The city of Woodbury welcomed its first taproom less than two months ago, and it’s a pity they had to wait so long. Great access to local beer and a night out without frills is seriously underrated.
3rd Act’s sizable taproom seating was full to the brim when I visited during the dinner hour on a Friday night. I found quick and friendly service at the bar while Evan ordered Neapolitan pizza. While we wolfed down margarita and veggie pizzas, we enjoyed a few beers:
A Beer Fit For The Gods / Brut IPA / 5.9% ABV, 28 IBU
That’ll Be The Day IPA / West Coast Style IPA / 4.7% ABV, 65 IBU
There’s No Place Like Home / All Minnesota Pale Ale / 5.5% ABV, 30 IBU
You’re Killing Me Smalls / Porter / 4.5% ABV, 31 IBU
The beers are all named for movie references, and I’ll award fake internet points to anybody who can name them all.
When I asked a beertender for advice, he promptly waved down his manager, telling me wryly, “Anything I tell you will be bad advice.” His manager offered me the advice his grandfather used to tell him in German: “Laugh, and the world laughs with you. Cry, and you cry alone. I always learned throughout the years, if you let things bring you down, nobody will cry with you. If you pick things up, people will support you and they’ll pick you up when you’re down.”
I find it easy to appreciate this advice; it’s like a real life double jump in Super Mario—getting boosted when you’re already on your way up. Drumming up a bit of your own motivation encourages an extra lift from your community. However, it’s important to not abandon those closest to you if they are having a hard time finding or creating their own motivation. Sometimes chemical imbalances in the brain make it hard to create good things, so a little extra care is needed.