Kegs & Canvas – Art and Ale Walk 2014

Kegs & Canvas - Art and Ale Walk 2014

Date(s) - 10/09/14
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Downtown Fargo
Broadway between Main and NP Ave
Fargo, ND

KegsNCanvasAn artful evening of strolling, beer tasting & art viewing on Thursday October 9th from 5:00-9:00pm in downtown Fargo.

Sample select craft beers and meet local artists at each location.

Wristbands and walking guides will be are available at participating businesses.

More details to be posted soon!


Rhombus Guys look to city loan for Brewery

rhombusguysThe owners of the Rhombus Guys Pizzas (locations in Grand Forks, Fargo, and Mentor) purchased the historic Grand Forks’ Metropolitan Opera House (116 S. Third St) with plans on turning it into a brewery.  They have been looking for an experienced brewmaster and have been working with architects and construction firms on plans for the transformation to a brewery.   (FMBeer article from March 2014)

Per the September 19th article in the Grand Forks Herald, they have submitted an economic development loan application to Grand Forks’ Growth Fund Committee, which will discuss the request on Tuesday September 23rd. The request is for a $53,000 FlexPace loan, which would leverage a $100,000 Bank of North Dakota grant to help buy down interest on part of a bank loan.  If the Growth Fund Committee approves the request, it will go to the Jobs Development Authority for a public hearing on October 6th.

The Rhombus Guys are close but have not made a final decision yet as they say this is a big project with a final cost of around $2 million.  They want to do their research before jumping all the way in.

That article also include several good bits of information for those of us here at FMBeer:

RhombusOpera2The application for the city loan states planning stages are already completed and construction could start this fall and finish in the spring of 2015. The costs of building improvements and purchasing equipment and machinery for the brewing portion of the project total more than $1 million.

“Rhombus Guys Brewing,” as the application refers to the business, would make a line of craft beer that will be sold on location and distributed to other establishments throughout the region.

“We aim to package the beer in kegs and cans for distribution, as well as growlers for sale at the brewery,” the application states. Its distributors will sell to other restaurants, bars and liquor stores. “The goal is to have the beer distributed in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota initially.”

“We ultimately envision Rhombus beers will be sold and consumed throughout the entire Midwest.”

Winjum said the brewery could produce about about 6,000 half-barrel kegs a year. It would also employ a head brewer, assistant brewer and two brewers, according to the staff report.

That beer would also be sold at a bar on location, and a restaurant would sell “high-end pub food,” Winjum said.

Happy Harry’s Beer & Bacon 2014 at the Alerus

Happy Harry's Beer & Bacon 2014 at the Alerus

Date(s) - 11/01/14
3:00 pm

Alerus Center
1200 42nd St S
Grand Forks, ND

HHbb2014Happy Harry’s Beer and Bacon Festival is coming back to Alerus Center on November 1st!  Tickets go on sale this Friday September 19th at 10 am.

The event starts at 2PM for VIP ticket holders and 3PM for the masses.

More details should be coming soon.


Little Deep Beer Co in Minot Crowdfunding

Little Deep Beer Company was founded in 2011 (then called Little Deep Brewing Company*) on the mission to bring craft beer to Minot. Since their inception, they have encountered numerous set-backs to our plans mostly from location related issues.

LittleDeepBeerAfter years of trying to establish their own brewery; they made a decision to switch gears and try another method, contract brewing with their beer being produced by another ND brewery and then building their own brewery once they are established.

They are trying to raise an additional $35,000 beyond their current financing to make this project happen to it’s full potential.

They are working through IndieGoGo to raise these finds giving several awards in addition to beer karma in return.  Depending on the amount you pledge, you can receive beer coasters, bottle openers, SiliPints, t-shirts, invitations to the Lauch Party and more.  At the $750 level, Little Deep founder Jon Lakoduk will come to your party with some swag and talk about beer.  At the top $1000 level, you can work it out with Little Deep what you want in return.

Little Deep Beer Company IndiGoGo campaign link

This crowdfunding campaign to get more beer made in Minot will run through October 20th, 2014.

*For legal reasons, they must call themselves Little Deep Beer Company…for now.

OktoberFest Un Mandan 2014

OktoberFest Un Mandan 2014

Date(s) - 09/27/14
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Dykshoorn Park
411 West Main Street
Mandan, nd

OktoberFest Un Mandan is back on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Dykshoorn Park, Main Street, Mandan, ND from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. with $5 admission (12& under free).  In addition to the family friendly activities, the Hofbrauhaus Beer Tent will have a Beer Tasting from 4 – 7p.m.

  • 20 craft beers available
  • Tapping of the keg – 4 p.m. featuring 2014 Oktoberfest Official Beer: Buffalo Commons Brewing Co.Session Lager
  • Happy hour contests: Beer stein holding, beer stein relay & more
  • $20 ticket in advance, $25 at gate (includes admission)



Bell’s Hopcentric Night at the HoDo

Bell’s Hopcentric Night at the HoDo

Date(s) - 09/11/14
5:00 pm

HoDo Lounge
101 Broadway
Fargo, ND

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Join us as our good friends from Bell’s Brewery bring some very unique, yet very hoppy, beers for you to enjoy!

We will be pouring all Hopcentric focused beers including Two Hearted Ale, Roundhouse IRA, Midwestern Pale Ale, Hopsoulution and The Oracle. If you’re a hop head, this is your dream come true.


JL Beers Grand Forks CELLARbration

JL Beers Grand Forks CELLARbration

Date(s) - 09/23/14 - 09/28/14
11:00 am

JL Beers, Grand Forks
2531 S Columbia Rd
Grand Forks, ND 58201

From JL Beers Grand Forks:

We’re extremely pleased to announce the JL Beers Grand Forks’ CELLARbration will “Fall” on Tuesday, September 23rd! These aged brews will be on tap right at 11:00 AM and stay on through the week until they tap out!
New Belgium Peach Porch Lounger
Grand Teton Coming Home
Grand Teton Black Cauldron
North Coast Old Stock
Deschutes The Abyss
Lucky Bucket Chava Rum Barrel-Aged Certified Evil
Deschutes Black Butte XXIV

Flying Dog Oak-Whiskey Barrel-Aged Gonzo
Moylan’s Lonely Tarts Club
Sierra Nevada Ovila Quad w/ Plums
Deschutes The Abyss
North Coast Class of ’88 Barleywine
Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada Obscura
Southern Tier Pumking
Southern Tier Warlock


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