Surly Brewing’s (Brooklyn Center, MN) fifth anniversary beer – “Five” will be available soon. Each year the beer is different, and nothing short of phenomenal. Last year I named Surly “Four” as one of the best beers I tried in 2010 for an article I co-wrote for Paste Magazine. While last year was an espresso milk stout, Five will be a wild ale with some wine aging. In early February, a single barrel tasting of Five made an appearance, dubbed “Pentagram.” While Five is a blend of off all the wine barrels used for aging, Pentagram was just one barrel.
In the Surly brewhouse brewing our Anniversary beers mean one thing, forget what ya know and try something different. In honor of FIVE glorious years we bring you a 100% Brettanomyces fermented Dark Ale Aged in red wine barrels. Flavors of sour cherry, tobacco, oak and classic “Brett” barnyard funk balanced by Dark Munich malt chewiness. Enjoy immediately or age at cellar temperatures for a couple of years. 100% Brettanomyces fermented Dark Ale aged in red wine barrels.
Style: American Wild Ale (wine barrel aged)
Availability: 750ml bottles, draft. One time release.
Arrival: June, 2011
Previous Editions of Anniversary beers are:
One: A “quadruple Bock
Two: Fruit Beer, Oak Aged Stout brewed with cranberries
Three: Black Braggot. Brewed w/ 50% honey & 50% Munich Malt
Four: Milk Stout w/ espresso
Bottle Artwork for Five – AestheticApparatus.com