Beer Snob

Bigger and Better Things a-Brewin’: Fargo Brewing Company Expansion

April 22nd, 2021

By Kris Gruber

perriex1@gmail.com

Spring is here (mostly), and our area is buzzing with people eager to get back out and about -- many newly vaccinated and feeling a bit safer.

Partnering with Jade Events, Fargo Brewing is just getting started, with exciting musical acts and events planned throughout the year.

Enjoy brand new spring brews (check out "Bramble On" -- a blackberry raspberry sour, or "Stimulus Czech" -- a Czech Pilsner) in the outdoor patio space or explore the new music venue…

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Friendly competition: Rye on the rocks at NDMOA

March 4th, 2020

by Jill Finkelson
jsfinkelson99@gmail.com

Far North Spirits, located up in Hallock, MN, is the northernmost distillery in the lower 48. They may be young in the distillery world but the farm and the spirit reach far into the past. Cheri Reese and Michael Swanson left the city seven years ago and started making spirits on a 100+ year old farm. Since then, they have been making a splash locally and globally. You can find them at the local liquor store in Grand Forks or Fargo and also across…

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Battle of the Hamm’s

February 26th, 2020

cover design by Raul Gomez

At the end of November, The Aquarium was slated to host an illustrious event called “Battle of the Hamm’s.” However, in a turn of events that seems all too familiar this winter, inclement weather got in the way. “Much like many winter months the snow got the best of us that day,” said Ryan Hoffart, longtime booker in the Fargo-Moorhead area who as of last summer took over booking and overall directing of the Aquarium. The night did not end up going to waste, though.

“Some…

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The Paloma Cocktail: A sure refresher

February 19th, 2020

photo courtesy of Ramshackle Pantry

by Ben Myhre
benmyhre35@gmail.com

A Paloma Cocktail recipe is refreshing, easy, and a great way to celebrate one of the best citrus fruits available. Move over margaritas, because this simple tequila recipe can be put together in just minutes and will knock your socks off with its beautiful flavor. 

Paloma Cocktail Recipe Summary
There really isn’t much to this drink. We mix up grapefruit juice, a little lime, some sweetener, optionally top it off with a bit of soda water and there you…

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Harold’s Gives Its First Anniversary a Warm (and Cold) Welcome

January 22nd, 2020

photo courtesy of Chainsaw Dave

Even though it didn’t officially open until February 1st of last year, Moorhead bar Harold’s on Main had been under discussion for several years beforehand by its owners. Longtime friends and musicians Eric Odness, Rob Pope, Frank Bevan, Sean Tillman, Preston Olson, and Tom Kemmer wanted to provide a new addition to make up for the dearth of bars in Moorhead compared to its neighbor Fargo.

Though some, like Moorhead native Odness who now lives in Brooklyn, were separated by…

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​A Craft Beer Tour of Pittsburgh Neighborhoods

November 13th, 2019

Pitsburgh brewery tour - photograph provided by Alicia Underlee Nelson

Perched along the banks of the Allegheny, Ohio and Monongahela Rivers and tucked up into the surrounding hills, Pittsburgh’s 90 distinct neighborhoods are connected by more bridges than Venice. Commuters and travelers enjoy sweeping views from two of the nation’s oldest funiculars. So kick off your Pittsburgh trip with an epic skyline shot, then set aside time to eat, drink, wander and sample the idiosyncrasies, some of the city’s inimitable districts at street level.

Because…

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​Fargo Brewing Company Brews Up Good Time for 9th Anniversary

October 16th, 2019

Fargo Brewing Company products

The famous 20th century Southern writer William Faulkner quipped, “Civilization begins with distillation.” Technically one brews beer instead of distilling it, but the sentiment still holds true. Fargo is no stranger to the art of fermentation, with local breweries stationed all over town to wet one’s whistle. The oldest of these alcoholic ambassadors is Fargo Brewing Company, which will soon be celebrating its 9th anniversary. Recently I had the opportunity to ask Jess Click,…

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​A family tradition: North Dakota Sweet Crude

June 5th, 2019

Sweet Crude - photograph by Sabrina Hornung

If you’re from the region you may have sipped, sampled or caught word of a libation often referred to as “red eye” or “wedding whiskey” at some point. In fact some of our friends of German Russia descent swear by it. If you can get your hands on a bottle it’s often homemade and usually comes out during holidays or during times of celebration. Thanks to Arthur Weidner owner of Doodlebug Beverages based out of West Fargo. He and his family are sharing their family recipe with…

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​Think & Drink: Fostering Important Discussions

February 27th, 2019

By Gabrielle Hersch
gabbyhersch@gmail.com

Think & Drink is coming to Fargo! Organized by Humanities North Dakota, Think & Drink is a happy hour series that hosts a facilitated public conversation about big issues and ideas. Lead by a subject matter expert, the event inspires debate, conversation, active listening, and philosophical discussion that opens minds and deepens understanding – all in the midst of locally brewed beer and snacks.

The next Think & Drink event in Fargo will focus…

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​Harold’s causing a stir

February 6th, 2019

Design by Raul Gomez

The 1,290 square-foot garage that was once Main Avenue Auto has generated a lot of buzz for good reason. Harold’s on Main is Moorhead’s newest watering hole and the attention is all in the details. With its dark wood paneling, green vinyl booths, decadent wallpaper and red-votive-candle-lined horseshoe-shaped bar. It’s aesthetically reminiscent of a cozy mid century lounge or supper club.

Plus with their spacious and ultra stylish bathrooms we predict that they may become…

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