Surly built their new destination brewery in Minneapolis and it just opened 2 weeks ago. Shellie and I went there last Saturday night at about 9 PM. Upon walking in we were carded and told the kitchen was closed, so beer only. Which wasn’t a problem since we just ate at Jerusalem’s. We got a couple beers and started poking around.
Of course I had read about this place, both before it opened and the recent reviews of it, so I kind of knew what to expect. But honestly, this place is bigger and better than I pictured. The Beer Hall, as they are calling it, is the main room of the building. I’m not sure how many people it seats, but there are a lot of tables in there. Most of them are bigger and shared with other groups of people, but there are a few smaller tables. At one end of the room there are windows into the brewing area. At the other there are windows facing out to the patio (patio! this is an acre of soon-to-be-beer-garden that can seat another 500 people). These windows are actually doors and it looks like the whole wall can be slid to the sides and opened up.
Upstairs there are another couple of areas. There is a smaller restaurant. Well, the space is there. The restaurant is opening in the spring and will have a more formal feel. But for now you can mingle in that room, however, there’s no tables or chairs.
There is also a big room for events. Think weddings, birthdays, anniversary parties, or any other event where you might need a couple thousand square feet of space and a dance floor. One side of this room is floor to ceiling glass overlooking the brewing equipment. Just outside of the event room itself is a large bar for your guests (I’m selling this!).
Also upstairs is access to the deck that runs the length of the building. I don’t know what will be out there when the weather turns decent, but I’m pretty excited to get out there. For now, though, it’s empty.
The decor of the Beer Hall is quite nice. The tables look like Room and Board Parson’s tables. Though I wouldn’t be surprised if they weren’t since those are spendy and there are a lot of them here. The walls are unfinished rough-cut cedar planks and the floors look to be red oak, but unstained and sans sealer somehow. A lot of the lighting in the room seems to come from the brightly lit brewing area. Other than that the lights are on pretty dim through out the Beer Hall.
The main floor also has their Company Store, aka merch. We browsed in there a little bit and the prices are as reasonable as they were at the old brewery. For example $12 for a T-shirt.
I also want to mention the food. Even though we were told the kitchen was closed people were still being served food a good hour after we arrived. The only thing we could come up with was that there was a wait to get seated for food and the kitchen closes at 10. Therefore, since we got there at 9 that was too late to wait for a seat and still get food by 10. Anyway, like I said we already ate, so no big deal for us. The food though looked pretty great. I didn’t see one plate going back with any food left on it, at all. Like licked clean. We will be back to eat.
So, needless to say this place is pretty awesome. I’m really looking forward to getting back here and trying the food. Plus, just think of all the events and things that will be going on there.
On a side note we were told by someone apparently in the know that the Surlyfest last year at the old brewery was the last Surlyfest ever. But even without Surlyfest there should still be some rad events going on at the Surly Destination Brewery. And I’ll see you there.