Released each year as the days grow shorter and the nights grow longer, Darkness is a cornerstone beer for Surly. This annual limited release is an imperial stout that pours jet black with dominant roasty flavors of coffee and chocolate. Like any beer this big, a warmer temperature will bring out layered flavors, with Darkness presenting notes of cherry, raisin, dates, and figs. It’s a big beer in every way, yet it has a deceptively silky body that separates it from other imperial stouts. 2022 also marks the return of the Darkness Day celebration, which takes place at the brewery October 8 with live music, special variants, bottle sales and more.
Surly, in Prospect Park, is a large destination beer hall with two restaurants, ample outdoor seating, and an amphitheater for concerts. They pour more than 20 taps, including many hard to find recipes.