Surly Brewing Company | Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Surly Brewing Company
Excellent based on 57 ratings
Type: Brewery (see listing)

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

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

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Surly Brewing Company

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Beer Available At Surly Brewing Company (arranged by most recent)
Surly / Amager Todd - The Axe Man (Surly Version) 99, Surly Devilís Work 88, Surly Mole Smoke 79, Surly Smoke Lager 99, Surly Damien 95, Surly Cacao Bender 98, Surly Simpsonís Scottish , Surly Furious 100, Surly Blakkr 99, Surly Doomtree 80, Surly Abrasive Ale 100, Surly Witchís Tower 72, Surly Mild 85, Surly Fiery Hell 68, Surly Eight Ale 97, Surly Darkness 2014 - Bottled 100, Surly Overrated West Coast Style IPA 98, Surly Bender 97, Surly Red Oaked Damien , Surly Barrel Aged Darkness (2007- 2012) 100
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57 reviews for Surly Brewing Company
 Ambiance  80%
 Service  84%
 Selection  74%
 Food  70%
 Value  81%
 Overall  85%
 Rating  93%
Rating Distribution

Stine  (180) 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  (105) 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  (305) 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  (13) 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
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 15/20
hair-old  (13) Minneapolis, Minnesota | February 9, 2015| Updated February 16, 2015
Rating is for the new Witches Hat location in St.Paul.Impresive brewerys come at a price. All of Toddís drain pours are combined and served out of multi-taps and served at this mega-hipster establishment:DDDD Take your pick of brews,the are all blended out of 3 tanks just like Canadian whiskey.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 15/20
ElGaucho  (234) Minnetonka, Minnesota | February 5, 2015
Update 2-5-2015: NOTE THAT ALL SURLY PLACE REVIEWS PRIOR TO DECEMBER 2014 ARE FOR THE OLD LOCATION. Original Review (old location): Just went on my third tour at the surly brewery. They renovated the merchandise room, as in they now have one. Its quite good with very reasonable prices and a good variety. Tasting room has 6 beers on usually; generally the basics: furious, bender, coffee bender, smoke, abrasive, cynic. You get 5 free beer tokens and pours at about 5 oz. all for the cost of a non-perishable food item donation. The tour is informative, usually, if not always, presented by owner, Omar Ansari. The brewery is still relatively new and theyíre growing so I look for continued improvements by the time they move into their new location.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla  (357) Minneapolis, Minnesota | January 11, 2015
A really nice new "Destination Brewery" with a huge tap room and a huge merchandise store. A very clean new feel to the place with lots of picnic tables for seating as well as more traditional tables. A nice line off to the side of the bar to get beers if you are unable to snag a seat. Bartender was friendly and knowledgeable despite the place being swamped. 10 beers on my visit, but looks like there is space for many more. I did not try the food on my visit. Prices a bit higher than some other area breweries. A really cool spot and therefore attracts quite a crowd.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
BVery  (496) Burnsville, Minnesota | December 19, 2014
Just a great time - if you havenít been, put it on your list. The tours are great - first things first, grab a beer, then we talk! Everything is really laid back, people are friendly, and you get to try a number of Surlyís great beers. And Darkness Day - just a party! Update - new place now open. Holy crap, what a facility! No question who the leader is in the Mpls market. This place is a gem.

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