Two of the first beers that Surly Brewing Co. ever released are being discontinued.
The first creation on the list is Bender Oatmeal Brown Ale, a 5.5 percent ABV brown ale brewed with Glacier, Warrior and Willamette hops as well as seven different Belgian and British malts. The brown ale was the first beer that Minneapolis, Minn.-based brewery released after it opened in 2006 and was packaged in four-packs of 16-ounce cans.
In addition, Surly will be discontinuing Cynic Ale, a 6.5 percent ABV Belgian-style pale ale brewed with Belgian yeast as well as Columbus, Slovenian and Styrian Goldings hops. The ale debuted in 2006 and has also historically been available in four-packs of 16-ounce cans.
“The reality of the craft beer industry in 2019 is that there are very literally thousands of breweries vying for limited shelf space,” reads a post on Surly’s website. “Certain beer styles simply don’t move with the velocity of others, and those styles will get the short end of the stick on the market. Continuing to can Cynic and Bender, despite how much we love them, was throwing good money after bad.”
According to Surly, there is a “Cynic-al Farewell Bender” event scheduled for Jan. 10 at the brewery’s original Brooklyn Center taproom to bid both beers “a fond farewell.” In addition, a post on Surly’s Facebook page indicates that Coffee Bender, a 5.5 percent ABV variant of Bender Brown Ale brewed with locally roasted Guatemalan coffee, will continue to be available.