The joint effort is part of a new series of releases from Surly dubbed the BC Small Batch Series, which is named after the brewery’s Brooklyn Center facility that is located in a repurposed abrasives factory. The series will include new beers released on a monthly basis that have a maximum of 120 barrels and packaged in four-packs of 16-ounce cans.
“The whole idea is having the opportunity to experiment and package the beers on a smaller scale,” said Jerrod Johnson, head brewer of Surly, in a press release. “The Brooklyn Center brewery, the same brewhouse we’ve been operating since Day One, affords us this opportunity.”
The first release in the series is Inside the Upside Down, an imperial kettle sour brewed with strawberry purée and whole raspberries. It is a collaboration with Miami, Fla.-based J. Wakefield Brewing and a variation on a beer Surly brewer Josh Lemke brewed with them last year named What About Barb?.
“It’s a true attempt to marry Surly’s style and Wakefield’s style,” said Lemke in a press release. “They’re known for their fruited berliners and we’re known for our hop-forward beers. This collaboration perfectly showcases both.”
There are eight upcoming releases in the series:
- Inside the Upside Down — imperial kettle sour ale with strawberry and raspberry
- Zest Crazed — American pale ale with grapefruit and lemon
- Stunner — tropical session ale
- Frisson — Champagne-inspired black currant lager
- 3DH — triple IPA
- Damien — American black ale
- Furious Black — black IPA
- A stout to be named later
According to Surly, Inside the Upside Down is shipping now packaged in four-packs of 16-ounce cans exclusively in Minnesota and North Dakota.