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Re: Surly Brewing
« Reply #100 on: January 07, 2008, 01:34:09 AM »
2007, the beer year in Review
Jan 06, 2008

Time to sit down to pound out 2007, ?The Beer Year in Review?. I?m not sure if anyone reads this stuff, or really cares, but it seems like a good end/start to the year. At least one point during the year to reflect on what has happened and what is coming. While nothing we do will ever be as exciting as our inaugural year of 2006, things in 2007 were far more exciting than I could have expected.
I looked through some of the posts and pictures to remind myself of the big events for the year, how, there was a great amount of recognition and publicity that we got at the brewery. It is surprising how matter of fact some of the recognition has become at the brewery. It?s not something we strive for, so you can?t pin all your aspirations on getting the publicity. We got mentioned in Gourmet magazine as the best beer in a can, #1 brewery in America from Beeradvocate magazine (twice), City Pages artist of the year, numerous mentions in Metro magazine, StarTribune, City Pages and Minneapolis St. Paul magazine. There got to be such an overwhelming media coverage that one local mag declared as things they don?t get. Perhaps the highlight of the year for me was a brief mention of Surly in the Wall Street Journal. A fun year no doubt.
Other highlights were getting a couple medals at the Festival of Barrel Aged Beers in Chicago and getting a gold medal at the Great American Beer Fest for Coffee Bender. It was the first time we entered beers into either competition.
We added to the Surly Team, #5 started at Surly this year. Callaway joined us to help out in the brewhouse. Coming up from Texas during a big April snowstorm did not scare him off, and he has managed to escape the impound lot during these snowy times.
Callaway was not the only addition; we added 3 60 bbl fermentors, 1 60 bbl brite and 2 30 bbl brites. Amazingly, we got them installed and running last spring. It seems so long ago. The addition of those new tanks allowed us to introduce 2 new canned beers this year, CynicAle and SurlyFest. The tank space also allowed us to double up the amount of Darkness we brewed.
Speaking of Darkness? the fact that it has become one of the highest rated beers on beeradvocate.com and ratebeer.com has created a crazy demand for the beer. We were determined to sell more of the beer in growlers this year, but a change got made at the legislature to allow us to package the beer in 750 ml bottles. We moved as fast as we possible, but the beer still could not be sold until the coldest day of the year. We spent about 3 weeks getting everything ready for that event and I think it showed. Lots of volunteers and friends helped pull off a great day at the brewery. I hope we can do more events like that one.
Speaking of events, I decided to temporarily pull the plug on tours. Our last tour in October had over 500 people and it is becoming overwhelming for staff and the facility. We will revisit how we do tours in the spring after our Phase III is complete.
What is Phase III you ask, good question. We are cutting out 3000 sq. feet of floors at the brewery. We will then drain and slope those floors. Once the floors get done, we will add 6 more fermentation / brite tanks. The scary thing is that the additional tanks will allow us to keep up with seasonal demand, not necessarily add that many more accounts.
We went to Chicago in 2007! We decided to add a few draft accounts in Chicago. The Surly team went down to Chicago to kick things off and no one died, ergo things went great.
The 1st Annual Surly Golf Tournament, (leave your balls at home), was a blast. Hopefully Jim and I might be able to play next year. We?ll also be sure that the morning folks get Coffee Bender. Look for the event to happen this year again, hopefully sometime earlier in the summer.
Before looking forward, I have to mention the state of affairs for beer raw materials. A perfect storm of events has driven hop and barley prices through the roof. I just saw a term for it in Time magazine today ? agflation. I was shocked when I saw our projected hop prices for 2008. Our hop prices for 2009 and beyond are double the 2008 prices! But we are fortunate that we have been able to secure all the hops we need. Many breweries will have to reformulate their brands and change their beers. You know that we won?t be changing any of our recepies to save a few cents on hops or barley. We are committed as always to making beers that do not compromise.
So what is in store for 2008 at Surly? Surly Mild and two come out soon. I?m sure Todd will try to squeeze in a few more special brews in during the year. Getting those new tanks installed will be a fun challenge. The brewery will look quite different next tour! We hope to put some more beers in 750 ml bottles. Unless the law changes, this will be the last year we get to sell growlers and 750?s at the brewery. What else is in store for 2008, higher beer prices ? sorry bout that folks.
See you drinking,
Omar
d-day videos
Jan 06, 2008

Here are a couple of videos of the Darkness release. Brought to us by the same guys that brought the Dancing Surly ad. (don't hold it against them)

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New Year's News
Jan 04, 2008

The holidays are over, time to get back to what's important, beer!

