Skip to main content

Expanding Surly to step outside Minnesota again

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Three years ago, Surly Brewing pulled out of the Chicago market, as well as the Dakotas and Wisconsin, in an effort to better take care of a fast-growing base of home-state Minnesota fans.

But with big expansion plans and a new brewery under construction, Surly is going to blow back into the Windy City Nov. 18 as it starts looking again at moves into other markets, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The newspaper reports that Surly will once again be available at "a limited amount of bar and retail accounts, which are currently being determined," the brewery says.

To start, fan-favorite Surly Furious will be available on draft, and other Surly beers — including Furious, Overrated!, Bender, Coffee Bender, Hell, and Cynic – will be available in 16-ounce cans, the Tribune reports. Some of those ultimately will be sold on draft, too.

It was just a few weeks ago that Surly broke ground on its new $20 million destination brewery in Minneapolis' Prospect Park neighborhood, which will allow the company to increase production by four times to about 100,000 gallons.

Surly produced a mere 1,600 kegs in its first year; last year it was 40,000, founder Omar Ansari told the Business Journal in an interview last month. He told the publication, "We’re not even in St. Cloud or the lakes area up north, and we pulled out of markets like Chicago and Wisconsin a few years ago to focus on the Twin Cities market, so we know we’ve got some spots we can go back to. We’ll see how thirsty Minnesotans are and go from there, I guess."

Here's Surly's announcement on Facebook.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-04-25 at 11.00.01 AM

Walz wants to use surplus money to send direct payments to Minnesotans

It's a renewed effort from a previous proposal from Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan's supplemental budget in January.

Ron Johnson

Jan. 6 committee says aide for WI senator tried to give fake elector info to Pence

The attempt was discovered through text messages in the ongoing public hearing held by the Jan. 6 select committee.

Stock U of M sign

Minnesota state colleges boosting tuition again by 3.5%

The Minnesota State system's Board of Trustee's approved the increase Wednesday.

covid

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Friday, June 24

The next daily update will be provided Monday, June 27.

Pro choice rally

Walz, Jensen react to historic Supreme Court reversal of Roe v. Wade

After voting to overturn Roe, conservative Justice Clarence Thomas has hinted contraception and same-sex marriage protections should follow.

16362 County Rd 81, Maple Grove, Minnesota - October 2021 (4)

2-year-old killed in crash on County Road 81 in Maple Grove

The crash occurred Thursday evening on County Road 81.

police tape

BCA issues new details about St. Michael standoff, shooting

New details say a St. Cloud police officer struck the suspect with gunfire.

Screen Shot 2022-06-23 at 2.21.45 PM

92-year-old driver killed in rural Scott County crash

The crash happened around 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

Screen Shot 2022-06-24 at 7.29.06 AM

Big-time rain totals flood Highway 10 in central Minnesota

More rain and storms are expected Friday and Saturday morning.

image

Charges: Driver had just left local bar before deadly Shakopee crash

Witnesses said they were unable to help the 19-year-old Eden Prairie man who died in the crash after becoming trapped.

Chet Holmgren

Thunder selects Chet Holmgren 2nd overall in NBA Draft

The Minneapolis native becomes the highest-drafted Minnesotan in NBA history.

Screen Shot 2022-06-23 at 2.21.45 PM

One airlifted after crash on rural Scott County highway

The State Patrol shut down Highway 282 in both directions Thursday afternoon.

Related