Hayes Public House

A stop at Hayes Public House rounded out our three-day, six-brewery road trip. The Buffalo, MN taproom feels like you’ve stepped straight into Ireland, from the music to the decor to the tap list.

I settled into a cozy armchair with my flight:

  • Clíodhna the Goddess Apple Ale (5.0% ABV) – an absolute dream, better than any cider I’ve had
  • Dullahan Coffee Porter (6.5% ABV, 35 IBU) – drinks just as clean as it looks, perfect for fall
  • Queen Hannah ESB (5.6% ABV, 32 IBU)
  • O’Ruaidhri’s Irish Red  (5.5% ABV, 25 IBU)

When I requested advice from my beertender, she told me, “I also teach and coach kids. They’re interesting little creatures. I have to tell them, ‘If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.'”

If you ask me, this advice often has to be given to the same adults iterating it to their children and students and teams. Isn’t it funny that the lessons we spend so much time teaching our children are the same lessons we must re-learn as adults? We could save ourselves plenty of hurt and politics and passive aggression if we simply led the next generation by example. Let’s spend less time inspiring them with duty and “you are our future” sentiments and a little more time inspiring them as role models. Who knows, we could end up actually making the world a little better in the process.

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