Surly's former brewer is joining Three Floyds in the Chicago area

Todd Haug is going to Three Floyds Brewing Co.
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Surly Brewing's former brewer Todd Haug is leaving the North Star State.

Haug earlier this month resigned from his position at Surly, saying he'd be doing something in the beer industry – but not divulging what.

Now we know where he's headed, and it's not to another brewery in Minnesota like many beer drinkers hoped.

Haug will join Three Floyds Brewing Co., based in Munster, Indiana, about 30 miles from Chicago, Mpls. St. Paul Magazine reports.

He told the magazine it's a "really good fit ... this is the right place for us to be, to be supported."

Haug won't be replacing brewer Chris Boggess, MNBeer.com says, but will join his team as the brewery undergoes a $10 million expansion. Haug and Boggess are longtime friends, Decibel says, and they've collaborated on beers in the past, making a seasonal imperial black ale called BLAKKR.

Haug's wife Linda, who was let go from Surly earlier this year, will also join the Three Floyds team, working with the brewery's brewpub, the publications report. She vaguely addressed the news on Instagram Monday, saying with a photo of Halloween decorations: "Today is an important day for Todd Haug and I for many reasons, we might not get back to everyone today because those decorations don't put up themselves."

The Haugs were in the Chicago area over the weekend, according to social media. MNBeer.com says they plan to move to the Windy City in December and begin working at Three Floyds in January.

More on Three Floyds

Three Floyds – which, like Surly, is known for its bold flavors and aggressively hopped beers – was named Rate Beer's fourth best brewery in the world in 2015. It began in 1996, brewing "It's Not Normal" ales and lagers.

Some of its most popular beers: Alpha King and Zombie Dust, both American pale ales, as well as its Russian imperial stout called Dark Lord – and every year there's a Dark Lord Day to celebrate the beer's release.

The bad news? Three Floyds isn't currently available in Minnesota, but you can get it if you drive east. The brewery distributes to Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.

For more on the history of Three Floyds, check out this USA Today article about how it got started.

Surly's future

Surly hasn't commented since Haug announced his resignation, but Haug has said he's leaving the brewery in very capable hands.

Those in the beer industry said Haug's departure won't diminish the quality of Surly's beer. But Dave Hoops, a veteran Minnesota brewer who will open his own brewery this spring, told GoMN a few weeks ago that Haug was the "face of the brewery" and his "Todd-ness equaled Surly," so the attitude at the brewery will be missed.

Haug hinted to MNBeer.com that the Surly team is "going in a different direction. I see it getting worse. But no blame. I poured my heart and soul into that place."

Recently, Surly's beer releases haven't been that Surly, Mpls. St. Paul Magazine points out. They are styles that seem to appeal more to the masses, not the bold-flavor lovers Surly initially brewed for.

GoMN has reached out to Three Floyds and Surly for more information.

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