On an unsuspecting corner in Northeast Minneapolis, you’ll find a crowd of beer drinkers who know exactly where to go for a Tuesday night pour.
Despite typical bar architecture, Dangerous Man manages to emit the proper energy of a craft brewery. Perhaps it’s the growlers from across the country, lined up on shelves near the ceiling. Or maybe it’s the eclectic beertenders and patrons, all happily serving and drinking beer side-by-side.
My post-yoga beer (like I said, life’s about balance) was a half pint of the peanut butter porter (ABV: 5.5%, IBU 28). The beertender insisted that I couldn’t not order it, because they “sell the crap out of it.” My drinking buddy grabbed an amber ale (ABV: 6.1%, IBU: 35).
The peanut butter porter easily outperformed all my expectations; it was the perfect balance of smooth peanut butter and dark, slightly bitter porter. It tasted a bit like liquid dessert, and I had to keep myself from downing the rich beer all at once. The amber ale also one-upped other beers of its style, and made for a nice balance to the richness of the porter.
My advice for the evening came from Jack, a young beertender, and it’s something I have heard echoed throughout my craft beer journey.
“Do what you want and you’ll never work a day in your life. I’ve had a lot of shitty jobs; and I have a college degree so I could be doing ‘a lot more’ with my life, but I choose to wake up every day at 5am to brew beer [at Modist] and then serve it at night [at Dangerous Man], and I love it.”
Jack specifically pointed out that doing what you want can be more than simply following a dream, it might mean defying others’ expectations. Heck, if it means unlimited access to peanut butter porters, I get why he does it.
“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.” – T. E. Lawrence