A few upcoming itmes:

January 16th - debut of Surly Mild Ale at Happy Gnome

January 23rd - debut of Surly two at the new Acadia Cafe, also on tap, 2006 Darkness!

January 30th - Coffee Bender tapping at Common Roots Cafe

Darkness for sale on ebay. All proceeds to go to Energy Cents, a local non-profit helping people keep their heat on.
3 bottles have been sold, 3 more to go!

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Re: Surly Brewing
« Reply #101 on: January 11, 2008, 08:05:02 PM »
Hello Surly Nation,

A few quick notes about what’s up.
#1 – January 16th @ The Happy Gnome – debut of Surly Mild, our sessionable
Mild Ale.
#2 – January 23rd @ Acadia Café – debut of two, our 2nd anniversary ale.
Remember Acadia Café has moved to Riverside and Cedar in Minneapolis
#3 – January 30th @ Common Roots Café – coffee bender
#4 – We have a photo competition running; winner receives a Surly Prize Pack
that includes a bottle of Darkness and a Surly Jacket! Send us your Surly
pictures. We will announce the winner at the debut of Surly Mild.
#5 – We donated 6 bottles of Darkness to EnergyCents, a local charity that
helps keep the power on; over $1400 was raised by auctioning off the bottles
on Ebay!
#6 – No tours until Spring. We are cutting out 3000 square feet of the
brewery so we can add more tanks.
#7 – Beer prices are going up. Sorry everybody, but barley and hops have
both increased over 50% since we started 2 years ago.
#8 – The Surly Second Anniversary dinner is approaching soon, check the
web-site for details because it will sell out fast. The date is February
11th, I’m not saying where, tickets are not yet for sale.
#9 – Rumors are floating around about a new canned seasonal… more on that
soon. (No, it is not Darkness)
#10 – We will have some two bottled up in 750s for sale at the brewery. No
date on that yet.

See you drinking,
Omar

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Re: Surly Brewing
« Reply #102 on: January 17, 2008, 06:40:22 PM »
From their site...

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2nd Anniversary Dinner
Jan 17, 2008
Monday, February 11 2008 Café Twenty Eight will host the Surly Brewing Company Anniversary Dinner. The evening will include six courses from Chef Tatum Barile paired with very limited & special releases from Surly Brewing Company. Tickets are $75.00 (including tax and tip) per person. Please call Café Twenty Eight for reservations at 612-926-2800

Aperitif ~ Surly Mild
1st Course - Surly sausage with sweet onion custard -Smoke
2nd Course - Black eye pea soup with Fischer farm bacon and cr?me fraiche - Oak Aged Bender
3rd Course - Flat iron steak with potato nest, arugula and blue cheese - Two
4th Course - Warm salad of winter greens, roasted mushrooms and pimenton vinaigrette - Bourbon One
5th Course - Cheese plate - Barrel Aged 2006 Darkness
6th Course - Chocolate cake with Smoke ice cream and pretzel brittle - Coffee Bender

two debut
Jan 17, 2008
Wendsday - January 23rd - debut of two at Acadia Cafe. They also stashed a 1/4 bbl of 2006 Darkness that will be poured on the 23rd. This will be a sneak peek of the new Acadia Cafe, located at the corner of Cedar and Riverside. They will have a limited menu next week for the beer tasting.
The beer will be tapped at 6:00.


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Re: Surly Brewing
« Reply #103 on: January 22, 2008, 02:27:51 PM »
Surly Two Release changed...

