Tracker Pixel for Entry

Beer book delves deep into state’s history

by Chris Larson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | Beer Snob | August 9th, 2017

North Dakota is most certainly part of the latest craft beer revolution, with around a dozen different breweries currently operating from Minot to Fargo and several points in between. While it wasn’t always that way, we have had some very important and interesting connections to beer since before we even became a state. Freelance writer and photographer, Alicia Underlee Nelson goes in depth to explore our history with beer in her new book “North Dakota Beer: A Heady History”, which she is currently supporting with a book signing and discussion tour that is taking her across the state.

Through roughly one hundred and thirty pages that also include some great historical photos as well as mouth watering images of your favorite local beers, she takes us on a three hundred year trip through time to explore our beer drinking past as settlers before statehood, early saloon history, our continued love of beer through high times and dry times, the connections to some really big names in beer that railroads and rivers provided and the history of brewpub and brewery brands of the past.

As someone who feels a very strong connection to the current rebirth of the craft beer scene in our state, this book is a fascinating read. Despite the fact that I have been in the beverage industry for almost two decades myself, I had never known that both Pabst Brewing Company and Miller Brewing Company once had deep roots in our state and that Frederick Miller himself owned and operated a Milwaukee Brewery in Bismarck as a satellite location of Frederick Miller Brewing Company.

The “heady history” she presents is quite impressive and her opening acknowledgements give hefty credit to Mark Piehl and Markus Krueger of the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County and Frank Vyzralek of the State Historical Society of North Dakota who had quite obviously done some extremely extensive research on the varied topics tied to our history with beer. Throughout the first few chapters we learn of the first ales produced in North Dakota, who produced them, the birth of underground social scenes, the Hurdy-Gurdy Girls and beer runners during prohibition. She then moves through our period of mainstream appreciation that included barn dances, epic parties like the Zip to Zap and our first post-prohibition brewery before taking us through the first attempts at establishing a craft beer scene in the 1990s to the explosion that began in 2009 and took us from zero to a dozen craft brewers in just a few short years.

The way she closes by introducing the reader to the current players in the new craft beer revolution in North Dakota made me not only proud to be in the midst of such an exciting time but also served to whet my appetite for a great locally crafted beer. I can imagine more than one reader finishing the book and heading right on over to their favorite tap room to enjoy a cold one with a swell of pride in their smile.

If you would like to get a signed copy of “North Dakota Beer: A Heady History”, the author herself, Alicia Underlee Nelson will be at Zandbroz on Broadway from 5pm to 9pm on Thursday August 10th as well as Thursday August 17th at the Field of Beers festival at Newman Outdoor Field. The Zandbroz event is free and tickets for the Field of Beers are available at fieldofbeersfargo.com

Recently in:

After nearly two and a half years since the people of North Dakota voted to pass the Compassionate Care Act into law in the state, medical marijuana is finally available to patients. Only one dispensary is open right now, but seven…

It was an, “aha,” moment, said Jeremy Jensen. A woman had her vehicle towed into the Fix It Forward Auto Care shop in Moorhead. Jensen and fellow Fix It Forward Auto Care co-founder Matt Carlson had the vehicle on a hoist…

Thursday, April 18, 5-9 p.m.Drekker Brewing Company, 1666 1st Ave N, FargoThe folks at Drekker have partnered with a handful of area artists and the Lend A Hand Up program. A program providing help and hope to families facing…

In 2016, the Rand Corportation’s National Defense Research Institute published a year-long study looking at potential consequences for transgender members to serve within the U.S Military. This study looked at seven different…

The Nordic ModelDr. Thea Hunter, a graduate of Columbia University and an adjunct professor of history at a number of elite colleges and universities, recently died at age 63 of extreme capitalism—and asthma—because of lack of…

Cocktail Showdown

​Yo ho ho!

by Sabrina Hornung

Well shiver me timbers. After weeks of sampling some of the finest drinks in F-M from more bars than we could shake a belaying pin at, the results of High Plains Reader’s 6th Annual Cocktail Showdown are in! For nine weeks,…

After three years Jon Beyer aka “Jonny B” has become the face and the beard behind Jonny B’s Brickhouse in Jamestown North Dakota. Besides the largest selection of craft beers between here and Bismarck, wood-fired pizzas and…

By Gary Usseryusseryg@gmail.comFYB. Three letters, three words, well known by the guys who make up Cascades, and anyone who is a fan of the five-man band. When asked what genre best describes their sound, I was bombarded with at…

Harmony Korine keeps a tight grip on his title as one of the most critic/critique-proof filmmakers of recent times with “The Beach Bum,” a sultry companion piece to 2012’s memorable “Spring Breakers.” Not without its own…

Arts

​Hold your head high

by Sabrina Hornung

“I started to look around at state arts council positions because I felt that even though I had never done that, I felt like it would be a really good blend of skills, so I started to look around in 2016. A few jobs came up but I…

Countless examples can be found throughout the history of great art that was only recognized as such after the life of the artist that created it. Such is true of Georges Bizet’s opera "Carmen."  While its reception during his…

Stand-up comedy is traditionally a one-way exchange. Outside of the odd question addressed to a random audience member, the limit of the spectators’ contribution to the conversation is their laughter at the comedy stylings being…

By Gabrielle Herschgabbyhersch@gmail.comThink & 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…

I’m a big man, I’m tall and powerful, but this also causes some issues in the body department. I suffer from acute scoliosis in my lower back, and pain radiates from this area on a daily basis. I have only ever had one massage…

by Devin Joubertdevinlillianjoubert@gmail.comIt’s that beautiful time of the year that’s filled with seasonal decorations, sparkly lights, warm family gatherings, and delicious feasts. I love everything about this time of the…

It seems like the threats to North Dakota’s Badlands never cease. Let’s go back and revisit Wylie Bice. He’s the rogue, rich, rancher up in Dunn County, on the eastern edge of the Badlands, who’s built himself a private…