal
WET HOPS: Cascade, Centennial
BITTERING HOPS: Warrior
YEAST: English Ale

OG: 17º Plato
ABV: 7.5% v/v
COLOR: 6 ºSRM
IBU: 90
AVAILABILITY: September

 

 

 

Pentagram

This Arcane Seal guards an enigmatic brew that is FUNKY, DARK, and SOUR. If you choose to break the seal, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! 100% Brettanomyces Dark beer fermented in stainless and aged in used red wine barrels. "Brett" is a unique yeast strain that produces flavors that would be considered offensive if they were not intentional. Flavors of sour cherry, tobacco, oak and classic "Brett" barnyard funk balanced by Dark Munich malt chewiness. Enjoy immediately or age at cellar temperature for a couple years.

STYLE: Brett Dark Ale
MALT: 2-Row Pale, Dark Munich, Belgian Crystal, Chocolate
HOPS: Columbus-bittering only
YEAST: Brettanomyces Claussenii and Bruxellensis

OG: 14º Plato
ABV: 6.66% v/v
COLOR: 17 ºSRM
IBU: 14
AVAILABILITY: March

 

Overrated

It's been said: "It's easier to brew an extremely hoppy beer than an extremely balanced beer." And you know us, we are always looking for the easy way out, so we jumped on the West Coast IPA Bandwagon and brewed this dry and hoppy ale. "Surly's a little bit of a one-trick pony, they just brew gimmick beers," and maybe we are OVERRATED, but at the end of the day, it's just a beer. If you like it, great, so do we. If you only liked us when we were small, then leave this one on the shelf. Let one of the fanboys grab it.

STYLE: West Coast IPA
MALT: 2-Row, Belgian Crystal
HOPS: Columbus, Centennial, Cascade, El Dorado
YEAST: English Ale

OG: 15.5º Plato
ABV: 7.3% v/v
COLOR: 4.5 ºSRM
IBU: 69
AVAILABILITY: Cans, occasionally throughout the year

 

 

Misanthrope

Misanthrope is a Belgian style Saison aged with Brett in used white wine barrels.

STYLE: Saison/Farmhouse Ale
MALT: Pilsen, Aromatic, Oats
HOPS: Styrian Goldings
YEAST: Belgian Ale finished with Brett

OG: 14º Plato
ABV: 7% v/v
COLOR: 7 ºSRM
IBU: 16
AVAILABILITY: Occasionally throughout the year

 

Dampfbier

A lesser known style of German ale once popular and brewed on the Germany/Czech border. Brewed with 100% malted barley and fermented (warm) with a traditional Bavarian Hefe-Weizen (wheat) yeast, this is the German equivalent of a "Steam" beer. It's pale gold in color and medium bodied with flavors of toasted bread, cloves and bananas.

STYLE: Dampfbier
MALT: Vienna, Pils, Melanoidln, Cara20
HOPS: Glacier
YEAST: Bavarian Hefe-Weizen

OG: 12º Plato
ABV: 5.2% v/v
COLOR: 8 ºSRM
IBU: 12
AVAILABILITY: Special release

 

BLAKKR

This double black as night IPA is too massive for just one brewery's efforts. BLAKKR took the trinity of Real Ale Brewing Co., Surly Brewing Co. and Three Floyds Brewing Co. to actualize this crushing ale. This Imperial Black IPA has flavors of black licorice and bitter sweet hop aromas of pineapple.

STYLE: Imperial Black IPA
MALT: Pale, Carafa Special, Oats, Crystal
BITTERING HOPS: Warrior
AROMA HOPS: Simcoe, Centennial
YEAST: English Ale

OG: 22º Plato
ABV: 9.99% v/v
COLOR: 4.5 ºSRM
IBU: 85
AVAILABILITY: February