Beer Snob

​Grand Opening: Front Street Taproom

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 26th, 2016

By Chris Larson cjlarson75@gmail.com

With a nod to Fargo’s history and a commitment to supporting local and regional brewers, Front Street Taproom opened its doors to the public this past Wednesday and thus delivered on a very simple concept that I have personally been desiring for quite some time: a taproom that features only beers made in Minnesota or North Dakota.

With seating for 126 and 30 taps available, manager/owner Aaron Templin and his crew are ready to serve up flights,…

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​Shiny and sexy: craft beer in cans

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 19th, 2016

By Chris Larson

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All you need to do is take a look at your favorite liquor store’s craft beer section to see that a revolution in craft beer is upon us and growing stronger month by month.

I’m talking about a steady surge of craft beer in cans. Fans of craft beer who once believed only in beer in a bottle are starting to come around to the idea of beer in of a can, partly because of changes in drinking habits and partly because the beers they want to bring home are…

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​Flatland Brewery in West Fargo

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 12th, 2016

By Chris Larson

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Located in the rapidly expanding commercial and residential development off Veterans Boulevard in West Fargo, Flatland Brewery has been pouring pints of their locally crafted beers since they opened near the end of July.

President of Flatland Brewery LLC and head brewer, Frank Clemens served me up a couple samples of two of the more popular brews, their IPA and Oktoberfest and explained that after just a couple of months, production was up enough to…

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​Proof Artisan Distillers: set to warm up winter with whiskeys

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 5th, 2016

By Chris Larson

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Photo by Urban Toad Media

The words “artisan” and “craft” get thrown around an awful lot these days, and all too often are applied to products or businesses that are anything but. Fargo’s Proof Artisan Distillers, located just off Broadway at 414 4th Avenue North are not only delivering products that are deserving of the artisan label, but seem to infuse everything they do with a spirit of creativity and desire to deliver a unique…

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​Love it or hate it, it’s pumpkin spice season

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 28th, 2016

By Chris Larson

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The seasonal autumn flavors are upon us and with them, the centerpiece of all things autumnal: the pumpkin. The pumpkin has assumed a sort of dominance over fall flavors that has been building over the last couple decades.

With the abundance of pumpkin beer options, you may be wondering exactly how many different ways they can make a pumpkin beer -- and do they all taste like watered-down pumpkin pie filling?

I recently sat down with a pile of pumpkin…

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​Drekker celebrates two years with Drekkerfest

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 21st, 2016

By Christopher Larson

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Whiskey, peaches, chocolate, raspberries, pumpkin, citrus juice and bright bold hops are all flavors you should expect to be savoring at Drekker’s second birthday party bash, known as Drekkerfest.

While The 4onthefloor and BOOTS are both outstanding bands who are sure to get you shakin’ and moving enough to spill some beer in the alley, the true stars of the day will most certainly come from their incredible lineup of yearly available…

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Oktoberfest in Fargo-Moorhead

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 14th, 2016

By Chris Larson

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Of course we can count on Wurst Bier Hall to bring a 207-year-old traditional German celebration to the local community. Just like with their oft-celebrated food and beer menu, they bring a heavy dose of heritage and tradition to this once-a-year celebration of German food and beer by beginning the festivities on the third Saturday in September and running them through the first Saturday in October.

Unlike the celebrations in the motherland, which are…

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Odell Brewing invades North Dakota

by John Strand | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 7th, 2016

By Chris Larson

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North Dakotans are nationally known for our appreciation of adult beverages. Despite our notoriety, we often get overlooked by nationally popular distillers and wineries.

It seems that craft breweries have noticed us, though, as we have been blessed with numerous breweries launching into the North Dakota market in the last two years.

Odell Brewing Company Regional Marketing Manager, Corland Egertson, explains why North Dakota will be the lucky 13th…

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​Rare Beer Picnic

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 14th, 2016

By Heather Schuer

Hello, beer lovers! Saturday, July 16th, will be the 2nd annual Rare Beer Picnic hosted by Junkyard Brewing Company and Usher’s House. The picnic’s theme is “Aged, Infused, and Sours.” Breweries from Minnesota and North Dakota will be participating, and food will be served from Usher’s House. There will also be yard games and live music from musician Dustin Ellingson, part of the group Cropdusters.

Michelle Juhnke, part of Junkyard Brewing, shared her…

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​Mead I say more

by Granville Wood | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 6th, 2016

For fans of the epic series Game of Thrones, you might say it played a huge part in the resurgence and newfound popularity of mead. Even though the beverage itself hasn’t made an appearance on the show, the popularity of both are on the same trajectory, and it is curious that it hasn’t made an appearance. It would be the most likely beverage to have been quaffed in those ancient times.

It is a performance centuries in the making and it is now taking center stage: call it the Hamilton…

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