Biking to the Surly Brewery
To start, I’ve never been a crazy Surly fan because most places only serve Furious, and hoppy beers make me grimace (though I am working on this). So when friends decided to go on the tour, I thought…maybe I should be the one driving if all they’ll have is Furious.
But that is no fun! And so we started to figure out a way to enjoy ourselves while traveling responsibly. As a St. Paulite, places like Brooklyn Center are pretty much on the other side of the world. But then I realized that my boyfriend’s place in Bryn Mawr is not as far, and quickly noticed - hey, the bike route is only 6 miles and mostly on trails!
It was a really nice ride, though afterward we were uncomfortably sticky. We worked our way through Theo Wirth Park, and then onto the Victory Memorial Parkway, which is a really nice green boulevard with an off-street bike and pedestrian path. From here, it was about a mile on suburban streets to wind back to the brewery.
I’ve been on a few brewery tours (mostly on vacation) and Surly’s is definitely a beer drinker’s tour, since the focus is more on drinking and less on the facilities and process of brewing the beer. Also, if you want to skip the talking points of the tour and just drink, that’s fine too! I tried almost all of the six or seven brews they had available, and mmmm Coffee Bender. That is some good beer.
So yeah! You should go on the Surly Tour, and you should bike there if it’s not too far from you. And I will get to work on not hating IPAs for life.