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Made in Minnesota: Surly Beer

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Toasting A Local Craft Beer With A National Reputation

You have to hand to the crew at Surly Brewing Company. They’ve attained rock star status in Minnesota – andsurly changed the landscape of the local craft beer movement. It was ten years ago that Surly Beer founder Omar Ansari and brewmaster Todd Haug brewed their first batch. It wasn’t long after that Furious was born and national accolades for this local brewery came rushing in.

Fast forward, and there are now six year-round beers available from the Surly crew, plus a plethora of seasonal, occasional, and specialty ales – most with bold names to match their flavors.

If you’re already a fan of Surly, we’ve got you covered for your next beer run. And if you aren’t sure where to start, here’s a primer to help guide you through the Surly offerings and help wet your whistle.

The Surly Six (Year-Round Beers and Ales)

  •       Bender
    For those who love American Oatmeal Brown Ales, you’ll want to keep a four-pack of this around. Light on hops, rich on flavor.   5.10% ABV 
  •       Coffee Bender
    Take that American Oatmeal Brown Ale and add coffee and you’re on your way to a Coffee Bender.   5.10% ABV
  •       Cynic Ale
     A Saison/Farmhouse Ale that’s described as refreshing and perfect for a warm day. Golden hued and a bit hoppy.   6.70% ABV 
  •       Furious
    Three words for this one: amber, citrus, hoppy.   6.20% ABV 
  •       Hell
    Think German here. It means “light” – and that is exactly what you’ll get with this pale-gold lager.   4.50% ABV 
  •       Overrated
    West Coast meets Midwest. Think floral and hoppy with this pale gold colored IPA .   7.30% ABV

2015 Special Releases from Surly 

  •       Pentagram was released in bottles in March. This 100% Brettanomyces dark ale was fermented in stainless and aged in used red wine barrels, and features unusual flavors: sour cherry, tobacco, oak, and the classic “Brett” barnyard funk, balanced by Dark Munich malt chewiness.   6.66% ABV 
  •       Bitter Brewer – a true session Pale Ale, aka “Bitter.” at 4% ABV. 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.   4.00% ABV
  •       And, if you are really lucky, you can still find a bottle of their revered winter offering, Smoke. Black as night, aged smoked Baltic Porter – sip this one with a cigar perhaps, or with your favorite dark chocolate.   8.20% ABV

**ABV = Alcohol By Volume

National Attention

Surly may be a Minnesota beer, but it is getting national attention. In the last month alone, Buzzfeed rated Surly MSP as one of 29 places every American craft beer fan must visit before they die, Bon Appetit just featured Surly Hell as a great option for people who don’t think they like craft beers, and Food & Wine Magazine recommended Surly’s Bitter Brewer.

Whatever your style of beer and ale, you’ll find it in any of our Haskell’s beer coolers. We’re local, supporting local. 

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Founded in 1934, Haskell’s has championed fine wines for over 80 years. We have several wine stores in Minnesota, two delis and one restaurant. As one of the top wine shops in North America, Haskell’s is known for legendary service and one of the finest collections of wine, beer and spirits. Led by Chairman and CEO Jack Farrell, and the Farrell family, Haskell’s continues to be at the forefront of the wine scene throughout the world. Haskell’s also can ship wine, beer & spirits all throughout the world, the U.S. and we deliver locally.


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