Surly Brewing Company

Surly Brewing Company

Traveling Vegan in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

One of the hallmarks of the craft beer industry is the resurgence of a deep love for one's local community! So many breweries have grown to embody the cities that they were founded in and helped communities refocus on supporting their local economies! Surly Brewing Company is certainly a prime example of this local mentality - proclaiming their beer to be brewed for the North - and everything they do is for the people of the North. Their passion for their community is evident the moment you walk into their massive beer hall and garden. You are immediately hit by the energy carried through the communal space they clearly designed to feel open and welcoming. We absolutely loved the space and the contagious energy it imparted. Though we call another state home, Surly provides the opportunity to see what the North is all about!

Surly's Beer Hall in Minneapolis

Surly's Beer Hall in Minneapolis

Now for the most important topic at hand - the beer! Thankfully, we are able to get many of Surly's classic brews here in Chicago. Some of our absolute favorites being Hell, Todd the Axe Man, and Bender! Since we can regularly get these beers relatively fresh, we jumped on the opportunity to try some of their more specialty beers. What we didn't expect was just how spicy things were gonna get!

Dumpster Fire - a smoked IPA brewed with Puya chilies

Dumpster Fire - a smoked IPA brewed with Puya chilies

We had the opportunity to try four different beers - Dumpster Fire, Fiery Hell, Cacao Bender, and Frisson. Of the four, we both concluded that Dumpster Fire - a smoked IPA brewed with Puya chilies - was our favorite! It struck the perfect balance of smoky, spicy, and hoppy - we seriously couldn't get enough! Fiery Hell - a variant of Surly's classic Hell lager - was also brewed with the same Puya chilies, giving it a seriously spicy kick. We definitely recommend this one to anyone who is a fan of spicy beer (we both agreed this was much hotter than the Dumpster Fire). Cacao Bender - an oatmeal brown ale brewed with coffee, cacao nibs, and vanilla - was rich and complex with strong coffee and chocolate notes complemented by just a hint of vanilla (and in our opinion, it was a seriously great example of the style!). Finally, we tried Frisson, which was very different form virtually anything we've had from Surly in the past. This one was a champagne-inspired lager, brewed with black currants and champagne yeast - a unique combination that honestly worked really well. It was crisp and fruity with a champagne-like dry finish that we really enjoyed. 

Surly's Brewing Facilities in Minneapolis

Surly's Brewing Facilities in Minneapolis

We absolutely loved our time hanging out with the folks at Surly and getting to try some of their unique and delicious creations! Their commitment to their community and to staying true to their roots is a great example of everything we love about the craft beer industry! If you find yourself in or near the Twin Cities, you have to stop by this place for a pint. Whether you're a fan of one of their many great classics or want to try out something new and experimental, you can't go wrong at Surly! They are salt-of-the-earth people, passionately brewing amazing beer for a vibrant community that knows what's up when it comes to good beer! 

Want to read more about our experience Traveling Vegan in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN? Check out this article for all of the places we ate, drank, and explored while visiting the Twin Cities!

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