It’s true: drinking inside Optimism will make you look on the brighter side - flights on flights of homemade beer will do that to you. Don’t come here looking for a basil-beet-dragonfruit-infused sour ale - Optimism is about simple, classic stuff. Grab a long table with your crew next to the mountain range of steel beer-making tanks, have a bite from the daily-rotating food truck, and Saturday afternoon is officially excellent. If, after all that, you still see your glass as half-empty, it just means you need to chug the rest and order another one.
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