Surly Brewing Co. had a big idea: brew a truly one-of-a-kind beer. A beer so rare, you only have it once in your life. One that can’t be replicated and once it’s gone, it’s gone. A white whale.
Whalezbrah! is that beer. It’s ridiculously complex, and created in the spirit of homebrewing—an experiment, a learning experience, an homage to the serendipitous luck of adding dumb things that sound cool and end up tasting amazing.
Where’d the name come from? A conversation like this one…
“Dude, you weren’t at work yesterday. Where were you?”
“Waitin’ in line for to score a whalezbrah!”
Chasing that elusive beer, waiting in line for hours or overnight is not out of the ordinary for rare-beer collectors. These enthusiasts take their obsession to the next level—taking time off work or camping on a sidewalk is what a true collector will do for their whales, brah.
In celebration of 2017 Homebrew Con, Surly Brewing Co. will be bottling an ultra-limited amount of Whaleszbrah! for attendees. Then, that’s it.
As a production brewery, having no rules for a limited run beer was a chance to do something experimental. They brewed the wort and gave it away to AHA Rally attendees. This wort was slightly tart, oaked pale base that is conducive to a variety of fermentation and aging processes. The malt bill primarily consisted of Simpsons Golden Promise malt (82%), accentuated by Weyermann® Pale Wheat (9%), Weyermann® Acidulated malt (4%), and Grain Millers flaked wheat (5%). All malts and adjuncts were graciously donated by Brewers Supply Group (BSG). The wort was further acidified and oaked with a little of this and a little of that…and the finished product?
Well, it’s going to be a Whalezbrah!