Surly Brewing got 8 shiny new tanks so it can make a lot more beer

Now Surly won't run out of Furious again.
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The tanks leaving Germany.

The tanks leaving Germany.

Surly Brewing got some big, shiny new tanks this week.

They're part of Surly's expansion plans at its destination brewery in Minneapolis, which were announced last summer after it ran out of Surly Furious.

You read that right. For more than a week last summer, Surly's brewers were "scrambling" to keep Surly Furious on tap at the beer hall – even with both its Minneapolis and Brooklyn Center facilities running at full capacity, Surly says.

But with its eight new 600-barrel tanks, running out of the flagship beer shouldn't be a problem.

How much more beer are we talking?

The tanks will double Surly's brewing capacity at the Minneapolis facility – each tank can hold about 1,200 kegs or 150,000 cans. Surly plans to make Furious, Hell and its seasonal beers in the tanks, and they'll also give Surly's brewers more space at the Brooklyn Center facility to come up with new brews, Surly says.

The tanks – which were made in Germany, sent to Texas on a giant ship, and then loaded onto trucks to get to Minnesota – were installed this week, and the hope is to get them up and running in March.

Surly posted a bunch of photos of the installation process (it included dropping the tanks through holes in the roof using cranes) on Facebook Thursday. Look at them here.

Since Surly opened its Minneapolis brewery in 2014, it has brewed 200 batches of beer – that's nearly 26 million pints, Surly said in a post on Instagram. Surly's owner Omar Ansari recently spoke with the Star Tribune about all the changes at the brewery, including the departure of head brewer Todd Haug. You can read that story here.

Surly also released its beer calendar for 2017. Check it out here.

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