7th Annual SurlyFest!

August 1st, 2014

SurlyFest is back, Saturday, September 20, from 2:00 – 6:17 p.m. A regular ticket gets you a commemorative half-liter SurlyFest stein and 4 beer tickets, and a designated driver ticket gets you 2 soda tickets. There’ll be live music, food vendors, and of course, beer, including SurlyFest, our German style Oktoberfest bier.

7th Annual SurlyFest

Saturday, September 20, 2:00 – 6:17 p.m.

Surly Brewing Co.
4811 Dusharme Dr.
Brooklyn Center, MN


Tickets will go on sale online on Friday, August 8 at noon CT at TempoTickets.com/surlyfest

Online Ticket Link: http://www.tempotickets.com/surlyfest

Regular Ticket: $40 for 4 beer tickets, a SurlyFest stein and admittance
Designated Driver: $10 for 2 soda tickets and admittance

Note: Beer tickets will NOT be available for purchase at the event.

Live Music:
Alpensterne a.k.a.The Bratwurst Bros.
DJ Shannon Blowtorch
Umbrella Bed

Check back soon for the announcement of an additional band!

Food Trucks:
Natedogs, AZ Canteen, Asian InvasionAki’s BreadHaus, Chef Shack and Gastrotruck.

2014 Coaster Design Contest

May 27th, 2014

Our Coaster, Your Canvas

Calling all artists, designers, and doodlers: We want your art under our beers. We’re running our kind-of-annual Surly Brewing Coaster Contest in which we ask you artsy types to design our beer coaster for a chance at free beer and bar fame, or the chance to say “Why’d they pick that? My coaster design was way cooler.”

If we pick your coaster design, your work will be printed on more than 100,000 coasters and displayed in bars and restaurants that serve our beer, and maybe on your proud parents’ refrigerator door. You’ll also get some cases of beer.

Need creative direction? Here it is: make it look cool and Surly. So sit down, pour a glass of inspiration, and see what happens! Oh and check out the information below, it will help.

Get more information here: http://bit.ly/SurlyCoasterContest

Registration Open: Surly Open 2014

April 18th, 2014

Throw a disc around and drink some damn good beer at the 2014 Surly Open! You can play in only one of the events, either the morning disc golf session, OR the afternoon disc golf session. Act quickly! There are only 90 spots available for each Disc Golf session. Check out the details below:

When: June 21, 2014

Where: Blue Ribbon Pines Disc Golf Course

1901 Klondike Dr.
East Bethel, MN 55011

Blue Ribbon Pines in Google Maps

Cost: $40/person, regardless of which event/session you sign up for.

What’s included in the price:

- Commemorative Surly disc

- Lunch from Divine Swine Catering (vegetarian options will be provided). Lunch is served from 12:30–2:30 PM.

- Legendary Surly swag/gift card raffle

- One round of disc golf (18 holes)

- No cash awards. This is a beer event, not a competitive golf event.

- Surly beer will be sold, with all proceeds going to charity.

Disc Golf Tournament Session Times:

8:30 AM – Morning Session Sign In

9:30 AM – Morning Session Tee-off

12:30-2:30 PM – Lunch

2:30 PM – Afternoon Session Sign In

3:30 PM – Afternoon Session Tee-off

If you want to play with friends who have also registered and paid for the same session, please let us know at sign in and we’ll have you tee off together from the same hole. There will be five participants per hole.


Get Surly in the Chicago Metro Area

November 20th, 2013

Below is a list of the bar and restaurants that are pouring or are about to pour Surly. Check back soon for a list of liquor stores that will carry Surly.


Bigby’s Pour House 1700 W Lake St


Gammon Coach House 3 S Batavia Rd

Blue Island

Maple Tree Inn 13301 Olde Western Ave
Rock Island Public House 13328 Olde Western Ave


