It was stop #3 of my brewery road trip. The roads were impossibly foggy, I filled up on gas in a potential horror movie scene, and I was eating cold dip from a to-go box that had been in my back seat for two hours.
I pulled into the taproom parking lot next to what I thought was a tractor store, but is actually a meat shop, but might also house a hardware rental business. Needless to say, I wasn’t sure how this night was going to end.
Little did I know, Spilled Grain Brewhouse is a beer hall sanctuary. Exposed beams criss-crossed over towering ceilings, warm leather couches created a living room of sorts, and the bar was filled with folks who surely stayed ’til closing.
After sampling a few brews that I’m committing myself to drink again (including the Train Wreck Imperial Black IPA, which would have made me a train wreck had I consumed its 10.1% ABV goodness), I settled on the Apiary Ale, a Honey Nut Brown Ale (ABV 5.7%, IBU 30), which proved sweet and smooth. My list of beers to drink when I return is growing, and it’s starting to look a little dangerous.
I solicited advice from my beertender, a friendly face who also happens to be a teacher. Considering his advice, I think we should be grateful he’s shaping the minds of today’s youth. Here are the three pieces he had to offer:
Surround yourself with positive people. Being around individuals who constantly complain can easily drag you down.
Working hard is important, but strive to be the best that you can be in any aspect of your life.
Don’t sweat the small stuff. When you become upset with something, ask yourself if it will still bother you a year from now. If not, just move on and let it go.
Keith added, “I enjoy working here. You meet a lot of different people, and I think beer really brings out the connections.”
Honestly, it’s the attitudes of beertenders like Keith who make me have so much fun at (most of) these taprooms. He was kind to a pair of energetic, recently-reunited friends who needed to sample just about every beer on tap, and he followed up with an email to clarify his advice. It feels a little silly to regularly remind yourself to be kind, but damn–it can really do great things for a person.