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The Big Surly News

In case you didn’t make it over to The Muddy Pig and aren’t glued to your social media sites (I swear, I only check every five minutes), then here’s the 411 on The Big Surly News.

Thanks to you, our Surly fans, we’re celebrating five years of Surly Brewing. We’ve expanded our Brooklyn Center brewery as much as we can and brewed almost three million pints of beer in 2010, but you’re still thirsty, and we can’t keep up. So, we’re excited to announce our plans for a new brewery. But this ain’t just any brewery, it will be a destination brewery, worthy of our fans.

The new $20 million destination brewery will be a two-story, 60,000 square-foot building, complete with a roof deck beer garden, a 250-seat restaurant with mouth-watering view of our brewery, and a 30-foot bar.

The brewery is good for us, and great for Surly fans, but it’ll also benefit our state by creating as many as 85 construction jobs to build it over nine months and 150 permanent Minnesota jobs, and offer a complete event center, for concerts, parties, business events, weddings, and more. Now there’s a reason to renew your vows.

It’s a big idea but it’s not a done deal yet. We can’t be licensed as a brewpub because we brew too much beer so Minnesota law currently says we can’t sell beer in the new brewery. We are working with legislators right now in hopes of getting the law changed because a restaurant, bar and beer garden have to be a part of the new brewery. We may need your help soon, please keep checking our web page and our Twitter and Facebook pages for updates.

With the support of our fans and the great state of Minnesota, we can build this destination brewery and start cranking out 100,000 more barrels of Surly beer every year—more than 850 percent more beer brewed than last year. Getting thirsty yet? Hell yeah you are!

Let’s get more Surly!


  1. Dirtyspeed says:

    There’s a tear in my eye.

  2. NateH says:

    Who do we have to hassle to get these silly laws changed?

  3. moe says:

    An 850% increase would put them at 85,000 barrels. Just for comparisons…

    Dogfish Head (75k)
    Stone (90k)
    Summit (80k)
    New Glarus (100k)

    (via wikipedia)

  4. Mattm says:

    Christ, and New Glarus is WI-only. The consumption capacity in that state is truly inspirational/horrifying.

  5. Ben says:

    I’d venture to guess that a fair amount of NG makes its way across the WI boarders. It’d also be interesting to find out how much of that production is Spotted Cow.

  6. Trav says:

    850% increase would put them closer to 115k, as they did about 13k in 2010.

  7. Matt says:

    E-mail Frank Ball of the MLBA to let him know that Minnesotan’s want this to happen.

  8. lowrah says:

    I am praying that this location is easy to bike to!! Way to go, Omar & co. Maybe another Mac Alum night is in order? (Please?)

  9. Ben says:

    Do not email Frank Ball at this time. It’s only going to cause problems.

  10. ryan says:

    Is the MLBA going to change their stance on this one? It sounds as if they’re against it 100%. I’d put a little more weight on talking with your state senators & reps.

  11. dbrewing says:

    Ah, sweet vindication.

  12. Ben says:

    Ryan: Totally. MLBA isn’t going to change their stance no matter how many phone calls they get (which isn’t gonna help anything at this point, people should really wait until Surly asks them to act). It’s the members of the state senate and reps that will have to be pushed to make it happen.

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