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  • Et tu, Surly?

       February 23, 2011

    When I first heard about Surly Brewing's destination brewery project, I couldn't quite figure out why the artist's rendition of the brewery/restaurant/beer garden looked so familiar.

    But then it dawned on me - the glass-faced back of the building, the tables, the umbrellas and the terrace. OMG, it's the Terrace! Just you wait, it'll probably have red & white sunburst chairs!

    Just like Paddlequest, progressive politics and the Minnesota Vikings, Surly Brewing can't get them enough Wisconsin. This, despite the fact that Surly's owner Omar Ansari has said "Some in the opposition have suggested that we build our destination brewery in another state, where the laws are more accommodating. While it’s true that we could get this brewery built in many other states, we don’t see that as an option right now. We want to build it in Minnesota—we are a Minnesota company and would like to keep it that way."

    And lord knows that the guy has never missed an opportunity to rip on Wisconsin during every Surly tour I've ever been on. But when it comes down to it, political turmoil and all, the truth is that Minnesota not only loves Wisconsin, it wants to be Wisconsin. And while really, who can blame them, it's time to just admit it.

    Posted by kris at February 23, 2011 05:44 PM

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    #  February 23rd, 2011 6:06 PM      kris
    A more accurate t-shirt would be:

    Minnesota: pulling on Wisconsin's pigtails since 1848.  
    #  February 24th, 2011 7:20 AM      james
    Have you ever seen Omar out & about? He's a celebrity. Beer geeks line up to talk to him and tell him how awesome he is. I don't think he's leaving all of that any time soon.  
    #  February 24th, 2011 8:11 AM      kris
    Oh, I don't think he'd do anything outside of MN either, I was just laughing at his typical disdain of WI combined with his obvious desire to be just like WI.

    I was at this history of MN beer event and the Rush River guys were there and trying to position themselves as MN brewers because they live in St. Paul even though their beer is brewed in River Falls. WTF? Also - there was a beer & cheese fondue cooking thing at this event. They used Rush River beer and Widmer cheese. Only in MN.  



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