Beer Market 641 E Boughton Rd


Brixie’s 9526 Ogden Ave


Aberdeen Tap 440 N Aberdeen St Ste 1
Acre 5308 N Clark St
Bad Apple 4300 N Lincoln Ave
Bangers & Lace 1670 W Division St
Bar Deville 1958 W Huron St
Bar on Buena 910 W Buena Ave
Binny’s-South Loop 1132 S Jefferson St
Clark Street Ale House 742 N Clark St
Emporium Arcade Bar 1366 N Milwaukee Ave
Empty Bottle 1035 N Western Ave
Fat Pour 2005 W Division St
Fischman Liquors 4776 N Milwaukee Ave
Fountainhead 1968 W Montrose Ave 1S
Four Moon Tavern 1847 W Roscoe St
Galway Arms 2440 N Clark St
Gingerman 3740 N Clark St
Go Tavern & Liquors 3219 West Armitage
Haymarket Pub and Brewery 737 W Randolph St
Headquarters 2833 N Sheffield Ave
Hopleaf 5148 N Clark St
Howells & Hood 435 N Michigan Ave
Jake Melnick’s 41 E Superior St
Jerry’s Sandwiches 1938 W Division St
Jerry’s Sandwiches-Anders 5419 N Clark St
Local Option 1102 W Webster Ave
Long Room 1612 W Irving Park Rd
Map Room 1949 N Hoyne Ave
Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar 960 W 31ST Street
Mcgee’s Tavern & Grille 950 W Webster Ave Fl 1
Miller’s Pub 134 S Wabash Ave
Monk’s Pub 205 W Lake St
Mrs. Murphy & Sons 3905 N Lincoln Ave
Murphy’s Bleachers 3655 N Sheffield Ave
Northdown Cafe & Taproom 3244 N Lincoln Ave
Old Town Pour House 1419 N Wells St
Owen & Engine 2700 N Western Ave
Paddy Long’s 1028 W Diversey Pkwy
Quenchers 2401 N Western Ave
R Public House 1508 W Jarvis Ave
Reservoir 844 W Montrose Ave
Riverview Tavern 1958 W Roscoe St
Rockwell’s Neighborhood Grill 4632 N Rockwell St 1ST Fl
Sheffield’s 3258 N Sheffield Ave
Skylark 2149 S Halsted St
Small Bar-Albany 2956 N Albany Ave
Small Bar-Division 2049 W Division St
Stocks & Blondes Bar & Grille 40 N Wells St Fl 1
Stout Barrel House 642 N Clark St
Sweetwater Tavern & Grille 225 N Michigan Ave
The Beer Bistro 1061 W Madison St
The Boiler Room – Logan Square 2210 N California Ave
The Franklin Tap 325 S Franklin St Fl 1
The Globe 1934 W Irving Park Rd
The Logan Theatre 2646 N Milwaukee Ave
The Monkey’s Paw 2524 N Southport Ave
The Norse 6334 N Clark St
The Pub 1212 E 59TH St
The Publican 837 W Fulton St
Three Aces 1321 W Taylor St Ste 1
Timothy O’Toole’s 622 N Fairbanks Ct Lowr L
Twisted Spoke 501 N Ogden Ave
Village Tap 2055 W Roscoe St
Whole Foods Market – Kingsbury 1550 N Kingsbury St


Chuck’s Place 1358 Main St

Crystal Lake

Duke’s Ale House 110 N Main St


Chucks Southern Comfort 8025 S Cass Ave

Des Plaines

Countryside Saloon 2501 E Ballard Rd


Prairie Moon 1502 Sherman Ave
World of Beer – Evanston 1601 Sherman Ave


Geneva Ale House 319 W State St


Glenview House 1843 Glenview Rd


Chicago St. Bar & Grill 75 N Chicago St

La Grange

Palmers 56 S La Grange Rd
Wild Monk – Lagrange 88 S La Grange Rd


Tavern in the Town 519 N Milwaukee Ave


The Bavarian Lodge 1800 Ogden Ave


Beer House 322 Yorktown Center


Tribes Ale House 11220 Lincoln Hwy


Jackson Ave Pub 7 Jackson Ave
Quigley’s Irish Pub 43 E Jefferson Ave
World of Beer – Naperville 1727 Freedom Dr Ste 121

Oak Brook

Old Town Pour House 8 Oak Brook Center

Oak Forest

Blarney Stone Pub 15400 Cicero Ave

Oak Lawn

Deja Brew 5219 W 95th St

Oak Park

Poor Phil’s 139 S Marion St


Tap House – Oswego 123 W Washington St


Durty Nellies 180 N Smith St


Nevin’s Brewing Company 12337 S Route 59
Tap House Grill – Plainfield 24402 W Lockport St

Saint Charles

Tap House Grill – St. Charles 3341 W Main St
The House Pub 16 S 1st Ave

Tinley Park

Tribes Ale House-Tinley 9501 171st St

Villa Park

Lunar Brewing Co. 54 E St. Charles


Tap House Grill – Westmon 6010 S Cass Ave
The Standard Market 333 E Ogden Ave


Warren’s Ale House 51 Town Square


John’s Buffet 27W482 Jewell Rd


Millhurst Ale House 2075 Marketview Drive

6th Annual SurlyFest!

