Get to know all 7 of Fargo-Moorhead's breweries this fall
The Fargo-Moorhead area now has seven breweries up and running, with one more on the way. Here's a list of brewing companies to check out:
630 1st Ave. N., Fargo
Located downtown on First Avenue North, and soon to move into a bigger brew space, Drekker Brewing Co. is an award-winning brewing company with a lot of character. Centered around a Viking theme, Drekker offers a variety of events in their taproom, including "Viking Yoga," where participants do yoga while enjoying a free pint of beer. Drekker also serves up snack food, including grilled cheese sandwiches. If you're feeling more hungry, since they are located right next to Wurst, Pounds and Smiling Moose Deli, you can get their food delivered to you instead.
Beers to try: Hibiscus Drive By Glitter Bomb, Wheez the Juice, Coffee Rudder
610 University Drive N., Fargo
Fargo Brewing Company, located just north of downtown, was the first brewery in area. Their cans can be found in most of the liquor stores, and their ever-popular Stone's Throw is frequently on tap at local eateries. The taproom is dog-friendly, but make sure your pup plays well with others -- there's often a dog there already. You can also check out Fargo Brewing's ale house at 4445 17th Ave. S., which offers some grub with your growler. Unique to this brewery is the spelling bee every second Saturday of the month.
Beers to try: Stone's Throw, Sodbuster, Wood Chipper
1416 1st Ave. N., Moorhead
On the other side of the river, Moorhead's Junkyard Brewing Co. not only brews great beers, but provides a great atmosphere. Junkyard is known for their large, dog-friendly patio, friendly service and live music. Although they don't serve food, Junkyard does have a popcorn maker, or feel free to bring in your own dinner, order for delivery or visit the food truck parked in front of the brewery.
Beers to try: Shake-o-Matic, Nutty Fella, Old Red Lion
764 34th St. N., Fargo
Kilstone started as a way to give the founders' family and friends great beer, but then their secret got out. Tucked away in the industrial park off 7th Avenue North, Kilstone brewery is the place to go for a date-night beer. Try one, or two, of the eight brews they have on tap and grab a few games to play. If you're feeling more adventurous, ask for the Brew Experience. The Kilstone crew will have you help out with the brewing process and then take some home for yourself after you're finished. Their tap list is always changing, so visit often to try the new beers.
Beers to try: All the Glitters is Golden Strong Ale, R&D Mild, Ironstone Irish Red
3140 Bluestem Drive, Suite 105, West Fargo, ND
Named after Fargo's landscape, Flatland Brewery in West Fargo is one of the newest breweries for the F-M area. With twelve beers on tap, Flatland offers a variety of flavors, and since they share a building with Spicy Pie, you can get a slice of pizza with your beer. Visit on Wednesday nights for a chance to win beer and gift cards by playing trivia.
Beers to try: Flatlander, Octobeardfest, Ploughboy
4474 23rd Ave. S., Fargo
Also one of the newer breweries is Prairie Brothers Brewing Company. Prairie Brothers has 10 beers on tap, from IPAs to a chocolate milk stout. In addition to live music, Prairie Brothers hosts fundraising nights, donating $1 per pint to the cause of the night.
Beers to try: The Basic - All Hopped Up, Dusty Road, Coco Boingo
349 Knutson St., Mapleton, ND
A short drive west from Fargo is Mapleton, home to Drumconrath Brewing Company. Drumconrath has a more laid back atmosphere, serving up eight taps, Pizza Corner pizza, and sometimes a food truck is parked out front. As the newest brewery in the F-M area, their hours are limited to Wednesday through Saturday, but they make those days count. At Drumconrath, be prepared to partcipate in Beer-I-N-G-O, trivia or indoor bags. They also have poetry nights with a chance to get on stage for open mic.
Beers to try: Sts. Peter And Paul Porter, Fresh Hot Blonde, Ribbonman Red
Coming soon: Wild Terra
In the next coming months, Fargo can expect a new kind of brewery: a cider brewing company. Wild Terra Cider & Brewing is currently being built in an old horse barn off Sixth Avenue North in Fargo.
And if you happen to hit up a few too many breweries, here are some suggestions for where to get some hangover grub the next day.