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: Surly Polar Plunge Team ~ Come join our team, have fun, get wet, have a beer and support the Special Olympics all at the same time. Sign up HERE. Our Surly team will be jumping at the Corporate Happy Hour on Friday, March 3rd. We will be taking a bus from the Minneapolis brewery at 2:30pm to the jump and back again. All team members will also get a ticket to Saturday’s Freezer Jam concert. You will need to raise at least $75 before March 3rd to complete your jump. Come on now, you know you wanna get wet!



  • 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!


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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