Beaver Island

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If you need proof that looks are deceiving, head to Beaver Island downtown St. Cloud. The taproom is located in a strip mall that also houses a Chinese food buffet and a DVD store. But, step into the taproom, and you’re in beer paradise.

While the exposed brick and rough sawn walls of Beaver Island are beautiful, the┬ácenterpiece of the taproom is a refurbished antique lubrication service station. It was salvaged from storage in the brewhouse, which used to be a car showroom. The 50s effect is amplified by the bowling alley bar top, which inspired the naming of their “Lane 5” beer. The retro twist is a breath of fresh air in the parade of rustic taprooms.

I enjoyed a Revolution II IPA, a solid beer–well balanced despite being packed with hops. My advice came from a friendly face behind the bar, who offered me wisdom that makes me blush to publish on the internet. But, if I put it in quotes, nobody can hold me responsible for it, right? I suppose we’ll find out.

With a toothpick dangling below his handlebar mustache, my beertender told me, “If you can’t fuck ’em, fuck ’em.”

I usually try to draw insight from the advice offered to me, but I think this one stands on its own. So, I’ll let it do that.

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