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Despite a few all-nighters working at the Acadia Cafe, Jeff and Ted were not
able to get all the work done for the inspection today. That means we need
to move the two tapping down the road. To the Blue Nile! See you tomorrow
night around 6:00. FYI, two is our second anniversary ale. Todd brewed this
dark ale with 40 pounds of cranberries per barrel.
The Acadia event will be rescheduled and they will be tapping their 1/4
barrel of Darkness 2006 at that point.

See you drinking,
Omar

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Re: Surly Brewing
« Reply #104 on: January 22, 2008, 08:57:38 PM »
Looking forward to it. I plan to get to the Nile by 5 for some Happy Hour Mild.

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Re: Surly Brewing
« Reply #105 on: January 22, 2008, 10:21:07 PM »
I work, so I won't be there until 7:30 or 8 most likely.

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Re: Surly Brewing
« Reply #106 on: January 24, 2008, 04:51:23 PM »
Surly Two
Jan 24, 2008
Surly Two will be released in a couple weeks to local bars. We have been slammed here at the brewery with the new construction project. The release of two at the Blue Nile was a sneak peek. We will post here when the beer hits the streets to local bars.
Oh yeah, we filled about 400 750s of two.

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Re: Surly Brewing
« Reply #107 on: January 24, 2008, 05:49:38 PM »
I don't supppose that anyone can pick me up a couple 750's of Two?

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Re: Surly Brewing
« Reply #108 on: January 24, 2008, 06:02:26 PM »
I don't supppose that anyone can pick me up a couple 750's of Two?

There is less Two than Darkness bottled.  They have not announced how they are going to sell them, but I would guess no more than two per person.

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Re: Surly Brewing
« Reply #109 on: January 24, 2008, 06:23:48 PM »
I don't supppose that anyone can pick me up a couple 750's of Two?

There is less Two than Darkness bottled.  They have not announced how they are going to sell them, but I would guess no more than two per person.

I was wondering about that, since this one does not have the same hype surrounding it as Darkness, I wonder how fast this will sell out and what the bottle limit will be?   My guess would be that the Two would be sold mostly to locals since it is not at the top of any internet lists, so people are not likely to drive 10 hours and camp out for it. 

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Re: Surly Brewing
« Reply #110 on: January 24, 2008, 06:30:37 PM »
I don't supppose that anyone can pick me up a couple 750's of Two?

There is less Two than Darkness bottled.  They have not announced how they are going to sell them, but I would guess no more than two per person.

I was wondering about that, since this one does not have the same hype surrounding it as Darkness, I wonder how fast this will sell out and what the bottle limit will be?   My guess would be that the Two would be sold mostly to locals since it is not at the top of any internet lists, so people are not likely to drive 10 hours and camp out for it. 

Only time will tell I guess.  The sale likely won't be for a little while since they just tore up the floors in the brewery to accomidate new tanks.

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« Reply #111 on: January 24, 2008, 06:33:38 PM »
Any chance you could hook me up with one?  (one Two that is ;))

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Re: Surly Brewing
« Reply #112 on: January 24, 2008, 06:49:42 PM »
Any chance you could hook me up with one?  (one Two that is ;))

Unless I get extras, mine are spoken for.

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Re: Surly Brewing
« Reply #113 on: January 30, 2008, 09:38:44 AM »
I know its cold, but it's Minnesota. So get off your butt and go drink some
beer! We’ll give you a couple reasons to get out there. The first is
tonight, at Common Roots Café, located at 2558 Lyndale Ave. S. in Uptown. We
will be pouring a keg of coffee bender to warm you up.
Next up is the 10 year anniversary of Grumpy’s Bar NE, located at 2200 4th
St NE. They will be having specials during the month of February and I
figured the best way to kick things off is with our anniversary beer, two
and a firkin of oak-aged bender. Make sure to get out and drink two when you
can, it will be gone quickly (hopefully like this cold weather). The event
happens this Friday night!
In case you have not seen the photos of our latest construction, check them
out at: http://www.surlybrewing.com/pictures.php
See you drinking.
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Re: Surly Brewing
« Reply #114 on: February 12, 2008, 12:58:15 AM »
From their site...

