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Hopperstad Series: Idaho 7 (Single Hop Session IPA)

Just across the Red River from the brewery in Moorhead, MN sits an immaculate replica of the Hopperstad Stave Church. The original Hopperstad is in Vik, Norway and was built around the year 1100. It’s one of the oldest of these iconic stave churches still standing.

The Hopperstad Series features new and unique hops in a single hop beer to let that hop’s flavor and aroma shine.

Idaho 7 is a very new hop variety only released in 2015. It’s only grown in Wilder, ID, and it’s characterized by it’s pungent tropical fruit flavor and aroma (think orange, apricot, red grapefruit, papaya) with big not es of resiny pine and hints of black tea. Hop heads love how this beer bursts with flavor and aroma while remaining very drinkable and sessionable at only 5% ABV.

ABV:5.0%
IBU:39

Hopperstad Series: El Dorado (Single Hop Session IPA)

Just across the Red River from the brewery in Moorhead, MN sits an immaculate replica of the Hopperstad Stave Church. The original Hopperstad is in Vik, Norway and was built around the year 1100. It’s one of the oldest of these iconic stave churches still standing.

The Hopperstad Series features new and unique hops in a single hop beer to let that hop’s flavor and aroma shine.

El Dorado hops give a beer crisp, tropical fruity aromas and flavors of watermelon, pear, pineapple, mango and stone fruit. It’s strong tropical fruit character makes this one of our favorite hops for this kind of clean, crisp, refreshing and interesting session IPA. Also, did you know that “El Dorado” is spanish for “The Dorado?”

ABV:5.0%
IBU:39
Availability:Rotating

Hopperstad Series: Calypso (Single Hop Session IPA)

Just across the Red River from the brewery in Moorhead, MN sits an immaculate replica of the Hopperstad Stave Church. The original Hopperstad is in Vik, Norway and was built around the year 1100. It’s one of the oldest of these iconic stave churches still standing.

The Hopperstad Series features new and unique hops in a single hop beer to let that hop’s flavor and aroma shine.

Calypso hops give a beer crisp, fruity aromas and flavors of apple, pear and stone fruit with hints of bright lemon-lime citrus. It’s a marvelously complex hop with strong tropical fruit notes but also an understated tea-like character. All of this adds up to a very clean, crisp, refreshing and interesting session IPA!

ABV:5.0%
IBU:39
Availability:Rotating

Nodak Steam (California Common Lager)

The California Common, or Steam Beer, is a unique 100% American style lager. It’s usually brewed with a special strain of lager yeast that works better at warmer temperatures. This method dates back to the late 1800’s in California when refrigeration was a great luxury. The brewers back then had to improvise to cool the beer down, so shallow fermenters were used. So in a way the lager yeast was trained to ferment quicker at warmer temperatures.

Nodak Steam California Common Lager is light amber colored and medium bodied with a toasty caramel malt character. Mildly fruity with some slight hop bitterness, this one finishes extremely clean.

ABV:5.5%
IBU:35
Availability:Rotating

Techno Viking (Berliner Weisse)

When making a kettle-soured beer, the brewing process is stopped in the middle of the boil, and a souring agent is added. In this case it’s lactobacillus bacteria, and it’s allowed to sour the beer right in the boil kettle. Once it’s reached its target pH the kettle is fired back up and what’s inside is boiled, killing all of the bacteria and stopping the souring process. Then the beer is finished just like a normal beer.

Techno Viking is very light and refreshing. Kettle souring gives it a nice tartness that’s not overwhelming or mouth puckering. The light German Pilsner malt backbone and mild tartness make this a very approachable and drinkable beer and a great introduction to the wonderful world of sour beers.

ABV:4.5%
IBU:1

Oh My Gourd Becky! (Pumpkin Ale)

Oh My Gourd Becky, look at those pumpkins! This fall seasonal pumpkin ale was made with real pie pumpkins that were sliced and diced, roasted with a signature blend of spices, then added right into the mash.

Oh My Gourd Becky! is very approachable and drinkable and has a subtle, spicy pumpkin flavor that lets you know that the time has come for sweaters, wool socks and Han Solo outfits. Skål!

ABV:5.3%
IBU:18
Availability:Fall

Igor’s Horn (Black IPA)

A “Drakkar” was the name for the dragon on the bow of a viking warship & the dragon on the legendary Hjemkomst ship of Moorhead was named Igor. During their voyage across the Atlantic a powerful, rogue wave tore Igor from his perch. As the crew tried to pull him back into the boat one of his horns was snapped off from the crash of another wave. As they reached overboard to salvage the broken horn, it quickly slipped away from their hands into the darkenss of the ocean. This bold & black beer is for Igor’s Horn that now rests in the cold, dark, depths of the Atlantic.

Igor’s Horn is a big, bold Black IPA that has a strong malt profile with hints of coffee and dark chocolate from a heavy dose of dark roasted malts. An equally heavy dose of American hops balance out the flavor and add a nice citrus and pine hoppy note to the clean finish.

ABV:5.4%
IBU:100
Availability:Rotating

The RYEsistance (Rye Saison)

The word “saison” is actually French for “season.” Saisons, or Farmhouse Ales, were traditionally brewed in the winter to be served throughout the summer months. This kept farm workers busy during the winter months and gave them something to drink during the summer. The reason they’re also called “Farmhouse Ales” is that they were often fermented in open fermenters in barns and farm buildings, allowing whatever yeast and bacteria that was in the air around the farm to ferment the beer, making each farm’s beer unique.

