After its successful drive last legislative session to get approval to build a “destination brewery”, the Surly Brewing Company is moving forward on identifying potential sites for the building. According to the Star Tribune, one of the cities stepping forward as a suitor is Chaska.
Don’t get your hopes up yet, as Surly’s current home — Brooklyn Center — is expected to make a strong pitch to keep the brewery. Meanwhile, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak was one of Surly’s biggest cheerleaders during the legislative session and city staff have already reviewed 20 potential sites with Surly officials. But if nothing else, it’s good for Chaska to be in on the conversation and it demonstrates the city’s aggressiveness is pursuing new, unique opportunities for economic development.
[UPDATE]: The Chaska Herald reports the city is pitching the Chaska Building Center site to Surly officials, so far to no response.