Any beer aficionado who says it isn't worth driving to Polaris to check out Mellow Mushroom's selection is either a beer-snob poser or a lazy bastard. The beer is well worth the trip. And that's not even taking the pizza into account.

Any beer aficionado who says it isn't worth driving to Polaris to check out Mellow Mushroom's selection is either a beer-snob poser or a lazy bastard. The beer is well worth the trip. And that's not even taking the pizza into account.

I once took a vacation to Cape Cod expecting a week with a bunch of stuffy New Englanders, but instead found an uber-progressive town filled with hippies.

It was one of the most laid-back vacations ever, and a couple sips of Southern Tier Double IPA with Bob Marley's "Mr. Brown" playing in the background at Mellow Mushroom took me immediately back to the cape.

The relaxed vibe is pleasant, but the best reason to visit this Polaris beer and pizza post is its 36 taps. Of those, 17 are mainstay crafts, 16 are seasonal brews and three are domestics.

Founders Nemesis, five varieties of Bell's and the awesome A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' from Lagunitas are good enough for me, but you'll also find selections from Troegs, Flying Dog and Rogue.

All pints are priced between $4 and $7 and are $1 off during happy hour. Mellow Mushroom also offers four-ounce tasters for 75 cents.

If beer isn't your thing, there's eight signature cocktails and a number of wines.

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the pies - much like the beer, they're out-of-the-box and full of flavor. Sure, you can get a cheese or pepperoni, but the specialty pies are a better option.

The Maui Wowie, a seasonal special, has jerk chicken, ham, bacon, pineapple and banana peppers on a pesto sauce - a flood of delicious flavors in one slice.

Also popular is the Hot Potato Pie, with potato, onion, garlic, bacon, sour cream and chives covered in mozzarella, cheddar and ranch. It's basically a loaded baked potato on a pizza crust.