Beer Snob

​Junkyard BEER-thoven event retrospect

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

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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​Hop heaven

December 10th, 2014

Summit - Harvest Fresh IPA (ABV 7% IBU 70, Minnesota) This transparent copper-colored beer possesses a fluffy white head that rises to the sky. The evident aroma of cascade, centennial and chinook hops rises from the glass while this beer finishes crisp and clean.

JL Beers - Hoppin’ Wet (ABV 6.7% IBU 70, JL Beers Brew) Cascade hops escape this light copper IPA providing a luscious, frothy white head that leaves attractive lacing on the glass. A crisp beginning starts this beer,…

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​Livin’ La Vida Local

December 5th, 2014

Granite City – Batch 1000 (ABV 7.2% IBU 74, North Dakota) Deep amber in color, this double IPA boasts a luscious tan head that leaves an attractive lacing on the glass. Hints of citrus and pine escape this medium-bodied beer.

Fargo Brewing Co. – Deceiver (ABV 8.5% IBU 18 North Dakota) This Belgian Golden Strong is pale yellow in color, fairly cloudy and has a decent head. Minimal carbonation, backed by fair amounts of biscuit aroma, fills your nose and continues into the taste.…

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The Quest for Quads

November 25th, 2014

Quad Ale Beer Review

Avery – The Reverend (ABV 10% IBU 24, Colorado) “The holy trinity of ales,” this Belgian-style quad ale has a dark caramel color with an off white foamy head. It makes this beer as beautiful to look at as it is to taste. With minimal hints of dark cherry and molasses, this beer boasts maximum flavor with a medium body. “Created by God, Feared by Satan, Loved by all.”

New Belgium – Cascara Quad (ABV 10% IBU 22, Colorado) Spiced with the fruits of the…

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​All Hail the Pale Ale

November 19th, 2014

Sierra Nevada/Three Floyds - Chico King (ABV 6.5% IBU 45, California) Deep copper in color, this beer boasts an impressive fluffy white head that leaves great lacing on the glass. An aroma of nuttiness and biscuit emits from this beer. The mouth feel has a delicate carbonation, but is packed full of nutty and earthy flavors with subtle traces of citrus that linger appropriately.

Deschutes - Mirror Pond (ABV 5% IBU 40, Oregon) A beautiful fluffy white head dawns this bright orange-colored…

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​Junkyard Beer Review

October 16th, 2014

Aaron and Dan Juhnke // Photo by J Earl Miller

Junkyard Brewing Company has officially opened its stellar new taproom on First Avenue in Moorhead. We’re delighted to present a special HPR Beer Snob review of all things Junkyard.

Hatchet Jack (ABV 7.2%) 

This Baltic Porter is deep in color and provides a beautiful, tan fluffy head. The aroma is potent yet nutty, with hints of chocolate. There is an undeniable taste of coffee that really brings this beer full circle.

Hop Habit (ABV 6.2%) 

An abundant white fluffy head sits atop this…

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Drekker Brewing: From Grains to Glass

September 11th, 2014

Photo by Raul Gomez

Fargo’s newest brewery will open its doors to the public in early October, and many of you may be curious about the men behind the (Viking) mask.

Mark Bjornstad, co-founder and President, is from Moorhead. He practices anesthesia and has a heavy background in science, which he uses to develop recipes and focus on the science behind brewing. Mark also handles the company’s PR and marketing and helps unify the image and direction of Drekker Brewing.

Darin Montplaisir, co-founder and…

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Tour de Froth

May 8th, 2014

Design by Raul Gomez

Fargo craft beer enthusiasts can get their fix of around 100 beers from over 27 breweries this weekend when the Fargo Craft Beer Tour comes to the Hilton Garden Inn. It’s the brainchild of event promoter Christian Medford, a Fargo native who has done similar events in St. Cloud and sought to capitalize on the growing craft beer market in the Fargo-Moorhead area. To that end, two of the breweries featured will be local: Fargo Brewing Company and Junkyard Brewing Company.

For a $25…

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The Junkyard Brothers

March 20th, 2014

Photo by J Earl Miller

The brothers behind Junkyard Brewing Company in Moorhead are the type of guys who initiate handshakes. They are the type of guys who, rather than shrugging off compliments, say thank you. They are the type of guys who like to know where their customers are traveling from, how they heard of their brewery and who they know in common.

Aaron and Dan Juhnke, ages 25 and 22, are the co-founders of a local nanobrewery, which incorporated in 2012, started distributing kegs in summer 2013 and…

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