November has been an absolute gem when it comes to weekend weather, and my Sunday at Wild Mind was no exception. With a wide open patio, lawn, and food trucks, I was tempted to never leave.
Here’s a bit of the brewery’s story, which explains some of their beautiful branding:
Wild Mind Artisan Ales specializes in wild, sour, farmhouse, saison, and rustic ales through barrel aging and blending.
Roughly 75 percent of our beer will be aged or fermented in oak barrels in our temperature- and humidity-controlled wood cellar, in the manner of traditional Belgian breweries.
All of our beers are brewed with wild Minnesota yeast cultured from around the state by our head brewer. These strains were harvested from multiple wild fruit bushes, trees and wildflowers.
The tap list was too tempting for me to make an independent choice, so I asked the bartender for a couple of beer recommendations. I ended up drinking a #2 and a #7. The first was a Wild Pale Ale called Citra Rush (ABV 5%, IBU 45). This beer featured notes of pineapple, peach, juicy orange, and limes. My second pour was called Funkbot, a SMASH Farmhouse Ale (ABV 6.8%, IBU 25). True to its name, the orange was definitely funky. Both beers were satisfying and impressive, and I’ll definitely be taking a bike ride back.
Most of my time enjoying the beer was spent sitting in the sun, paging through the latest issue of The Growler, and looking at all the dogs on the patio. Like I said, I was tempted to never leave. Eventually, I pried myself away from the dogs to ask the bartender, Jason–who turned out to be an owner–for advice. He told me:
“Nothing ventured, nothing gained. I just watched an old Steve Jobs video and he said just picking up the phone and asking gets you so much in life. People are so afraid to as for things. I have a few partners and this wouldn’t have come together if we hadn’t asked each other for things.”
I often share what I assume is a common sentiment that, especially after graduating from college, adults should be entirely self-sufficient. As I have (obviously and painfully) learned, that is nearly impossible. Asking for help is not only necessary, it oftentimes grows relationships.