Longtime Surly head brewer to step down

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After a decade at the Brooklyn Center-founded Surly Brewing Company, the famed brewing company’s head brewer has stepped down from his position.

Todd Haug, Surly’s head of brewing operations, resigned from the brewing company after more than 10 years of service in order to pursue new challenges in the craft beer industry that he’s spent a quarter of a century in. The announcement of Haug’s resignation was made by Surly on Oct. 19, though media relations representatives declined to make any further comments other than their official statement.

Haug, who previously worked for Minneapolis’ Rock Bottom Brewery and Summit Brewing Company, joined Surly founder Omar Ansari in converting a Brooklyn Center abrasives factory into a craft beer brewery in 2004, with the first batch being brewed in December 2005. Surly has since grown in popularity, eventually opening another brewery location in Minneapolis’ Prospect Park in late 2014.

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