Beer Snob

A look at Kilstone Brewery

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

Photo by Megan Redfield Two months ago Kilstone Brewery opened in Fargo. Located on Seventh Street in north Fargo, this brewery is tucked among the many warehouse buildings in an industrial area. The owners of Kilstone Brewery started their business among family and close friends.

As a resident of the Fargo-Moorhead area, I think it is a great thing to see in our community. Actually, my first thought about Kilstone was, “No, it is not a sheep farm!” (If you Google Kilstone as of right now you will be lead…

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American Craft Beer Week

by Krissy Ness | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 20th, 2015

Photo by Mike KniecThis past week was American Craft Beer Week, and the whole country was talking about it. From taprooms to Twitter, people were ranting and raving about exclusive new beers, some of which sold out within hours of their releases.

Barrel Aged 2014 Surly Darkness (ABV 10.3% IBU 85, Minnesota)

This highly sought after Russian Imperial Stout scored a 99 (out of 100) on BeerAdvocate and 100 on RateBeer. I was fortunate enough to try this beer on tap and in bottle condition. On tap, this beer…

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​Pints & Pumps celebrated beer in style

by Krissy Ness | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 13th, 2015

Fargo’s first ever beer-fueled fashion show took place last Monday, May 4. Pints & Pumps was held at Drekker Brewing Company and put together by Michelle Durenksy, a sibling of Darin Montplaisir, co-founder and head brewer of the brewery. It featured unique clothing, spring fashion and lingerie from local boutiques in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

I spoke with Michelle about the inspiration and idea behind Pints & Pumps, and in one sentence she summed it up: “It makes zero sense.”…

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​99 Bottles expands its location

by Krissy Ness | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 23rd, 2015

April 30 is going to be a good day for the beer and wine community.

99 Bottles will unveil a new addition to its 100-year-old liquor store with two times more square footage for beer and almost double the amount of space for its wine selection.

In addition to more storage and coolers for its vast collection of liquor, wine and beer, 99 Bottles will also add a 20-person tasting bar, new selection of barware and monthly wine and beer classes.

On top of its wine tasting, which is held…

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​Meat Sweats at Fargo Brewing Co.

by Krissy Ness | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 8th, 2015

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Fargo Brewing Company had yet another celebration for the people who sell and distribute their beer in late March.

“Meat Sweats,” properly named for the massive amounts of grilled and smoked meat, so much so that it induced sweating, was an opportunity to thank the restaurant and bar community and beyond for the great support of locally brewed beer and their great success.

I had a wonderful time people watching, enjoying a pint and catching up with new and old friends about life and,…

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​Barrel-aged beers

by Krissy Ness | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 25th, 2015

Photo by Abigail Maki

Whiskey and bourbon and oak, oh my!

This week we will dive headfirst into some pretty heavy barrel-aged beers. They will keep you warm on those chilly spring days.

Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Stout (2014)(ABV 9.5 percent)

This Wisconsin beer has a decent head that sits atop the deep-dark imperial stout, which is aged in oak bourbon barrels and smells as potent as it tastes.

Large notes of vanilla attack your tongue while the not-so-subtle aftertaste of bourbon warms your belly. A…

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​BEER-thoven Drekker Brewing Co. retrospect

by Krissy Ness | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 4th, 2015

The band wasted no time kicking off the final BEER-thoven fest event as the music bounced off the walls in an excited manner, while guests bellied up to the bar to get one of Drekker’s delicious beers. During the event I was able to speak with a number of people in the crowd and get their perspective on the event and the beer as well.

I spoke with a group of ladies who were laughing and having a good time while sharing a pint. They each had something great to say about the event.

“A…

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BEER-thoven retrospect: Fargo Brewing Company

by Krissy Ness | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 25th, 2015

Photo by Gabby Hartze

Fargo Brewing Company responded to Junkyard with an equally impressive turnout for its BEER-thoven event.

People showed up to support the arts and enjoy local craft beer. Ranging from old to young, the crowd was excited to be there and share a pint with their neighbors.

I had the opportunity to speak with Brad Delzer from Theatre B who coordinated the event with the breweries. He spoke of the importance of bringing the arts and beer together and involving the community. It was a…

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​Junkyard BEER-thoven event retrospect

by Krissy Ness | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 19th, 2015

Aaron Juhnke having a beer with

The journey to Junkyard Brewery for Beer-thoven fest was a fight from the very beginning.

Parking was no easy task, and when I got there I was ready to battle for a spot to sit because this wasn’t my first rodeo at this brewery. The event brought out an older generation that is young at heart. It was exciting to have many different generations in one brewery celebrating the life of a great musician while sipping on delicious beer. Junkyard created a new beer, “Deaf Guy,” especially…

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​Walking In a Winter “Warmer” land

by Krissy Ness | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 17th, 2014

Boulevard - Nutcracker(ABV 7.8% IBU 38, Missouri) Deep gold in color and crowned with a fluffy white head, this winter warmer releases an immediate scent of molasses and chinook hops. The body of this beer is light yet complex, and hints of spice, gingerbread and minimal hops make this a perfect seasonal.

Goose Island - Festivity Ale(ABV 7.7% IBU 50, Illinois) An impressive head gilds this deep maroon beer. Hints of dark fruit and spiced aroma drift from this beer and continue into the…

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