Surly Brewing Co. to close Beer Hall

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Updated: September 02, 2020 12:31 PM

Surly Brewing Co. says it will close its beer hall indefinitely on Nov. 2. The notice was posted on their Facebook page on Wednesday.

According to the post, the brewery cites an inability to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic as a reason for the decision. 

"Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, Surly has had to adapt, change, pivot, and change again, all in the hope of pushing the two sides of the business--the Brewery and the Beer Hall--through this unprecedented situation and the economic disaster that’s followed.

The Beer Hall had to make the most significant changes to adapt to a crumbling restaurant industry and the demands of city, state and federal COVID-19 health and safety regulations. As we complied fully with the safety measures, it became clear that beer halls are by definition gathering places and gathering places and pandemics don’t mix. Because of this, we have made the gut-wrenching decision to close the Beer Hall indefinitely on Nov. 2," the statement says.

Read full statement on Surly Brewing Co. website.

According to the brewery, revenue at the beer hall is down 82% compared to this time last year. The brewery also projects it would lose another $250,000 if it remained open over the winter. 

The announcement comes as hospitality staff at the beer hall announced their intent to unionize. According to the brewery's statement, the plan to close the beer hall was made prior to the employee's announcement.

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