Surly Brewing Company | Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Surly Brewing Company
Excellent based on 59 ratings
Type: Brewery (see listing)

520 Malcolm Avenue SE
Minneapolis, Minnesota United States 55414 [ print map ]
763 535 3330 | facebook | twitter | food menu | beer menu

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

Mayor: islay (7) | Taps: 20 | Bottles: 2+ in grr!;

Surly Brewing Company

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Beer Available At Surly Brewing Company (arranged by most recent)
Surly Mole Smoke 92, Surly #Merica , Surly Hop Shifter 1 , Surly / Lervig 1349 Pale Ale , Lervig / Surly 1349 Black Ale 95, Surly Simpsonís Scottish , Surly Darkness 2014 - Bottled 100, Surly Doomtree 83, Surly / Amager Todd - The Axe Man (Surly Version) 99, Surly Schadenfreude 82, Surly Dampfbier 76, Surly Smoke Lager 99, Surly Devilís Work 89, Surly Witchís Tower 78, Surly Mild 85, Surly Damien 94, Surly Cacao Bender 98, Surly Pentagram 98, Surly Furious 100, Surly Blakkr 99
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59 reviews for Surly Brewing Company
 Ambiance  80%
 Service  84%
 Selection  75%
 Food  72%
 Value  80%
 Overall  84%
 Rating  93%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
jackl  (529) Charlottesville, Virginia | 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.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 12/20
Atom  (167) 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
northropfrye  (202) 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.
theisti  (616) 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.
Stine  (183) 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.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Trev  (22) Lakeville, Minnesota | March 24, 2015
Big open industrial space with communal tables. 16 taps with various treatments. Decent bbq centric menu with meat and cheese plates.
maekchu  (109) Hirakata, Japan | February 22, 2015
New Review: The new beer hall is quite an experience. Visited on a Friday at lunch time, and it was starting to fill up quickly. Pretty noisy. I was seated at a long table with a group that was finishing up. Large open space, sort of clean industrial chic look. One big brew area visible behind floor to ceiling windows. 14 taps. Most brews are $3 for 8oz. and $5 for 16oz. glasses. No sampler sets available.Beers are all Surly and, of course, all good to very good. Service was great. Food menu is a bit overpriced. I had the Surly Burger and was not disappointed. I would recommend coming here during the daytime on weekdays, and most definitely avoiding the weekends and week nights. Iíve heard that there is often a one- or even two-hour wait in the evenings. But it certainly is a must-stop for beer geeks when in MSP.
Old Review: Visited on a hot Saturday afternoon in mid August. Quite a way out of town, at the end of a dusty road in a sort of industrial area. The taproom area is fairly small, with low ceilings, painted cinder block walls, and linoleum floor. One guy said it seemed like a generic high school cafeteria. Not really enough tables or seating. Many people lined up at the walls, which have narrow metal shelf-like counters. Very casual mid-30s "dude/dudette" atmosphere.10 beers on tap, four of which were taproom exclusives. Also, two canned beers. No sampler sets available, which is a shame. Apparently free samples are given out after the tours. No food, but a food truck was parked outside. Didnít see anyone buy anything from it, though. Large shop, full of Surly merch. Tours available; no reservations: you gotta be there at the time a tour starts. Taproom is open Wed-Fri from 3-9, and Sat from 12-9. The atmosphere ainít so good, but the beer is great. If you like Surly (and I do), you need to visit this place, especially for the brews that are available only here.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 1/10   VALUE 1/10   OVERALL 13/20
JK  (314) St. Louis Park, Minnesota | February 19, 2015| Updated March 24, 2015
Review of the new facility, February 2015. A big place with an industrial ambiance. Staff was friendly. All beers were $5, which did not make sense to me, even for the low alcohol Mild. I was very disappointed in my fried chicken. No breading,no seasoning, no flavor, as if it was baked. Fries were under cooked and not crispy. Add to this the fact it cost about $14 for two small pieces and I was not happy. I probably will not come back for food. Large tap selection so that was good. Disappointing first impression, not recommended for food, and as busy as it was on a Sunday afternoon, I canít imagine the crowd on Friday night or after a Twins game.---------------------------------- Old review below. small place. Some of the staff was actually quite Surly, but not the brewer. A very noisy tasting room, it is necessary to yell to have a conversation. Small but well done tour. Lots of questions taken. I have never been on a tour that gives 5 drink tickets, a visitor gets near 2 pints for free. Still, the scene is an all-purpose warehouse converted to brewery, so not the most interesting for architecture or history, but they are doing a great job for being so new to the industry. (8 for food, as there was free pizza in the tasting room).
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
JD_Walker  (14) Minnesota | February 15, 2015| Updated February 18, 2015
Iíve always been a fan of Surlyís brews, and I was worried about its transition from micro to medium-sized brewery. But Iím happy to say that the new "destination brewery" location in SE Minneapolis is a gem, and shows that itís possible to scale up, brew larger quantities and handle many more customers, without sacrificing style or quality. The space is attractive and bustling and loud, and every time Iíve been there itís been packed, but the tattooed hipster servers are efficient and friendly, the beers are excellent and come out quickly (they serve varieties not available elsewhere), and the appetizers Iíve had from the kitchen have been pleasing. (Will update this review after I have proper food there, which will be soon.) My one complaint is that the music can be intrusive and grating. I visited once on what seemed to be death metal day, and it was pretty oppressive. Other than that, itís a fine addition to the TC beer scene, and as others have said, itís going to be glorious in the warm months. UPDATE: visited again on a Tuesday evening. 1 hour+ wait for four people, but the beer line moved quickly and the wait didnít feel long. My friends and I had dinner and found the food to be quite good. The servers make clear that this is a beer hall, not a fancy restaurant, and the food is solid fare that pairs well with beer.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Roonai  (2) , | February 14, 2015
Very fancy cool new facility capitalizing on the booming craft beer movement within the college areA. Aka- built for BIG crowds: picnic style tables for those eating (that you will need to wait for and will be sitting next to strangers) and hardly any good spot to sip a beer standing (that I could see) no samplers available and limited rotation of taps are disappointing. Have not eaten here so canít say on the food- but looks awfully pricey for the portions I have seen come out of the kitchen. Still- they work through lines very efficiently, make a good beer and Iím VERY excited to see it in the warmer months- looks like a pretty nice outdoor space ready for the summer! Nutshell: if you are visiting from out of town- itís an obligatory stop... If you are local there are a lot of other spots just as tasty

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