Day 27 of 31 – Abrasive Ale

With the Eagles playing Dallas today in a do-or-die situation, you got feel aggressive and rather surly. Thanks to generous friends who gifted me with a beer Christmas tree (how cool is that), I’m enjoying “Abrasive Ale” from Surly Brewing Company (@Surlybrewing) in Minneapolis, MN.

True to its name, this beer is aggressive at 100 IBU and 9.2% ABV.¬† A massive dose of Citra hops launch their legendary double IPA into the hophead stratosphere. The first double IPA in Minnesota, it’s first name, “16 Grit”, was the size of abrasive grit used at the old abrasives factory that houses the original Surly mothership. I love their mission statement on their website, “BREW REMARKABLE BEER. GIVE A DAMN. BE INDEPENDENT. DON‚ÄôT BE A DICK.” ūüćĽ

For the month of December I am going to try a different beer every day! Here’s the list so far:

1. Sabotage #3 (DIPA) by Round Guys Brewing Company  3.8/5.0
2. Organik Amplitude  (NE Pale Ale) by Wilmington Brew Works  4.3/5.0
3. Eutony (DIPA) by Hidden River Brewing Co  3.5/5.0
4. Sartorial Absence  (DNEIPA) by Wilmington Brew Works  4.5/5.0
5. Dorsia (Belgian Triple) by Stitch House Brewery 3.7/5.0
6. Winter Reserve Coffee Stout (2020) by 2SP Brewing  4.2/5.0
7. Sour Monkey (sour) by Victory Brewing  3.8/5.0
8. Stormy Escapes (Imperial Stout) by Triple Bottom Brewing  4.5/5.0
9. Nocturnal Indiscretion; Midnight Snacks ‚Äď Vanilla (Stout ‚Äď Other) by Wilmington Brew Works¬† 4.4/5.0
10. Moselle (lager ‚Äď pale) by Allagash Brewing Company¬† 4.0/5.0
11. Snitchez Get Stitchz (DIPA) by Stitch House Brewery  4.1/5.0
12. Rail Car One (DIPA) by Wilmington Brew Works  4.9/5.0
13. Philly Special IPA (NEIPA) by Iron HIll Brewery  4.0/5.0
14. Gravitational Confection: Pumpkin Pie (2020)  (Belgian Quadrupel) by Wilmington Brew Works  4.5/5.0
15. Winter Warmer by Iron Hill Brewery  3.8/5.0
16. Halle and Oats (American Pale Ale) by Calvert Brewing Company  3.6/5.0
17. Reindeer’s Revenge (Belgian Triple) by Iron HIll Brewery  4.0/5.0
18. Mad Elf (Belgian Strong Dark Ale)  by Tröegs Independent Brewing  4.6/5.0
19. Game Day IPA (American IPA) by Locust Lane Craft Brewery  4.0/5.0
20. Up, Up, & Away (DNEIPA) by 2SP Brewing  4.1/5.0
21. Path of the Sun (Cocoa) (Imperial Stout) by Revelation Craft Brewing Company 4.4/5.0
22. Amorphous Solstice (DNEIPA) by Locust Lane Craft Brewery  3.8/5.0
24. Unknown Legend (Golden Ale) collaboration by 2SP Brewing and Love City Brewing  3.8/5.0
25. Yippee-Ki-PA (IPA) by Baerlic Brewing Company  4.5/5.0
26. Chocolate Porter by River Horse Brewing Co. 4.1/5.0
27. Abrasive Ale (DIPA) by Surly Brewing Company  4.2/5.0