In the last ten years the craft brewing industry has exploded nationwide and our metro is no exception. Several craft brewers have opened and flourished in the last few years (and word on the street is that more are coming); odds are if you are from the Fargo-Moorhead area you know them already but if you are on your way through our amazing community or need a refresher, here’s a little guide to the area’s current crop of brewers. Also, if you’d like a printable map of the area breweries, wineries, distilleries and meaderies, click here.
Tucked away off Broadway on First Ave North, Drekker may seem unassuming from the outside but inside there is a cavernous space with a plethora of artisanal brews. Stepping inside, the first thing that may strike you is the size of the place. High ceilings, an artsy industrial décor, and sets of bean bag boards just invite you to toss a game or two. Wander a little farther back though and you’ll find the taps. Drekker has an eclectic selection of brews worth trying. From IPA’s to Darks to Sours or more traditional beers you’d be hard pressed to find something you don’t favor. If the beer doesn’t fill you up, Drekker has a limited sandwich menu and you can always order in. Be sure to check out their themed trivia nights and if you win, be generous and “Pint It Forward” to someone else. For those that really want to earn their beer, Drekker hosts Viking Yoga the second Saturday of each month, which is a yoga workout followed by a pint of beer.
Techno Viking, NoDak Steam, Hoptronic Ale
Tap Room Hours
Monday-Thursday 4-10pm, Friday-Saturday 12pm-12am
Free guided tours available every Saturday at noon and 4pm. Get a behind the scene “Grains-to-Glass” look at the brewery. Tours are limited to 20 people.
The original in the Red River Valley and still arguably the favorite, the taproom at Fargo Brewing may not be what you expect if you’ve never been. Located off 10th Street and 7th Ave North Fargo Brewing looks like any old warehouse around town but step inside and you’ll find something far different. The taproom isn’t just a taproom, it’s the production floor. Sipping a beer you’ll really get the sense that it’s right out of the tanks as you gaze at the stacks of cans waiting to be filled. Have a seat on a couch, play a game or grab some food from the trucks outside and if you’re lucky see the house dog running around the taproom. The third Friday of each month at 5:30pm, yogis gather at Fargo Brewing Company for Yoga on Tap and start their weekend off right – with a workout and a beer. The yoga + beer experience is appropriate for all levels, even those who have never done yoga. Trivia night is every Wednesday night and the winners get FREE BEER! Also, don’t miss the pop-up taproom, Brews on Broadway, downtown at the old Schumacher Goodyear building on Broadway (days and hours vary). It may not be the brewery but nothing beats fresh beers and sitting outside downtown.
Windswept, Stones Throw, Mighty Red IPA
Tap Room Hours
Monday-Friday 4pm-10pm, Saturday 12pm-10pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm
Fargo Brewing Company offers tours every Saturday at noon, and the tour includes one free pint of beer. Please bring a non-perishable food item or $1 for admission – proceeds are donated to the Emergency Food pantry.
Take a trip east on 1st Ave N in Moorhead and you’ll find Junkyard. On a summer day you can’t miss it; bright red, garage doors open and people mingling just steps from the street, on what is the biggest patio of all the local brewers. Junkyard may be small but it makes up for it with personality. The place is almost always packed with friendly folks. The atmosphere evokes something of cozy pop art cabin. If you’re there, it’s highly likely there’s going to be a local artist strumming some tunes too. On Sunday evenings Junkyard hosts “Beer & Hymns,” a time when you can enjoy a beer and sing along with (or just listen to) some bluegrass and gospel themed hymns. While there may not be a menu, you could always order a pizza – but if you take my advice, make a quick walk to Burger Time a block away if you need a bite between brews.
Lou Dog Hefewiezen, Peanut Butter Bandit
Tap Room Hours
Monday-Thursday 4pm-10pm, Friday 4pm-Midnight, Saturday Noon-Midnight, Sunday 4pm-10pm
Give Aaron Juhnke a jingle to schedule a tour (701-261-8403)
Finding Kilstone feels like finding a well-kept secret that you’ll want to tell everyone about. Hidden in the industrial park off 7th Ave and 34th St N, at first you may feel like you’re in the wrong place but keep going. Like a speakeasy a century ago, Kilstone is worth seeking out. Once there, you’ll find a charming little brewery that is quietly concocting some of the best brews in town. The taproom is small but if the weather is good, a nice little patio opens up outside. Try out their family-style Friday game nights (Super Awesome Funtime Game Nite) and if you’re feeling adventurous, ask them for the Brew Experience and you can brew with the Kilstone crew and take home some of your own.
WHAT? Er… Melon Wheat, Hambeerdextros Bacon Amber Ale
Because of their smaller size they are consistently adding new beers so make sure to stop by often!
Tap Room Hours
Wednesday- Friday 3pm-10pm, Saturdays 1pm-10pm
They don’t do official tours at this time. However, they are always happy to show people around our brew area when asked.
764 34th Street N, Fargo
The Fargo-Moorhead area’s brewery scene will continue to grow throughout the next year or so with the addition of a few more brewing companies:
PRAIRIE BROTHERS BREWING COMPANY
DRUMCONRATH BREWING COMPANY