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Oct 29, 2009 07:39 PM

Surly Darkness on tap? - MSP

Any tips on restaurants still serving Surly Darkness on tap?

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  1. The happy gnome
    the muddy pig
    any of the bulldog options would be a likely option
    blue door

    I just had two at the gnome last night

    Muddy Pig
    162 Dale St N, Saint Paul, MN 55102

    Happy Gnome
    498 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102

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    1. re: eburke91

      Is Surly Darkness different from Surly Bender? If so, how does Surly Darkness compare to Furious?

      I've had Furious, Cynic and Bitter Brewer and Bender. IMO, Cynic and Bitter Brewer are nothing special, but I love Furious and like Bender.

      1. re: JimGrinsfelder

        Oh, yes, Jim, Darkness is very very different from any of the beers you mentioned. It is an imperial stout, which means it's waaay darker, waaay maltier, and waaay stronger than, say, Bender. Think of a can of WD-40 (appearance, not taste thank goodness) and you'll be in the ballpark.

        1. re: JimGrinsfelder

          darkness was considered the best beer in the world a few years ago
          it's a seasonal-- usually comes out right around halloween. last year an unfortunate occurrence, i believe the entire batch, or most of it, went hi-grav to the point where it couldn't be sold. so we drank it all at a private 1st ave party. darkness is one of the best things to come out of our region, and it's the reason people in other areas of the country know about surly brewery. obviously, there tends to be a run on darkness when it comes out-- get it while you can, don't delay. oh, and it's strong, as MTullis mentions, so you should savor a pint with a meal, and like. . . not after having a few cognacs, or anything like that. drive safe, call a cab & all that :)

      2. Yup, I just had a glass of Darkness at the Happy Gnome yesterday. They also have a brand new Minnesota (Minneapolis) brew on tap- Fulton's, that, if you are interested in supporting local craft beer, you should try. It's an IPA, more or less.

        The food yesterday at the Happy Gnome was better than I remembered. I usually find that the execution is not very good there, but I actually enjoyed my wild mushroom orichiette - nice and earthy, pasta was cooked appropriately. We had the green bean appetizer - yummy gingery sauce. I never want to go the the Gnome cos of the food not being that great, but if they keep this up, I'll be happier. Cos the beer selection- it's great!

        And of course, the Darkness was great! I enjoy this year's better than last year's incarnation- a little drier, nice finish.

        Happy Gnome
        498 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102

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        1. re: turtlebella

          software really really wants to link to places that I don't want linked to! Tried "removing" to no avail, sorry! Guess we can't talk about the beans that are green without a link to a restaurant called that.....sorry

          1. re: turtlebella

            I have given up on food at the happy gnome.

            I'm within walking distance to the place and I want to love the food, but I just can't.

            Much of it sounds great on paper, but just fails in execution.

            I will say (and I preface this with admitting I'm no connoisseur), but I absolutely love their wings.

            I rarely ever eat wings, but for some reason their version does it for me if I'm in the mood for bar food.

          2. Places I would try (probably by calling to check), besides the aforementioned: Black Sheep, Stub and Herb's, Common Roots Cafe, Triple Rock

            The MplsBikeLove forum has a thread devoted to Surly (beer, but also Surly bikes) that's kept fairly well up-to-date. It's on the "Blah Blah Blah" section, title of the thread is "Let's Get Surly".

            Common Roots Cafe
            2558 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405

            Triple Rock
            629 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

            1. Probably Cafe 28. Their is a Surly connection there - wife runs the resto and husband works at Surly - not positive about it that though.

              Cafe Twenty-Eight
              2724 W 43rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55410

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              1. Buster's on 28th should be getting one keg of it within the next week, according to the bartender when I was there on Wednesday.

                And I can verify that the Uptown Bulldog does NOT have it, as of yesterday evening. They only have Two Hearted, the Brown Ale, and the Expedition Stout.

                Buster's on 28th
                4204 28th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406