Buzzed Beer: How brewers fuse beer with coffee, plus seven java brews to try

Cortado. Americano. Iced caramel latte, sugar-free, no whip. The options are endless—almost amusingly so—for ordering a cup of morning joe these days. As for coffee-infused beers, the options are just as plentiful, with most breweries serving up at least one French-press-meets-fermenter concoction. Whether adding grounds, dumping cold press into the fermenter, or adding brewed coffee … [ Read more]

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10th Annual SurlyFest

  The 10th Annual SurlyFest takes over the entire brewery (Beer Hall, Beer Garden, Festival Field, Scheid Hall, the deck, the parking lot…everywhere but the roof, to be honest) on Saturday, September 23 starting at 11am. Think of it as the ultimate beer amusement park, no disrespect to Duff Gardens. There will be live music … [ Read more]

Surly closing Brewer’s Table, Chef Jorge Guzman to stay in MSP

Rick Nelson at the Star Tribune is reporting that Surly Brewing plans to close its fine dining concept, Brewer’s Table, on August 5. The restaurant won several plaudits in its two years, including a spot among Food & Wine Magazine’s 10 Best New Restaurants in the country for 2016. Surly’s owner, Omar Ansari, cited financial … [ Read more]

St. Paul–based artist, Adam Sward, named as Surly’s 2017 “Featured Artist”

More than 340 artists applied to be crowned as this year’s Surly Brewing “Featured Artist.” But only one prevailed: St. Paul-based illustrator, Adam Sward. Sward will create the new design concepts for SurlyFest 2017, Darkness 2017, and Surly’s 12th anniversary beer in 2018. His art will be featured on everything from beer labels to T-shirts … [ Read more]

Surly Brewing’s Rising North Pale Ale the official beer of Minnesota United FC

So long United Crushers. Hello Rising North. The beer brewed by Surly Brewing to kick off Minnesota United FC‘s inaugural MLS season was revamped as Rising North Pale Ale and named the official beer of the soccer team on Wednesday, April 19. United Crushers Pale Ale debuted at the first pre-match party at Surly Brewing and was made available at … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

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. … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

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. … [ Read more]

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 … [ Read more]

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