Surly's head brewer steps down

MINNEAPOLIS - Cheers are in order for a man who changed the craft beer scene and helped take Minnesota brewing to a whole new level.

Surly Brewing Company's Head of Brewing Operations Todd Haug resigned from his position, the Twin Cities brewing powerhouse announced Wednesday.

“I’d like to thank our family, friends and fans – Surly Nation – for always believing in our vision. It never gets old to hear people tell you how much they enjoy your beer," Haug said in the news release.

“Todd has been an incredibly influential part of Surly since the beginning and was instrumental in building the brewery from the ground-up, often with his own two hands; brewing, welding, making connections and forming collaborations to establish the irreverent brand it is today," said Omar Ansari, Founder and President of Surly Brewing. "His talent is undeniable, and he will always be a huge part of who we are. He will be missed.”



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Haug is stepping down to "pursue other opportunities in the industry that he has worked in for 25 years."

“I leave my brewhouses in the extremely capable hands of our co-lead brewers and the innovative brewing team we’ve mentored together. I eagerly look forward to seeing what the next generation of Surly brewers will create,” said Haug.


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