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I Fought the law
a brewery comes out on top
A child of entrepreneurial parents, Omar Ansari knew what it was like to run a small
business—in this case, an industrial abrasives manufacturer based outside Minneapolis. But it was his passion for home-brewed beer that led him to launch his company,
Surly Brewing. Despite some obstacles, including a state law that Ansari’s customers
recently helped change, Surly Brewing has flourished. Sales reached $4.7 million in
2010, landing Surly on the 2011 Inc. 5000 at No. 732. —Darren Dahl
I got into craft beers in 1994, when my girlfriend at the time bought me a home-brewing kit. over the years, I really got into home brewing. As a birth announcement for my son, max, I sent out a batch of beer.
I started thinking about how great it
would be to get into the beer business.
I had been working at my parents’
company since I was a kid and running
it full time since 2002. It wasn’t exactly
a growth business.
I thought if I could
I soon discovered there was a city
con my folks into
giving me space in
their building, I could
run the business
by day and the
brewery at night.
ordinance prohibiting breweries in that
area. I couldn’t afford to move. It took
four months to get it repealed.
We produced our first keg in 2006.
After my parents retired, they sold
the abrasives business. I eventually
took over the whole building. one of
our beers is called Abrasive Ale, in
homage to the old factory.
We recently got a state law changed.
The law made it illegal for us to sell
beer to customers on site. We owe a
lot of credit to our fans on Facebook
and Twitter for pestering their
legislators with phone calls and
e-mails. We’re now planning to build
a restaurant and a brewing facility
that will increase our production
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