Oktoberfest Beer Dinner at Maxwells

Oktoberfest Beer Dinner at Maxwells

Date(s) - 10/23/12
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

1380 9th St E Suite 601
West Fargo, ND

We will be featuring a four-course meal with some of the areas best beer combinations. This meal will be an authentic German Oktoberfest meal that you won’t soon forget.

This event is only $50 plus tax and gratuity!

Course 1 – Barbecued Kielbasa Turnovers with HopGoblin English Dark Ale from Wychwood Brewery

Course 2 – Knoephla Soup with Mönchshof Kellerbier Unfiltered German Lager

Course 3 – Marinated Beef Brisket w/ Red River Whipped Potatoes, Honey Glazed Carrots, w/ a Red Wine Mushroom Sauce, Sauerkraut & Apple Relish. We are pairing this course with Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Märzen Original Oktoberfest Beer

Course 4 – German Chocolate Cake with Black Cauldron Imperial Stout from the Grand Teton Brewing Co.


Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp at the Walrus

Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp at the Walrus

Date(s) - 10/10/12
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm

The Walrus Restaurant
1136 N. 3rd St
Bismarck, ND

Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp series is coming to the Walrus Wednesday October 10th.

They will be featuring 8 beers from Sierra Nevada including the four from this years Beer Camp series.

Tapping of these beers start at 5:00PM.


Little Deep Brewing Announces Associate Founder Program

Little Deep Brewing Company in Minot has announced an Associate Founder Program to get some additional funding.   For $775 you can become an Associate Founder and they are limiting the number of associate founders to 125.  In return you will get a bunch of Little Deep Brewing merchandise and discounts on growler fills, additional merchandise and much more.

Full information is on their Facebook page | link

Old Chicago Halloween Mini Tour

Old Chicago Halloween Mini Tour

Date(s) - 10/10/12 - 10/31/12
12:00 am

Old Chicago
2551 45th St. SW
Fargo, ND

The Old Chicago Halloween Mini Tour starts on Wed October 10th with a Kick Off party from 7-9:00PM and then runs through October 31st.

The following 8 beers are include in this years mini tour:

• Exclusive – OC Blood Orange Wheat
• Wychwood Hobgoblin
• Rogue Dead Guy
• Widmer Pitch Black IPA
• Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale
• Woodchuck Seasonal Cider
• Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat
• Newcastle Werewolf

Enjoy all 8 brews and you’ll receive a limited edition Halloween Tour T-shirt.

See a preview of the shirt here


Spiegelau Beer Tasting

Spiegelau Beer Tasting

Date(s) - 10/24/12
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Fargo Billiards & Gastropub
3234 43rd Street South
Fargo, ND

Presented by Fargo Billiards & Gastropub and Happy Harry’s Bottle

$50 per ticket with limited seating.

Taste 4 craft beers from Goose Island and Red Hook and see how premium glassware can enhance the experience, and you can keep the set of Spiegelau Beer Connoisseur Glasses (a $50 value).

A social hour and appetizers will follow the tasting.


Fargo Homebrewers Win President of Beers

Fargo homebrewers Tom Roan and Nancy Bowser were invited to send in a homebrew to Willamette Weekly’s ‘President of Beer’ competition.  This competition was created by this Portland Oregon website as a battle between the 50 flagship commercial beers from each state.  Well North Dakota does not have a full brewery operating within the state at the time of the competition so they asked some homebrewers.

Well Tom and Nancy sent in some bottles of Beaverbear Barleywine and Willamette Weekly got a panel of judges together and did a blind tasting scoring all 50 beers and the one on top, was Tom and Nancy’s barleywine, beating out some very well known commercial beers from the other states.  Minnesota’s representative was Summit EPA and it got 39th place.

Congratulations Tom and Nancy!

Also congratulations go to South Dakota’s Crow Peak brewery who got 3rd place with their Pile O’ Dirt Porter.


Ole & Lena’s Fest

Date(s) - 10/06/12
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Ole & Lena's Pizzaria
134 1st Avenue SW
Rothsay, MN

Ole & Lena’s Pizzeria is celebrating 5 years of service and is inviting you to a pizza polka beer bash!  Included is a Beer Garden with

A beer garden will be set up all day and will feature craft beer selections from Summit Brewery, Empyrean Brewing Company, and Lucky Bucket Brewing Company.

Attention beer aficionados!  A special cask beer will also be set up and will feature Firkin kegs of beer.
Free Ole & Lena’s Pizzeria pint glasses will be given away to the first 25 people!

October 6, 2012
Downtown Rothsay at Ole & Lena’s Pizzeria

Admission is free until 7pm! $3 at the gate after 7pm.


Bemidji Brewing Co.

This article comes courtesy of our partner site, MNBeer.com. Thanks to David Duffey for the profile on Bemidji Brewing! Bemidji recently passed all of their state and federal licensings and have the green light to brew!

