Happy Darkness Day Eve. May the black metal spirit be with those who wait in line and bask in some unseasonal warmth. Tonight in Brooklyn Center marks the day before Darkness Day at Surly Brewing and also the final night this Brooklyn Center taproom will be open. At Mill City Nights in Minneapolis, ... More >>
India Pale Ale: The name alone brings location to mind. It's a beer of varied style and story. From floral West Coast ales to malt-forward British IPAs and fruity-nosed Belgian IPAs, each IPA has a sense of place in its recipe. Minnesota IPAs are no exception. We sipped our way through this most po ... More >>
With the weather peaking one last time (it is still technically summer, after all), it's time to enjoy the last few warm days and some of the finest beer the state has to offer. Town Hall Brewery at Seven Corners is wrapping up a week of infused wheat beers, with specialties featuring apricot, ras ... More >>
The 7th annual SurlyFest is upon us, and the annual event, slated for Saturday, September 20, might be the last one held in the original brewery. "It's too early to say if this will be the last SurlyFest in Brooklyn Center, so we're just going to treat this one like we have every other SurlyFest," ... More >>
Warm weather is back, so it's time for another summer road trip. Last year we mapped out three summer cycling adventures for you to try, and we're doing it again this year. If you enjoyed pedaling down to Minnehaha Park and Sea Salt, you should consider taking our new beginners' trip to Como Par ... More >>
Late yesterday evening, MSP Magazine's Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl broke the news that Surly Brewing has selected a chef to head up the kitchens at their much anticipated, mega-destination brewery. That chef is none other than Jorge Guzman, who has spent the past several years helming the ship at Downto ... More >>
Surly Brewing will soon unveil a new beer, BLAKKR Imperial Black Ale. The beer is a joint project with Three Floyds Brewing (Indiana) and Real Ale Brewing (Texas) and will see limited release in each of those markets as well in the Twin Cities. BLAKKR is a Norse word meaning "dark" or "black," appr ... More >>
It's officially cold. That means it's time to bring your drinking indoors. Luckily there are some good options for doing just that this weekend.Top billing goes to Gastro Non Grata this Sunday at Triple Rock Social Club. Starting at 6:00 p.m., Surly Brewing will be on hand supplying brews, and ... More >>
When Surly Brewing started construction on a $20 million beer paradise yesterday morning, it was a groundbreaking nearly three years and a state law in the making. See Also: Surly confirms Prospect Park for new brewery location Surly founder Omar Ansari on the MN brewing scene and "what makes a ... More >>
Practice makes perfect, even when you're talking about an actual sausage fest. That's why, in order to gear up for its fourth-annual Kielbasa Festival (September 6-7, mark your calendars), Kramarczuk's is teaming up with Natedogs and launching their first-ever combined pre-fest "Classic Kielbasa Min ... More >>
Just a week after announcing they would expand their tasting room into a full-blown taproom at their Brooklyn Center facility, Surly Brewing has already been forced to cut back on their hours of operation. Originally the brewery planned to make their Sunday taproom hours from noon until 8: ... More >>
The deal is done, and if you live in the Prospect Park area of Minneapolis, you'll be getting a new neighbor. MPR reported yesterday that craft brewery Surly Brewing Co. has confirmed the purchase of an eight-acre plot of land near the Minneapolis/St.Paul border and will begin building its $20 milli ... More >>
With the beer business booming in Minnesota, local beer makers are looking to ensure that legislation isn't passed that would infringe on their ability to peddle their wares directly to the consumer market without the aid of a middleman. The campaign is called Save the Growler, and the for ... More >>
There is no better cure for your political hangover than the latest local food and drink news. Here's what's been happening this week at the Hot Dish. ~Legendary Uptown hotspot Figlio has been resurrected in St. Louis Park. Take a tour and read our review.~We share a cornucopia o ... More >>
When Minnesotans think of the recent boom in microbrewing, it's hard not to think of the 2005 upstart Surly Brewing, whose distinct marketing, award-winning, and high-demand beers have helped lead the revolution. The brewery has taken the reins on the growing scene, with Surly founder Omar Ansari se ... More >>
At the end of last week, Brooklyn Center's Surly Brewing Co. announced some of the possible spots that have made its short list for its new $20 million brewery, and it looks like they may be moving out of the 'burbs and coming closer to us city-dwellers.So where is this new site? Here are more detai ... More >>
Right after reporting on some of the food and drink items that are new to Target Field this season, we received a tip that should prove very exciting for fans of Surly Cynic, Bender, Coffee Bender, Bitter Brewer, and Hell -- all available on a rotating basis throughout the season in section 124. Sur ... More >>
Alma GuzmanA nice slice o' pizza pie will fix the winter blahs.Yes, we are in that creepy part of winter where there is never enough light. But at Hot Dish we know fine food and drink can brighten any day. Here are a few of the week's top stories to fill your life with much-needed sunshine.~We t ... More >>
Mark RobertsBeer fests abound this month in the Twin CitiesGrab your goblets and get a good protein base in your gut. It's going to be a marathon month for beer fans in the Twin Cities. Every weekend holds something big, including two Saturdays with two events each. This Saturday kicks it off ... More >>
St. Paul Summer Beer Fest kicks off the summer seasonThe summer beer festival season kicks off this Saturday, June 25, with the St. Paul Summer Beer Fest. In its third year, this is the biggest and best organized of all the Twin Cities' summer celebrations of suds. Formerly held in the parkin ... More >>
