Another Handout for Surly

September 4, 2013 at 8:56 am Leave a comment


By Andrew Richter

Here’s Hennepin County….which of course only spends on things that are absolutely necessary!

From the DFL sun post;

Hennepin County’s Board of Commissioners has approved the latest in a series of grants to Surly Brewing Co. for its project to build a new brewery in Minneapolis.

The Brooklyn Center-based company has purchased an 8.3-acre site in Minneapolis for the development of a new brewery, which will include a bar, restaurant, beer garden and event center. The site is located at the northeast corner of Malcom Avenue and 5th Street Southeast in Minneapolis. A small portion of the site is located in the city of St. Paul.

The site will go through an environmental cleanup process before the new brewery is built. Hennepin County’s grant, approved by the board on Aug. 27, provides $500,000 for cleanup of the soil contaminated with petroleum.

The grant is from the county’s Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund, which is supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for removal of hazardous waste and petroleum contamination.

Surly Brewing Co. has also received at least $2 million in grants from the Metropolitan Council, Department of Employment and Economic Development and Hennepin County’s Environmental Response Fund.

The county issued $450,000 from that last fund for the site cleanup. Surly Brewing Co.’s new site is close to the Central Corridor Light Rail and has room for parking as well as future growth.

Oh yeah, that will boom business…..but it does explain a lot; transit oriented development!

Beer production will continue at the original location of the brewery on Dusharme Drive in Brooklyn Center.

A taproom also opened at that location in June. Customers may now purchase and drink Surly beer onsite. The Brooklyn Center City Council recently updated its ordinance for onsite alcohol sales after the Legislature approved a law to allow brewers to sell their products on site in May. Non-alcoholic beverages and snacks are also available for purchase at the taproom.

Cleanup of the Minneapolis property is expected to begin in fall and the new brewery could be complete in late 2014.

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Entry filed under: Agenda 21, County, Taxation.

The Northstar Money Pit Public Hearing at……..8:30 AM!!!

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