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2nd Anniversary Dinner
Jan 17, 2008
Monday, February 11 2008 Café Twenty Eight will host the Surly Brewing Company Anniversary Dinner. The evening will include six courses from Chef Tatum Barile paired with very limited & special releases from Surly Brewing Company. Tickets are $75.00 (including tax and tip) per person. Please call Café Twenty Eight for reservations at 612-926-2800

Aperitif ~ Surly Mild
1st Course - Surly sausage with sweet onion custard -Smoke
2nd Course - Black eye pea soup with Fischer farm bacon and cr?me fraiche - Oak Aged Bender
3rd Course - Flat iron steak with potato nest, arugula and blue cheese - Two
4th Course - Warm salad of winter greens, roasted mushrooms and pimenton vinaigrette - Bourbon One
5th Course - Cheese plate - Barrel Aged 2006 Darkness
6th Course - Chocolate cake with Smoke ice cream and pretzel brittle - Coffee Bender

two debut
Jan 17, 2008
Wendsday - January 23rd - debut of two at Acadia Cafe. They also stashed a 1/4 bbl of 2006 Darkness that will be poured on the 23rd. This will be a sneak peek of the new Acadia Cafe, located at the corner of Cedar and Riverside. They will have a limited menu next week for the beer tasting.
The beer will be tapped at 6:00.


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Re: Surly Brewing
« Reply #115 on: February 25, 2008, 07:19:37 PM »
Here are a few Surly updates for those interested…

    Grumpy’s NE is finishing off its ten year anniversary celebration this
week. We kicked off their anniversary month with a keg of two and some cask
beer. They are ending it with a free bottle of Darkness! How to get your
hands on that bottle you ask, good question. Here is the latest from Pat;
Purchase a pint of Surly before 8pm daily to get your free raffle ticket. Be
present at the drawing Friday Feb. 29 at 6pm to claim your bottle! Call
Grumpys at 612.789.7429 for more details. And speaking of Grumpy’s, there is
a new Grumpy’s in Roseville. They have taken over the old Majors location at
2801 Snelling Ave N. They have Bender on tap and Furious in the can.
    A couple events at the Happy Gnome are coming up. First up, Firkin
Fest, an outdoor event that will have cask ales from breweries across the
Midwest. The date is March 16th. Todd has some ideas for some great casks
that we have not poured anywhere else. Next up is the Surly Beer Dinner at
the Gnome, April 15th. Call 651.287.2018 for tickets and details about both
events. Who says the Gnome doesn’t get enough Surly beer events?
    The Surly crew will be up in Duluth/Superior for the Gitchee Gumee beer
festival. See you up there.
    Tours are still a ways off. We finished epoxying the floors this
weekend, now all we need is 6 new tanks. Any day now…. After we get them in
place, we will get tours rolling again. Because the tours have become so
popular, we will be retooling how they run. Looks like we might start a
weekly tour and limit the number to 50-100 people. I’ll let you know when we
figure out the details.
    We are also waiting for some kegs to roll in. When that happens, we
will be able to add a few more bars to our account list. We have been pretty
tight on kegs for a number of months, so that has been limiting our
expansion in to new bar and restaurants.
    Speaking of kegs, last week was an interesting one. I found out that a
few people in the industry have accused Surly of stealing kegs. Most people
quickly saw this for what it was - an unfounded rumor.  As someone that
always has and always will operate with integrity, there is no other way to
feel about this other than outraged. We don’t steal kegs, period. Oh well,
it’s an interesting business.

See you drinking,
Omar

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Re: Surly Brewing
« Reply #116 on: March 05, 2008, 07:58:18 PM »
It has been a bit of time since the last update, what's new you ask... Good question. We have a few events coming up:
March 13th - Semi-Pro screening at New Hope Cinema Grill;
Pizza (all you can eat) and Movie $15
Glass O' Surly (12oz) $3
Pitchers O' Surly (60oz) $12
RSVP to: parties@newhopecinemagrill.com

March 16th - Firkin Fest @ Happy Gnome
call 651.287.2018 for details

April 2nd - Beer event at Apple Valley Old Chicago

April 5th, 2008 - Gitchee Gumee Beer Festival - Duluth/Superior

April 15th - Beer Dinner @ Happy Gnome
call 651.287.2018 for details

April 25th - Arborfest Beer Festival @ Macalester College

So that's a few of the items. We have also been invited to the Oregon Brewers Festival in Portland July 24-27! Coffee Bender goes to the Northwest!