The RYEsistance Rye Saison is light, refreshing and bursting with flavors from the wild farmhouse yeast strain used in this beer. Banana, orange and pineapple flavors are balanced by an herbal, almost spicy finish from a touch of rye malt.

ABV:5.9%
IBU:23
Availability:Rotating

Sunstone (American Wheat)

According to viking lore, the mythical sunstone allowed the vikings to navigate their ships even on cloudy days and during long summer twilights in the northern latitudes by showing them the location of the sun behind the clouds. This simple tool let them sail farther than ever before to new and distant lands in search of new farmland, riches and adventure.

Sunstone American Wheat is light, refreshing and perfect for the warm summer months in the Northland. Light yellow and slightly cloudy, its bready wheat flavor gives way to a light and citrusy finish provided by a healthy dose of lime zest.

ABV:5.2%
IBU:18
Availability:Rotating

Roll Over (ESB)

ESB’s (Extra Special Bitters) are English Style Pale Ales, traditionally with the highest gravity of a brewery’s offerings, with “Ordinary Bitter” being the lowest gravity and “Special or Best Bitter” as the mid-range gravity offering. These beers were collectively called “Bitters” by English pub drinkers, and eventually the term “Bitters” became synonymous with “Pale Ale.” Despite the name, “Bitters” are not really bitter beers. Their hallmark characteristic is a balance between malt and hops.

Roll Over ESB puts a twist on the traditional ESB flavor profile with a toasty and nutty malt backbone and flavors of orange marmalade and peach jelly from generous additions of Glacier hops. Flavorful and balanced, this ESB has quickly become a crowd favorite.

ABV:6.00%
IBU:31
Availability:Rotating

Hausterhosen Festbier (Oktoberfest)

Oktoberfest is held every Fall in Munich, Germany. It’s a 16 day celebration of beer that attracts more than 6 million people every year. Sounds awesome, right? Well we’re in Fargo, so we can’t go. The next best thing is brewing beers in the style of the Oktoberfest party. “Haust” is the Old Norse word for Autumn, and “hosen” makes it sound, well, German. So very loosely translated, the name means “Fall Pants Party Beer.”

Hausterhosen Festbier is a light and malty Märzen style beer. Light amber in color with minimal bitterness from noble German hops, its slightly sweet and toasty maltiness gives way to a subtle smoky finish from a pinch of mesquite smoked malt. Skål! Or Pröst! Whatever, just enjoy this very drinkable Fest Beer!

ABV:5.5%
IBU:20
Availability:Fall

The Nightman Cometh (Russian Imperial Stout)

The Nightman Cometh is an intense and complex Russian Imperial Stout that’s amazingly smooth and approachable. Rich flavors of prunes, molasses, toffee, chocolate & raisins invite you in with its strong arms. Let it take you and BECOME THE NIGHTMAN!

 

ABV:9.5%
IBU:45
Availability:Winter

Hopperstad Series: Huell Melon (Single Hop Session IPA)

Just across the Red River from the brewery in Moorhead, MN sits an immaculate replica of the Hopperstad Stave Church. The original Hopperstad is in Vik, Norway and was built around the year 1100. It’s one of the oldest of these iconic stave churches still standing.

The Hopperstad Series features new and unique hops in a single hop beer to let that hop’s flavor and aroma shine.

Huell Melon is a German hop bred by the Hop Research Center in Hüll and is considered a
descendent of cascade hops. Huell Melon has a  unique but mellow fruit character and flavors of ripe honeydew melon and strawberry. This beer’s lighter malt profile lets these characteristics shine through to create a crisp, clean and slightly fruity session IPA.

ABV:5.0%
IBU:39
Availability:Rotating

People Eater (Blueberry Basil Sour)

People Eater is a bright purple flavor monster! It’s kettle soured then loaded up with a ridiculous amount of blueberry puree. Then it’s conditioned on just enough Thai basil to give it a perfect tart, fruity and slightly herbal flavor! It almost looks as good as it tastes!

ABV:5.5%
IBU:15
Availability:Rotating

Pillager (Porter)

From 793 until 1066 AD the vikings raided and pillaged their way across northern Europe. They sought treasure, new lands and adventure. From their native Scandinavia they sailed, conquered and settled in lands from Russia to Newfoundland. Wherever they traveled the Norsemen brought their culture, language and often superior technology, leaving their mark and shaping history for centuries to come.

Black with hints of ruby red, Pillager Porter has strong notes of coffee and chocolate from a heavy dose of dark roasted malts. The bold flavors paired with its surprisingly light body and clean finish make this a very approachable and drinkable porter.

ABV:5.2%
IBU:22
Availability:Year Round

Burn the Boats (IPA)

When the Vikings were raiding and pillaging across Northern Europe, they would occasionally burn their boats on the shore after arriving in a new land they were intent on conquering. Why? The image of a horde of hairy invaders making landfall and then destroying their only means of retreat struck fear into the hearts of the soon-to-be-conquered inhabitants. It also sent a clear message to everyone in the raiding party: There’s no turning back so succeed here or die trying.

Burn the Boats IPA pours a deep copper color with a creamy tan head. The toasted caramel malt flavor gives this IPA a solid base to anchor the bright citrus and pine hop flavor and aroma, which linger on the palate.

ABV:5.7%
IBU:75
Availability:Rotating