It speaks volumes that chef Guzman doesn’t get lost in the overwhelmingly impressive, $30 million Surly facility. Instead, he’s a shining star. When he was hired, his mandate was crystal clear: “It’s all about food that tastes good with beer,” he has said. Done. Downstairs in the energetic Beer Hall, the emphasis is on boldly flavored barbecue. Upstairs in the Brewer’s Table, Guzman turns on the nuance, tapping a tasting-menu format to demonstrate how the brewery’s singular beers can be as inspiring as any winery’s output. 520 Malcom Av. SE., Mpls., 612-999-4040, surlybrewing.com

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