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Monkish Brewing Company | Surprise Party


I just moved to the UAE this past month for work. It’s an exciting and extravagant place to be — with the current and future tallest buildings in the world, white sand beaches, indoor ski resorts and camel’s milk ice cream dipped in gold. I thoroughly realized that I would be moving to the desert when I decamped from Los Angeles, and I don’t mean Jakku. I mean a craft beer desert almost as expansive as the Empty Quarter itself. 

Before you feel too sorry for me, I have found local happy hours to provide me the sweet privilege of paying $10 for a bottle of Sol or a pint of Warsteiner. Still feeling sorry for me? Well, don’t. Luckily Monkish Brewing Company gave me a sweet going away present that I smuggled in my suitcase: Surprise Party.

8.3% ABV

SURPRISE! CAN RELEASE TODAY STARTING NOW!! 🎊🎈🎉 UPDATE: CANS ARE SOLD OUT ⠀⠀⠀ ✨ SURPRISE PARTY is a DIPA with Galaxy, Amarillo, and Citra hops! ABV 8.3% To celebrate our #monkish6 with something sparkly and unexpected, we revealed cans of Surprise Party yesterday to attendees of our event! #SurpriseParty is $20/4 pack limit ONE 4pk per person/per day. About 80 cases available (1 case=6 four packs) at the 20317 roll up in the back of the parking lot. ⠀ 🎈We also have our other official anniversary glass (besides PGG), the Monkpug Tumbler, for sale at the can line! Tumblers are $12 each, limit 2 per person, per day. 🍾 Otis & Bean bottles pickups start today! Bottles will be available starting at the Merch Station behind the bar window. The final pick up day is on April 8th. TODAY is the final pick up day for Black Kisses. 🎈Along with bottle pickups, we will have all of our Six Now Forever and Monkpugs merch for sale! We have several pins, stickers, and a t-shirt featuring art from the creative minds of @pugliepug and @beyondtheale! Thank you for bringing our visions of the @monkpugs alive and totally nailing it! 🍻Finally, our Tasting Room is open today from 1-8pm, but we will be CLOSED tomorrow (3/12). We will be pouring our leftover Monkish beers from the party all this week, so keep up with the beer list on our website! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ❌❌❌DO NOT PARK IN PADDY O's across the street, they will tow cars! ❌❌❌⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ IF IT IS YOUR FIRST RELEASE WITH US, PLEASE READ THE RELEASES PAGE ON OUR WEBSITE. We have strict policies and would like to help you get your beer as quickly as possible. #educateyourself ⠀ And while you’re on our site, check out our menu on the Home or Tasting Room page for the updated menu with growler fill info. It’s updated at the beginning and end of each day we are open.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Bonus points and a sweet sticker for bringing your own bag! 🛍🛍🛍⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ALSO, we will once again have live Twitter updates for line info.🐦 SO CHECK IT! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #monkish #monkishbrewing #labeer #beer #la #beerrelease #craftbeer #drinklocal #ipa #dipa #tipa #ddh #hops #hopheads #beerhopelove #🍻

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Brewed as a gift for the attendees of Monkish’s sixth anniversary party, Surprise Party is a good representation of what has made Monkish one of the most sought-after hopslingers in the land. Full of flavor with a good balance of chewy body and fruity hops, this Double IPA is aggressively drinkable. What sets this one out compared to other Monkish offerings is that the bitterness and spiciness of the Amarillo hops cuts through the “Hop Tag-Team Champions of the Wooooooooooooorld” combination of Galaxy and Citra, and the result is an IPA that is fruity and full-bodied, but not too sweet and still a touch bitter. It’s the Titus Andromedon of beers.

The general complaint against Monkish is that their beers are like Derek Zoolander’s looks: beautiful and powerful, but it takes a real industry expert to detect the extremely subtle differences between offerings. Being down to my last few cans of this sweet nectar, I’ve never been more appreciative of a well-crafted IPA like this. If you feel like you are taking crazy pills and are tiring of the hazy IPA trend, I implore you to load up a suitcase of these cans and come and visit me. It’s awfully dry out here in the desert, and I’m very thirsty. I’d buy you a gold-plated ice cream.

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