Surly Announces New Head Brewers: Ben Proudfoot Smith & Jerrod Johnson

imageFrom Star Tribune:

On Monday, Surly will formally announce Haug’s replacement. Or make that replacements.

There are two head brewers now: Jerrod Johnson and Ben Smith, both of whom worked under Haug at the brewery in recent years.

Ahead of the major changeover, Surly owner Omar Ansari gave his first candid interview since Haug’s departure to clear the air about their split and talk about Surly’s future. This month, the brewery is adding eight new, massive brewing tanks to more than double the capacity at its Minneapolis facility — from about 100,000 barrels per year to 200,000 (behind Summit Brewing’s 250,000 barrels, the state’s largest).

The duo is already nearing the debut of their first new recipe as brewmasters: A champagne-like ale called Frisson, that will be tapped on New Year’s Eve.

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