What else is going on. Well, we continue to work on our expansion project. Our 6 tanks ship this week and we will get tours going again shortly after the tanks show up.

We were pretty pleased that Tea-Bagged Furious won Champion Real Ale of Chicagoland for 2008! Sweet.

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Re: Surly Brewing
« Reply #117 on: March 10, 2008, 12:37:48 AM »
So that's a few of the items. We have also been invited to the Oregon Brewers Festival in Portland July 24-27! Coffee Bender goes to the Northwest!
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I know where I'll be for far too many...

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Re: Surly Brewing
« Reply #118 on: March 11, 2008, 03:23:14 PM »
So that's a few of the items. We have also been invited to the Oregon Brewers Festival in Portland July 24-27! Coffee Bender goes to the Northwest!
:pickle:

I know where I'll be for far too many...

Hmm...I wonder if I can break the network on the 22nd?   :stirspot:
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Re: Surly Brewing
« Reply #119 on: March 13, 2008, 06:09:31 PM »
Cask Darkness?#@!#
Mar 12, 2008
That's right, the first ever cask-conditioned Darkness will be poured this Sunday at the Happy Gnome's Firkin Fest. The beer is the 2008 darkness that was brewed 3 weeks ago. We have never poured Darkness from the cask, so it will be interesting to see what this beer tastes like this young.
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Re: Surly Brewing
« Reply #120 on: March 13, 2008, 07:15:43 PM »
WTF? March 12 is not a Sunday  ???

Nevermind, I see that the info was sent on the 12. duh.

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Re: Surly Brewing
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« Reply #122 on: April 03, 2008, 11:34:30 AM »
Any idea when it comes out?
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Re: Surly Brewing
« Reply #123 on: April 03, 2008, 11:45:53 AM »
Yum, another Surly for me to try.  Sometime in the summer? July maybe?

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Re: Surly Brewing
« Reply #124 on: April 03, 2008, 11:51:48 AM »
It'll be this month I think.  Depends when the cans are in.

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Re: Surly Brewing
« Reply #125 on: April 03, 2008, 12:45:15 PM »
37 IBUs? Todd must not be too bitter then. ;D
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Re: Surly Brewing
« Reply #126 on: April 03, 2008, 01:12:17 PM »
this one looks like it's right up my alley :coffee:
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Re: Surly Brewing
« Reply #127 on: April 03, 2008, 01:12:48 PM »
this one looks like it's right up my alley :coffee:

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Re: Surly Brewing
« Reply #128 on: April 03, 2008, 01:17:50 PM »
this one looks like it's right up my alley :coffee:

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Re: Surly Brewing
« Reply #129 on: April 03, 2008, 08:35:58 PM »
Any idea when it comes out?

There's a release pahty at Madcappers in Stillwater. No idea if it's anywhere near you guys.

The last ESB I had was Atlantic's SOB (Special Old Bitter).  Not a style I venture into often but I'd definitely give this a try.
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Re: Surly Brewing
« Reply #130 on: April 03, 2008, 08:49:07 PM »
Any idea when it comes out?

There's a release pahty at Madcappers in Stillwater. No idea if it's anywhere near you guys.

The last ESB I had was Atlantic's SOB (Special Old Bitter).  Not a style I venture into often but I'd definitely give this a try.

It's not really an ESB, but it is.  Hope that clears things up.

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Re: Surly Brewing
« Reply #131 on: April 03, 2008, 09:45:09 PM »
Coming out April 15th. It kinda like an English Bitter. Last year it was a great session beer. Nice and hoppy and full of flavor.

