Surly Gives A Damn is the Public-spirited Side of Surly.

Our mission is to “tap” Surly Nation’s goodwill and passion for giving back and supporting our community. We follow through with this mission with donations of Surly beer and swag to local businesses and charitable organizations in need, and with ongoing opportunities for our volunteers to participate in service projects throughout the year.

If you are looking for a donation, check out our Donation Requests page, if you are looking for a Surly sponsorship, check out our Sponsorship Requests page, or if you’re a non-profit looking for event space rental at the new brewery check out our Event Spaces page. We are no longer accepting paper requests. All requests must be made through the online forms.

Upcoming SGAD Events & Sign Ups – Mark Your Calendars!

The DAMN 2017 Calendar 


  • SGAD MN: The Sheridan Story ~ This event is FULL. On Thursday, January 26 from 6:00-8:00pm we will be looking for 60 folks to help with packing up bags of food, for school children in need, to take home so they have food to eat over the weekend. Over 200,000 children in Minnesota live in food insecurity. The Sheridan Story leverages community and school partnerships to fight child hunger by providing a weekend’s supply of food to hungry children. So come on out and help us PACK IT UP in their new facility in Roseville!
  • SGAD MN: The Loppet Foundation ~ Sign up HERE! On Sunday, January 29 from Noon-5:00pm we will need 35 sturdy folks to help with what we call Loppet Extreme. We will spend the day lifting timber, climbing scaffolding, building a bridge, erecting lights, shoveling snow and building/filling snow sculpture forms. It’s always a day to remember, come play outside in the snow with us and let’s help the Loppet get ready for their big weekend ski festival Feb 3-7!



  • SGAD MN: Bridging ~ We kicked 2017 off right! We had 75 volunteers come out to Bridging in Roseville on Wednesday, January 18th from 6:00-8:00pm and built 60 dressers! Talk about working together, great job everyone and thank you for your hard work and dedication to getting ALL of the dressers built. Also, big thanks to our Event Partner, Grumpy’s Roseville! What a great place to land after our work was all done. Bridging is the largest furniture bank in North America, the organization improves lives by providing quality furniture and household goods to those transitioning out of homelessness and poverty. If you have items or time to give, don’t hesitate to head back to Bridging.


We issue Surly Gives a Damn (SGAD) work shirts to all volunteers. You will receive your shirt at your first project. Once you have been issued a Surly Gives A Damn shirt, please wear it to all other SGAD events you volunteer for!

For those of you wanting to volunteer for our BIG events, such as SurlyFest, Darkness Day, or bottle wax dippings, you need to have volunteered for a previous Surly Gives A Damn event during that calendar year.

Have an idea for a Service Project? Email us at to let us know about it.

The Damns We’ve Given

See what we’ve done over the past couple years. Lots of karma points and ‘Get out of Hell Free’ cards earned.

Since the start of SGAD, we have worked 65 projects and 8,718 hours.

2010: 7 projects, 328 volunteer spots filled, 763 total volunteer hours
2011: 14 projects, 600 volunteer spots filled, 1566 total volunteer hours
2012: 18 projects, 667 volunteer spots filled, 3194 total volunteer hours
2013: 17 projects, 704 volunteer spots filled, 1976 total volunteer hours
2014: 21 community service projects, 902 volunteer spots filled, 236 new SGAD volunteers, 2376 volunteer hours
2015: 26 community service projects, donated 405 pints of blood to MBC, built 140 dressers for Bridging, painted the inside of three houses, the outside of one.
2016: 33 community service projects (Iowa: 1, Minnesota: 27, Wisconsin: 1, Illinois: 1, Nebraska: 1, South Dakota: 2), 3849 volunteer hours, 441 new volunteers this year.

Past SGAD Events

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