Surly Brewing, Landscape

People Space

Surly Brewing MSP is designed as a destination brewery that combines gardens, beer hall, event center, restaurant, and brewery production in the Prospect Park neighborhood. The 8.3-acres project is located on a brownfield site and comprised of 7 separate parcels of land divided by Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

The building massing was specifically tailored to fit the combined program of brewing and social gathering space, culminating at the gardens. The patron is immersed in the brewery experience from multiple vantage points within the building and garden.

Visitors arriving from car, mass transit, bike, or foot are channeled to a central entrance plaza anchored by a fire cauldron on one end and fountains at the other. The plaza choreographs an entrance experience leading to the facility where an open beer hall features window walls that look into the brew house at one end and out to a beer deck and gardens at the other. On the west side, an operable glass wall lifts and slides open, allowing a free flow from interior to exterior as visitors wander out to the deck, beer garden and amphitheater.


Minneapolis, Minnesota

Building Type



8.3 acres

  • 2016 ASLA-MN Honor Award
  • 2016 IIDA Northland FAB Grand Award
  • 2016 IES/IIDA Section Waterbury Award for Exterior Lighting Design
  • 2016 AEI Professional Projects Best Overall Project
  • 2015 AIA Minnesota Honor Award
  • 2015 Minnesota Browndfields Rescape Award

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