Because living in Minnesota rules, we give back to our community with Surly Gives A Damn (SGAD). We contribute to the fine organizations that are making the North a better place to live through charitable donations, partnerships, and volunteer events. Our volunteers are a really active, passionate bunch and man do they give a damn. 

Volunteer Hours In 2020

Regarding Donations

Due to the unexpected circumstances of COVID-19 and how it has affected our business, we are pausing our SGAD donation programing for now. With a skeleton crew and adapting our business to constant change, we are unable to process the donation you requested at this time. Once we are back up and on our feet, we will start fulfilling donation requests. Hopefully we’ll be able to help you with your fundraising needs in the future.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you for understanding.



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Keystone Community Services CFAP (Covid Food Assistance Program) Drive-Thru Event

February 25, 2021 - 9:30 am-12:00 pm

Compeer Arena on the MN State Fair Grounds at 1871 Judson Ave

Come on out to Give A Damn with Keystone Community Services. We will help pack and distribute fresh foods and grocery staples for a Winter Free Food Distribution to help families in need in the St. Paul area. SGAD is looking for 20 folks to help with this distribution.

Volunteers need to be able to lift 25-30 pounds, be comfortable on your feet for the duration of the event, be at least 16 years old AND we will be in a building at the State Fair grounds but it is NOT heated. So, you need to be MN tough to boot.

Keystone Community Services provides vital, community-based services aimed at strengthening the community, with a commitment to serving people with the greatest needs.

All volunteering will be set up in a safe, socially distanced way. Masks will be required for volunteers and staff, and Keystone will provide hand sanitizer, gloves, etc. We have a COVID safety plan to keep all volunteers, participants, and staff safe.

Compeer Arena on the MN State Fair Grounds at 1871 Judson Ave, St Paul, MN 55108

Bridging Dresser Build

March 2, 2021 - 6:00 pm-8:30 pm

Join Surly Gives A Damn at Bridging. We are looking for 25 folks to help with building dressers at this critical time!

Bridging is a nonprofit organization primarily serving the Twin Cities. They provide donated furniture and household goods to families and individuals transitioning out of homelessness and poverty.

Come lend a hand. There is ample room for all of us to be socially distanced and masks are mandatory.

So, if you are healthy, come on out and help!

Blood Drive

April 30, 2021 - 11:00 am-6:00 pm


Do you know that blood is still critically needed? If not, now you do, sign up and help us build up the supply with Memorial Blood Center!

Even with the beer hall currently closed, we will have the blood mobiles in the parking lot and ready for you. Our goal is 98 pints.

We’ll give you a pint glass and put every donor’s name into a drawing to be randomly chosen to win a Surly gift pack worth $100 for your efforts.

Come on out and help.

Surly Brewing Co. 520 Malcolm Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414, USA


Sign up to volunteer with Surly Gives a Damn and you get the following: a free Surly, a bunch of community, all the good feels and a free t-shirt. Wear the shirt each time you volunteer with us and feel prouder each time, guaranteed.

Fine Print: If there are opportunities to volunteer at special events, you need to first put in some time. (Simply sign up and complete an SGAD event first and that will get you on the “inside scoop list”.)