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Surly breaks ground on new Minn. brewery

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Surly Brewing Co.'s new architectural renderings of its $20 million "destination brewery" scheduled to open next year in Minneapolis. (Image courtesy of HGA) Surly Brewing Co.'s new architectural renderings of its $20 million "destination brewery" scheduled to open next year in Minneapolis. (Image courtesy of HGA)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Surly Brewing Company has broken ground on its new brewery in Minneapolis.

Surly's $20 million "destination brewery" will include a bar, beer garden and event center.

Tuesday's groundbreaking comes more than two years after Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill giving Minnesota brewers the right to sell beer where they make it.

The bill was prompted by Surly's plans to expand the company's brewery in Brooklyn Center. But as Surly searched a site for its destination brewery, dozens of other breweries around Minnesota opened their own taprooms.

Clint Roberts, executive director of the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild, tells Minnesota Public Radio News that taprooms helped those small breweries gain a foothold in the state and spurred a thriving new industry of regional and neighborhood craft breweries.

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