Large Brewery a short walk from Prospect Park Station on the Green Line so a fairly easy stop on my layover at MSP. The massive brewery on the outside opens up on a high-ceilinged but comparatively modest-sized taproom inside. Awesome staff were knowledgeable and took good care of me on my layover showing me what Surly had to offer while helping me stick to my not getting trashed plan (hard to do with many of the most interesting brews on tap hovering around 10%). It was a truly great experience sitting at the bar and soaking up the atmosphere, my only negative would be I found the gift shops prices on the high side and due to Minneapolis laws they can't sell beer to go. Really nice visit and I can only imagine it'd be even better in the summer.
As close to beer Nirvana as it gets(Nirvana being Kulminator in Antwerp). Bottles of Surly Darkness from years past line the coolers. The atmosphere, interior And service are awesome. They 28 of their own beers on tap. 28! Food is awesome. my Disney.
Shortly after slinging my luggage into my downtown Minneapolis hotel room I ordered a Lyft ride to Surly. Arriving at this historic facility I noticed throngs of patrons, many exchanging Uber/Lyft rides with each other. I followed the line of folks who seemed to gravitate towards an entrance, and yes, it was the correct place. Once inside I quickly inquired at the host/hostess stand about seating and opted for breathing on folks at the bar until I scored a seat. Fortunately for me this only took a few minutes, and I am glad for the line to order beers was long. I sat here for a few hours sampling half pints and enjoying a couple small plates from the kitchen. Service was by committee and I never had to wait until my glass was empty to order another. The food was absolutely divine and I hear upstairs is even better. The lamb meatballs were a worthy accompaniment to the bold beers in front of me. Prices are quite reasonable considering the quality. This is certainly a place beer tourists and locals should visit.
Visited here very late on a Saturday night on Memorial Day weekend ’17. the place was packed, no room at the bar, so I sat outside on at the picnic tables with some friendly Minnesotans, Service was prompt and friendly. Selection is superb, food is incredible. Great ambiance outside with the grain silos all lit up. Would be a regular haunt if I lived in the Twin Cities. Nice to see a brewery that still serves food - rare these days (no, food trucks don’t count).
This is definitely a place to see for all those who enjoy beer. The brewery is MASSIVE and always packed the interior and exterior is beautiful and the outdoor seating is large. If one is not eating, seating can be lacking. Food is some of the highest quality one can find in the city, especially a their brewer’s table. Prices are reasonable for what you get. their pours are reasonably priced as well as their selection is huge. Their beer is good, but seems to be hitting a plateau. Overall, it is worth the visit.
Yeah, this is a pretty amazing place. High production value with the brewing equipment behind a full wall of glass. Huge space with a long metal bar and a bunch of long communal tables behind. Modern metal, glass and blue light style decor in general. 24 beers on tap, all Surly, including some specials at any time. Doing a good business at open on a Wednesday, but not full or anything. Food was decent, but the brisket was not first tier as BBQ goes. I have heard great things about the food though, so maybe I just chose poorly or got unlucky. No beer flights is a bit of a bummer for a destination brewery with 24 beers on tap, but prices on pours are really reasonable, and some (mostly the high ABV stuff) are available as 4oz pours for $3. Parking lot is large, but it is worth noting that the walk to the door is not short, which could be an issue if its pouring rain or 100 below zero, both of which are common enough in Minneapolis. Service was quite solid; good enough for me to scroll past the man-bun action. Beers are Surly, so that is a known quantity (although I guess we shall see what happens now that Todd is gone). There is a Pokestop here so you can dork out on Go while you drink if you like.
Easily accessed from the green line light rail. Big open beer hall with lots of glass and steel. One can see the tanks. Packed on my visit on a tuesday afternoon. I was a bit let down by the selection; with one or two exceptions it was all stuff they’ve been making for 5-10 years. The beer is world-class, of course, but if it’s the same stuff you can get in town why bother slogging out here?
A new big hall filled with tables and windows to the brewing vessels. It felt a bit soulless. Food was a bit too fancy and expensive. 18 beers on tap and they surely have world class beers, no doubt about that. Darkness, wow it’s good. No flights. Friendly service.