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 MN: Earth Day Cleanup! This event has been cancelled due to weather conditions. On Saturday, April 21st from 9:00am-11:30am, we’re looking for a bunch of folks to clean up Prospect Park! This is a great way to celebrate Earth Day (April 22nd) and bond afterwards with a Surly beer.
  • SGAD NE (Omaha): Food Packing at Food Bank for the Heartland. On Tuesday, April 24th from 5:00pm-7:00pm, we’re looking for 30 Omaha locals to help pack food at Food Bank for the Heartland. Once we’re finished, we’ll reward you all with a free Surly beer at a local establishment. Sign up here!
  • SGAD MN: Rochester Parks Cleanup (rescheduled). It’s that time of year, again! Join SGAD on Saturday, April 28th from 10:30am-12:30pm to clean up the parks of Rochester. Afterwards we’ll head to Whistle Binkies to celebrate with a Surly beer. Sign up here!


  • SGAD MN: Prospect Park Community Garden (PPCG) Annual Work Day! Please note that this event was previously scheduled for April 14th. On Saturday, May 5th from 9:00am-1:00pm, we’re looking for 60 folks who are ready to help with building projects and garden maintenance at PPCG. We will also be building the SGAD gravel bed nursery with Mississippi Park Connection! There will be dirt and sweat; don’t miss it. Sign up here! 
  • SGAD MN: Install Gravel & Plant Trees at Prospect Park Community Garden (PPCG)! This event is FULL! On Tuesday, May 8th from 6:00pm-8:00pm, we’re looking for a group of folks to add gravel and plant trees in the PPCG garden beds. This is part of our three year tree nursery project with Mississippi Park Connection, and we’re stoked to make it happen.
  • SGAD MN: Plant Oak Trees with Mississippi Park Connection! On Saturday, May 12th from 9:00am-12:00pm, SGAD is teaming up with our fellow beer-loving volunteers at Dangerous Man to plan oak trees in Rosemount. We’ll work until noon, and then celebrate with beers from both breweries. Sign up here!
  • SGAD WI: Clean up Monona Bay! On Saturday, May 12th from 10:00am-12:00pm, SGAD will be cleaning up Monona Bay in Madison with our favorite monthly cleanup group, Friends of Monona Bay (FOMB). Join us to make the lake look real nice. Afterwards we’ll celebrate with a free Surly beer. Sign up here!
  • SGAD CO: Warehouse work at Food Bank of the Rockies! SGAD is making its way to Colorado! On Saturday, May 19th from 8:15am-12:00pm, SGAD is looking for 15 Denver locals to help pack and sort food at the Food Bank of the Rockies, an organization that distributes food and essentials to the hungry through programs and partner agencies. Sign up here!
  • SGAD MN: Work the Birdtown Finish Line! On Saturday, May 19th from 8:00am-11:00am, SGAD is looking to assemble 18 folks to cheer and hand out medals, snacks, and water to Robbinsdale residents as they complete the Birdtown! Afterwards you’ll also get re-hydrated with a celebratory Surly beer. The signup for this event will be posted here, on Facebook, and on Twitter on Tuesday, May 1st.


  • SGAD MN: The Special Olympics Summer Games! On Friday, June 22nd from 12:00pm-5:30pm, SGAD is in need of 30 volunteers to help at the Special Olympics MN Summer Games, held at St. Thomas. The volunteers will be setting athletes up in their lanes to compete in various events. 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.
  • SGAD SD: Backpack Packing with Feeding South Dakota! On Tuesday, February 27th from 6:00pm-8:00pm, 24 SGAD volunteers packed 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 headed to Crooked Pint for a celebratory Surly beer! See photos from the event here. 


  • SGAD MN: Let’s set a damn record with Be The Match! On Thursday, March 1st, from 4:00pm-7:00pm, 64 people registered with Be The Match to help set a world record for the highest number of bone marrow registrations in one day (over 3000 people total). Thank you for Giving A Damn!
  • 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 jumped in Bde Maka Ska to help Special Olympics. Checked out photos from the ridiculous event here!
  • SGAD IA: Produce Sort at The Food Bank of Iowa! On Wednesday, March 14th from 5:00pm-6:30pm, 21 volunteers sorted and bagged over 3,500 pounds of pears at The Food Bank of Iowa. Afterwards, The Keg Stand rewarded the crew with Surly beers and bingo. Thank you, everyone! Check out photos from the event here.
  • SGAD MN: Food Packing with The Food Group. On Tuesday, March 20th from 5:00pm-7:00pm, 28 volunteers sorted 9,450 pounds of food with The Food Group, which equals 7,875 meals. March is Hunger Awareness Month, so we’re hoping to raise awareness and help the cause this month! Thank you Pub 42 for hosting afterwards! Download and share photos here.
  • SGAD MN: Bridging Dresser Build. SGAD was summoned, and SGAD responded! Thank you to the 46 volunteers who responded to a need from Bridging. On Wednesday, March 21st from 5:30pm-8:30pm the crew built 62 dressers! Thank you PUBLIC kitchen + bar for hosting everyone afterwards! Check out photos from the event here.


  • SGAD IL: Bernie’s Book Sort! On Saturday, April 7th from 9:00am-11:00am, 28 volunteers sorted, stickered, and packed books for at-risk children with Bernie’s Book Bank, affecting the lives of over 1,200 children! Many thanks go to The Vine Martini & Wine Bar for hosting the crew afterwards. Thank you for being a company dedicated to giving back. Check out photos from the event here. 
  • SGAD MN: CEAP Food Sort! On Tuesday, April 10th from 6:00pm-8:00pm, 46 volunteers headed back to the motherland (Brooklyn Center) and sorted everything from food to diapers with Community Emergency Assistance Programs (CEAP). Awesome job, everyone! Thank you Darby’s Pub and Grill for hosting the volunteers afterwards! 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 [email protected] 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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