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

Our mission is to “give a damn” by providing volunteer and charitable donation support to community-based partners of Surly Brewing Company. We follow through with this mission by organizing ongoing opportunities for volunteers to participate in service projects to help foster the community. Additionally, we fulfill donation requests for Surly beer and merchandise for qualified charitable organizations.

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. And we are currently only donating beer in Minnesota.

Upcoming SGAD Events & Sign Ups – Mark Your Calendars!

The DAMN 2017 Calendar 


  • SGAD MN: Rochester Parks Clean Up 4.0! SIGN UP HERE TODAY! On Saturday, April 8 from 10:30am-12:30pm we will be teaming up again with Schott Distributing for our 4th Annual Rochester Parks Clean Up! We will be looking for 60 volunteers to come on out and clean up the city of Rochester. Whistle Binkies will once again be our Event Partner for this event.
  • SGAD MN: Medical Supply Packing at MATTER! On Wednesday, April 12 from 5:00pm-8:00pm we will be looking for 50 folks to come on out and help pack up medical supplies. Matter is a nonprofit on a mission to expand access to health, next door and around the world. Sign up will be posted here, on Facebook and on Twitter on March 29.
  • SGAD MN: Minneapolis Earth Day Cleanup with our neighborhood friends at PPA! Come on out on Saturday, April 22 from 9:00am-11:30am and help with this great annual community wide event. We are looking for 50 people to meet up and clean the hell out of Minneapolis. Sign up will be posted here, on Facebook and on Twitter on March 31.
  • SGAD MN: Prospect Park Community Garden (Towerside) Work Day! SIGN UP TODAY. On Saturday, April 29 from 9am-Noon we will be working at Prospect Park Community Garden. We will need 50 folks to help work on relocating raised beds, building elevated beds for Seniors, finishing up the building of the compost bin and any other work that needs to be done to ready the garden space for Spring. This event will go hand in hand with the Dangerous Man Volunteer garden prep day. We will all meet up at the DM garden space once we are done working to check out their new site and lend a hand if they have finished up.



  • 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.
  • SGAD MN: The Sheridan Story ~ On Thursday, January 26 from 6:00-8:00pm we had 63 folks help pack up 2,359 bags of food, for school children in need, to take home so they have food to eat over the weekend. You can check out the photos here. 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. Thank you to all the volunteers for all your quick hard work and to Grumpy’s Roseville for yet again being our Event Partner!
  • SGAD MN: The Loppet Foundation ~ On Sunday, January 29 from Noon-5:00pm we had 27 sturdy folks out to help with our Loppet Extreme Event. We spent the day erecting lights, shoveling snow and building/filling snow sculpture forms and THEN we all went tubing (just a great little perk of the day). It’s always a day to remember, you can check the photos out here. Thanks to Iron Door Pub for having us all out, giving back and being our Event Partner on this fun event. Hope to see you out at the City of Lakes Loppet weekend ski festival Feb 3-7! If anything, come on out for a beer.


  • SGAD MN: Second Harvest Heartland ~ On Wednesday, February 15 from 6:00-8:00pm, we had 63 folks come on out to Second Harvest Heartland and help with a repacking event. In the short time we were there, we were able to repack 3142 pounds of rice. That created a total of 2618 meals for people in need. GREAT effort everyone, you can check the photos out here! Big thanks as well to our Event Partner, New Bohemia Wurst & Bier Haus – Golden Valley, for giving us a great place to land after our work was done. I am not exactly sure how many pretzels got eaten last night, but I think it was A LOT!


  • SGAD MN: Surly Polar Plunge Team ~ BIG thanks to our awesome Surly Polar Plunge Team for coming out, jumping in (ok running in) ice cold Lake Calhoun and raising over $3500 for Special Olympics!  You can check out all the photos right here. Start planning your outfit for 2018.


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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