Surly Destination Brewery

Nominated by Barr Engineering

Surly Brewing Company is one of the leaders of the Minnesota craft-brewing industry. After maximizing brewing capacity at their Brooklyn Center facility, Surly searched for a site where they could expand production and create a destination brewery with amenities such as a beer hall, restaurant, event center, and beer garden. After looking at 80 potential sites across the Twin Cities metro area, Surly selected an 8.5-acre industrial site near the University of Minnesota on the Minneapolis-St. Paul border. Surly was well aware of the industrial nature of the site, which had been vacant for approximately three years, and its long environmental history, including petroleum leaks, RCRA actions, and various activities in the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s brownfield and Superfund programs. Working closely with the grant funders, local government, and the MPCA, Surly made the business decision to move forward and remediate the site’s contamination to prepare the property for their destination brewery.

Project Funding

  • Hennepin County Environmental Response Fund
  • Hennepin County Revolving Loan Fund
  • Hennepin County Transit Oriented Development Program
  • Metropolitan Council Tax Base Revitalization Account
  • MN Department of Employment and Economic Development
  • Surly Brewing/Pants Optional, LLC

Project Partners

  • Surly Brewing Company
  • City of Minneapolis
  • Hennepin County
  • Metropolitan Council
  • Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
  • Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • Minnesota Department of Health
  • Minnesota Department of Agriculture
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • Minnesota Geological Survey
  • The Tegra Group
  • HGA Architects and Engineers
  • McGough Construction
  • Barr Engineering Co.
  • Carl Bolander and Sons
  • Traut Companies
  • Bergerson-Caswell
  • E.H. Renner & Sons
  • American Engineering Testing
  • US Bank
  • Winthrop & Weinstine