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Surly Grand Opening Photos and other Minnesota Beer Fun

First, a few photos from our visit to the packed Surly Brewing Co. grand opening on Saturday. We arrived around 2:00, bellied up for some free beer and took the tour. Between the two of us, we had a chance to get a good taste of everything (Bourbon-Barrel Bender {yum}, Furious {which, after a few months of sampling pints, reminds me of my latest homebrew, albeit less biscuit-y}, Bender and the Belgian-style beer whose name currently escapes me {actually it reminds me of the best hefeweizen I’ve ever made, with WLP380}), and had a really good time.

And since I needed more CO2, we decided to drive over to St. Paul after getting Surly and get an exchange at Northern Brewer. Along the way, I decided that I was hungry and Dawn needed to “PEE REALLY BADLY!” so we decided to visit the Green Mill on Hamline and Grand so Dawn could relieve herself, I could eat and more importantly, MNBeer could get a list of what’s on tap at the Green Mill since we’ve been slacking on that one since day one. For those of you like myself who are too lazy to pick up a phone, Green Mill’s seasonals are currently a Bitter and a Honey Brown Ale.

Finally, we’ve added a few photos to the breweries and brewpubs pages. Just a few, mind you (Summit, Surly, Schell’s and an outside shot of Green Mill), but it’s a start. In the meantime, if you have any photos of Minnesota beer-related events and places that you’d like to share, let us know!


  1. al says:

    I so regret no being able to attend on Saturday. Looks like fun.

    The Belgian-style beer is a saison, or farmhouse ale, and they call it Cynic Ale.

    Should be available at month’s end. Find it at the Blue Nile, for sure.

  2. Don says:

    That looks like a lot of fun.

  3. ryan says:

    Yes. Cynic Ale. My experience with saisons is fairly limited, but this one wasn’t as “funky” as some seem to be. Regardless, it’s a pretty nice beer. Furious, though, is still a favorite. I guess it’s no surprise that I unknowingly brewed a similar beer at home.

    BBB was fairly tasty too…

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