There are a lot of great things about writing here at the Twin Cities Agenda, but my favorite just might be when a new Surly beer gets delivered for us to try out.
This week we got our hands on Surly’s brand new Inherent Weiss, an Imperial Hefeweizen on steroids.
Coming in at a whopping 9% ABV, it is twice the normal strength of a standard hefeweizen.
It’s citrusy, it’s hoppy, it’s funky (in a good way). And drinking it made me happy. It is a hefe that even double IPA lovers will deem more than worthy of their love.
The beer was named after American author Thomas Pynchon’s novel, Inherent Vice. Even the beverage’s label looks just like the cover of the novel. The idea behind the beer was sparked when Surly’s head brewers Jerrod Johnson and Ben Smith decided to see what happens when you take one yeast strain and do things to take it beyond the traditional flavors.
“I love hoppy hefeweizens and wanted to push the envelope on the style with a huge classic American dry hop character worthy of a double IPA in a strong hefeweizen for the summer, ” said Smith.
Inherent Weiss is in stores as of this week in 750ml bottles and kegs. Check it out and let us know your thoughts!