MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Surly Brewing Company announced on Wednesday the resignation of its Head of Brewing Operations, Todd Haug, who has been with the company for over 10 years.
Surly says Haug, who has been with the company since the beginning, earned a reputation for brewing beer his way and refusing to brew-to-style. It’s something that resulted in gold medals for the brewery.
“Todd has been an incredibly influential part of Surly since the beginning and was instrumental in building the brewery from the ground-up, often with his own two hands; brewing, welding, making connections and forming collaborations to establish the irreverent brand it is today. His talent is undeniable, and he will always be a huge part of who we are. He will be missed,” founder and president of Surly Brewing Omar Ansari said.
Surly says Haug is stepping down for the role to “pursue other opportunities and challenges” in an industry he has worked in for a quarter-century.
“I’d like to thank our family, friends and fans – Surly Nation – for always believing in our vision. It never gets old to hear people tell you how much they enjoy your beer. Omar and I set out with the modest goal to build a brewery so we could create a different kind of craft beer – the kind we wanted to drink – and I think we achieved that,” Haug said.
Haug added that he’s confident in the hands he is leaving the brewery in and that it’s their chance to “continue the legacy we’ve been building for 10 years now.”
“It’s been a hell of a ride with Todd in the front seat, keeping the music loud and the speed fast. He’s the wizard, the bitter brewer and the creative genius,” Surly said in a statement.
The news comes days after Surly released its popular annual “Darkness” Russian Imperial Stout.