Video: We tried Surly's not-your-typical Oktoberfest beer

This isn't the typical pumpkin-y or Oktoberfest brew you'll see this time of year.

Surly's fall beer is celebrating its 10th year, so when the brewery sent us a free sample, we obviously tried it. You can watch the video above for our reaction.

The beer – called SurlyFest – isn't your typical pumpkin or Oktoberfest beer that's common this time of year, but it's still reminiscent of fall. 

It's a dry-hopped rye lager, so it has a hoppy aroma without being bitter on your tongue. The beer is heavier than the summer beers that are probably still sitting in your fridge, but not as malty and filling as your typical Oktoberfest beers. 

Producers Melissa and Josette both rated the beer a 3 using our beer rating scale – meaning we both liked it and would definitely order it at a bar. 

SurlyFest is available in liquor stores now. You can get it in four-packs of 16-ounce cans, or 12-packs of 12-ounce cans. 

SurlyFest is Sept. 23

To celebrate this seasonal, Surly will host SurlyFest at its Minneapolis brewery on Sept. 23, starting at 11 a.m. The event will feature live music, food, games and activities. 

The event is free and open to everyone, but when the event hits capacity, only those who bought a SurlyFest package will be guaranteed to get in. 

SurlyFest packages range from $20-$60, or $10 for designated drivers. 

The cheapest ticket for those planning to drink includes admission to the event, three tickets for 16-ounce cans of beer, and Surly's commemorative stein can handle that's featured in the video above. 

For more information on the event, click here

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