Surly Brewing Company

520 Malcolm Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

763- 999-4040

History:

Omar, an obsessed homebrewer is looking through a homebrew catalog, sees a three-barrel brewing system and decides he wants to be in the business of beer. He proposes the idea of converting the family abrasives business to the owners (his parents), Nick and Dorit Ansari, and his wife Becca, and they all say 'GO FOR IT!' Omar starts learning about the brewery business, forms the plan, and hires accomplished local brewer, Todd Haug, to join him in converting an abrasives factory into a brewery.

On December 30, Omar and Todd brewed the first batch of Surly beer. It took 14 hours, the fermenter controls weren't working properly, and Omar wasn't yet accustomed to Todd's brewing soundtrack (heavy f***ing METAL!!), but it was done. To be a brewery, ya gotta brew beer, and Surly just became a brewery!

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