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On Tap: Surly Brewer’s Table now open

We all know that food and beer pair well together, but Surly plans to change the way we think of that marriage. “We have Jorge (Guzman) on board to share that vision,” says Surly owner Omar Ansari. The menu itself is a bit challenging, but after eating through some of it, one gets a sense this will be a hit with foodies and travelers. The restaurant is another step in the process of, what will be, the most popular Destination Brewery in the Midwest.

By completing the project in phases the crew has been able to stay somewhat sane. “This has been a ride [the last four years],” explains Linda Haug. “We took it one bite at a time, and we’ve been working our asses off.” The Brewers Table, which opened last Friday, will feature a rotating food menu — put together by Jorge and Brewery Operations Director Todd Haug, who will now begin working closely together.

The price points are fairly reasonable; ranging from $5 for the snacks to about $30 if you are looking for a meat entrée. There will also be a chef and brewer pairing menu for $75 per person (entire table must participate), which will consist of 5 courses and beer. The most interesting concept though is the “beer and a bump” for $15, which will include a surprise dish paired with a beer. This is aimed at foodies and the like, who seek an unpredictable experience.

The opening menu has a couple of highlights including the Octopus ($16) with pickled peppers, romesco and a chorizo glaze on top of a white bean puree. A nice smoke flavor comes through this dish thanks to the glaze, plus the texture is just right. The cured and sous-vide Pork Jowl ($17) was outstanding with cojita cheese, cilantro, hazelnut vinaigrette and picadillo sauce. What really stood out was how the fat from the meat would just melt right in your mouth. The Surly Cynic Mousse was a great finisher — made up of champagne, pistachios, rhubarb, strawberries and finished with black sesame seeds.

If you plan to go, be sure to make reservations ahead of time at the site.

Cheers!

Pork Jowl

Pork Jowl

Surly Cynic Mousse

Surly Cynic Mousse

On Tap: A music- and beer-lover's guide to Art-A-Whirl 2015

Art-A-Whirl is the largest open studio tour in the country and has been put on by the Northeast Minneapolis Art Association (NEMAA) for the past 20 years. This year there are over 600 artists specializing in sculpture, painting, clay, photography and many other mediums. Studio tours are a good way to explore all there is to see in one of the most creative districts in the United States. There are also many beer and music events going on in conjunction with this annual event. Here is a guide to help you get the most out of your weekend.

331 Club: Northeast’s favorite dive bar will be hosting music both indoors and out all weekend long — with NO COVER. Be sure not to miss Buildings or self-evident if you go on Friday.

Thursday lineup at 331:

Doug Otto & The Getaway

Up The Mountain Down The Mountain

The Poor Nobodys

Friday lineup at 331:

Indoors

Mrs.

Catbath

The Traveling Suitcase (Oshkosh, WI)

10:00pm

Outdoors

9:00pm - The Blind Shake

8:00pm - self-evident

7:00pm - Buildings

6:00pm - Hardcore Crayons

5:00pm - Swimsuit Area

Saturday lineup at 331:

Indoors

CRANKSHAFT

The Last Revel

10:00pm

Outdoors

Special Guest Emcee - 89.3 The Current's Jade

9:00pm - Mixed Blood Majority

8:00pm - Retribution Gospel Choir

7:00pm - Pink Mink

6:00pm - Fury Things

5:00pm - Flasher

4:00pm - Matt Latterell

3:00pm - Robert Skoro

2:00pm - Roe Family Singers

12:00pm - Zack Lozier Three

Sunday lineup at 331:

Special Guest Emcee - 89.3 The Current's David Campbell

8:00pm - Mally

7:00pm - Southwire

6:00pm - We Are The Willows

5:00pm - The Pistol Whippin Party Penguins

4:00pm - General B and the Wiz

3:00pm - unknown prophets

2:00pm - Orca Colony

1:00pm - The Lowland Lakers

612Brew: Their third annual Art, Music, and Beer event will take place Friday through Saturday and will feature artists Adam Turman, Dogfish Media, and Garden Weasel Creations. The beer lineup will feature their five standards: SIX, Unrated, Gateway Park, Zero Hour, and Mary Ann; as well as a Radler brewed specially for this weekend. Special cask beers will also be poured throughout the weekend.

