Surly’s new Beer Hall, which opened earlier today on an industrial stretch of the Prospect Park neighborhood in Minneapolis, is big news. Literally. Surly’s now the largest brewery in Minneapolis and owner Omar Ansari hopes the new facility, with a sprawling patio and in-the-works restaurant, will be a beer travel destination. Just how big are we talking? Here’s a look at the numbers:
100,000+ barrels: The new facility’s annual output at full capacity
90,000 square feet: Area of the new facility
18: Beers on tap in the new Beer Hall
275 people: The new Beer Hall’s indoor seating capacity
1.5 acres: Area of the outdoor beer garden
Six: Fire pits in the beer garden
$30,000,000+: Total cost to build the new facility
Plan for a pilgrimage in October, the month when Surly annually holds Darkness Day and unleashes the coveted Darkness Russian imperial stout to a crowd of eager beer geeks. Or, just toast this impressive facility with these five canned beers you can find close to home:
Bender: This American brown ale smells a lot like a hot August afternoon in a field, with that dirty, grassy combination that demands a jump in the river. The flavor is impressive, with toast and soft caramel balancing well with the hops’ gentle peppery spice.
SurlyFest: You hear rye and you think “sharp,” but that’s not the case with this Oktoberfest lager. Instead, malted, flaked and crystal ryes are masterfully balanced to lend earthy graininess to the flavor, but none of the usual rye roughness.
Hell: Grainy sweetness treads lightly over the tongue and pleasantly contrasts this helles’ earthy, peppery hops. Expect bitterness, but with a clean finish.
Furious: Simcoe and Warrior hops contribute to the IPA’s characteristic citrus and pine aromas, but with a strong malt backbone for balance.
CynicAle: True to saison tradition, CynicAle offers plenty of zingy pepper and lemon notes.