Surprise, surprise, right?! Though we saw stiffer competition this year in the Best Brewery category, Surly is clearly still the nearest and dearest brewery to our readers’ hearts. And for good reason. Omar Ansari and his loyal Surly Nation are building something pretty special in Minnesota’s beer community—and we’re not even talking about the 50,000 square foot facility they recently broke ground on in the Prospect Park neighborhood of Minneapolis. Ask someone in Tulsa, Topeka, or Albuquerque what they know about the craft beer scene in Minnesota and they probably won’t be able to tell you much more than: “I think that’s where Surly is from. Oh, and could you send me some?”
Honorable Mention: Indeed Brewing Co.