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Discussion in 'Midwest' started by BottleCaps80, Nov 8, 2013.
Is this rumor true?
They've done events down there before, tap takeovers and Darkness kegs and such.
I sure hope so!
Edit is this old?: http://www.surlybrewing.com/newsblog/?p=228
I've heard Chicago distro rumors!
Strange they'd expand there before servicing the rest of MN, but I guess it's a big money market!
Sounds like this is confirmed via Chicago Tribune. Packaged beer as well as draft.
Sweet 1 more beer i wont have to trade for!!
Ok, how about sending a full distribution of FFF up to Minneapolis now
They could always dust off their 'ol contract with August Schell . . .
Seems like a fair trade...
Gotta pay for that new brewery somehow....
Didn't they use to sent draft to Chicago in the past?
edit: lol covered in that Tribune article...
This makes sense considering Chicago doesn't get enough great beer already...sheesh
So, what was the actual, official distribution to Chicago prior to 2010? I am of the impression it was just special events, and only draft.
Everyone in Madison be sure to wave as the surly delivery trucks roll by!
Definitely only draft; never heard that it was just special events
I purchased kegs years ago in Chicago for a home fridge. They used to be around at the major bars in draft before pulling out of the state. One would assume with the JBros investment that Surly will be regional soon.
I was happy when they went with JBros as they have statewide distro in both NE and IA (as you know). I think it is a matter of time. IA would occur before NE ever would obviously.
Is there any chance of FFF ever coming to MN? I would think with the number of times Surly and 3 Floyds have collaborated that some distribution could make its way here. Readily available Zombie Dust would be amazing.
More like lie in wait; jack those trucks Breaking Bad train robbery style. Vanish in a cloud of money.
Damn shame that FFF isn't in Chicago. Or Illinois, for that matter. I'd rather have pipe works or Half acre any day
Doubt it, sometimes hard to find here unless u know where to look, and even that is a fail sometimes. Best bet is to stand in line at the brewery, and make sure you check their take-out page before you go or you might be SOL.
Yea but FFF wouldnt be as hyped up as it is without being 30 mins away from chicago,IMO chicago made them what they are, And i agree Pipe works and half acre are awesome, ill also throw in revolution.
Nice. Hope they come to Iowa next!
Their deal with Johnson Bros. is taking care of that.
Pretty sure my darkness addiction helps as well.
Ah I just posted a new thread about this in the Beer News forum. I would think Wisconsin would be the next state they would distribute to. Just because of the proximity and market size I guess.
I'd bet Iowa first.
Stone and others have pulled out of WI due to not selling enough product.
Why is it strange? TG has been doing the exact same thing. All about the Benjamins.
TG distributes to 2 states: Iowa and Wisconsin. Wisconsin is like 20 miles from the brewery. Surly is a few hundred miles from Chicago. Your comparison is flawed. I get that you feel the need to shit on TG any time you get though, so carry on.
No way dude. Got nothing but respect for TG. My only comparison is them not fulfilling Iowa and Surly not fulfilling Minnesota. I realize that the distances are completely different, but I bet a lot of Minnesotans are pretty chapped right now that they cant get Surly but Chicago can. Similar to say how the Quad Cities or Council Bluffs don't get TG. I've got absolutely nothing against TG. They're killing it right now and I would kill to have them on shelves regularly. Beer is business though and you'll go where the $ is.
Minnesota, Iowa too, is a large spread out, population wise, area. There's no reason to send their limited product up into the hinterlands, where three people may appreciate it. Shelf turd city, dude.
There's nothing for us to do in Illinois so us FIB's gots to get our (craft beer) drink on.
You can get Surly in plenty of places in MN. Chicago sales will finance more.
My understanding of the situation is that people looking for a logical, linear Surly distribution model are going to be sorely disappointed.
Going BACK to chitown isn't logical?
Surly has been expanding in the West Central part of MN but I am not sure about the rest of the outstate areas. In the last few weeks they became available at another liquor store or two and another bar in Moorhead. We kept minimal access to Surly up here during the pull back as one early adopting bar/liquor store drove down to get the beer every couple weeks but it is defiantly easier to find it now.
Yeah, as long as they hit the major population centers outside of the TC, they're doing pretty good at covering Minnesota.
It is, it's also a thing that has happened.
Why should the state that a brewery is in matter all that much? As has been said before, Three Floyds is in Indiana, but much of their product goes to Chicago, because that's the closet big metro area. Why should they care that they're across the state boundary in Indiana? Similarly, why should TG have any particular loyalty to Iowa when there are bigger, closer markets in neighboring states? If you have some compelling reason, I'd like to know what it is.
And I will definitely agree, that I would love to have their beer on shelves regularly. I feel very lucky just to have one store half an hour away where I can consistently get growler fills.