Somewhere off Highway 61, between Red Wing and Winona, you’ll come upon Reads Landing. A small town with a modest population, Reads Landing is situated right on the Mississippi, the brewery in a gorgeous converted dry goods store.
I got to try both the Cap’n Amber (ABV: 5.2%, IBU: 30) as well as the Deadhead Double IPA (ABV: 9.5%, IBU 99). The Cap’n, made with Cap’n Crunch cereal in the mash, appealed to my inner twelve-year-old and was quite good. It’s pretty great when the best parts of childhood and adulthood intersect.
ALERT: I also ordered the best spinach and artichoke dip I’ve ever eaten. I’m considering making the drive down a few more times just for that dip.
Tanner Linse, a young beertender of 3 months, told me, “Everybody goes about things differently, and you have to understand that.” As someone who has his own methods for getting tasks done, and who often sees the differences in how others do it, Tanner appreciates that sense of understanding.
As we cross paths with other people, our lives intersecting in vastly different phases, understanding and empathy guide us towards kindness. Rather than expecting someone to conform to our expectations, we can meet them right where they are at. Because, really, as often as we are required to exercise understanding, we benefit from it.