I'm in Minneapolis this week, a place that I generally enjoy. I've been sick since the day before I left home, though, and if there's anything worse than feeling like shit on a business trip (first world problem category only), I don't wanna know about it.
I begged off dinner with my colleagues last night, hoping to just have a quick bite at my hotel bar, washed down with a Surly Furious, my Twin Cities standby. You can imagine by surliness when I learned that my favorite midwestern IPA was tapped out.
The bar was pouring a new Surly offering, brewed in collaboration with the Minneapolis rap collective Doomtree, and named after the same group. As Dessa writes on the Surly website in describing the beer, "Surly started with some homebrewing in a garage. Doomtree started with some noisemaking in a basement. Careful what you do in your spare time in your spare rooms, man. That stuff just might take over your whole life."
We can relate, obviously.
And to close out this head cold-addled digression, here's a February Doomtree in-studio performance at America's second-best radio station, KEXP, backing their new release, All Hands. You'll dig it.