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’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 IL: CHICAGO: THIS EVENT IS FULL! Greater Chicago Food Depository food repack. Wudup Chicago?! Join us on Wednesday, June 28 from 6:00pm-8:45pm to help work at the Depository – an organization dedicated to distributing food for hungry people in Cook County. We are looking for 15 people to come out and repackage food. This will be the first of two 2017 visits to the Depository in Chicago, so get ready to get Surly!
  • SGAD MN: Sexual Violence Center building prep! THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED due to permit restrictions. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to reschedule! Stay tuned.


  • SGAD MN: Surly & MBC blood letting! On Monday, July 3rd from 11:00am-6:30pm, help save lives by donating blood at Surly MSP. We’re hoping to assemble 84+ people to donate pints & pints of blood, and then refill with pints & pints of beer (at a different time, of course). Speaking of pints, in addition to a free beer, you’ll also get a free Surly pint glass for giving away the red stuff. Schedule your donation time directly on the Memorial Blood Center’s website here.
  • SGAD WI: Madison Monona Bay Shoreline Cleanup! Join us on Saturday, July 8th from 10:00am-12:00pm in Madison, WI to pick up trash along the Monona Bay Shoreline and in Brittingham Park. You can even take a boat out for free in the bay thanks to Brittingham Boats! Boats, beer – it doesn’t get much better. Sign up here!
  • SGAD NE: Food Bank for the Heartland food repack! On Saturday, July 15th from 9:00am-11:30am, we’re looking for 15 Omaha folks to help repack food at the Food Bank for the Heartland, an organization that distributes food to 460 food pantries, schools, and emergency shelters. Sign up here! 
  • SGAD MN: People Inc Painting! On Thursday, July 20th from 5:00pm until dark, we need 50 people to help us paint the Project Recovery Home. The home is a part of People Inc, an organization dedicated to supporting mental health and wellness in the Twin Cities area. We’ll be painting and landscaping, so roll up your sleeves and get ready to sweat! The sign up will be posted here, on Facebook, and on Twitter on Thursday, July 6th.
  • SGAD ND: Great Plains Food Bank food repack! Join us on Saturday, July 22nd to help repack food at the Great Plains food bank, the largest hunger-relief organization in North Dakota. We’re looking for 15 people to contribute to the cause! Sign up here!
  • SGAD MN: TriLoppet Surly transition team! On Sunday, July 23rd from 8:00am-12:30pm, we’re looking for 30 volunteers to help with the TriLoppet, a truly Minnesotan off-road triathlon comprised of paddling, running, and mountain biking. The volunteers will help set up, tear down, and run the Surly transition area and water stop. There will also be some epic boat hauling involved. It’s badass. The sign up will be posted here, on Facebook, and on Twitter on Thursday, July 3rd.
  • SGAD MN: Surly Trail Building! On Saturday, July 29th from 9:00am-12:00pm, help us build a trail at Quarry Park, Duluth’s latest and coolest outdoor area. The park offers disc golf and an impressively huge rock wall used for ice climbing in the winter. The 29th is also the All Pints North Beer Festival (starting at 3pm). Volunteer first, make your way to the party after. It’ll be a day in Duluth you don’t want to miss. The sign up will be posted here, on Facebook, and on Twitter on Wednesday, July 5th.


  • SGAD MN: MN Off-Road Cyclists trail build! On Wednesday, August 2nd from 6pm-9pm, join us at Theodore Wirth to build a trail, move boulders (remember to stretch!), and install a fence. We need to find 50 people to make the Twin Cities single-track system even more awesome. The sign up will be posted here, on Facebook, and on Twitter on Wednesday, July 19th.
  • SGAD SD: Bike MS work the finish line! Hey Sioux Falls, we’re looking for 15 people to join us on Saturday, August 5th from 10am-1pm to work the finish line at the Bike MS race in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The bikers will be racing 20, 61, or 100 miles through southeastern South Dakota to help rid the world of MS and they’ll need the support of a bunch of fun beer-loving volunteers! The sign up will be posted here, on Facebook, and on Twitter on Wednesday, July 5th.
  • SGAD MN: Open Arms Farm takeover! Join us on Wednesday, August 9th from 5:00pm-7:00pm to work the farms of Open Arms, a nonprofit that cooks and delivers free, nutritious meals to people living with cancer, HIV/AIDS, MS, and ALS in the Twin Cities. We’re looking for 45 people to takeover 3 (maybe 4!) farms in the area. It’s gonna be so good. The sign up will be posted here, on Facebook, and on Twitter on Wednesday, July 26th.
  • SGAD MN: CEAP backpack pack! On Wednesday, August 16th from 6:00pm-8:00pm, we’re looking for 40 people to help us pack backpacks for the Community Emergency Assistance Programs (CEAP). The backpacks are filled with school supplies and distributed to kids in need. The sign up will be posted here, on Facebook, and on Twitter on Wednesday, August 2nd.
  • SGAD IA: Bur Oak Land Trust nature work! Join us in Iowa City on Saturday, August 19th from 9:00am-12:00pm at the Bur Oak Land Trust, a collection of nine preserved natural areas in Iowa. We need 15 people to help burn the prairie, remove invasive species, maintain trails, or plant prairie seed! The sign up will be posted here, on Facebook, and on Twitter on Thursday, July 20th.




