Modist Brewing

One of Minnesota’s newest breweries, Modist is named for its values – adaptation, change, growth.

The taproom features a wide-open floor plan. Squeaky clean white tile and some chemistry-inspired signage draw attention to the precision of brewing. Long tables and a clean bar keep patrons’ focus on drinking beer. Despite the lack of frills, the space still feels intimate and inspires great conversation.

I enjoyed a pHresh, “a light bodied tart ale with hints of honeydew melon, honey, and angel food cake” (ABV: 4.5, IBU: 14), followed by a smoove, which is “brewed with caramel malts, sweetened with milk sugar, and spiked with a bit of sea salt” (ABV: 5.5, IBU: 26). Both pours seemed (to my untrained tongue) technically specific, and highly enjoyable. The smoove particularly struck my fancy, as it tasted like the beer version of my favorite ice cream. You really can’t beat that.

For most of this blog, my advice comes from the beertender who serves me. In this case, I opted to modify (see what I did there?). A group of four friends had seated themselves at the end of the table I occupied, and they were deep in active conversation. Animated and obviously enjoying themselves, I could tell they were my kind of people. Naturally, I rudely interrupted them, requesting they give life advice to a complete stranger. Like the kind folks I predicted they would be, they didn’t hold back.

“Don’t hold grudges. Life is too short, so forgive and forget.”

“Teach your kids how to work hard.”

“Show them how to pass the f—ing ball.”

“Stay in touch with old friends. We haven’t seen each other in five years.”

“Travel the world. And, if you can’t travel the world, seek out people different than yourself.”

I’m not sure how they expect me to narrow this down to a single piece of advice; each piece speaks volumes. My great grandmother once advised me to not hold grudges with family because “Life’s too short for that kind of sh*t” (she was a badass). And as a soccer coach, I have come to deeply understand the value of teaching a kid to work hard and pass, and how learning those skills as a kid affected me in other areas of life. Also, as a recent graduate, I am learning the skill of letting relationships ebb and flow, but always keeping in touch.

The piece of advice that gave me the most pause, though, was Marta’s. She left me no room for comfort zones or excuses when it comes to the most common (and therefore likely the most ignored) piece of advice. Despite how my Instagram feed makes it seem, traveling is beneficial for its challenges and difference, not for great #TBT’s in a couple years. Personal growth should not be a side effect of travel, rather it should be the main purpose. Marta’s advice reminds us that similar growth can be achieved by seeking difference in our daily lives, and does not require vacation days or a special fund.


Meeting people and making friends different from ourselves gives perspective, generates empathy, and creates new opportunities. At 3 and 53, this is one of the most important skills we can learn. Finding similarities and celebrating differences in others opens us up to some of the purest beauty of humanity. That’s something I’ll raise my glass for.

Meet the cool folks that gave me their advice. Their glasses are empty because we drank until closing (I told you they’re my kind of people).


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