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Some new Surly Brewing info for ya.

Limited numbers of “one” growlers will be for sale this weekend, Saturday,
April 7th, from noon-2:00.

Get a free cask beer tonight, April 4th, at the 331 Club in Northeast!
Located at 331 NE 13th Ave. Tapping happens around 9:00.


  1. Jeff says:

    Shhhh. Keep it quiet 😉

  2. ryan says:

    I’d show up at noon if you want One. Actually, though, Saturday might not be too bad for buying beer… a bunch of beer geeks will be at the MhBA meeting at noon, more will be at Town Hall at noon, so that’ll slim down the odds a bit at least. Good luck!

  3. al says:

    and then if you can wait until later in the day, there’s always some One at the Blue Nile, and, what? did someone say “Cranberry One?” Wha-oh!

  4. Trav says:

    That cran-one sounds interesting, although im not a fan of a lot of sweet in my brew, but i will try anything from T-O-double D and omar

  5. Drew says:

    I wouldn’t mind trying the cranberry. The Triple Bock That Is One is very nice, but the sweetness of the beer is a little off-putting past the first four ounces.

  6. berrywise says:

    Got tea bagged and had some One last weekend at the Gitchee Gummee.

  7. Ben Brausen says:

    Yeah I had plenty of cask Furious at the Gitchee Gumee and last night at the Blue Nile.

  8. ryan says:

    Didn’t meet you last night… I did, however enjoy the last (?) of the first batch of Bender (which went into barrels), cranberry one and a bunch of $2.50 pints of cask Furious. Good times.

  9. Trav says:

    I attemped to aquire a growler of ONE on saturday. Long story trying to get there, but there were 25 available, and i was number 26, so that was nice. Surly said there were dudes there at 10:30am, i was there at 1130 and still no dice…sucks!

  10. Drew says:

    Kind of goes to show exactly much the Minnesota beer market is gagging at the present time that an hour and a half is an appropriate amount of time to wait for four pints of beer. Congratulations are in order to the good folks at Surly for making a product and brand that folks will actually do that for.

    That said, I look forward to Surly installing the larger tanks so that stuff like One and Darkness aren’t quite so collectible.

  11. Trav says:

    From what i gathered, they are going to be brewing quite a bit more Darkness this year, that would be nice. Its great that the beer is so popular, but i dont want to have to get there the night before for the Darkness filling, whenever that will be. Dont get me wrong though, if i do have to spend the night in my car to get some…so be it!

  12. beachscrat says:

    Just a guess, but I think that they could sell more Darkness than Bender even at twice the price. Especially if they can come back from GABF with a medal or two.

  13. Ben says:

    I don’t know about the GABF. Many people don’t understand that it’s not how good the beer is, it’s how close it is to the style guidelines for that beer style. Dark Lord hasn’t won any GABF medals yet it’s the 2nd highest rated beer on In lots of cases, the best beers will never win GABF medals because they don’t conform to the norm.

    Think we need to get together, get a liquor license and then we can purchase kegs of Darkness directly from Surly (and then split it amongst ourselves). Who’s with me?!

  14. al says:

    Interesting note:
    At Easter, I found out that my older sister is really excited about Surly having just realized how close they are to her…I had to re-tell the story of my association with them, and their history…she went there Saturday for a growler, and noted how many people were frustrated when they were out of Furious and One, got a Bender, and asked if they got “the bad one”?
    “No,” I explained, “Bender is quite good and you’ll like it, but beer geeks are crazy for Furious, in a way that normal people are not. Normal people can’t even drink the stuff.”
    She loved the Bender…I look forward to seeing what she thinks of Furious.

  15. ryan says:

    GABF: Dave, please chime in. I’ve got the impression that it’s a crapshoot… I seem to recall hearing about a beer that was “too balanced.” Heh.

  16. Trav says:

    They ran out of Furious too? I got one of those at least I guess. Why do people buy growlers of Furious and Bender when it is the same price as what most stores charge for a 4 pack, which is the same amount of brew? You would think one would be cheaper then the other. It was cool to get a growler bottle though, good stuff, and now it will be a bit cheaper doing refills there…

  17. beachscrat says:

    Yeah maybe a crapshoot…but the odds aren’t too bad. Especially in the Imperial Stout category (under which Darkness should be entered) for example last year in Category 65: Imperial Stout – there were 35 Entries. 3 chances out of 35 to medal.

    Of course the standards for judging the GABF aren’t as solid as the BJCP and the award criteria is very subjective. Here’s how they pick the winners:
    Gold A world-class beer that accurately exemplifies the specified style, displaying the proper balance of taste, aroma and appearance.
    Silver An excellent beer that may vary slightly from style parameters while maintaining close adherence to the style and displaying excellent taste, aroma and appearance.
    Bronze A fine example of the style that may vary slightly from style parameters and/or have minor deviations in taste, aroma or appearance.

    But I still think it’s worth a shot. Then again, I don’t have to pay to bring my beer down there 🙂

  18. David Berg says:

    It was actually an IPA that was “too drinkable for the style.” Also had a rauch bier where the judge noted phenolics–and thought they should not be there.

    It is expensive to enter, and somewhat random to win, ie, although a beer that wins a medal is always good, a lot that don’t win are equally good.

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