Surly Brewing Company | Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Surly Brewing Company
Excellent based on 64 ratings
Type: Brewery (see listing)

520 Malcolm Avenue SE
Minneapolis, Minnesota United States 55414 [ print map ]
763 535 3330

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Hours: Sun thru Thur: 11 am to 11 pm; Fri & Sat: 11 am to 12 am


Mayor: islay (9) | Taps: 20 | Bottles: 2+ in grr!;


Surly Brewing Company

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Beer Available At Surly Brewing Company (arranged by most recent)
Surly Cultivate Farmhouse Ale 2015 Rhubarb Saison , Surly Pentagram 98, Surly Cacao Bender 98, Surly Witchís Tower 80, Surly Brett Mikkels IPA 88, Surly Doomtree 85, Surly Hop Shifter 1 88, Surly Smoke Lager 99, Surly Schadenfreude 81, Surly Devilís Work 89, Surly #Merica! , Surly Fiery Hell 74, Surly Dampfbier 74, Surly / Lervig 1349 Pale Ale 88, Surly Bitter Brewer 91, Surly Misanthrope Saison 97, Surly Mole Smoke 92, Lervig / Surly 1349 Black Ale 95, Surly Simpsonís Scottish 50, Surly Darkness 2014 - Bottled 100
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64 reviews for Surly Brewing Company
 Ambiance  79%
 Service  84%
 Selection  75%
 Food  75%
 Value  80%
 Overall  85%
 Rating  93%
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88
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
gopherfan99  (106) , Croatia | August 30, 2015
Great place. Two levels with a patio out back. I was not able check out the second floor due to a private event. The first floor is fairly large with tables and benches for seating. There is also a gift shop. The server was very friendly and made several recommendations on food and beer. She also noted which taps which fairly rare. The food was very good and the beer was excellent. I will definitely be coming back.
80
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
CheersMate  (180) Fremont (Seattle), Washington | August 25, 2015
Huge, open industrial-like feeling. Plenty of seating. This place is f*cking massive. I m thinking that before football games, especially when the new stadium opens, this place is going to be a cluster of all clusters. Itís really close to the rail, which makes it easy. Anyways, the place wasnít too busy when we went, which was great. The service was prompt. The selection was pretty awesome - quite a few variants that Iíd never seen. The food, while good, wasnít exceptional, in my opinion. I think it could be a little better, but that is just my opinion. The food was filling, and quite spicy, which was nice, but again, wasnít to the point where Iíd want to dine there again, unless I was quite hungry. With that, I did appreciate the gift shop, to an extent. They sell some cool glassware, but then some stupid shit, like hats partially made out of cans. The one wish, and I know this is everyoneís wish, is that the laws allowed them to fill growlers. In Washington, a brewery can do so, but I guess the volume of beer they make on premises prevents them from doing so? Bummer, but not their fault. I was making a comment for information purposes. Overall, awesome staff, location, beers, space, with mediocre food. Great place to visit, and I will be back, again, and again, and again.
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy  (607) Toronto, Ontario | August 4, 2015| Updated August 9, 2015
Massive major league operation. Crowded, but at least a picnic bench somewhere.A must stop.
88
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
jbuzz  (42) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | July 13, 2015
Allot of fun...great food and beers. Wonder wait staff....Heather fantastic ... portion size was small for love on food.
84
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 18/20
jspencer78  (2) Rochester, Minnesota | July 12, 2015
Kind of industrial but fits the local and the crowds this place draws. About 20 brews on tap and the food in the tap room was surprisingly good. Worth the trip.
90
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
jackl  (550) Minneapolis, Minnesota | June 2, 2015
As far as Iím concerned, Surlyís new tap room sets the standard for large brewery experiences. The space is beautifully functional and customer-oriented. The large space offers plenty of different places for groups to congregate and spread out. Thereís also a nice garden with fire pits. I visited during lunchtime on a weekday and didnít find it too busy. The 19 beers on tap were all well executed, tasty. The food menu is mainly focused on barbecue, but I opted for a salad and some chicharones. The food was delicious and well portioned. Frankly, I was a bit surprised to read critical comments about the food. The service was lightening fast and friendly. The barmen seemed pretty jovial and were more than happy to talk about the beer, give tasters etc. Overall, Surly should now be considered a world class destination for beer tourists.
70
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 12/20
Atom  (171) Minneapolis, Minnesota | May 23, 2015
Iím excited to hangout here more in the summer once school is out and the patio is open. Its massive and well designed. The times Iíve gone have been very busy.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
northropfrye  (227) Steinbach, Manitoba | May 19, 2015
Updated review. This is far more than just a taproom. A large restaurant with long tables (also individual tables), and, during good weather, a huge open window to the outside world. Got here at 11 when it opened and there was a short line up. If you get here during peak hours, expect to wait. This place is pretty awesome. Decent food and an ample selection of Surly beers. I added a food score to the rating. 1/6/2014: A pretty awesome taproom, perhaps the best Iíve been to. Out in a kind of industrial/residential area, but definitely worthy the visit. Quite a few( 8-10) on tap, TV screens, gift shop, food truck - everything you could ask for in a taproom plus world class beer.
88
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
theisti  (633) Leawood, Kansas | May 13, 2015
++++ Updated 25 April 2015 ++++
Visited on a Saturday early afternoon with my Dad. Easy enough to find by the U of M. Plenty of parking when I was there, though I can imagine this can get scarce when there are crowds. The entry is nothing spectacular, functional new factory type design. Inside, the brewery is behind a huge window to the right, a gift shop is to the left and a huge hangar type building houses the bar and restaurant. The seating is long communal benches, and the bar seating is long and plentiful. There is also a section at the far end of the bar to queue up and order beers to walk around with, and take outside (which we did). Service at the bar was quick and friendly. The outdoor area is obviously still under construction, though it already features a nice bocce court and several places to hang out. Selection was great, could have certainly spent a long day here. Food is barbecue, and looks serviceable. This place is overwhelming, will be interesting to see how it grows over the years. Despite the enormous upgrade to facilities, some character was lost during the move so rating unchanged.

++++ Updated 7 July 2013 ++++
You can grab pint and 10 oz pours at the bar now, which is very nice. Rating unchanged.

++++ Original Rating 4 September 2009 ++++
Visited for the Friday night tour. Very basic warehouse configuration, with small tasting bar and seating area in front corner, production brewery everywhere else. There is also a souvenir shop shoe horned into a closet. The folks at Surly run the tour really well, organized and still personable - a pretty rare combination. 5 ~4 oz samples of 5-6 different beers. You are given chips, and the samples are always ready to go. Really never had to wait, and you can sample before during and after the tour. The tour itself is Omar telling the story, and he does it quite well. I really had a good time, and will certainly try to hit it again in the future.

88 = ★★★★ (best in area, a must for locals and visitors)

I only use the total score, not the component parts.
80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
Stine  (189) Minneapolis, Minnesota | April 15, 2015
The huge, airport-hangar like dining room here is certainly atmospherically hollow, but the outdoor courtyard area is a quite pleasant place to relax with a beer in the sun. Even when the place is packed, thereís some corner of the property where a quiet conversation can be had. The food menu seems to prioritize profit over quality, which is fine, but it wonít encourage me to have dinner here at any point. Weekdays it is quite easy to order a glass at the bar, but Iím sure wait times for tables on weekends are long. Oddly, I do plan to be back often because the sheer size of the space offers a guaranteed place to enjoy a beer outside on a sunny day.

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