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Opens Friday 5/22 – The Brewer’s Table at Surly Brewing Co.

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Tea Egg at The Brewer’s Table (Photo: DD)

Located in the upper level of the brewery, The Brewer’s Table, Surly’s fine-dining sibling to the Beer Hall & Restaurant, opens this Friday and offers patrons a more ambitious menu and more intimate setting than what is found downstairs.

Creating the fine dining experience at a brewery has been a welcome challenge for both Executive Chef Jorge Guzman and Head Brewer Todd Haug; each of them masters of their craft, now tasked with innovating while also keeping the pairing of food and beer in the back of their minds.

The results of that collaboration are outstanding and belie the modest price point.  Entrees on the menu will be changed regularly and range in price from $10 to $25.  The most intriguing option, in my opinion is the $15 Beer and  Bump, where the diner has no clue what they’re getting other than is is a food paired with a beer.  I’m a sucker for a surprise.

A five-course food and beer pairing can be had for $75. You could combine your own, but you’ll be well-served to leave it to the experts. The pairing of Pentagram with beets & foie gras was an exercise in perfectly contrasting flavors. The tea egg paired with Cynic was a piece of art – a soft-boiled egg, steeped in black tea and a charcoal mixture to give a marbled appearance – and showed just how versatile that stalwart of Surly’s lineup is.


Octopus & Chorizo @ The Brewer’s Table (Photo: DD)

While the butter-soft pork jowl is a must-have, I will go out of my way to have the octopus and chorizo again.  Spicy and smoky with a perfect texture one would not expect from a cephalopod, it was perfectly complemented by an Overrated West Coast IPA.

A different experience in different parts of the building – to paraphrase Surly Hospitality Director Linda Haug – is what Surly is offering patrons with their tours, Event Center, Beer Hall & Restaurant, and The Brewer’s Table. With the opening of the latter, the Surly vision is complete and ready to be had.




The Brewer's Table at Surly Brewing

(Photo: DD)


The Brewer’s Table

520 Malcolm Ave. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Reservations via OpenTable can be made here.


Wednesday & Thursday: 5-10 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 5-11 p.m.

Phone: 763-999-6526
Email: brewers.table@surlybrewing.com



Beer Bars: Ward 6, Saint Paul


A new beer-conscious dining option on the East Side of Saint Paul has opened on a street already rich with local history. Ward 6 on Payne Avenue is now open daily for dinner as well as for brunch on the weekend. Proprietors Eric Foster and Bob Parker, both East Side residents, wanted a pub-style atmosphere with quality food and quality drinks and found the perfect spot one block north of Phalen Boulevard and within view of the former Hamm’s Brewery.

Chef Liz Olson’s dining menu highlights real food with real ingredients; sauces are house-made, fries are house-cut, the corned beef is house-cured…the list goes on. Offerings run the gamut from salads to poutine. Features include grass-fed beef burgers, a grilled cheese with camembert, a nightly special and a good-old fish & chips. The actual menu reads with a bit of whimsy so sharpen your wit and enjoy.

The food is reason enough to visit, but Ward 6 is a prime destination for the local craft beer enthusiast. Twenty taps stand at the center of the restored wooden bar.  Foster, a beer judge, has crafted a tap list that is discerning rather than voluminous and entirely local with only two exceptions: Hamm’s, which is now brewed in Milwaukee, and one rotating “imported to Minnesota” line currently occupied by Avery’s Old Jubilation.

Minnesota beers offered include selections from Summit, Surly, Steel Toe, Flat Earth, Pour Decisions, Lucid, Badger Hill, Fulton, 3rd Street Brewhouse and Indeed. Pints are five bucks (three for Hamm’s) and happy hour is from 4 to 6; pints are $3 and Hamm’s is $2.  Small pours are available for those looking to taste a few styles. The knowledgeable bar staff would be more than happy to help you experience the beers Minnesota has to offer.

Ward 6
858 Payne Ave
Saint Paul, 55130

Hours are expanding – Check their Facebook page for the latest

*Vegetarian & GF options – ask your server