Surly Brewing Company, a popular craft beer brewery based in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, searches for a new site to build a $20 million destination brewery, with a restaurant and beer garden. The cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul, Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Elk River and Chaska are all lobbying to be the brewery’s new home. Earlier this year the Minnesota state Legislature changed a law that said only small brewpubs making fewer than 3,500 barrels a year could sell their micro-brews on site. Surly was too big to qualify, so with heavy lobbying by Surly fans the new law was passed and allows now also larger breweries to sell their beer on site.
This paves the way for Surly to look for a new site with at least six acres and a location that could accommodate both a commercial and manufacturing facility. So far the brewery has not taken a final decision where to relocate.