Surly singles out University Ave. site as a top pick for new brewery

Inside Surly's current facility
Inside Surly's current facility

Ed Neaton

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 details on the project:

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Plans for the new brewery (which will house a restaurant, beer garden, and event center) have been in the works for well over a year. But Surly has taken bigger strides toward breaking ground since hiring the Hammel, Green, and Abrahamson architecture firm in July. 

Last week the brewery released a statement that specifically identified a site they are referring to as "Malcolm Midway" and named it their top pick for the future home of the new brewery, reports the MSP Business Journal. The site, formerly a food processing plant, is on Malcolm Ave. and Fifth Street SE, very near the intersection of University and Highway 280 and about a half-mile east of TCF Stadium. The potential location was chosen because it would be convenient for residents and visitors to both St. Paul and Minneapolis and would likely have its own stop off the new light rail line.

Construction on this site is far from confirmed, but the brewery has already applied for grants from Hennepin County in the hopes that the money would help cover the considerable cost (estimated at $2.5 million) of cleaning up this industrial area. 

If everything goes their way, Surly could be brewing beer in Minneapolis by 2014.

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