At Surly’s new Destination Brewery, which opened in December, you can’t get a pint of beer. “We have really nice tulip glasses—the proper glassware for Surly,” says Dawn Kuehl, event center coordinator. Located in southeast Minneapolis—off the Green Line—Surly’s new digs feature a public Beer Hall on the first level and large event space and full-service restaurant headed by Jorge Guzman from Solera on the second. “Once those doors shut [on the second level], you can have a corporate quiet evening or you can have the DJ just crank the music,” says Kuehl.

Scheid Hall, the 2,400-square-foot event space, is designed to mimic the Cynic can with gray carpeting, autumnal gold curtains and a black oak wood dance floor. The space overlooks the production brew house on one side and an industrial compost business and rail yard on the other. Included with the rental is the 1,480-square-foot prefunction space equipped with a bar and a 430-square-foot event deck. The hall is named after the late Senator Linda Scheid, who helped pass the “Surly bill,” which first allowed breweries to sell beer on their production premises. The Boardroom, adjacent to the restaurant, offers an intimate setting for up to 20 people seated. Both spaces, which are Wi-Fi and A/V equipped, require a food and beverage minimum (via Surly’s farm-to-table catering menu and craft beer), and once those minimums are met, there is no additional rental fee. “We want everyone to enjoy this space,” Kuehl says, “not just the high rollers.”

Sun Country Airlines announced a major route expansion to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) adding 15 domestic destinations to its summer 2023 schedule, including three new cities not served by any other airline at MSP.    

 

Some 35,000 people of Native American heritage call the Twin Cities home, and sites across the area have indigenous cultural roots.

Since winning the 2022 James Beard Best New Restaurant in the nation, Owamni by the Sioux Chef in Minneapolis has brought Native American cuisine to the forefront of fine dining in the eyes of foodies. It is one of many indigenous businesses in the Twin Cities. 

 

Explore Minnesota Tourism is accepting nominations for the agency’s tourism awards through Jan. 10, 2023. The awards honor people, marketing campaigns, and other initiatives that promote Minnesota as a destination.

To be considered for an award, a form must be submitted for each nomination. Explore Minnesota Tourism requests specific details about each nomination, i.e., goals, results, return on investment figures, accomplishments, etc. Supporting documents and creative elements help the Explore Minnesota Awards Committee score each submission.