MINNEAPOLIS—In the wake of Surly Brewing’s announcement that they would be closing their taproom indefinitely, the iconic brewery announced a new limited release IPA named Union Buster.
The beer’s name has further fueled suspicions that the closing of the taproom was a reaction to the Surly employees announcing their intention to unionize just days earlier. When asked whether the correlation was accurate, Surly spokesman John Pinkerton said “noooooooooooooo…..” as his eyes darted back and forth.
Surly describes the beer as having a bitter hop profile, which complements the brewery’s relationship to its employees. Union Buster finishes with a salty aftertaste, much like the one you would experience if your place of work responded to you advocating for your rights as a worker by taking away your job.
Surly’s owners have offered cases of the beer as a substitute for increased wages and benefits to all of the employees they recently laid off with a post-it note that says “sorry about ur job :(“.
The beer comes in a 24 oz bottle that costs $49 and the well-being of its employees.