July 31st, 2013

SurlyFest is back, Sept. 21, from 2:00 – 6:17 p.m. A regular ticket gets you a commemorative half-liter SurlyFest stein and 4 beer tickets, and a designated driver ticket gets you 2 soda tickets. There’ll be live music, food vendors, and of course, beer, including SurlyFest, our German style Oktoberfest bier.

6th Annual SurlyFest

Saturday, September 21, 2:00 – 6:17 p.m.

Surly Brewing Co.
4811 Dusharme Dr.
Brooklyn Center, MN

Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, August 7 at 3:00 p.m. CT online and in the brewery during taproom hours only.

Online Ticket Link: http://bit.ly/SurlyFest

Brewery: Tickets will be for sale during taproom hours only:
* Wednesday – Friday: 3:00 – 9:00 p.m.
* Saturday: Noon – 9:00 p.m.

Regular Ticket: $40 + $5 tax/service charge for 4 beer tickets, a SurlyFest stein and admittance

Designated Driver: $7 + $3 tax/service charge for 2 soda tickets and admittance

Note: Beer tickets will NOT be available for purchase at the event.

Live Music:

2-3pm: Alpensterne a.k.a.The Bratwurst Bros.
3-3:30pm: DJ Shannon Blowtorch
3:30-4:30pm: Crankshaft and The Gear Grinders
4:30-5:15pm: DJ Shannon Blowtorch
5:15-6:15pm: Dillinger Four

Check back soon for the announcement of the two additional bands!

Food Trucks:
Aki’s Backstube – German Style BakingAZ Canteen, Gai Gai ThaiGlam Doll Donuts, Natedogs, Smack Shack and Vellee Deli.

Taproom Feature: You’re In Trouble

July 9th, 2013

An interestingly named beer for a great cause. Last month, our friends at Northdown Café and Taproom in Chicago hosted their 2nd annual fundraiser for The Wildcat Sanctuary located in Sandstone, Minnesota. The Wildcat Sanctuary has been providing a permanent home for all sized wildcats and hybrid cats that have been rescued or surrendered from a variety of conditions. Hybrid cats are often surrendered because of urinating in inappropriate locations, like a couch or a stove top, so you get the idea how this name came about.

Surly Brewing’s distribution doesn’t reach to Chicago, so we were unable to send beer to the event. Chris Boggess, Three Floyds’ head brewer and Todd Haug, Surly Brewing’s head brewer, came up with a way for Surly to contribute to the fundraiser – a collaboration beer between Surly Brewing and the Indiana brewery, brewed at their place. In April, Todd and Chris came up with the recipe for You’re In Trouble and brewed a batch ready for the fundraiser at Northdown on June 5, where over $10,000 was raised and donated to The Wildcat Sanctuary.

After the event, Todd brewed his own batch of You’re In Trouble back here in Minnesota, which he calls an Imperial Brett IPA. He says the brettanomyces yeast creates “earthy barnyard notes along with pineapple-cherry pie aromas and flavors.” Simcoe and Chinook hops give it what he describes as a “cat peed on the Christmas tree” aroma.

You can grab a You’re In Trouble at the Surly Taproom, and we’ll be donating $1 to The Wildcat Sanctuary for every glass sold until we run out. The beer will be $5 for 10 oz. See you drinking!

Surly Taproom is OPEN!

July 8th, 2013

Our new taproom is open Wed-Fri, 3-9pm and Saturday, 12-9pm. Get directions, see what beers are on tap, and more info on our new Taproom page!

Surly’s 7th Anniversary Event/SeVIIn Release Party

June 12th, 2013

Join us for a special event to celebrate Surly’s 7th anniversary at the Varsity Theater on Sunday, June 23, from 6-11pm.

We’ll be pouring SeVIIn, our 7th anniversary Belgian-style Strong Ale finished with Brett, and other rare beers. There’ll be live music from Trailer Trash, and SeVIIn artist, Brent Schoonover, will be present to sign posters. There will also be a special presentation to reveal the Destination Brewery sketches, introduce project partners/supporters and share what lies ahead for Surly.

