If downtown Wayzata is picturesque, Wayzata Brew Works is right out of a fricken Minnesota postcard. In a warmer season, boaters could pull right up to the brewery and dock just yards from the patio. The interior glistens with a well-waxed hardwood bar top, and details such as a boat hanging from the ceiling reinforce the lake vibe.
I ordered a beer and a pizza because I’m a damn lady. As per usual, I gravitated towards the IPA. The brewery describes their Wayzata Bay IPA: This is a West Coast style IPA, heavy on American hops in both the aroma and the finish. Bittered with Bravo for a sharp, grapefruit pith bite that washes away with a sweet, fruity citrus on the finish. Late addition hops are Summit and Falconers Flight. (6.2% ABV; 55 IBU)
A young beertender offered me advice she has been receiving her whole life. “My dad always said to ‘complete the circle’. So, finish what you start. That goes with beer, too; always finish the beer you start!” The beertender and her sister got matching tattoos to symbolize their father’s mantra, to which he responded, “The one time you guys listen to me, you get a tattoo.”
I have a pretty amazing dad who is full of wisdom, so I have an especially soft spot for fatherly advice. This three-word gem is just one of the lessons I try to live out to make my own dad proud of me.