Surly Nation celebrates the taproom bill and honors its biggest champion.Despite the rain, Surly Brewing Co. fans came out in droves to the "Power of the Pint" event in Brooklyn Center, a celebration of the passage of the Surly bill. Scattered throughout the brewery and tented outdoor bar were b ... More >>
Shaking off the Prohibition-era laws with Surly.Tuesday, May 24, was a historic day for Minnesota craft beer brewers, as efforts spearheaded by Surly Brewing to pass the so-called Surly Bill became law, allowing breweries producing less than 250,000 barrels of beer a year to sell pints on site. ... More >>
Jim Diley standing behind his future taproom bar.Local beer lovers celebrated when Surly Brewing Co. owner Omar Ansari successfully got the taproom license bill passed. But, that's not the end of the process. The guys at Fulton Beer could be the first proud owners of a taproom license, so w ... More >>
Victory!Raise a glass, beer lovers--the Surly bill is now officially law. With one fell swoop of his pen, Gov. Mark Dayton has made it legal for brewers to sell pints of their own beer in the state of Minnesota. "We just appreciate all the support from the craft beer scene, the Minnesota Be ... More >>
The fact he can't have any doesn't hold Dayton back from supporting Surly.The Minnesota Legislature has finally finished hammering out the differences between their two versions of a liquor omnibus bill, and the finished product is now heading for Governor Mark Dayton's desk. Contained in it ... More >>
Sen. Chris Gerlach explains the liquor package and Surly bill to a full Senate.This afternoon, the Surly bill sailed over its final legislative hurdle and is poised to become a law. Just hours ago, the Senate voted unanimously for passage of its omnibus liquor bill, which included the popular ... More >>
Lobbying for booze one beer at a time
The Surly destination brewery dream that started it all.Beer lovers, rejoice! Moments ago, the House passed the Surly bill by a landslide vote of 127-5, a moment many craft beer fans feared would never come to pass. Minnesotan brewers are now one giant step closer to opening taprooms on-site at ... More >>
One step closer to a reality?Last night, the House Commerce Committee officially passed its version of an omnibus liquor bill package, and the Surly bill was front and center. While the legislation allowing brewers to sell their own pints was initially controversial, it found lots of support fr ... More >>
The House committee was too busy arguing to get Surly yesterday afternoon.A long argument over a car insurance bill prevented the House Commerce Committee from approving its version of an omnibus liquor bill yesterday afternoon. However, the House version is now public and it does contain the Sur ... More >>
Beer today, gone tomorrow for the Senate Commerce Committee.It was a cold and windy day at the Capitol today, but inside there were nothing but blue skies for the Surly bill.With little discussion, the Senate Commerce Committee folded the "brewer taproom license" bill into a larger omnibus liquor ... More >>
Tip back a few of these and talk brewing laws.Whether you're finding yourself fired up about or confused by all the recent discussion of brewing laws, Something's Brewing next week that you might want to check out. The West Bank Brewing Association, a U of M student group, has assembled spe ... More >>
Surly owner Omar Ansari testifies alongside Sen. Linda Scheid and Fulton Brewing owner Ryan Petz.In what was for the most part a very friendly hearing, the so-called Surly bill has passed its first hurdle. "It's a rollercoaster," says Surly Brewing Co. owner Omar Ansari of the process. "There h ... More >>
R.T. Rybak is slinging guns so Surly can sling suds.In his state of the city speech, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak made his strongest endorsement yet of a change to local liquor laws proposed by Surly Brewing Co. "Beer is a part of our history, beer is a part of our future," he said. "We need ... More >>
Anne RuckerLike the can says, "It's never too early to GET SURLY!"Never before has a beverage so delicious been so darnn confusing. Is it coffee or is it beer? Is it acceptable to drink at breakfast, or should it be reserved for later in the day? Why not both?
Surly Brewing is one step closer to building the hoppiest place on earth.Today, the language of a bill that will enable Surly Brewing Co. to build a huge $20 million destination brewery was revealed. The concept now has authors, a bill number and -- possibly -- a chance of becoming law. "He ... More >>
Surly asks for help to get dream brewery approvalWhen Surly Brewing Company announced plans for a new $20-million brewery complex last week the Twin Cities beer world exploded with excitement. This wasn't going to be just any brewery; this was going to be a "destination brewery" complete with ... More >>
The $20 million house that suds built--someday.The local beer community is buzzing with news that Surly Brewing Co. has hopes to build a $20 million brewery and restaurant. The operative verb there is "hopes." Although they've got the vision and the sketches, they've got to change Minnesota law ... More >>
Bold beer needs your help for bold planYesterday Surly Brewing Co. called out to its fans via its blog to help the company build a $20 million brewery-pub-restaurant complex in Brooklyn Center. The beer company claims it can't be licensed as a brewpub because Minnesota law won't allow it to ... More >>
Scott "The Pumpkin Gutter" CumminsLife getting creepy? It's a spooky time of year. Take the edge off with beer, wine, and all-night happy hour this Week in Food. Monday 10/11 Get wet at Town Hall Brewery's Wet/Fresh Hop Week, debuting today at 5 p.m. with the release of its annual Town Hall F ... More >>
(Photo by Danielle Scott)Fans of local breweries, brew pubs, and hard-to-find craft beers will want to check out this unique seven-day festival highlighting the best of Minnesota beers.
Michelle Gayer of the Salty Tart knows how to make a mean cupcake. Thanks to a little help from Twin Cities' own Surly Brewing, she knows how to make a Furious one too.
Surly Brewing was named the number one brewery of the last decade by the online web series "Beer Nation."
You told us the biggest reasons why you're suffering through another Minnesota winter.
Need a drink? Yeah, It's been that kind of month. So how about a local surly ale?