Architectural firm HGA is all about wheat. Transitioning from cereal to beer, the firm, which designed the General Mills World Headquarters, will be the architect of record for the highly anticipated $20 million “Destination Brewery” for Surly Brewing Co.
Following the passage of a new state law in May 2011—so dubbed the “Surly Bill” as a tribute to the brewers who spearheaded it—Minnesota brewers can now sell pints of beer on their premises, if they produce less than 250,000 barrels a year.
Surly is still deciding on a Twin Cities location for the brewery. But according to the StarTribune, the company has narrowed it down to “Minneapolis, Brooklyn Center and an unnamed ‘inner suburban’ location.” Surly wants to keep it all local. So the Brooklyn Center, Minn.–based brewers named Minneapolis’s own HGA to design the brewery.
The brewery will be one of the first spots in the state to serve beer on the premises since the Prohibition-era law was upended. The site will also include a bar, restaurant, events center, beer garden, and a roof terrace, Surly reps say.
No renderings of the new site have been released, as the location is still TBD, but Surly founder and president Omar Ansari said in a statement: "I have had a picture of what our Destination Brewery will look like in my head for more than a year now and we're sure HGA can make that vision a reality.”