“As a proud member of NEMAA and a supporter of Art-A-Whirl, we are thrilled to host this Art, Music and Beer event here at the brewery,” said 612Brew co-founder and Marketing Director Ryan Libby. “The artistic culture of Northeast is a big part of how we chose our brewery location, and supporting Art-A-Whirl is the perfect opportunity to celebrate all the elements that make Northeast Minneapolis one of the most exciting parts of Minneapolis.”

Music lineup at 612Brew:

Friday, May 15

9pm - Tiny Deaths

8pm - Jon Jones

7pm - The Fattenin’ Frogs

6pm - July Fighter

5pm - Ash St. John

Saturday, May 16

9pm - Chris Koza

8pm - Step Rockets

7pm - Kingsview

6pm - Nathan Miller

5pm - Justin Halverson

4pm - Jonny and the Palms

3pm - The Tipsy Russell’s

2pm - Loons in the Attic

Bauhaus Brew Labs: The Liquid Zoo will kick off Friday night with a Haus Party hosted by Go96.3 DJ Barb Abney and a performance by Haus band Viva Knievel. Saturday will have a full lineup of bands and food trucks on site with fare for purchase. The Brew Lab will be pouring special cask brews all weekend while games are played on the patio. On Sunday the festivities will include a Made By Hands Art Sale from noon till 5 PM and an on-site barber to trim up those beards along with the pop up tattoos by Seawolf.

Saturday lineup at Bauhaus:

3:00-3:45PM - BBGUN   

4:00-4:45PM - Pho

5:00-5:45PM - Carroll 

6:00-6:45PM - Van Stee

7:00-7:45PM - Black Market Brass

8:00-8:45PM - Black Diet

9:00-10:00PM - Night Lights (90s R&B Cover Band)

Dangerous Man: Head brewer Rob Miller has a few special brews planned for Art-A-Whirl weekend, which include the Record Store Day Beer (think Saison with this one), Witt, and Single Hop #12 IPA to go along with one of the best beers in town, Chocolate Milk Stout. The Northeast Beer Garden, which is located in the parking lot next to Dangerous Man, will showcase a few other breweries including Sociable Cider Werks, NorthGate, and Fair State Brewing. On tap from Northgate will be Walls End Brown Ale, Parapet ESB, and Get Together Session IPA. Fair State is bringing Winkleman DIPA, Schwarzbier, Hefeweizen, and Artsy Fartsy Golden Ale. Sociable Cider Werks will be pouring Freewheeler Dry Apple, Hop-A-Wheelie Hopped Apple, Spoke Wrench Stout Apple, and Pinch Flat Saison Apple.

Details on Northeast Beer Garden:

Saturday May 16th the beer garden will be open from 11-11pm. Live music on the Electric Fetus Stage from 1-10pm:

1:00 pm - Bunny Clogs
2:05 pm - Johnny & Molly of Communist Daughter
3:10 pm - What Tyrants
4:15 pm - Monica LaPlante
5:20 pm - Pornonono
6:25 pm - Stereo Confession
7:30 pm - RONiiA
8:45 pm - Toki Wright & DJ Willie Shu

Sunday May 17th the beer garden will be open from 11-6pm. Chowgirls will be serving brunch from 11-2pm, outdoor lawn games, family fun, and art.

Fair State Brewing: Fair State Brewing will be hosting musicians and artists all weekend with their Beer Garden where you will find live art, games, and music. Recovery Bike Shop will be turning the bike shop into an art gallery including a Live Bicycle Welding demonstration. Mini Golf and other assorted games will be available throughout the weekend as well.

