Blacklist Artisan Ales

Blacklist is one of Duluth’s Superior Street breweries and one of the couple I think fit the bill of a typical Minnesota taproom.

Qualities such as hardwood floors, local art for sale, funky board games, and a broad assortment of patrons made me feel right at home in the Blacklist taproom. Plus, the beer was fantastic, so that helped the cause. P.S. If anyone knows how to play Bläst, I’d love to see a video.

I ordered a Classic Wit (5.5% ABV), a Belgian Wheat Ale with spices and citrus. The brewery describes it:

Every Minnesotan has dreams of year-round summer, sunny days and patio nights. We did our best to put it in a can. Bright and light, with a touch of citrus and spice. Perfect in the boat, or in your coat. Let it put a little sunshine in your day, even during sweater weather.

Spencer, the beertender on for the afternoon, gave me advice for the blog. He told me: “In moments of stress or joy, consider that—in your mind—things are infinitely large. But, if you consider your place in the universe, you are also infinitely small.”

It might feel depressing to think about how small you are, but if you really think about it—couldn’t we all use a dose of humility now and then? Humans have odd, fragile little egos, so there is a great balance to seek: we must believe we have the power to change the world, but under no circumstances should we believe we are worthy of running it.

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