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Drinking Through the 2019 Surly Darkness Barrel-Aged Variants

September 27, 2019 |

For the second year in a row, Surly Brewing Co. will be releasing a series of barrel-aged variants of their popular Russian Imperial Stout, Darkness. The different barrel and adjunct beers were released at Darkness Day last year and will follow suit this year.

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Ask the Experts | How to Revamp the Standard Brewery Tour?

July 25, 2019 |

Chances are, if you have been to a brewery before, you have been on a brewery tour. It’s an easy way to get the consumer closer to a brewery’s brand, process, and beer. While some offer hands-on exercises, unlimited samples, and specialized experiences, your typical, run-of-the-mill brewery tour is no longer memorable. Beer drinkers are much more educated and knowledgeable of the brewing process and the craft beer industry as a whole than they were 5 or 10 years ago. Sniffing hop pellets and looking at stainless steel fermenters can get dull after a while. 

To stand out in today’s brewery tour landscape, you really have to offer something that goes beyond the status quo and provides a deeper connection to the brewery you’re visiting. Many national and regional breweries have realized that their brewery tour can help extend the beer drinker’s experience with them, which could help influence subsequent purchasing decisions at retail locations and bars. Offering something different and memorable is a great way to standout from the fray of local colleagues and regional competitors. Things like specialized tours and immersive tasting experiences are just a few ways that breweries have revamped their tours to better appeal to today’s beer drinking clientele.

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What We’re Drinking | May 24, 2019

May 24, 2019 |

Another week in the books. Tons of sports ball happenings. How about them Warriors, eh??

In beer happenings…no big buy-outs, more pastry stouts, tons of DDH trüb IPAs, and not nearly enough craft lagers. Luckily summer is upon us, maybe we’ll get more crispy bois (hint hint, brewers).

So anyways, here’s What We’re Drinking:

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Surly Releases Two New Beers Following Industry Trends

March 12, 2019 |

Hazy IPAs and pastry stouts – so hot right now – hazy IPAs and pastry stouts. As these beers have become hotter than Derek Zoolander walking the runway and giving us Blue Steel, the larger craft breweries are following suit. Surly Brewing joins the game with their latest beers, One Man Mosh Pit and Tiramisu Funeral Bar.

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Surly Brewing Announces 2019 Beer Release Calendar & Boxed Six-Packs

December 13, 2018 |

Surly Brewing has announced its plans for 2019, which include (among other items) the return of its Brooklyn Center Small Batch series and Seasonal Variety Packs.

The popular Minnesota brewery also announced several new items for 2019 such as boxed six-packs (12 oz. cans) and a new, year-round hazy IPA in 16 oz. cans.

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Surly Brewing | Darkness Variants

November 1, 2018 |

Surly Brewing Darkness has always been a highly coveted stout come the fall. The Russian imperial stout typically is available in a non barrel-aged version and a barrel-aged version. To change things up, Surly announced three variants, each in a different type of barrel and available only at Darkness Day.

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Surly Brewing Announces 2018 Darkness Variants & Revamped Darkness Day

August 24, 2018 |

Rewind the cold beer time machine just five years and you’ll discover only a handful of iconic beer events that have withstood the test of time. Even still, these OGs of craft beer events probably look a little different than they did back when they first started gaining popularity, because as tastes evolve, so do the greats.

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The OGs of Craft Beer | Surly Brewing – Surly Furious IPA

August 20, 2018 |

Similar to the rest of the country, my home state of Minnesota has seen an explosion within the craft beer scene. According to one article, thirty breweries opened up in Minnesota in 2017 alone – which was nearly double the openings that the state saw in 2016. Needless to say, the scene is not showing any signs of slowing down. So what initiated this domino effect? One might argue that Surly Brewing – Minneapolis’ 12-year-old craft beer darling – is partially to thank for the recent surge. And if we’re going to give thanks Surly, we have to look back to the beer that first helped put Surly on the map: Surly Furious, the IPA that makes you question what an IPA should be.

