RBSG visit. Well letís see... free tour and five free 8oz glasses of beer. Can you possibly complain about a place like this? The tasting room gets packed between tours with one group on its way out and one going in. The brewery is definitely nothing pretty to look at, but Omar gives a really great tour that focuses more on his (and Surlyís) story instead of on how the beer is made.
Went for lunch and hardly anyone was there and the group I was with just went in and picked out a table. This was a big no-no and not 1, not 2, but 3 servers saw fit to let us know there was a service counter to check-in and be seated. Okay, we got that out of the way--when our actual server came over, someone shared this with her and she laughed and said it was no big deal. Apparently it was a big deal for servers 1-3. Big, open beerhall-type setting with a variety of different-sized tables. One wall was open to the outside (it was a nice day in September). A member of the group I was with said the food was good, but a bit pricey--I wouldnít disagree. Very surprised that they didnít have beer-tasting flights. You can get either an 8 oz. or a 16 oz. of whatever beer youíre after, but thatís it. Food really wasnít bad--I had the chilequiles, which measured up well with those Iíve had elsewhere. The real draw was the chance to get a beer that isnít available in can or bottle. My Hopshifter #6 was an okay IPA, nothing too special. It was a fun place to stop on a bike ride--almost easier to get in there on a bike than by car, as itís just off the Uís bike/bus transitway. I might stop in again sometime if in the area.
Spent nearly 8 hours here sipping through most of the beers they had on tap. Yes, we took it slow! Food here was great, bartenders were fun and had a lot to say about the beers we tried. Destination brewery indeed.
Huge place, full of families on a Sunday afternoon. 20 or so beers on tap. all executed flawlessly, and the mild and pilsner I tried were world class. All the others were excellent. Easy walk from the metro Prospect Park stop. Both of my bartenders were friendly and helpful. No flights but samples were offered freely and decent sized for a free taste Food was tasty. Cheap prices across the board awesome value. World class stop, obviously.
Excellent brewery (fairly large place). They have like 20 or so beers on tap. No flights (sad face), but you can sample as many as youíd like (and I did). Friendly staff too. Food isnít bad. I got the roasted cauliflower. The gnocchi was good as well. Quinoa salad was a bit funky. Not the best, but still, overall good food, good atmosphere, good beer.
Massive place. Huge new industrial building, tons of parking though the lot was nearly full. Inside you see the 100 barrel brewhouse through glass on your right. Lots of tables, long bar that runs the length of the place. All modern and shiny. Nice outdoor space with scattered seating. Three separate private event spaces upstairs, including the Brewerís Table. A dozen or more beers on offer, but sadly no flights; smallest pour for most was 8-10 ounces. Food was tasty and creative. Omar wanted a destination brewery, and heís done it.
The new Surly location is fantastic. Open concept, bright facility that is a far cry from your dank industrial equivalent seen in many subspecialty micros. Their beer speaks for itself. Great standards and many variants on tap. Their brisket was fantastic. Staff was very nice. Overalll a great value and worthwhile experience.
islay (18) Minneapolis, Minnesota | November 7, 2015
Multiple visits. Beautiful facility, from the downstairs Beer Hall to the upstairs Brewerís Table and event space to the outside beer garden. Generally packed, even at seemingly off-hours, full of impressed and happy customers. Highly staffed, but the staff by necessity canít spend much time on any given customer. They arenít particularly friendly to those who sit down at the Beer Hall tables without informing the hostess. But service is very fast. You canít ask for much better beer at a brewery. There is a total of 120 taps across the facility, and usually at least 20 unique beers are on tap at the Beer Hall, with a few additional beers available upstairs at the "finer dining" Brewerís Table restaurant. Surly is truly a world-class brewery, and some of its best beers barely make it out of the brewery (some recent examples include Hop Shifter 2 and Lager 1 / Pilsner 1). The food is absolutely top notch, the best Iíve ever had at a brewery or brewpub by far. The level of sophistication and creativity of the food is astounding. In fact, Surly Beer Hall is one of the best casual restaurants in Minnesota based on food alone, and The Brewerís Table takes the level of food a notch or two even higher. The prices are standard and reasonable, and youíre often paying less per ounce than you would by the bottle at a liquor store for some of the more expensive releases. Overall, Surly is on a different level from any other brewery in the Upper Midwest in terms of the quality of its beer and the quality of its taproom experience, and few other breweries in the world in fact come close. Surly is my top recommendation for out-of-towners visiting the Twin Cities, even those who arenít particularly into beer.