Surly Brewing founder drinks it all in on groundbreaking day

For Surly Brewing Co. founder Omar Ansari, Tuesday was a long time coming.

Two years after the Legislature passed the so-called Surly bill to let breweries serve beer to customers in the same place where its made, Ansari broke ground on a brewery he hopes will be a destination for visitors from around the world.

Hennepin County Commissioner Mike Opat on Tuesday recalled meeting with Ansari at a local restaurant back when the idea was still a dream.

“I’m thinking this guy has got some big ideas.  And then when he said he wants to go change the law … and I said, there’s no way you’re going to change that law after doing a little bit of research.  But he certainly did,” said Opat.

“This is an exciting day.  I’m looking forward to hoisting that first beer.”

The $20 million dollar brewery, which will include a bar and restaurant, is scheduled to open next year.

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