  • 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.


  • SGAD MN: Rochester Parks Clean Up 4.0! On Saturday, April 8 from 10:30am-12:30pm we picked up 64 bags of litter that were strewn across the city. Thanks to Schott Distributing for being involved and to Whistle Binkies Olde World Pub for being our Event Partner again on this go around. Here are the photos if you want to take a peak at the fun we had. Great job all! We will see you next spring.
  • SGAD MN: Medical Supply Packing at MATTER! On Wednesday, April 12 from 5:00pm-8:00pm we had 48 folks come on out and help sort and re-pack medical supplies. We were able to pack up 190 boxes that will in turn help over 22,000 people and give them better access to health. Matter is a nonprofit on a mission to expand access to health, next door and around the world. Thanks to Yard House for being our Event Partner for this event. What a great place to land. Cheers!
  • SGAD MN: Minneapolis Earth Day Cleanup with our neighborhood friends at PPA! On Saturday, April 22 from 9:00am-11:30am, 41 people came out and cleaned the hell out of Minneapolis. We picked up 40 bags of trash and 20 bags of recycling. Way to show the earth some love, guys! Check out the photos here.
  • SGAD MN: Prospect Park Community Garden (Towerside) Work Day! On Saturday, April 29 from 9am-Noon, 47 folks moved and filled 20 elevated beds, built and installed two solar panels, built three additional compost bins, framed up a new hydroponic garden, and moved what was perhaps a literal ton of bricks for the Prospect Park Community Garden. This event went hand in hand with the Dangerous Man Volunteer garden prep day. Afterwards, we met up at the DM garden space and shared a beer and some food. Check out photos from the event here and here.


  • SGAD MN: Greenway Spring Clean Up! On Tuesday, May 16th from 5:30-7:30pm, 57 people ventured out to the NEW adopted section of the Greenway. The section focused on both sides of the Martin Olav Sabo Bridge near Hiawatha and 26th St. East in MPLS. We gathered 14+ bags of garbage, and removed massive amounts of invasive plant species from the area. Thanks to Blue Door Pub for being our event partner! Check out the photos from the event here.
  • SGAD MN: Birdtown Half Marathon! On Saturday, May 20th from 8:00am-11:00am, 18 hearty folks handed out medals, food, and water to over 500 racers at the Birdtown Half Marathon. All proceeds from the race went to the Heart of Robbinsdale Community Foundation. Thanks so much New Bohemia for being our event partner and giving us a place to dry off after the rainy morning! Check out photos from the event here.


  • SGAD MN: Hearts & Hammers home repair! On Saturday, June 3rd, from 8:00am-4:00pm, 32 people painted, repaired, spruced, and beautified a house in Robbinsdale, MN. The homeowner was thrilled! Afterwards, we headed to the Surly beer hall for a well-deserved beer. Photos from the epic event can be found here!
  • SGAD MN: Building Dressers for Bridging! On Thursday, June 8th from 6:30pm-9:00pm, 58 people built 49 dressers for the Minnesota-based non-profit Bridging, the largest furniture bank in the United States. Afterwards we had a beer and pizza party in the Surly warehouse. Check out photos from the event here.
  • SGAD WI: MILWAUKEE: Hunger Task Force work the farm! On Saturday, June 10th from 12:30pm-3:30pm, 10 people planted 400 tomato plants at the Hunger Task Force Farm, where fruits, vegetables, and other food-things are grown for people in need in the community. Afterwords, the Milwaukee Burger Company in Franklin, WI graciously hosted us for beers and burgers. Check out photos from the event here!
  • SGAD IA: DES MOINES: Brush Removal at Snyder Heritage Farm! On Saturday, June 17th, 21 people joined us and the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and removed sumac and invasive species from Snyder Heritage Farm, a preservation farm filled with prairie, wetland, woodland, and oak savanna habitat. Thank you so much Fong’s Pizza for hosting us afterwards! You can check out photos from the event here.
  • SGAD MN: Plant pollinators at Surly MSP! On the evening of Wednesday, June 21, 10 people planted 2 trees, 7 shrubs, and 20 echinacea flowering plants at the Surly brewery in the hopes of attracting the bees and the butterflies. Thank you to the City of Minneapolis and Tonkadale Greenhouse for donating the plants! See the photos of the day here.
  • SGAD MN: Arc’s Value Village donation sorting! On Monday, June 26th, 31 people joined us at Arc’s Value Village to unpack and sort donations. Not only is Arc’s Value Village a spectacular thrift store, each year over a million dollars from the stores goes towards supporting people with disabilities. SGAD volunteers unpacked 1800 pounds of donations, tagged $960 worth of items, put 8 racks of clothing on the sales floor, worked on 40 boxes of hard goods, bundled 1250 pounds of cloth, and found all sorts of treasures along the way. All total, the volunteers processed $6910 worth of product. Thank you Brunson’s Pub for providing a celebratory Surly beer and delicious food. Check out photos from the event here!



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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