Surly Expanding Minneapolis Brewery

23 July 2016

imageFrom Surly:

Exciting news in Surly Nation! Next month, Surly Brewing will be starting on the first phase of its expansion by bringing in eight more fermentation tanks to increase brewing capacity at our Minneapolis location.

The expansion will extend the fermentation hall to the east from its current location. It will have space for 14 additional fermenters, but Surly will start out with eight more tanks, doubling the capacity at the Destination Brewery. Groundbreaking is currently scheduled for August 2016.

“Expanding the fermentation hall has always been part of the plans, which is why we have piles in place for the fermentation hall expansion” said our Founder & President Omar Ansari. “We are excited to dig in on this expansion a little sooner than we had projected but with our new out-of-state markets doing so well, and Minnesota being stronger than ever for Surly, the time is now.”

Surly Brewing will get the eight 600-barrel tanks from ROLEC in South Germany and they are slated for use in 2017. Each tank is big enough to hold 1,200 kegs or 150,000 cans during a given brew.

We will keep everyone posted throughout the expansion, but no need to worry, the expansion won’t get in the way of brewing beer and getting beer out to accounts nor serving in the Beer Hall, Scheid Hall and Brewer’s Table. Our Head Brewer Todd Haug will oversee the brewery expansion.

“It’s been an especially exciting last couple of years since our Destination Brewery opened in December 2014 and we were able to make more beer and expand our distribution footprint,” said Ansari. “To be turning over dirt again, sooner than expected, is exciting and humbling. We can’t wait to get to work on it.”

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