Posted on August 2nd, 2017

Celebrating The Brewer's Table

Brewer's Table

If you follow local restaurant news at all, you’re aware that The Brewer’s Table, Surly’s fine-dining restaurant, is closing its doors on August 5th. Before that happens, we want to celebrate it.

The work that Chef Jorge Guzman and his team did in creating a thoroughly unique and unmatched pairing of the beer and culinary worlds is remarkable. Those skeptical about the marriage of the two were soon converted. These are just some of the accolades:

  • James Beard Foundation 2016 Semifinalist Best Chef Midwest: Jorge Guzman
  • James Beard Foundation 2017 Finalist Best Chef Midwest: Jorge Guzman
  • Mpls/St. Paul Magazine 50 Best Restaurants 2017
  • Star Tribune Chef of the Year 2015: Jorge Guzman
  • Cochon 555 – “Prince of Porc” Jorge Guzman 2016
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Eureka! Awards 2015: Best Restaurant
  • Food & Wine Restaurants of the Year 2016

The critics were, if anything, even more effusive:

“… the beer is fantastic, and the food coming from Chef Jorge Guzman is incredible. The technique here is top-notch, the flavors are bold and inventive.”

—Jason DeRusha, Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine

“ I was skeptical years ago when Surly first announced their intention to be the best beer-pairing restaurant in the country, and it took a while, but I think they got there. “

—Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine

“Brewer’s Table raises the bar with its four-course tasting menu and beer pairings.”

—Crystal Grobe,

“Brewers often talk about how beer is food-friendly, but it seems like few chefs are actually making dishes to go with a specific beer. Until now. And the pairings at Brewer’s Table are mind-blowing. In every course, the beer brought out aspects of the dish and vice versa.”

—Jess Fleming, Pioneer Press

Perhaps the most surprising thing is that even Yelp reviewers, who would call the Great Pyramids of Egypt “crumbly” and “pretty much just sand in funny shapes”, found something to like about a beer and food tasting menu unlike anything else in the country, much less Minneapolis.

“The ingredients are fresh and very unordinary in many cases, but the plating is artistic and so beautiful.”


“Jesse was our server and did a fantastic job of explaining the options on the tasting menu and the beer pairings.  The staff was extremely attentive and friendly.  It was our anniversary and at least 4 different staff members congratulated us.”

Paul A.

“Simply amazing but complexly great. Unexpected perfection. Service was wonderful and the knowledge of the staff was exceptional. The white soup was really magical and more important than some family members to me.”

David F.

As it closes its doors, we hope The Brewer’s Table inspired people to experience food and beer in a new way, be it at other establishments or even their own kitchen. It’s been a part of an ongoing revolution in the culinary world, as chefs, critics, and diners discover that craft beer has a place at the table. Our Beer Hall kitchen will proudly continue this work, as Surly remains passionate about food and beer pairings.

Jorge and his team are deservedly proud of what they accomplished with The Brewer’s Table. If you’re fortunate enough to have a reservation during this final week, you’ll see, and taste, why.