Roma Restaurant and Brewery has unconventional beginnings for a taproom. As a result, I got to spend my Sunday at a nice restaurant with a tap selection featuring both house-made and guest beers.
From the eight available house-made beers on tap, I settled on the I, Claudius. The beers is a “Light blonde Patersbier made with a Belgian ale yeast for spicy, funky character and Saaz hops for a distinct European floral nose” (4.7% ABV, 22 IBUs).
The Belgian yeast was just what the doctor ordered, delivering on the promised spiciness and adding a bit of its own full-bodied character. It was an easy drinker and perfect for a warm afternoon on the patio.
My bartender was quick to offer me his advice: “Be compassionate. Learn how to care for other people. There are people in this world who are compassionate, and people who aren’t. It’s clear who is because they make other people’s lives better.”
His words stopped me cold. I don’t know if it’s due to current events, or if he spoke directly to my heart, but that bartender dropped some knowledge that will stay with me for a long time. It’s not a wordy sentiment, yet it applies so beautifully to every person and every situation.