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Re: Surly Brewing
« Reply #132 on: April 03, 2008, 09:51:09 PM »
A lightweight guy like me could use a great 4% session beer.  These bombers tend to knock me out pretty quickly.
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Re: Surly Brewing
« Reply #133 on: April 04, 2008, 09:23:45 AM »
Surly News
Apr 03, 2008

Goodness, we have been busy. Let me try and catch you up on a few things.
We got some new kegs in! That's right, we were able to steal a truckload of kegs from a brewery that is called Surly, so all the kegs have our name on them. No no no, I'm kidding, it's not April Fools Day, we actually had someone make them for us.
Our new tanks show up next week! 6 new tanks that will be put into use ASAP. You can see all these new tanks when the tours start, sometime in May. But hold on now, the tours are going to run a little differently from now on. Tours will be Friday evenings and you will need a reservation. How do you get a reservation? Good question, we will have an internet sign-up that folks will be able to reserve 4 spots on. It's not live yet, so don't bother calling and emailing. We should have something up and running next week. One other thing, tours will be limited to about 75 people and you will need a reservation, you can't just show up! Hopefully the smaller tour sizes will allow people to actually ask some questions in a little more intimate setting.
To help us fill our new tanks, we have hired Surly #6 - Jerrod Johnson. He has been brewing out in Portland, OR and is returning to his Midwest roots. When you see him around make sure you say hi.
What else...
Bitter Brewer will be canned this year! The cans are in the works and they will be in the liquor stores sometime this month. I hope. Obviously, since it will be canned, it's gonna be in kegs. Madcappers bar in Stillwater will be kicking off the Bitter Brewer season on April 14th.

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Re: Surly Brewing
« Reply #134 on: April 04, 2008, 10:39:22 AM »
A lightweight guy like me could use a great 4% session beer.  These bombers tend to knock me out pretty quickly.

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Re: Surly Brewing
« Reply #135 on: April 04, 2008, 12:35:37 PM »
Yep, I'm in the featherweight division all right.  :bag:
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Re: Surly Brewing
« Reply #136 on: April 05, 2008, 12:44:56 AM »
#6! Wow.

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Re: Surly Brewing
« Reply #137 on: April 09, 2008, 08:45:46 PM »
Hello Surly People,
Wanted to let you all know about a few Surly happenings.
Bitter Brewer release – The release party will be at Madcappers Bar in
Stillwater next Monday, April 14th. They are located at 224 S Main St,
651.430.3710. The fun should start around 7:00 OK East-siders, let’s see you
represent!
Cask Night – enjoy $2 pints of cask beer at Sea Salt on May 14th. We will be
bringing a couple casks, some Bitter Brewer and something else tasty that
night. Stop by Minnehaha Falls for some firkins and fish that night.
Arborfest is returning to Macalester College - May 25th - drink some beer
and raise some money for charity. Info and tickets at:
http://www.familytreeclinic.org/arborfest/information/
Our new tanks arrive next week! We got our new kegs in and we’re eagerly
awaiting the arrival of our new tanks. Todd has been busy welding up some
new transfer lines and moving tanks around. More tanks means more beer. It
also means our construction project is coming to an end. We should have
tours starting up in May. The new tours will be by reservation only! We are
also going to schedule them for Friday evenings 6:00-8:00, so make sure to
get your work done early.
The good news about the Gitchee Gumee beerfest, everyone returned alive and
employed!
One more thing, Surly #6 started working for us this week. Jerrod came out
from Portland, OR to make the beer. Say hi when you see him out and about.


See you drinking,
Omar

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Re: Surly Brewing
« Reply #138 on: April 10, 2008, 11:12:30 PM »
The idea of $2 pints of craft brews is just unheard of to me.  Quite the state you got there, TT.  I'd be payin' $5-8 for me pints over here on the East Shore.
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Re: Surly Brewing
« Reply #139 on: April 10, 2008, 11:18:29 PM »
$2 glasses of Coffee Bender at the First Annual Surly Open was killer.  Sad I'll be outta town that weekend this year :cry: but I can guarantee there will be even more fun and mischief where I'm going. :o
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Re: Surly Brewing
« Reply #140 on: April 11, 2008, 12:56:12 AM »
The idea of $2 pints of craft brews is just unheard of to me. Quite the state you got there, TT.  I'd be payin' $5-8 for me pints over here on the East Shore.

