Minneapolis, MN September 23rd, 2017

SurlyFest 2017

Featured Events, Minneapolis Brewery, Minnesota Events

“We Don’t Fest Like the Rest.” Learn it. Know it. Live it.

Surly doesn’t brew to style. We’re stubborn. Our SurlyFest beer is a crisp rye lager, not a malt bomb. As for our SurlyFest celebration? We don’t Fest to style, either.

The 10th Annual SurlyFest takes over the entire brewery (Beer Hall, Beer Garden, Festival Field, Scheid Hall, the deck, the parking lot…everywhere but the roof, to be honest) on Saturday, September 23 starting at 11 AM. Think of it as the ultimate beer amusement park, no disrespect to Duff Gardens. There will be live music all day, a variety of food options, games and activities, SurlyFest merch, plus all the MNUFC prematch party activities and the march to the game for United fans.

As with last year’s celebration: SurlyFest is open to all folks, all ages – no tickets for entry required, and there’s no cover charge. That said – if and when we hit capacity on event day, only those who pre-purchased advance SurlyFest packages have GUARANTEED access to the brewery for the day. Those without a ticket can still grab the 2017 commemorative glassware, they’ll be available for purchase in The Company Store.

ADMISSION: As noted, tickets ARE NOT required to attend SurlyFest. However, you can purchase a SurlyFest experience package to guarantee admission and take your party to the next level, and they are available now. There are four tiers of packages, so Fest really becomes a choose-your-own-adventure beer extravaganza. Here’s the rundown:

The Quarter Munich, $20. Package includes: 

  • Guaranteed Admission to SurlyFest
  • Commemorative Stein Can Handle
  • (3) Redeemable Tickets for 16oz Cans

The Half Munich, $35. Package includes: 

  • Guaranteed Admission to SurlyFest
  • Commemorative Half-Liter Glass Boot
  • (4) Redeemable Tickets for Boot-fills of Beer

The Full Munich, $60. Package includes: SOLD OUT!!!

  • Guaranteed Admission to SurlyFest
  • Commemorative 16 oz. Deneen Pottery Stoneware Stein
  • (4) Redeemable Tickets for Stein-fills of Beer
  • Voucher for Food @ SurlyFest Food Truck
  • SurlyFest 2017 T-shirt
  • Access to VIP Pouring Lines in Beer Garden

Designated Driver, $10. Package includes:

  • (2) Soda Tickets
  • Voucher for Food @ SurlyFest Food Truck

Ticket URL: www.tempotickets.com/surlyfest2017

*There is a small service fee for each ticket package.

What You Need To Know


11:00AM – Doors Open

11:30AM – Dr. Kielbasa

1:00PM –  Black-eyed Snakes

2:30PM – Black Market Brass

4:00PM – Heiruspecs

(5:45PM – SurlyFest Toast/Kilderkin Tapping/March To The Stadium for MNUFC attendees)

6:00PM – 4ontheFloor

7:00PM – DJ Shannon Blowtorch

7:45PM – Caroline Smith

9:15PM – DJ Shannon Blowtorch

10:00PM – Music Ends

Dr. Kielbasa will be kicking off the day with everyone’s favorite classic rock songs, polka-style. Remaining lineup and final set times are forthcoming.

FOOD – Our kitchen team was tasked with putting their twist on traditional Oktoberfest fare. They came through with a vengeance. We’re rolling out Reuben Frites, German-Engineered Tacos, Sauerkraut Fritters, Schnitzel Sandwiches, Belgian Waffles, House-made Summer Sausage, and Apple/Wild Rice Crepes in addition to our regular menu favorites. The Surly Food Truck will also be running with some of our local partners in food truckdom (not a word), including Chef Shack, Oh Cheeze, Aki’s Breadhaus, Maddy & Maize, Brava, and Dogwood Coffee.

BEER – For the first time we’ll be offering both can and draft options for the party. There will be a specialty beer lineup outside:

On Draft: SurlyFest, Todd the Axe Man, Pils (gluten-reduced), and Furious Black confirmed. Others TBD.

In Cans: SurlyFest, Rising North, #MERICA!, Furious, Coffee Bender.

Full tap list will be available in the building, including our gluten-reduced Pils and Hopshifter. All four bars inside MSP plus several outdoor pouring stations will be providing ample options for guests.

PARKING – The Surly parking lot will be closed but there will be ample parking available with the help of our neighbors. We highly, highly, HIGHLY ENCOURAGE party goers to use alternate modes of transportation – train, taxi, bus, BIKES! We’re bringing in extra bike parking to make sure everyone has a spot.

MORE – More details to come about art, games, and activities!


(Visuals courtesy Adam Sward, Surly’s Featured Artist.)

WHAT: 10th Annual SurlyFest

WHEN: Saturday, September 23, 11am-10pm. Music ends at 10 pm, brewery closes at midnight.

WHERE: Surly Brewing Company, 520 Malcolm Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN

TICKETS: Purchase here.