Photo by Paul Vincent
He said the Beer Hall, which is what they’re calling the 300-seat taproom, is on track to open in December! Yes, the one in seven weeks! Here’s what I know: The Beer Hall will open with a full menu of appetizers, entrées, the works. And Guzman has picked up another local star to help out with the cooking… Brian Hauke, recently chef at Spill the Wine, one time head of Red Stag, and Tim McKee protégé. Guzman was loathe to spill any details about the forthcoming menu, but did let a few things out: Expect special-baked pretzels, possibly from Aki’s, pizzas from some big old special pizza ovens they’re having installed right this second, and entrees with enough spice and smoke to stand up to Surly’s famously flavor-saturated beers. Think smoked ribs, not sole meuniere. Also, don’t expect many foods cooked/frosted/sauced or otherwise finished with beer because Guzman feels like that process tends to make the beer taste weird. Instead, expect food that goes with beer in a more holistic fashion, for instance, the dark smoke and sweet malt of a Furious pairing with dark smoke and sweet backbone of a spicy beef chili. More details will be revealed very soon.
And if you want to experience the old Brooklyn Center taproom: Go now! The very last official day of the old tap room will be October 23rd. After that it’s Darkness Days (which will continue even after the new brewery opens at the old location.) Then it’s closed do the public until the new beer hall opens in December.