Linda Haug leaving Surly?

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  1. MNPikey

    MNPikey Pooh-Bah (1,669) Feb 27, 2011 Minnesota
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    Saw it posted on social media. Hope is doesn't mean Todd will leave....

    "It is with incredible sadness that I announce that my 11 year relationship with Surly has come to an end. I remember the first meetings with Todd and Omar at the Bulldog in 2005, to convincing Omar that 16 ounce cans were the way to go, to pouring at the first beer fests and Darkness Day, to pouring some of the first Bender and Furious to customers at Cafe Twenty Eight, hosting the 5th anniversary dinner, helping select the site, the architect and attending all of the meetings to help design Surly MSP, closing Cafe Twenty Eight to work on this project, to opening the taproom at Brooklyn Center, hiring the chef, to when this picture was taken on opening day, and the crazy year that was 2015. I couldn’t be prouder of the staff and all of the hard work they did to make that place awesome. I will miss it all. Proud that my husband’s creations will still be enjoyed, I just wish I would get to be there to be part of it. Cheers!?
  2. MNHazmat

    MNHazmat Initiate (0) Oct 23, 2008 Minnesota

  3. wardpower

    wardpower Initiate (0) Jul 25, 2014 Minnesota

    I wonder if there will be a T G Clark/Mike-Style Twitter War to ensue. ....

    Kidding aside I hope everything is OK. Could be circumstances beyond her control.
  4. Josholson666

    Josholson666 Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2015 Minnesota

    Was she fired or is she leaving due to some circumstance? Doesn't explicitly say, though I guess that last sentence could possibly elude to that...
  5. nograz

    nograz Maven (1,390) Oct 30, 2013 Minnesota

    I just hope it doesn't elude to a medical condition or something along those lines.
  6. HomeBrewed

    HomeBrewed Initiate (0) Dec 10, 2006 Minnesota

    This sounds like her leaving due to circumstances and not a firing. I'm sure more details will come soon.
  7. morimech

    morimech Grand Pooh-Bah (3,779) Nov 6, 2006 Minnesota
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    Poor thread title decision making.
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  8. MNHazmat

    MNHazmat Initiate (0) Oct 23, 2008 Minnesota

    A post on her FB page eludes to a 9 month condition...?
  9. mothman

    mothman Grand Pooh-Bah (5,802) Jun 21, 2007 Minnesota
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    Todd Jr?! Someone has to take over as head brewer someday
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  10. feloniousmonk

    feloniousmonk Grand Pooh-Bah (3,497) Nov 14, 2002 Minnesota
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    Creating babies was the last thing I expected from that couple. They stated so explicitly. We'll never know the reason until she tells us, so until then, let the rumors STOP!
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  11. Bobandy

    Bobandy Initiate (0) May 13, 2015 Iowa

    That doesn't read like a firing, IMO.
  12. MNAle

    MNAle Initiate (0) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota

    Good luck with that.
  13. feloniousmonk

    feloniousmonk Grand Pooh-Bah (3,497) Nov 14, 2002 Minnesota
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    Guys, the 9-month thing was a joke, and that's shouldn't be interpreted as truth, at all. As for the rest, I have a reliable source, close to the matter, who will let me reveal that it was a requested resignation from above, with no reason given. You can infer from that what you wish, but any way you slice it, it's not really a voluntary exit. There were irreconcilable differences with "upper management" (my euphemism), something that rather surprised me to hear. You've got someone like Linda, let her do her thing. It's a story I know myself, unfortunately. Been there, suffered through that.
    I wish circumstances were different, and we could still see her at events and festivals, but things are what they are. It's not just what amazing efforts she made at the new brewery and restaurant, it's 10 years of seeing her at beer events at bars, at festivals, Darkness Day, etcetera. Knowing her as both a friend and a champion of great beer and food. A travesty.
  14. Aaron8587

    Aaron8587 Initiate (0) Jan 12, 2016 Minnesota

    I actually heard this earlier today before the announcement from a very credible source, it essentially was a firing and she wasn't the only one. Things are starting to get sour at Surly and Todd is starting to look for an out. I don't blame him. Omar didn't give him any percentage of the company.
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  15. Windvaner

    Windvaner Devotee (373) Nov 7, 2014 Minnesota

    Heard a similar thing from someone who works there last week. Apparently as pressure has increased to grow and expand Surly brand into other states it's not been a fun place to be recently. Makes me wonder what Surly will become if the head brewer moves on.
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  16. shadetree67

    shadetree67 Savant (1,060) Sep 11, 2013 Minnesota

    Thats lousy that todd doesn't have a stake in the brewery. I had assumed it was a 50/50 ownership between him and omar.
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  17. MNAle

    MNAle Initiate (0) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota

    Surly, meet Toppling Goliath...
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  18. NickTheGreat

    NickTheGreat Maven (1,336) Oct 28, 2010 Iowa
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    Sad deal for sure
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  19. EJJ1848

    EJJ1848 Initiate (0) Jun 24, 2013 Minnesota

    *Disclaimer* I have no idea the agreement between Omar and Todd, but here are my thoughts,

    Lets not forget this started as a small business, I dont know if Omar or Todd would have envisioned Surly being the size its at today. But if you are talking ownership, you have to go back to Day 1. If I recall, Omar and His Father where the founders/investors in the brewery, therefor if there was failure, they assumed all the risk financially.
    Id assume Todd would only have some form of ownership if he invested monetarily initially(Again, no idea whether he did or not). On their "About Us" it says Todd was Hired by Omar. Which might explain why he doesn't have "Ownership." I dont know to what extent this limits him when it comes to decisions of this magnitude
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  20. Ol_Johnny_Skippelwicky

    Ol_Johnny_Skippelwicky Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2013 Minnesota

    If that is true, it would make sense that Todd would have to buy into the company and become a shareholder, which at Surly's current size (or even its size 5+ years ago) would probably be expensive and/or unrealistic.

    That said, it would be really sad to see Todd leave, but didn't TG see the error of their ways and bring back the head brewer after a brief stint?
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