Surly started with Omar, an obsessed homebrewer is looking through a homebrew catalog, sees a three-barrel brewing system and decides he wants to be in the business of beer. He proposes the idea of converting the family abrasives business to the owners (his parents), Nick and Dorit Ansari, and his wife Becca, and they all say ‘GO FOR IT!’ Omar starts learning about the brewery business, forms the plan, and hires accomplished local brewer, Todd Haug, to join him in converting an abrasives factory into a brewery. They are now the first Destination Brewery in the Twin Cities. Popular brews include Furious, Bender and Hell.
Lake Monster is one of the newer breweries to open in the Twin Cities. They aim to make unique versions of classic beer styles, putting our own subtle twist on the flavors craft beer drinkers have come to love. Ranging from esoteric to approachable, subtle to over-the-top, all their beers adhere to the philosophy that there is always more to be discovered.
Urban Growler is Minnesota's first woman-owned brewery with a mission of galvanizing the beer drinking community. Their beer is handcrafted in 10-barrel batches under the close supervision of Head Brewer and Owner, Deb Loch. They make both traditional beers, like CowBell Cream Ale™, as well as non-traditional beers like Big Boot™ Rye IPA. Their “Plow to Pint®” Series emphasizes creating brews with a unique local twist. They partner with our Urban Farmers to bring their harvest, such as Minnesota wild rice, honey, raspberries, and pumpkins (to name a few) into their specialty beers.
Surly and Urban Growler feature a restaurant with full food menu or enjoy a food truck at Lake Monster Brewing.
Ending location will be the same as the starting location at Rock Bottom Brewery - the first Brewpub in Minneapolis! After the tour, stop in - we'll give you a "buy one pint, get one free pint". A full drink and food menu is available in the bar or restaurant.