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Surly Brewing inks deal with new beer distributor

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Surly Brewing Co. is partnering with Johnson Brothers in St. Paul to distribute its beer, according to the company's news blog.

“We wanted to partner with someone who understood our company,” Surly Brewing Co. Founder and President Omar Ansari told the Sun Post. “Johnson Brothers was the ideal partner. We’re both growing, family-owned Minnesota companies and it was clear that they understood the ‘Surly Way.’ Surly couldn’t take its next steps without a partnership like this,” Ansari said.

The Brooklyn Center-based craft beer maker sells its products at more than 500 bars, restaurants and liquor stores throughout Minnesota.

Surly plans to significantly expand beer production once it opens its a new $20 million "destination brewery" in southeast Minneapolis. Earlier this month, the brewer finalized its purchase on the 8.3 acre site near the University of Minnesota for its bar, restaurant, beer garden and event center.

Last week, TC Daily Planet noted Urban Growler Brewing Co., Bang Brewing Co. and Burning Brothers Brewing all plan to set up shop not far from Surly's property along the Central Corridor.

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