Fargo Beer Company has announced a new brewery to open soon in Fargo at 610 North University Drive, and a name change to go with it… Fargo Brewing Company. The company has been in business since 2010, brewing their beer at Sand Creek Brewery in Black River Falls, Wisconsin.
The journey to open the brewery in Fargo has not been easy. The city had to create a new brewing license to allow a dedicated brewery to be built. Previously, microbreweries were only licensed as part of restaurant operations.
Fargo Brewing is something to be proud of. In a city with an iconic name like “Fargo,” it seems a perfect fit that we should have our own namesake brewery. I sampled the Fargo Beer Company’s “Stone’s Throw Scottish Ale” this weekend, and it is quite good — on par with larger, national brands in my opinion. The Woodchipper IPA (a reference to the Coen Brothers movie) seems to be sold out all over town. When the brewery is up and running, they intend to make a Porter called Northbound, plus a Kolsch, a Pale Ale, and some seasonal brews, in addition to the Woodchipper and Stone’s Throw.
Last summer, my sister came to town from Texas. Her husband Rob asked me to take him to someplace uniquely Fargo — a place Fargo was known for. It was a disappointment to not have any real destination for him. I know, everybody says Duane’s House of Pizza is a unique Fargo place, but unfortunately, I’ve never been a fan. The last time I ate there, I ordered a pop and they brought me a can of pop with a glass of ice. And the pizza was average. Not the kind of place I’m eager to take my family when they want a memorable Fargo experience. I wish Fargo Brewing Company’s brewery had been open at the time.
At any rate, I’m quite excited because Fargo Brewing will be just a few blocks from my house, and it will be a prominent business in a neighborhood that can use a shot in the arm. The lease on the new brewery begins in March, and Fargo Brewing’s Aaron Hill says they hope to have the brewery open for business by summer. I’ll be standing in line for a tour and a visit to the tasting room.
Find Fargo Brewing on Facebook here.