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Re: Surly Brewing
« Reply #141 on: April 21, 2008, 09:36:17 AM »
Surly Tanks and Tours and 4-Years Later
Apr 20, 2008

Todd and I just returned from San Diego, where we attended the Craft Brewers Conference. The trip out there was cool as it is where Todd and I met 4 years ago. At this conference in 2004 I was amazed at the huge varieties of beers being produced and was lucky enough to check out some breweries in the area. Our first night at the conference this year was at Stone Brewing, north of San Diego. It is incredible what they have accomplished and others in the craft brewing world in these last 4 years. Craft beer is still a small part of the beer scene, but it where all the fun is at. Rich Doyle of Harpoon gave the keynote speech and his line was that "America is the best place in the world to drink beer." I agree. An amazing variety of beers is being brewed at American Craft breweries and that will continue. Todd and I even came up with a few new ideas for draft specialties on the cab ride home. Yum.
The tour page is up and running! Tours are now Friday afternoon 6-8. You do need a reservation! The only place to get one is on-line.
Our new tanks arrived last week, right before Todd and I flew out. we managed to get 3 tanks in the building and the other three will be in toworrow. All this means more beer!

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Re: Surly Brewing
« Reply #142 on: April 21, 2008, 06:37:44 PM »
I'm just waiting patiently for cans of Bitter Brewer.  :banned:

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Re: Surly Brewing
« Reply #143 on: April 21, 2008, 06:39:06 PM »
I'm just waiting patiently for cans of Bitter Brewer.  :banned:

Me too.  I've had quite a few pints at various places already but the cans will be sweet.  Sounds like they're coming in on the 1st and should be out to stores about a week after that.
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Re: Surly Brewing
« Reply #144 on: May 06, 2008, 03:19:46 PM »
Bitter!
May 06, 2008

Bitter Brewer now in cans! We got the cans in from the factory yesterday morning at 6:30. By 3:00 Jim had the cans delivered to a few accounts. I think people are going to like this beer so its going to go fast. Liquor stores will probably run out, but we just decided to brew another batch, so we'll have some into early June!

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« Reply #145 on: May 06, 2008, 04:43:48 PM »
It's funny that cans used to be or still are to some extent, seen as negative.  They have the exact opposite effect with me!
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Re: Surly Brewing
« Reply #146 on: May 06, 2008, 04:47:37 PM »
It's funny that cans used to be or still are to some extent, seen as negative.  They have the exact opposite effect with me!

Are you saying you want a 4 pack?

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« Reply #147 on: May 06, 2008, 04:52:55 PM »
I want a 4-pack.  :poke:

Cans rock.  Easier to carry, stack, they're full pints instead of only 12oz, no worry about getting light struck, they cool down quicker, easier to pour nice and fast, you can have them in public parks, easier to haul when empty (just smash them), less mess to clean up should they break, no bottle opener required, more room to put graphics and other info, and are most easily recycled (takes less energy to recycle and are more environmentally friendly to recycle).  I wish more breweries would can.  Huge plus for them is the cost of the setup.  Average used bottling line is something like $500k from what I've been told.  Canning setup like Surly has (2 can at a time filler manual system) is a hell of a lot less new.
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Re: Surly Brewing
« Reply #148 on: May 06, 2008, 05:50:55 PM »
Sweet. More in June. I better get drinking.

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Re: Surly Brewing
« Reply #149 on: May 06, 2008, 08:01:52 PM »
Bitter!
May 06, 2008

Bitter Brewer now in cans! We got the cans in from the factory yesterday morning at 6:30. By 3:00 Jim had the cans delivered to a few accounts. I think people are going to like this beer so its going to go fast. Liquor stores will probably run out, but we just decided to brew another batch, so we'll have some into early June!

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