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 oforange marmalade and peach jelly from generous additions of Glacier hops. Flavorful and balanced, this ESB has quickly become a crowd favorite.
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.
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.
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.
American Pale Ale
Azacca is the ancient Haitian Voodoo god of agriculture. It’s said that he was a simple, barefooted hillbilly that watched over the farmers and their crops. The hops variety that bares his name is a dwarf hop that has intense tropical flavor and aroma with notes of citrus, ripe mangos, orchard fruit (pears & apples) and pine needles.
Azacca Attacka is a single-hop American Pale Ale. Very sessionable at only 5% ABV, it has a mild malt backbone that lets the Azacca hops shine through. Slight bitterness up front gives way to the prominent tropical mango flavor with hints of pear and it finishes with a lingering pine needle bitterness.
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!
Oh My Gourd Becky!
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!
The Nightman Cometh
Russian Imperial Stout
Coming in at 9.5% ABV, this Russian Imperial Stout is intense and complex while staying amazingly smooth and approachable. With aromas of molasses & raisins and evolving flavors of toffee, chocolate, prunes and slight hints of star anise it finishes dry and slightly acidic with lingering notes of dark roasted malts.
American Brown Ale
When we first let Nate, our assistant brewer, loose on our pilot brewing system he went to work on a brown ale recipe that would be his first “from scratch” recipe in the brewery. It was really good, but he wanted to tweak it a bit. He brewed it again and it was even better than the first time. Then Darin, our head brewer, got his nose in there and tweaked the recipe a little more. Nate was hell bent on making a good brown ale, and Darin was hell bent on making sure he got some of the credit for it. The last test batch was spot on, and the lucky taproom patrons there the day it was tapped drained the keg within hours.
Hell Bent American Brown Ale pours reddish brown with a thick tan head, and has the aroma of toffee, caramel, and a subtle floral note from a small dry hop addition of Horizon hops. The aroma gives way to a delicious roasted, nutty malt backbone provided by a heavy dose of English Brown malt. Hell Bent finishes clean with a slight bitter note from some early American hop additions.
Drive By Glitter Bomb
We kettle soured this hazy yellow saison to add the perfect level of tartness to the bright citrus and banana flavors from the wild saison yeast. It’s tart, effervescent, and ridiculously refreshing. Boom!
We brewed this light yellow Belgian Witbier with chamomile flowers, bitter orange peel and Indian coriander to give it a nice floral, citrus character which pairs perfectly with the bready wheat and Belgian yeast.
Irish Red Ale
Nestled in the quiet groves along the Red River lies the legendary Hjemkomst Viking Ship. Dreamed up by Robert Asp and built by his hand, this beauty was sailed from Duluth, MN all the way to Norway, the homeland. While crossing the Atlantic, the crew encountered a violent storm that nearly forced them to turn back. A rogue wave smashed into the ship, tearing the rudder off and plunging the boat into almost certain peril. With their experienced skipper at the helm, they fought onward and completed their voyage. Their story of determination and perseverance has been an inspiriation to many, and gives this wonderfully balanced Irish Red Ale its name.
Golden red in color, Broken Rudder Irish Red Ale has a smooth caramel flavor with lightly toasted malt notes. Over fifteen pounds of honey per batch are added to give this crowd favorite just a hint of sweetness and a crisp, clean and dry finish.
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.
Nodak Pale Ale
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.
Burn the Boats
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.
Chocolate Milk Stout
Milk stouts were first brewed in the late 19th century and marketed as nutritious beers for the overworked laborers of England during the Industrial Revolution. By adding lactose sugar, which is an unfermentable sugar, to their mild stout recipes brewers were able to give their beers a hint of sweetness and an irresistable, silky smooth texture. The claims of extra nutritional value were quickly proven false and in 1946 the use of the word “milk” on any beer label was outlawed in England. That law still stands today, but milk stouts have steadily grown in popularity wherever they can legally be called “milk stouts.”
Our Chocolate Milk Stout pours a deep black with a rich, tan head. Generous additions of
lactose sugar add a silky, smooth body and a bit of sweetness to balance the dark roasted coffee and chocolate flavors. Conditioning on raw cocao nibs adds the finishing touch and gives this sessionable stout its wonderful chocolate aroma.