Surly Smoke Is Back
Surly Brewing is releasing our oak-aged smoked Baltic porter this week. Smoke is a black lager with smokey-black malt flavors and notes of plum, figs and licorice. Head brewer Todd Haug explains the traditional lager-brewing process and talks about what goes into brewing our end-of-year seasonal beer in our latest Inside The Brewery video.
Smoke 2012 will first be available at a release party on Monday, Dec. 10 at Zen Box Izakaya on 602 Washington Avenue in Minneapolis. Cynic, Furious and Bender will be on tap starting at 5pm and 12oz. pours of Smoke will begin at 6pm. Zen Box will also have a special, limited menu featuring items inspired by and to be paired with Smoke. The menu also includes a Double Smoked Pork Tsukune which is made with Smoke.
Smoke starts rolling into select bars and liquor stores on Tuesday, December 11. If you find a bottle or a tap, make sure to tell the rest of Surly Nation on Twitter with the #surlysmoke hashtag or spread the word on our Facebook page.
Ebony-hued, Smoke wafts out of the bottle and into your senses, borne on the wings of European traditions, wrapped in American innovation. Lager-brewed, like any true Baltic Porter, with smoked malts from Bamberg, Germany, the home of Rauchbiers, then mellowed by oak-aging. Black malt flavors mesh with notes of raisins, plums, figs and licorice with the subtle smoke on the side, for a complex and luxurious, yet silky smooth drinking experience. It’s a sipper at Alc. 8.2% by VOL., but everyone knows you can’t have Smoke without fire!
STYLE: Oak Aged Smoked Baltic Porter – MALT: Pale Ale, Smoked, Black, Oats – HOPS: Warrior – YEAST: German Lager
OG: 19.5º Plato – ABV: 8.3% v/v – COLOR: 45 ºL – IBU: 50 – AVAILABILITY: November