Surly offers MN United defender Justin Davis one-case per game contract

Paging all Twin Cities breweries…@DouginDavis is looking to sellout ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/QDyhXzlGf9 — Minnesota United FC (@MNUFC) January 28, 2017 In a video tweeted by Minnesota United FC last week, defender Justin Davis proclaimed his readiness to “sell out” to a local brewery willing to sponsor his potentially fine-inducing post-game celebration—a “Lambeau Leap” that ends with […]

Brewer Profile: Jerrod Johnson and Ben Smith of Surly Brewing Company

When Surly announced Todd Haug’s resignation as head of brewing operations last October, it set off a blaze of social media speculation from the brewery’s followers and from writers, who pondered the future of the decade-old brewery. What was behind the move? Could Surly have done something to keep him? Would Surly still be Surly […]

Surly to mark Inauguration Day with ‘Thanks Obama’ Winter Rye IPA

Surly Brewing Company is marking Inauguration Day this Friday, Jan. 20, with an ode to our outgoing president: Thanks Obama! Winter Rye IPA. Surly says, “It’s a meme. It’s a beer. It’s a meme and a beer.” Whatever it is, it carries “a complex, spicy malt character with candied grape and vanilla cream hop aromas. […]

Trailblazers 2016

What’s the value of a brewery’s stance on mining? Why be concerned with obscure English apples? What’s so important about a chicken sandwich at a stadium? Why does it matter if a basketball team weighs in on current events? The answer to all those questions is the same: it makes a difference. There are people […]

Trailblazers 2016: Jorge Guzman of Surly Brewing

Brewery taprooms have become one of most significant cultural developments in the Twin Cities in recent years, but most lack in one clear area: food. Food trucks get the job done, but they rarely take dining to the next level. That’s where Jorge Guzman separates Surly from the pack. Guzman spent years as lead chef […]

Former Surly brewer Todd Haug heading to 3 Floyds

Former Surly Head of Brewing Operations Todd Haug, who stepped down earlier this month, is bound for Munster, Indiana’s, 3 Floyds Brewing Company, MSP Magazine reported today. The report states that Haug will not be replacing head brewer Chris Boggess, but joining his team of brewers, helping plan for a forthcoming expansion and distillery, and eventually […]

Todd Haug stepping down from Surly Brewing

In a statement posted on Surly Brewing Company’s website today, Head of Brewing Operations Todd Haug announced he’s stepping down from his position. Haug has been at Surly since its inception in 2006. “I’d like to thank our family, friends and fans – Surly Nation – for always believing in our vision,” Haug said in […]

Surly celebrates double digits with TEN Ale

It’s been a little over 10 years since Omar Ansari helped Todd Haug brew the very first batch of Surly beer, on New Year’s Eve 2005. To celebrate their decade-long ride, the Surly crew is releasing their tenth anniversary beer, TEN. Brewed with pale crystal malts, invert sugar, and aged on toasted sassafras, it’s an Old Ale meant for […]

The mystery behind the Surly, Dangerous Man “Blutpakt” revealed

Surly and Dangerous Man caused a bit of a stir last week when they announced a mysterious “blutp̈akt” on social media. Speculation immediately began to swirl and ranged from both breweries being acquired by AB-InBev to Surly canning beer for Dangerous Man. In the end however, the most obvious guess was the correct one: a collaboration beer. […]

The artful science of beer and food pairings

Taste begins with chemistry. Esters, phenols, aldehydes, linear-terpenes, ketones, lactones, thiols, and a host of other compounds lock into olfactory receptors, sending electric pulses through the olfactory bulb and into the inner sanctums of the brain. On the tongue, a different set of chemicals stimulate sensations of bitter, sweet, sour, salty, and umami. These stimuli—smell […]

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What We’re Drinking: Stouts, sours, and sparkling wine

Welcome to What We’re Drinking, the new bi-weekly feature wherein The Growler editorial staff look back on a recent remarkable beverage. What are you drinking, Growler Nation? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Fair State Rye Falutin – Joseph Alton, Editor-in-Chief A photo posted by Fair State Brewing Cooperative (@fairstatecoop) on Mar 5, 2016 […]

Todd The Axe Man is back

The Axe Man Returns! Cans are hittin’ shelves, starting this week https://t.co/H3sGRNLOZh pic.twitter.com/mlyY7KIZX9 — surlybrewing (@surlybrewing) March 2, 2016 Surly Brewing Company‘s West Coast IPA, Todd The Axe Man, is back in cans and on store shelves now. The inception of The Axe Man came in Copenhagen in 2014, when Todd Haug, head of Surly’s brewing […]

Town Hall Tap serving four-year Darkness verticals Tuesday

In a true showing of patience, Town Hall Tap has been sitting on kegs of the the past four years of Surly Darkness and will tap them all at 5pm on Tuesday, March 1. They’ll be offering flights of four five-ounce pours of the 2012, 2013, barrel-aged 2014, and 2015 vintages for $20.

Symphony and Suds Takes Classical Music Off the Stage and Into the Taproom

In a time when all things old are suddenly cool again, you’d think orchestral music would be a hot ticket item. But for some reason, while record players and retro furniture and typewriters have all made their way back into everyday life, classical music is still being snubbed by younger generations, and labeled as stuffy, […]

Minnesota’s 12 James Beard semifinalists

Twelve Twin Cities chefs, bakers, restaurateurs, restaurants, and importers have been named semifinalists for the 30th-annual James Beard Foundation awards, reports the Star Tribune. The so-called “Oscars of the food world” recognize and celebrate excellence in 21 categories.The category with the most local names is Best Chef: Midwest. The Midwest region includes Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, […]