Friday:
5pm- J.E. Sunde
6pm- JiLL
7pm- Sun Gods to Gamma Rays
8pm- Zoo Animal
9pm-Gramma's Boyfriend

Saturday:

4pm to 8pm - Live Bicycle Welding demonstration

Sunday:

1pm to 5pm – Posters and Pints pop up sale

Grumpy’s Northeast: A pop up Posters and Pints Art Show will accompany the best music lineup of the weekend on Saturday—which will be hosted by Go96.3’s Barb Abney. SIMS of Doomtree fame will be headlining the event at 9:15 PM. Surly will be pouring some special casks, which are still unknown at the time of this post.

Saturday lineup at Grumpy’s:

9:15-10:00 PM - SIMS

8:15-9:00 PM - Cactus Blossoms

7:15-8:00 PM - Grant Hart

6:30-7:00 PM - Secret Special Guests

5:30-6:15 PM - Farewell Milwaukee

4:30-5:15 PM - Private Oates

3:45-4:15 PM - Eleganza!

3:00-3:30 PM - Animal Lover

2:15-2:45 PM - Dumpster Juice

1:30-2:00 PM - Mill City Devils

12:45-1:15 PM - From the Midwest

12:00-12:30 PM - The Uncle Bob Show

Indeed Brewing: Their Whirlygig event will run Friday through Sunday and will feature live music presented by First Avenue. Food trucks will be present for the entire weekend and the lineup will include Gastrotruck, El Taco Riendo, Red River Kitchen, Natedogs, Simply Steve’s, and Little G’s Pizzeria. On tap will be DayTripper, Midnight Ryder, Dandy Lager, LSD, Let it Ride, Shenanigans, assorted casks, and Wooden Soul #2. There will also be stations set up selling cans of Indeed beer during the event.

Music lineup at Indeed:

FRIDAY, MAY 15

6:00pm - Driftwood Pyre

7:00pm - Little Man

8:00pm - Slim Cessna's Auto Club

SATURDAY, MAY 16

1:00pm - The Ventures Cover Band

2:00pm - Mike Gunther

3:00pm - Rich Mattson & The Northstars

4:00pm - Sam Cassidy

5:00pm - Erik Koskinen Band

6:00pm - American Scarecrows

7:00pm - Nato Coles & The Blue Diamond Band

8:00pm - Rupert Angeleyes

9:00pm - Mark Mallman

SUNDAY, MAY 17

1:00pm - Steve Palmer

2:00pm - Peter Lang

3:00pm - Ben Weaver

4:00pm - Paul Metzger

5:00pm - Grant Hart

Sociable Cider Werks: Ian Gray’s, The Curious Goat, food truck will be grilling at Sociable Cider Werks all weekend. Expect Orange BBQ Ribs, locally sourced burgers, hot dogs, and organic chicken from Larry Schultz Organic Farm. The food truck will be slinging miso nuggets, lamb sloppy joe’s, tempeh tacos, and they’ll also be smoking some brisket. “It’s daunting but we’re ready to take on the challenge” says owner and well-respected, local chef Ian Gray. “It’s going to be awesome.” Head brewer Mike Willaford has a couple of new brews set to debut over the weekend as well, including a Peach Graff and a Rye Pale Ale Graff. He’ll also have a gin botanical version of Freewheeler and Pinch Flat, which is a Saison style Graff. “I’m trying to get cider drinkers to cross over to craft beer,” says the veteran brewer. The weekend itself will be a family-friendly atmosphere—complete with live graffiti painting of one of their garage doors. “We’re going for an interactive family friendly experience” says Willaford. Sociable Cider Werks is also sponsoring a stage at the 331 Club, where cans of Freewheeler will be sold. The Northeast Beer Garden, located in the parking lot next to Dangerous Man, will also be serving their Graff’s on draft as they are sponsoring the Electric Fetus stage there as well.

Music lineup at Sociable Cider Werks:

Friday 5/15

4:00pm: Hennepin County Millionaires

5:00pm: Kingsview 

6:00pm: Initials 

7:00pm: Sister Calypso 

Saturday 5/16

1:00pm: Tortuga 

2:30pm: Jack & The Coax 

4:30pm: Whiskey Jeff & The Beer Back Band

7:00pm: Enemy Planes 

Sunday 5/17

2:30pm: Bernie King & The Guilty Pleasures 

Cheers!

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