Surly “Frost Pack” to include Dark Phase Stout and Liquid Stardust

A new brew and a brew in for a 2nd round will be part of Surly’s 4th variety pack of 2019. Dark Phase Stout will be a new addition to Surly’s profile and Liquid Stardust will make it’s 2nd round to their lineup and they will be accompanying their flagship Furious and their citra pale ale Xtra in this pack.

Dark Phase Deets:
5.5% ABV
Hops: Warrior
Malt: Golden Promise, Aromatic, Crystal, Chocolate, Black Malt, Roasted Barley
Pour: Bright black
Aromatics: Chocolate, coffee, burnt sugar
Bitterness: Low

Liquid Stardust Deets:
7% ABV
Hops: Amarillo, Mosaic, Citra
Malt: Pilsner, Acidulated, Carafoam
Pour: Dark yellow
Bitterness: Medium

My take:
Dark Phase
Graciously, Surly sent me 2 of each brews to try out. Dark Phase is a solid stout. Will it knock your socks off? Probably not, but the profile of what you’d like in your everyday stout is there. Chocolate, coffee, and a tad bit of tobacco/smoky bitterness. I’d give this baby a solid 3.5/5 bottlecaps.

Liquid Stardust
Surly markets it as a sparkling IPA and untappd has it has a Brut IPA. Same thing? Not sure. With most Brut IPAs I’ve had, the pilsner malt stood out, with this one, the hops shined. Reminiscent of Stone Enjoy By when that first got released. Dry finish, easy drinking, but watch out for that 7%. 4/5 bottlecaps. I’ll take more of this!

GIVE AWAY TIME! Darkness Day Free Pass!

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It’s giveaway time! I will be giving away (1) free weekend pass to Surly Darkness Day which is held this year from September 27th to September 28th at the Somerset Amphitheater in Somerset, WI. The party kicks off on Friday with Dawn of Darkness beer festival which features 20 breweries from around the country not found in Minnesota or Wisconsin and will include Mikerphone, J. Wakefield, Other Half and TRVE. Then it’s the main event on Saturday when Darkness Day happens! This is when you will get your bottle of Darkness and have the opportunity to get variants as well –Double Stuffed, Mole, and Old Fashioned. There will be other exclusive beers, cask tappings and a day of music!

 Here’s what YOU need to do to enter the giveaway:
*Share this post on either Facebook or Twitter
*Tag me @iabeerbaron and use hashtag #SurlyDarknessDay
*Tag one friend who would be interested in attending
*Comment on your favorite Surly beer

*Names will be entered and then 1 winner will be randomly drawn on Thursday August 1st (1 week from today) which hopefully gives the winner enough time to plan their trip up north!

Here’s what YOU win!
*1 weekend pass to Darkness Day (Sept. 27th-28th)
*1 bottle of Darkness
*Reserved campground/parking from 9/27-9/29)

 Here’s what I’ll need from the winner:
*Full name
*email address
*street address
*phone number
The tickets will be sent via email and you’ll need to show an ID at the gate before entering. 

• All details on the event will be posted and updated here: surlydarknessday.com

 

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Surly Invasion Begins March 3 @ Woolys in Des Moines

surlyThe following comes from Surly’s Facebook page and it looks like they are ready to enter the market full-time with a bang! Here’s their post:

As we mentioned yesterday, the Surly invasion of Iowa begins Tuesday, March 3 in Des Moines with a very special concert by our friends Doomtree at Wooly’s. And, we are loading up a fancy bus in Minneapolis and are making the trip down for the show and we want you on it. Wanna get on so we can get up? If you think you should be on the bus, hanging out with Doomtree and the Surly crew, convince us. Tell us your sob/stalker/fan story and why you should be on the bus in the comments below. By 2/12, we’ll pick and announce some winners. We will depart from Minneapolis around 1pm on Tuesday, March 3 and we’d hit up a couple of spots for some beers en-route to the show. Then when Doomtree leaves the stage that night, we get back on the bus to head to Minneapolis. We will arrive back at the brewery at 3am or so. It’s rock and roll errr… hip hop! And, it’s not a road trip for the delicate. Tell us your story in the comment section below.