Mel, the Minnesota beer activist, is fond of Surly beer. She sent me an article about them that just appeared in the City Pages. The founder of the company is a man named Omar Ansari. Ansari’s family ran a company called Sparky Abrasives that went where all good American manufacturing eventually goes, elsewhere.
I liked this quote from him:
“I like to say I ran the company into the ground. But our company went the way of most American manufacturing. Americans don’t really make anything anymore except software, movies, a few medical devices, and beer.”
India is already eclipsing us in movies and it seems like software and medical devices can’t be far behind. This makes me wonder if beer will be the last thing left that is made in America.
Oh, and also heavy metal. We’ll keep making that too. That’s Surly head brewer Todd Haug in the picture, playing in his thrash band Powermad.