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May 2014

10,000 Minutes of Minnesota Craft Beer This Week  


The Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild is hosting the second annual 10,000 Minutes of Minnesota Craft Beer, May 5-11, and we're taking part. It's a week full of events across the state celebrating locally produced craft beer. Here's where you can spend a few of your 10,000 minutes next week getting Surly with us:


Monday, May 5 at 4pm:

Surly & Kramarczuk's Patio Party at Grumpy's NE

Kramarczuk's will be making the Surly-est brats and condiments possible, grilled on the Grumpy's NE patio. The bar will be serving half-price Minnesota beers from 6-8pm, and Kramarczuk's will be serving $5 Bender-boiled Bison Brats on Buns from Hell (Buns baked with Hell Lager). They'll be served with Surly-fied condiments - onions boiled in butter and Smoke, and Cynic Ale Sauerkraut.


Wednesday, May 7 at 6pm:

Blakkr Pin at The Four Firkins        

Our brewer Spencer Anderson will be at The Four Firkins in St. Louis Park, to talk about cask conditioning and to tap a pin of Blakkr, dry hopped with Centennial and Simcoe hops, for a sampling session. 


Thursday, May 8 at 11:30am:

MN Brewery Showcase at The Muddy Pig

The Muddy Pig is turning 48 tap lines over to six featured Minnesota craft breweries: Surly, Summit, Steel Toe, Indeed, Fulton and Bent Paddle. This is kind of like a Minnesota craft brewery version of the Super Friends.


Friday, May 9 at 4pm:

Pentagram Release Party at Amsterdam Bar and Hall

This year's release of Pentagram, our 100 percent Brettanomyces Dark Beer, will be at Amsterdam Bar and Hall in St. Paul. The bar is planning some food pairings, and Shannon Blowtorch will be DJing from 6-9pm. In case your memory is a little foggy, that's the same Shannon Blowtorch who got people going wild at SurlyFest 2013. 




All Week:

Baked Beer at Patisserie 46

Patisserie 46 will be featuring breads and desserts made with Bender and Darkness all week long. 


Check out the Guild's website for the full list of 10,000 Minutes events and check out our Events Blog for all our upcoming events.

'Merican Craft Beer Week: May 11-18

Pace yourself through 10,000 Minutes, because the following week is American Craft Beer Week, and you've got more Surly to drink. Here's what we have planned:

More Beer Coming Soon... 

Our Destination Brewery is starting to look less like a really expensive dirt field. The crew has been working hard, pouring a lot of concrete for foundations, and the structure is starting to take shape. We assure you, there's more beer coming soon. Check out our teaser video HERE


Bitter Brewer Release at B-Dubs! 

This year's release of Bitter Brewer, our not-really-a-British Bitter session beer, will happen on Friday, May 16 at 22 Buffalo Wild Wings locations around Minnesota. Bitter Brewer will start going out to liquor stores, bars and restaurants on Monday, May 19. Watch the Interwebs for more information on the release. 


About 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! 

Todd Brews Well With Others

Todd Haug, our Director of Brewing Operations, and Linda Haug, our Director of Restaurant Operations were back in Europe last week to pour Surly's finest at the Copenhagen Beer Celebration and do some collaborative brewing. On April 30, Todd joined the Danish crew at Amager in Copenhagen and brewed a single malt American style IPA, brewed with Golden Promise and over hopped with Mosaic and Citra.

Amager brewer and ex pro skateboarder from the Van's Warped Tour Rene Hulgreen,
head brewer Jacob Storm, Todd Haug, and communications rep Henrik Papsų. 


The collaborative efforts will continue with Norway's Lervig Brewing and the band 1349. Together we'll be unleashing Aural Hell Fire in liquid form! Look for 1349 Black Ale to be released late 2014. 

Surly in Wisconsin & Washington, D.C.?!

We were out in Milwaukee on Thursday, May 1 at Palm Tavern, Stubby's Gastrobrub & Beer Bar and at The Rumpus Room for a beer dinner, and we were in Madison on Friday, May 2 at Next Door Brewing and Tipsy Cow. BUT we're NOT distributing broadly to Wisconsin (yet), just sharing beers with our neighbors. Calm down, cheeseheads.


We'll also be in Washington, D.C. for SAVOR week events from Thursday, May 8 through Saturday, May 10. Come grab a Surly at the following events:


Thursday, May 8 at 4pm: ChurchKey will be pouring Furious, Cynic, Blakkr, Pentagram, Smoke, 2012 Darkness, Overrated, Schadenfreude, Cacao Bender, Asator and Abrasive, and casks of Blakkr and Furious  


Thursday, May 8 at 5pm: Scion Restaurant will be pouring Furious, Mild, Blakkr and SYX  


Friday, May 9: Bier Baron Tavern will be pouring Furious, Coffee Bender, Pentagram and Schadenfreude


Friday, May 9 - Saturday, May 10 from 7:30-11pm: SAVOR Craft Beer - Coffee Bender will be paired with Espresso-Crusted Bison on Black Bread and Pentagram will be paired with Foie Gras with Lingonberry at Table 2

Leave Your Balls at Home. This is Disc Golf. 


