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Fargo Brewing Stone’s Throw

The Fargo Brewing Co. started in the wave of openings at the turn of the decade and characterise their rise as home brewers to pro brewers, with a distinct inspiration stemming from the pacific northwest. They started contract brewing in Wisconsin, opening their own brewery in Fargo in 2014.

Their Scottish Ale, aptly named from I assume the highlander games, has a nice moderate ABV of 4.5%, a welcome relief after so many in the range of five-plus. When I brew at home I aim for around the 3.8% – 4.3% range for most beers (imperial IPAs etc. obviously exceptions) as I find this best suits my palate and desires. Being in the United States is a constant experience of higher ABVs; you do get used to it.

This beer is copper-acorn colour with a plastic-y white head. It smells of apple and pine, a little pancake batter, a little sweetness. The mouthfeel is chewy and sticky like a wad of sap. Major flavours march in unison: honey, biscuit, butter, raisins, a touch of bitterness and no hop flavour. It’s all malt, all the way. Not a bad beer at all, it put me in the perfect mood to see a film at the historic Fargo Theatre.

And what a place that is! Independently owned, heritage architecture, cheap tickets and zero advertisements before the film screenings. OK, I’m getting distracted.

I bought a pint of this beer at The Boiler Room, Fargo, North Dakota. It’s a pretty straight-forward, subterranean bar with little to distinguish it, although it seems to put a bit more effort into its tap selection than its competition in downtown Fargo.

Indeed Brewing Co. Dandy Pale Lager

Indeed Brewing Co. has been going since 2012 and brews out of Minneapolis. They pride themselves on being community-orientated, donating all profits from their taproom’s Wednesday trade to a different nonprofit each week. Let’s hope they survive The Dreaded Correction.

I would estimate this beer has an EBC of around 10, the colour of those palest of yellow fall leaves. Its head is slight but hangs around. After olfactory exploration sweet biscuit, butter and waffle malt character predominate; no yeast, no hops. On sampling the beer a dry, medium mouthfeel smoothly highlights a very pure, clean bread malt flavour. It’s very well done. Bitterness is an afterthought.

I bought this 5.4% ABV canned beer at Happy Harry’s Bottleshop and drank it at a house in West Fargo, North Dakota.

Green Beacon Cross Knot Kolsch

What do you know, arr? Another maritime-themed brewery! There’s definitely something about the beach and beer. I am yet to come across a desert-themed brewery. Nor grasslands for that matter. Anyway. Green Beacon is full of “well-traveled” hipsters and brews out of Brisbane. They want their beers to “indulge the senses”. The Cross Knot Kolsch does OK.

This pale, straw 4.6% ABV beer fizzed in my glass with very little head. Retention of what little was there was strong; one of life’s many mysteries. The aroma was that restrained malt, that vacuous malt so familiar in Kolschs. There is very faint apple and pear esters; hops unidentifiable to me.

A balanced, smooth beer announces itself on the tongue, erring on the side of sweet malt. It’s a touch creamy, a touch buttery, but on the whole a delicate and well-made ale with a medium, mineral mouthfeel. I would buy this at a pub on a sunny day, no question, though it could do with a touch more hop flavour and bitterness. But leagues ahead of the macro lagers.

I bought this canned beer at Carwyn Cellars and drank it at home.