Photos: Tour the Surly Brewing Co.

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1 Surly Brewing Co. owner Omar Ansari serves beer to patrons before a tour at Surly Brewing Co. in Brooklyn Center, Minn. Friday, Sept. 30, 2011. Ansari started the business when he sold his first keg in 2006. Surly has grown tenfold since then, and Ansari recently helped pass the "Surly bill," which allows his business to sell glasses of beer on site and paves the way for expansion into a destination brewery and restaurant. 
2 A line forms outside Surly Brewing Co. before a tour in Brooklyn Center, Minn. Friday, Sept. 30, 2011. Surly uses social media to announce and direct their tours, which end up filling in minutes. 
3 Becca Ansari listens to her husband, Surly Brewing Co. owner Omar Ansari, during a tour at Surly Brewing Co. in Brooklyn Center, Minn. Friday, Sept. 30, 2011. 
4 Surly Brewing Co. owner Omar Ansari addresses a tour group at his Brooklyn Center, Minn. company Friday, Sept. 30, 2011. Ansari's brewery is based in a building his parents used for their abrasives business. 
5 A Surly Brewing Co. employee finishes a day's work in Brooklyn Center, Minn. Friday, Sept. 30, 2011. The brewery has grown from the sale of 1,748 kegs in 2006 to more than 34,000 kegs this year. 
6 Patrons sample beer and socialize before a tour at Surly Brewing Co. in Brooklyn Center, Minn. Friday, Sept. 30, 2011. 
7 Surly Brewing Co. owner Omar Ansari enjoys a beer while chatting with Dan Smith during a tour of the Brooklyn Center, Minn. brewery Friday, Sept. 30, 2011. 
8 The hand prints of Surly Brewing Co. owner Omar Ansari and his family are left in a poured cement floor at Surly Brewing Co. in Brooklyn Center, Minn. Friday, Sept. 30, 2011. 
9 Brewing equipment sits idle at the end of a work day at Surly Brewing Co. in Brooklyn Center, Minn. Friday, Sept. 30, 2011. 
10 Tour coordinator Keith Doten directs patrons from the sample room back to the brewery at Surly Brewing Co. in Brooklyn Center, Minn. Friday, Sept. 30, 2011. 
11 Surly Brewing Co. owner Omar Ansari said he waited a couple of years after starting his brewery to get the Surly logo tattooed on his arm because he wanted to make sure the business was going to be successful.