About SeVIIn:
Continuing our quest to despoil and desecrate conventional beer styles, we’re raiding Trappist traditions to produce this Belgian Style Ale brewed with Rye, Oats and Wheat. Our first beer EVER brewed with Wheat! Belgian yeast creates classic clove-spiced banana aroma and flavor. Dry hopping brings floral and citrus aromatics to the biscuity-smooth malt body.

Check out the Facebook page

What: Surly’s 7th Anniversary Event/SeVIIn Release Party
When: Sunday, June 23 from 6-11pm
Where: Varsity Theater, 1308 4th St. SE, Minneapolis
Cost: Free

Surly Partners with Johnson Brothers for Beer Distribution

May 20th, 2013

Surly Brewing has just signed a deal with Johnson Brothers, a St. Paul based liquor distributor, to become our newest Minnesota beer distributor.

We’ve been distributing our own beer since we sold the first Surly keg back in early 2006. Since then, we’ve grown our network to more than 500 bars, restaurants and liquor stores throughout the Twin Cities and at various locations across the state.

As demand for our beer continues to grow, we’re going to be working with Johnson Brothers to expand our network of on and off-premise accounts and find a more efficient way to distribute our beer. We’ll still be maintaining our relationships with beer distributors in the northwest Twin Cities suburbs, Duluth and Rochester.

By the end of 2014, we’ll be significantly increasing beer production at the Destination Brewery. Once the brewery is fully operational, Johnson Brothers, through its Artisan Beer Company, will help us distribute significantly more beer to bars, restaurants, and liquor stores across Minnesota. Surly couldn’t take its next steps without a partnership like this.

We wanted to work with someone who understood our company, and Johnson Brothers is the ideal partner. We’re both growing, family-owned Minnesota companies and it was clear that they understood the Surly way.

“We are extremely proud and excited to be partnering with Surly, one of this region’s truly great craft breweries,” said Todd Johnson, Chief Operating Officer of Johnson Brothers. “We look forward to working closely with Surly and helping make these fantastic beers available to even more beer lovers throughout Minnesota. They can’t build that new brewery soon enough.”

Surly Brewing’s Response To The Proposed Excise Tax

April 30th, 2013

If you live in Minnesota, you’ve no doubt heard that the Minnesota House is proposing to increase the beer excise tax from $4.60/barrel to $27.75/barrel. This has understandably stirred a lot of debate and discussion so we wanted to weigh in with our stance and clarify the points of the issue.

– We should be supporting our local breweries, but this tax does the exact opposite – it makes it difficult for breweries to grow and add jobs.

– Minnesota’s beer taxes are already 81 percent higher than Wisconsin, 33 percent higher than Iowa, 20 percent higher than South Dakota, and 22 percent higher than North Dakota – even BEFORE this proposed increase.

A 600 percent tax increase is bad for business, no matter how you slice it, and this proposal comes at a crucial time for Minnesota craft beer. Our breweries are growing, adding jobs, and are becoming the talk of the nation – as evidenced at the recent Craft Brewers Conference in Washington D.C. While it’s true this tax wouldn’t necessarily affect most of the breweries in this state right now, with Minnesota’s continued growth and expansion, in the next few years, more Minnesota breweries could be affected. And, once taxes are increased, they aren’t typically reduced down the road.

At Surly, as we continue to expand, we will soon outgrow Minnesota’s small brewer excise tax exemption. If this tax is increased 600 percent, as proposed, it will deal us a serious blow while we try to make more beer. It will affect how much you pay for your beer. We realize that ultimately no one likes taxes but this proposed increase punishes growth and success, and a 600 percent increase is just plain unreasonable.

Currently this tax would directly affect Schell’s and Summit, and we stand with them on this issue.

Minnesota state and local lawmakers have made some great strides over the past few years to encourage the growth of the Minnesota craft beer industry and we are very grateful for that support. We’ve all seen the positive results from that. Together we’ve started a craft beer boom in our state that we hope continues for a long time.  We think this excise tax increase moves us in the wrong direction. We hope at the end of the day the legislature will agree with us and oppose this proposal.

Thanks for listening, Surly Nation. We wanted to clarify the main points so everyone can form his or her own opinion on this issue, and act accordingly. If you plan to act, now is the time to be heard: http://www.gis.leg.mn/OpenLayers/districts/

As always, thanks for your support.