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Surly Brewing Upping its Chicago Presence With Three Summer Beers

June 21, 2018 |

Last year Surly Brewing made it clear — Chicago was a market they wanted to have a stronger footprint in. They switched distributors in January from Windy City Distributing to Lakeshore Beverage, AB-InBev’s High End distributor, and have subsequently made an immediate impact on the Windy City’s craft beer scene.

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2 Days, 2 Nights | Twin Cities Craft Beer Scene

May 7, 2018 | 2

When the snow melts, Minnesota springs into life. As a Minnesota native, I’m partial to the great Land of 10,000 Lakes for many reasons. If you can get past the prolonged winters and man-eating mosquitoes, Minnesota really does have a lot to offer to the outdoor enthusiast, family man, beer aficionado, sports fan and everyone in between. Oh, and the beer scene in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul is absolutely kickass.

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Surly Brewing Co. | 2017 Barrel Aged Darkness

February 27, 2018 |

While barrel-aged season peaks in November, there are still great barrel-aged beers being released into early 2018. Surly Brewing is known for a variety of beers, but their stout series, Darkness, is one of the best known beers the Minneapolis brewery releases. The barrel-aged version of Darkness hit shelves recently, so naturally we cut through the wax and poured a glass to see how this year’s version came out.

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Surly Brewing Releases New Hop Shifter Gluten-Reduced IPA

February 23, 2018 |

Crack open two Surly Brewing Hop Shifter IPAs and they might taste different from one another. No, nothing is wrong with either can, the taste difference is by design.

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | October 4, 2017

October 4, 2017 |

The Denver Beer Beat sheds light on news of brewery openings, special tappings, firkins and one-off batches, bottle releases, dinners, pairings, etc.
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BREAKING | Surly Brewing Announces Full-Time Distribution in Colorado

September 28, 2017 |

Last October, Surly Brewing made shockwaves within the craft beer world after the popular Midwestern brewery announced the departure of Todd Haug, Surly’s iconic brewmaster, who has been credited with developing many of the brewery’s cult classic beers. 12 months later, as the popular Minneapolis-based brewery celebrates its 10 year anniversary, Surly is primed for its next evolutionary phase, as it expands its distribution footprint.

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Surly Brewing is Getting Sporty in 2017

March 17, 2017 |

Surly Brewing has established itself as a craft beer powerhouse in Minneapolis by making iconic beers like Surly Furious and Todd the Axeman. And while many Minnesotans are used to seeing Surly’s distinctive branding and hop-heavy beers on shelves, they now should get used to seeing the Surly logo on one more thing: sports teams.

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Surly to Remain Independent, Not Selling to Leinenkugel’s

November 17, 2016 |

Craft beer fans are breathing a bit easier after a picture showing Leinenkugel president Dick Leinenkugel and Surly President Omar Ansari lit the rumor mill on fire of a potential sale of Surly to Leinenkugel’s. The breweries made people sweat a bit before admitting it was all a joke just a few days later.

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Weekly Growler Fill | National Beer News Roundup

November 7, 2016 |

AB InBev scoops up Karbach Brewing, Todd Haug joins Three Floyds, and Innis & Gunn crowdfunds over one million Euros for their next expansion. With only one day left until the election, we know you’re hiding from your TV and the barrage of political ads. We also know you’ve probably been drinking heavily. Stay informed about the issues that matter: craft beer news. Keep reading to catch all of the details in this edition of the Weekly Growler Fill.

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Devils Backbone Brewing Company | 2016 Collaboration Adventure Pack

February 8, 2016 |

Photo Courtesy of Devils Backbone Brewing Company

If you were to ask any Virginia Beer Connoisseur what brewery represents the state’s rise in the industry, Devils Backbone Brewing Company would be one of the first that comes to mind. They’ve provided wonderful beers all across the state of Virginia for eight years and have expanded in all directions to Maryland, West Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and DC.

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The Dark Knight Rises to Fill His Beer Fridge

July 19, 2012 |

Bruce Wayne is a billionaire playboy (Tony Stark has dibs on “philanthropist”) who enjoys putting on black tights and gallivanting as a masked vigilante known as the Batman. Despite dealing with the same gallery of rogues day in and … Read More