As craft beer aficionados, we’re long-time fans of Surly Brewery Co., often hailed as the brewery that started the Minnesota craft beer boom. So, in 2011, when Surly announced plans to open a new Destination Brewery in southeast Minneapolis, we were eager to get involved. After all, lollygagging + beer go hand in hand. After four years of planning and construction, the new beer hall opened in December 2014. Formerly a potato-processing plant, the $30 million, 5,000 square-foot facility includes a 220-seat Beer Hall & Restaurant, featuring custom Loll tables and benches on the patio. The brewery also includes a 90-seat fine-dining restaurant upstairs called Brewer’s Table, a 130-seat event center, and a 1.5-acre outdoor beer garden – bigger than a football field! The outdoor beer garden accommodates up to 1,000 beer drinkers and features Loll tables as well as benches surrounded by gas-filled fire pits. Aside from the amazing atmosphere and phenomenal beer, we have to say, the food is nothing short of amazing. The Surly culinary team has put together a bold menu, which has approachable items like burgers and fried chicken, but also some more exciting, upscale items, like bone marrow, beef cheek birria, house-made charcuterie, foie gras and much more. Best of all, the offerings are a perfect partner to their beer.
So why Loll?Linda Haug, Surly’s hospitality operations director, says they choose Loll for several reasons:
- The Surly leadership team had seen Loll furniture at Room & Board and liked it – or, in Linda’s case, “coveted it.”
- Surly’s architecture firm HGA Architects suggested Loll.
- Surly was impressed by the Loll furniture at Duluth-based Canal Park Brewing Company, including how the black Loll furniture stood out against the white of the snow.
- The Surly team liked the idea of an up-cycled and Minnesota-made product
- Surly was looking for durability – they wanted to be able to leave pieces out during the winter.