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 2018 Calendar 


  • SGAD SD: Backpack Packing with Feeding South Dakota! This event is FULL! On Tuesday, February 27th from 6:00pm-8:00pm, SGAD is looking for 20 people to pack backpacks with Feeding South Dakota! These backpacks will help provide free or reduced meals to children at risk of hunger in the Sioux Falls area. Afterwards we’ll head to Crooked Pint for a celebratory Surly beer!


  • SGAD MN: Let’s set a damn record with Be The Match! On Thursday, March 1st, from 4:00pm-7:00pm, come to the Surly Destination Brewery to support SGAD and Be The Match as they attempt to set a world record for the highest number of bone marrow registrations in one day. Already on the registry? Bring your friends! View the Facebook event here, click “Going,” and invite your friends and drinking buddies!
  • SGAD MN: Minnesota Special Olympics Polar Plunge! It is that time of year again! On Friday, March 2nd at 3:30pm, a group of employees and volunteers will jump in Lake Calhoun to help Special Olympics. It is as easy as signing up, raising some $ and then jumping in a lake with your buddies. If you want to be part of the team, sign up here. The team name is Surly Gives A Damn. See you there!
  • SGAD WI: Food packing with Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin! Hey Madison, on Wednesday, March 7th from 4:00pm-7:00pm, we need 20 people to get food ready for distribution to partner agencies. We’ll be sorting, labeling, and packaging food into family-friendly portions. Afterwards we’ll head to a local watering hole for a FREE Surly beer. The signup for this event will be posted here, on Facebook, and on Twitter on Tuesday, February 6th.
  • SGAD IA: Produce Sort with Food Bank of Iowa! On Wednesday, March 14th from 5:00pm-6:30pm, SGAD is looking for 30 volunteers to sort fresh produce with the Food Bank of Iowa, an organization with a vision of a hunger-free Iowa. Once the produce is sorted, we’ll head to a local watering hole to celebrate with a FREE Surly beer. Interested? Sign up here!


  • SGAD IL: Bernie’s Book Sort! On Saturday, April 7th from 9:00am-11:00am, SGAD is looking for 25 Chicagoland residents to sort, sticker, and pack books for at-risk children with Bernie’s Book Bank. After the crew is done sorting, we’ll head over to our partner The Vine Martini & Wine Bar for a celebratory (and FREE) Surly beer. Interested? Sign up here!




  • SGAD WI: Hunger Task Force Food Packing! It’s too cold to visit Milwaukee’s Hunger Task Force Farm in January, but we still made an impact! On Wednesday, January 10th from 5:00pm-8:00pm, 25 people sorted 25,000 pounds of donated food with the hunger relief organization. Afterwards the crew headed to Maxie’s for a celebratory Surly beer! Check out photos from the event here! 
  • SGAD MN: Bridging Dresser Build! Thank you to the 83 handy people who pitched in on Wednesday, January 10th from 6:00pm-9:00pm and assembled 71 dressers! We worked with Bridging, the largest furniture bank in North America, to assemble these necessary pieces of furniture. Thank you Grumpy’s Bar and Grill for being our partner for this event! Check out photos from the event here. 
  • SGAD MN: Second Harvest Heartland Food Repack! On Monday, January 15th from 6:00pm-8:00pm, 49 volunteers repacked 4,656 pounds of rice with Second Harvest Heartland, one of the nation’s largest, most efficient and most innovative hunger relief organizations. Thank you Pub 42 for giving SGAD a place to land and a round of beers after the hard work! Check out photos from the event here. 
  • SGAD MN: The Loppet Extreme! On Saturday, January 20th from 9:00am-1:00pm, 39 people erected lights, built snow sculptures, and shoveled snow in preparation for the City of Lakes Loppet. It was basically a “who’s the most Minnesotan of us all” type of event. Thank you Burger Jones of Uptown for being our partner for this event. Check out photos from the event here!
  • SGAD IA: Brush burning with Bur Oak Land Trust! On Saturday, January 27th from 9:00am-11:30am, 32 people near Iowa City helped SGAD and Bur Oak Land Trust gather brush and set it aflame! It was a great way to warm ourselves outside. Thanks Tin Roost for hosting the crew afterwards. Check out photos from the event here! 
  • SGAD MN: Buddy Backpack packing with United Way of Northeastern Minnesota! On Wednesday, January 31st from 5:30pm-7:00pm, 66 volunteers helped with the United Way of Northeastern Minnesota’s Backpack Buddy program. This program is designed to assist children that are facing hunger over the weekends. After we pack up 1600 meal kits, the crew will headed to Valentini’s for a celebratory Surly beer. Check out photos from the event here! 


  • SGAD ND: Great Plains Food Bank food repack! On Tuesday, February 6th from 6:00pm-8:00pm, 21 Fargo folks packed up 2,915 pounds of potatoes and 1,305 pounds of “Premium Broken Chocolate Sandwich Cookies” for a grand total of 4,220 pounds of food, or 3,516 meals! Thank you Sidestreet Grille & Pub for rallying some volunteers and hosting the crew afterwards! Check out photos from the event here.
  • SGAD MN: Food Packing at The Sheridan Story. On Wednesday, February 7th from 6:00pm-8:00pm, 51 SGAD volunteers helped pack up food with The Sheridan Story, a longtime partner of SGAD! The crew packed up 1,908 bags of food for the kids and then unpacked, stickered and re-packed 2000 other bags of food. WELL DONE TEAM! Check out photos from the event here. 
  • SGAD Winnipeg: Winnipeg Harvest Food Packing! On Tuesday, February 13th from 6:00pm-8:00pm, 30 volunteers worked with SGAD at Winnipeg Harvest, a food bank serving Manitoba. Over the course of two hours, the crew sorted countless pallets of bread and baked goods, and packed up hundreds of pounds of potatoes, onions, and squash! Nice work. Thank you Fionn MacCool’s for hosting everyone afterwards. Check out photos from the event here. 
  • SGAD MN: ReStore Rearrange! On Tuesday, February 13th from 6:00pm-8:00pm, 21 volunteers helped move the walls, tiles, plumbing department, stove tops, and refrigerators for ReStore, Habitat for Humanity’s donated home improvement outlet. Thank you Sarna’s Classic Grill for rewarding the crew afterwards with a Surly beer! See photos from the event here.
  • SGAD IL: Food Repack at Greater Chicago Food Depository! Thank you to the 21 people who joined Surly Gives A Damn on Saturday, February 17th from 8:30am-11:15am to volunteer at the Greater Chicago Food Depository – an organization dedicated to distributing food for hungry people in Cook County. The crew bagged 17,312 pounds of sweet potatoes, and then was hosted by the generous Reggies for celebratory Surly beers. See the 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 [email protected]m 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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