Surly breaks ground on brewery nearly three years in the making
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Surly first announced plans for a "destination" brewery -- complete with a bar, restaurant, and beer garden -- back in February 2011. There was one problem: The dream was illegal under Minnesota law. Not to be deterred, over the next three months, Surly worked to help pass the "Surly bill," the measure that allowed brewers to start selling their own beer.
By September 2012, Surly had found the perfect location: a former potato processing plant on eight acres near the U of M, and close to a future light rail stop. But before Surly could start planning, it had to get the Met Council, the state, and the county to agree to pick up over $2 million in cleanup costs from the site's industrial past.
After nearly three years, construction crews finally got started yesterday. To celebrate, Surly tapped its first keg on the site, and toasted the groundbreaking. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak joined in raising a glass:
Surly Nation - it's coming! pic.twitter.com/Joz3N06cCx-- Mayor R.T. Rybak (@MayorRTRybak) October 29, 2013
Not to mention, the space will offer a lot more breathing room for release parties and Darkness Day.