Surly Brewing Co. Needs a New Coaster. You Should Design It.

Calling all beer-inspired artists! If you are an avid reader of The Growler you know we have a special place in our heart for the artistically inclined. This one goes out to all you “artists, designers, and doodlers out there in Growler Nation.” Surly is running their “kind-of-annual” Surly Brewing Coaster Contest and they want your submissions. … [ Read more]

Grab a Craft Brew at These Four Minnesota Gaming Establishments

Minnesota might never have an answer to Vegas, but its racetracks and casinos are focusing on one thing that’s in short supply at most Sin City establishments: craft beer from across the great Midwest. We consulted with four major gaming establishments within easy driving distance of the Twin Cities and came back with some encouraging … [ Read more]

Chicago gets Surly

By Joseph Alton, @JoeAlton Surly Brewing Company announces plans for limited distribution in The Windy City. A couple weeks after breaking ground on their new facility in the Prospect Park neighborhood of Minneapolis, Surly Brewing Company announces they are returning to the Chicago market in select accounts at the bar and retail level. From Surly: … [ Read more]

Harvest Season: Minnesota’s Bounty of Fall Brews

Fall is officially upon us.  The harvest season offers more than perfect sweatshirt weather, football on TV, and the scenic majesty of autumn in the Midwest. This time of year also happens to be a busy one in terms of beer. Craft breweries across the country (and the world) are releasing their varied versions of … [ Read more]

Weekend Events Preview 9/20-9/22

Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub’s 1st Anniversary, Oktoberfest celebrations, Surlyfest 2013, Fall Beer Tastings, and more this weekend. It’s the second weekend of Oktoberfest for most of Minnesota and it’s chalk full of local fall seasonals and German festivals. One of the most popular Oktoberfest celebrations, Surlyfest, is sold out, but don’t despair. Take a read … [ Read more]

Surly Unveils First Renderings of New Brewery

              Surly has been generating a lot of buzz over their new ‘destination’ brewery, a $20M facility that will be built on 8.3 acres of land in Prospect Park, Minneapolis. The first ever renderings of the brewery were shown during a presentation at the company’s seventh anniversary party, last … [ Read more]

A Tale of Two Surlys

Many know the beer, but do you know the bikes? Let’s make one thing crystal clear right away: Surly Brewing and Surly Bikes are entirely separate beasts. It is not a single company that makes both beer and bikes, although Surly Bikes’ Tsar of Anti-Social Media Bob Pavlica said he’s asked that all the time. Surly … [ Read more]

Minnesota Beer Politics: A Primer

3 hot issues that will be debated in the year ahead By Drew Kerr Omar Ansari has spent his share of time navigating the halls of the Minnesota State Capitol in an attempt to convince lawmakers that breweries should be allowed to share their products directly with the masses. This year, with a battery of … [ Read more]