6. Yes, Surly's started in a garage. President Omar Ansari was given a homebrew kit from St. Paul's legendary Northern Brewer, in 1994, and they still use it today for test batches.
7. It's never too early for a Surly. Thanks mostly to their Coffee Bender: these dudes make lots of creative suds, but this is the only one made using real coffee and a cold extraction process that gives it an iced AM-beverage flavor, and you a buzz that comes from more than just alcohol.