Surly Open 2014 registration is open! On June 21, play some leisurely disc golf and drink some beer at Blue Ribbon Pines Disc Golf Course in East Bethel. There's only 90 spots available for each session. Get more details and register for the Surly Open on our website.


Featured Merch: Pentagram

We've got a bunch of new Pentagram swag available on our web store and at the brewery: men's and women's t-shirts, hoodies, women's tank tops and a new screen printed poster made by our very own Michael Berglund.


Click here to check out Pentagram merch on our web store.  


Loppet Events Coming Up

Thanks to everyone who came out for a beer at the City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival in February. Check out the upcoming Loppet Foundation events we're bringing beer to:


Sunday, May 18: Salomon CITYTRAIL Loppet

Saturday, June 28: Ucare Tri-Loppet

Saturday, September 20: Surly Trail Loppet


Beer will be for sale at all three events with proceeds benefiting The Loppet Foundation and all participates at the Salomon CITYTRAIL Loppet and Surly Trail Run will get a free beer after the race (must show valid ID). Get more info and sign up here

Still Giving A Damn  

Surly Gives a Damn has been working hard. In April, SGAD was out to Rochester for the first time and teamed up Schott Distributing to clean up garbage and winter storm debris at 11 different parks in just three hours. SGAD also was out at the Emergency Food Shelf Network in April and helped serve 5,448 people in need by sorting foods, packing food boxes and labeling cans. Thanks to everyone who gave a damn!


We've got more coming up in May - on Saturday, May 31 we'll be heading out to People Incorporated Minneapolis from 9am-1pm and need 35 volunteers to do a bit of landscaping, shrub demolition, and other garden preparation. Watch for the sign up on Facebook and the SGAD page on Friday, May 16. 


We've also got a Memorial Blood Centers drive coming up at the brewery on June 2 from noon to 7pm. You'll get a pint glass and a coupon for a free beer in the taproom in exchange for your blood! Sign up here today.


Get more info on these events and more on the SGAD page. 

Dates For Your Calendar

We're gonna be pouring a lot of beer at a lot of places. Try to keep up:


5/5-5/11: 10,000 Minutes - Minnesota Craft Beer Week - Twin Cities & across Minnesota

5/5: Surly/Kramarczuk's/Grumpy's NE Sausage Fest - Minneapolis, MN
5/6: Leading Craft Brewers Discuss the Business of Beer at UofM - Minneapolis, MN
5/7: Pin at The Four Firkins - Minneapolis, MN
5/7: Princeton's Surly Tasting - Maple Grove, MN
5/7: Rum River Surly Tasting - Ramsey, MN
5/8: Muddy Pig Minnesota Craft Brewery Showcase 2.0 - St. Paul, MN
5/8: A Night of Extraordinary Ales 2.0 at Scion Restaurant - Washington, D.C.
5/8: Surly Draft & Cask Fiasco at ChurchKey - Washington, D.C.
5/9: Bier Baron Tavern Surly Feature - Washington, D.C.
5/9: Pentagram Release Party at Amsterdam Bar - St. Paul, MN
5/9: Grumpy's NE Surly Feature Night - Minneapolis, MN
5/9: Brouwer's Cafe Back in Black Stout Fest - Seattle, WA
5/9-5/10: Savor Craft Beer Event - Washington, D.C.
5/10: Pedal for Pints - Brooklyn Center, MN
5/10: American Beer Classic at Soldier Field - Chicago, IL
5/13: Happy Gnome Beer Dinner - St. Paul, MN
5/15: Brouwer's Cafe Sour Fest - Seattle, WA
5/17: Stanley's Craft Beer & Bacon Bacon Fest - Minneapolis, MN
5/17: SGAD - Birdtown 1/2 Marathon - Robbinsdale, MN
5/31: Oskar Blues Brewery Burning Can Beer Fest - Lyons, CO
5/31: SGAD - People Incorporated- Minneapolis, MN
6/2: SGAD - Blood Drive at the Brewery - Brooklyn Center, MN
6/2: Philly Beer Week - Pub On Passyunk East Surly Feature - Philadelphia, PA
6/3: Philly Beer Week - Iron Abbey Surly Feature - Philadelphia, PA

6/3: Surly Night at WiseAcre Eatery - Minneapolis, MN
6/3: SGAD - Greenway Clean Up - Minneapolis, MN
6/21: Surly Open at Blue Ribbon Pines - East Bethel, MN
6/28: SGAD - UCare Tri-Loppet - Minneapolis, MN
7/19: Beer Run - Brooklyn Center, MN
7/26: Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild's All Pints North Festival - Duluth, MN

See you drinking,
Surly Brewing Company