Surly Looks For Site Of Future $20M Brewery

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Now that Gov. Mark Dayton has signed the bill allowing beer to be sold at breweries, Surly Brewing Company is on the lookout for the perfect Twin Cities spot to put its new $20 million home.

The site must be able to accommodate a commercial and manufacturing facility. The company hasn’t ruled out using an old brewery, but Surly founder and president Omar Ansari told Minnesota Public Radio it’d be easier to build a new one. Surly currently brews out of Brooklyn Center.

Surly successfully pushed the Legislature to change the law that says only brewpubs making fewer than 3,500 barrels per year could sell their micro-brews on site. It was too big to qualify. Ansari attributes the success to Surly supporters, who campaigned using social media.

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