Beer Snob

​Boulder Tap House

by Krissy Ness | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 29th, 2016

The Boulder Tap House has been open in Moorhead for a couple of months now and boy do they have beer. Not only do they have 50 beers on tap, but also an excessive amount of beer in cans and bottles, full bar, and house wines. If you are looking for a “local beer” including beer from all over Minnesota, this is the place to be.

General Manager Matthew Johnson declared, “We want to keep our line up as close as possible, location wise.” “We also have 10% of our tap lineup…

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​Ciders ‘n Bocks

by Krissy Ness | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | January 24th, 2016

This week the HPR will be reviewing Ace Ciders and Schell’s Bocks. Let’s get the ball rolling by introducing some tasty ciders by ACE Premium Cider.

ACE Joker Hand Cider (ABV 6.9%) This cider mimics the color and smell of a white wine. It is very crisp, semi-sweet and dry in flavor with no lingering aftertaste. There is a decent head retention, which makes this beer look as delicious as it tastes.

ACE Perry Hard Cider(ABV 5%) This Perry (pear cider) is pastel yellow in color with an…

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Sidestreet new location brings 50 taps

by Krissy Ness | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 2nd, 2015

photo by Chiharu Sato Bobby If you were having withdrawals from not being able to see your favorite bartenders from Sidestreet, fear not! Sidestreet Grille and Pub is now open in its new location, 404 Fourth Ave. N, in downtown Fargo. It’s open from 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday through Sunday.

The once-beloved, wood-paneled hangout that was connected to the Howard Johnson was moved a couple blocks away, as a large dike is set to be built parallel to the mighty Red River.

Sidestreet got a facelift when it moved,…

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Fargo Brewer’s Ball-Draws for a Cause

by Krissy Ness | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 21st, 2015

The 5th annual Fargo Brewer’s Ball, presented by Sammons Financial in Fargo, offers the irresistible opportunity to sample over 30 different kinds of beer, indulge in delectable food and try your chance at a silent auction, all while supporting a good cause. The event, which will raise money for cystic fibrosis, is being held on Friday, Oct. 23, at the Avalon Event Center West in Fargo. The ball will run from 7-11 p.m., so you will have ample time to discuss the complexity of every…

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Indeed Brewing comes to Fargo-Moorhead

by Krissy Ness | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 7th, 2015

Scott Cohen

If you hope for nothing more than to relax at the end of a long workday with one of Minnesota’s best beers, look no further. Indeed Brewing Company has blessed us with their presence.

Indeed Brewing was founded in 2011 by friends Thomas Whisenand, Rachel Anderson and Nathan Berndt, and it is located in the heart of Northeast Minneapolis. Indeed began its journey west at the Fargo Beer Festival, and began distribution in North Dakota Oct. 1. Beginning Nov. 2, Indeed Brewing Company…

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Drekker celebrates one year

by Krissy Ness | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 2nd, 2015

Drekker brewing company is celebrating its first year in business and it’s going to be one hell of a party. The brewery and taproom, located in downtown Fargo, will feature new beer, live music, brewery tours and more. The celebration will be this Saturday, Oct. 3, so set a reminder.

The brewery will be open Saturday from 12 p.m.-1 a.m. and there will be something for everyone (21+)! Stop in and grab a pint and see why Drekker Brewing Company has seen so much success.

If you are an NDSU…

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Five Years of the Fargo Beer Festival

by Krissy Ness | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 24th, 2015

I am sure all of you have heard about the 5th Annual Fargo Beer Festival happening this Saturday, Sept. 26. Just in case you haven’t, the event will be held at the Fargo Civic Center from 4-7 p.m., and tickets are $35 at the door or $25 in advance. You can purchase tickets at Fargo Civic Box Office, and all Empire, Crown and Royal liquor stores.

This event has been a great platform for the craft beer scene by providing a fun and safe environment to experience new beer, old beer or…

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​UnPillage Happy Hour

by Krissy Ness | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 26th, 2015

In recent weeks Drekker Brewing Company has been kicking off their UnPillage Program with a special weekly happy hour. From 4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday one dollar from every pint is given to a local charity to help the community, and so far the turnout has been great! About two weeks ago 4 Luv of Dog Rescue brought in volunteers for information about their rescue program. It brought out lovers of dogs and supporters of the cause. It was wonderful to witness strangers and friends get…

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​Now in Moorhead: Bent Paddle beers

by Krissy Ness | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 22nd, 2015

If you weren’t able to make it to the Rare Beer Picnic last weekend there is still a chance to try Bent Paddle Brewing’s beer. Beginning in late July, Bent Paddle will be distributing beer in Moorhead. 99 Bottles and JL Beers in Moorhead will be hosting a special meet and greet with the owners of Bent Paddle and supplying their beer with a tap takeover!

I had the opportunity to speak with Karen Tonnis and Colin Mullen, two of the four owners, over the phone, and here is what they had…

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Rare Beer Picnic

by Krissy Ness | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 15th, 2015

If you plan on attending the Fargo Street Fair, then don’t skimp on the last day. Enjoy the fair and then shimmy over to the other side of the river into Moorhead’s Davy Park, near Ushers, for the Rare Beer Picnic on Saturday, July 18. The beer will be flowing from 4 to 8 p.m. with special events and food for you to snack on.

Rare Beer Picnic is an event put on by Junkyard Brewing, Bottle Barn in Moorhead and Ushers that focuses on aged, sour and infused beer. Bigger name Minnesotan…

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​The other shoe

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