[L]ike Prince, The Replacements, and Husker Du before it, Surly Brewing has used its art as a vessel to emerge from the frozen tundra of the Twin Cities. One taste of Surley's IPA - Furious - and you'll catch my drift. Furious's balance of bitter hoppiness and sweet maltiness is Rembrandt-esque. And, the earthy smoothness of Surly's brown ale - Bender - tastes like a Mozart sonata sounds. The world has been patiently awaiting a brewery like this.
Check out Episode 1 of "Beer Nation," which features mini-profiles of two of the driving forces behind Brooklyn's craft beer scene, after the jump:
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