Do yourself a favor and spend some time in Bemidji; you won’t be disappointed.  It’s a pleasantly bustling, yet relaxed town with plenty of nature around to admire and get lost in.  In fact, if you stop by on a weekend you can sample the Mexican-Scandinavian fusion food truck, the Local 303.   The novelty of a lefse fish taco made with walleye should alone be reason enough to bring you in, but I’ll give you more: it will soon be the only place to find the beers offered by the Bemidji Brewing Company.


The seeds of the Bemidji Brewing Company were sown while Tom Hill, Tina Hanke and Justin (call him Bud) Kaney were in college.  There, they experimented with homebrewing and developed a passion for good beer and always harbored an inkling they would someday make a living out of it. Their careers took them, collectively, across the country from Alaska to Rhode Island, Texas to Montana and gave them some great experiences with craft beer.  In those years, Tom became a Certified Cicerone and worked at Northern Brewer while Tina and Bud had become well-practiced in community organizing, programming and marketing.  Feeling need for a change to the daily grind, the three chose to come back to their Northern Minnesota roots (Tom and Bud are BSU grads) and make their passion for beer into a full-time endeavor. The first step, though, would be getting back to Bemidji.  When they decided to launch the business, Tina and Bud were in Missoula while Tom was in Saint Paul.   These geographic limitations meant Skype meetings and document sharing were the norm while the three of them hashed out their plan for the brewery.  They launched (and successfully funded) a Kickstarter project [see the MNbeer.com profile of the Kickstarter trend here] and their nano-brewery was off and running.

Running in place, that is.  With a plan, but without a facility, the three were entertaining the thought of working from a shared-space when, by pure serendipity, Harmony Co-Op  in Bemidji opened the doors to their Community Kitchen.

Harmony Co-op Corner

One of the co-op’s visions for the kitchen is to be the extra push needed for a food producer to get a professional business off the ground and Bemidji Brewing’s plan presented a great opportunity for both the brewery and the co-op.

Making it work

This fortune came with a unique twist when it came time to obtain federal approval.  The TTB informed them they were the first brewery in the country to operate out of a shared space and as such, required more detailed assurances than normal.  Harmony Co-Op proved to be a steadfast supporter and was willing to assist with making necessary adjustments to obtain the federal approval. Working within a shared space means, among other things, Bemidji Brewing needs to clear out at the end of a brew day, so their equipment needed to be nimble, compact and for the most part, portable.  They found this in a custom-built steel brewing stand that is equipped with two burners and can hold three 30-gallon kettles. Perhaps most importantly, the entire stand can be loaded in and out as needed. To utilize the available fridge space in the co-op they use 26-gallon keg-style fermenters and a caged area in the existing walk-in cooler will house the finished product.

Finally, the three founders of the Bemidji Brewing Company are back, settled in, and finished with Skype meetings and long trips away from home.  The facility is set and the equipment is at the ready.  Federal approval came in August 2012 and now with state approval pending, Bemidji Brewing is only waiting to start selling beer and become a success story for the Co-Op’s Community Kitchen.

Expect to see Bemidji Brewing beers on tap this fall at select Bemidji locations. Keep up with the latest on their website  and on Facebook.

FermenterBrew Stand


JL Beers WF Taps New Beers

JL Beers has tapped some new beers:  Boulevard Stingo, Deschutes Green Lakes, and Fargo Beer Coompany Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest Fargo 2012

Oktoberfest Fargo 2012

Date(s) - 10/12/12 - 10/13/12
All Day

Downtown Fargo
Broadway between Main and NP Ave
Fargo, ND

Friday Oktober 12th – Oktoberfest Kickoff!

  • 4:00 – Tapping of the Keg ceremony (Official Kick Off to Oktoberfest)

Saturday Oktober 13th

(All events take place on Broadway between Main and NP Ave unless otherwise noted)

  • 10am– Oktoberfest Opens
    • Food Vendors
    • Beer Garden
    • Oktoberfest games
    • Friendly Smiles Games to Go Games open (free)
    • Costume Contest begins
  • 11am – Pub Crawl Begins at all participating locations – You do not need to consume alcohol to participate
    • (The Old Broadway, Sports Bar, Sidestreet, Rooters, Pickled Parrot, Rhombus Guys Pizza, Bomb Shelter)
    • First 500 to finish at Oktoberfest receive a NEW commemorative Pub Crawl medal
  • Fargo Tire Bean Bag Tournament begins
  • O’Dell Bratten begins
  • Noon – Beer/Liquor Sampling begins – brought to you by Shock Top, the official beer of Oktoberfest
  • Registration for Wiener Dog Costume Contest begins
  • 2pm – Running of the Wieners – Presented by Shaggy’s Dog Wash
  • Costume Contest closes
  • O’Dell Bratten ends
  • 5pm – Hot Dog Eating Contest – sponsored by Broadway Dogs and The Old Broadway
  • 6pm – Oktoberfest King and Queen and Wiener Dog Costume winners announced
  • 6:30pm– Live music on stage
    • Games to Go close
  • All Day Events: Costume Contest – Win prizes for dressing up

More information at http://oktoberfestfargo.com/