Surly Brewing Company breaks ground in Prospect Park

Meghan Holden

The Surly Brewing Company broke ground Tuesday on its new brewery and taproom in the Prospect Park neighborhood, according to Minnesota Public Radio News.

About 100 people attended the groundbreaking ceremony of the $20 million, 50,000-square-foot project will include a restaurant, beer garden, bar, rooftop terrace and event center, the Star Tribune reported.

The brewery company plans to open in late 2014, according to a October Minnesota Daily article.

Construction of the brewery comes more than two years after Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill to allow Minnesota brewers to sell their beer on site.

The company chose to build its "destination brewery" in Prospect Park because of the forthcoming light rail and biking paths in the area, Minneapolis project coordinator Ann Calvert previously told the Minnesota Daily.

Surly, along with the city and a consultant group, looked at more than 80 perspective properties before choosing the site located near the University of Minnesota Transitway, according to the Star Tribune.