Gun Flint Tavern and Brewery, my second Grand Marais stop, was filled to the brim in the main restaurant area, so I settled in at the nautical side bar. And when I say nautical, I mean nautical. The small bar area seats just a couple dozen people, and music flowed over from the main restaurant to provide ambiance.
Per my beertender’s advice, I ordered a Sawtooth Mountain Pale Ale (5.2% ABV, 50 IBU). The brew proved smooth, but packed with hop character. As I sipped my beer (I was full of fresh fish from the Angry Trout and a couple scoops of ice cream), I chatted with the brewer, Paul Gecas.
Paul is a younger guy who built out his own brewhouse in the Gun Flint Tavern. While he had the established restaurant and bar to support his venture, that doesn’t mean he didn’t have to learn a thing or two along the way.
He told me, “I think if everybody sat down and had a drink together, the world would be a better place. Communication is really important.” Paul denies being a Heineken spokesperson, so I must conclude there is some serious truth to his statement.
I’ll set out to solve the world’s problems—one beer at a time. Somebody’s gotta do it.