Surly Nein looms. Celebrating nine beer filling years of brewing, Surly Nein marks a milestone for the brewery. Here in year nine, the brewery has grown exponentially, becoming one of the United State’s most talked about, and perhaps most traded for breweries. They even fought to get laws changed to build their dream destination beer mecca. There’s a lot of celebrating Omar Ansari and Todd Haug have to do.
Surly Nein is inspired by a recent trip to Bamberg, Germany. Brewed with oak-smoked malt, fermented with German Hefeweizen yeast, and aged on charred oak, this beer is one you won’t be forgetting anytime soon.
Who would have thought, when we sold our first keg in 2006, that we would raise our 9th Anniversary glasses in a new brewery, restaurant, and beer hall? So much has changed in such a short time, both at Surly and across Minnesota. The state’s beer scene is exploding and we are proud to have been part of the boom. Two things, however, haven’t changed a bit – Todd’s distinctive take on beer styles and our local artists’ amazing talent. Erica Williams’ meticulous design for NEIN is the perfect match for Todd’s approach to his craft.
Surly Nein will be available in 750ml bottles. The brewery has not yet announced this offering.
Slideshow: Surly’s Anniversary Series
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