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Drekker Brewing Focuses On Innovation With Company And Community

We traveled all over Fargo-Moorhead and profiled your favorite local breweries, meaderies and distilleries.

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Photos by Hillary Ehlen, J. Alan Paul Photography and Paul Flessland

We traveled all over Fargo-Moorhead and profiled your favorite local breweries, meaderies and distilleries. Whether you prefer a nice cocktail, a craft beer or even a sweet mead, we have them all here! Come along with us on the tour of some of the great establishment in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

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In terms of growth and overall reach, Drekker Brewing Company seems to continue to progress every single day. Adam Schumacher says it is the craft beer culture that drives Drekker’s continuing innovation. “That’s just the craft beer scene,” he said.

“The American craft beer scene is always about innovation, not only in the beers you make but the projects you’re doing in town. We’re always big pushers on what we can do to give back to the community more than anything. Innovation is ingrained in this community, so it’s easy to use that to our advantage.”

“We’re always big pushers on what we can do to give back to the community more than anything.”

Schumacher highlighted Drekker’s Unpillage program, which features a local nonprofit every month. The type of projects vary month to month, but Drekker devotes a portion of their tap sales to the chosen nonprofit.

For example, they recently had local artists put together custom Drekker glassware, which was auctioned off. All of the proceeds from that auction went to the nonprofit of the month.

“It was sort of a pipe dream for us, driving by that building and seeing what it could be.”

Drekker is one of the few Fargo area brewing companies that wants to continue to distribute to the Twin Cities area. The staff currently loads up their own vans and personally drives and delivers to various locations in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region.

“We’ve had such a great reception down there,” Schumacher said. “We get calls all the time from areas that want our product, but we are only able to produce so much for that area. So, it may seem like a tease to them, but that is certainly not our intention.”

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One of Drekker’s many Brain Freeze sours. This one featured raspberry, blackberry, strawberry and blueberry flavors.

American Craft Beer week is sure to be an exciting time for Drekker. Schumacher hinted at some new, exciting recipes that Drekker will be trying. American Craft Beer week is May 14-19 and Drekker will be at the Craft Brewers Conference in Tennessee on April 30 too.

Schumacher and the Drekker team also strive to have events on every night of the week. Whether that is trivia night, live music on the weekends or their competitive cornhole league, Drekker always has something going on.

“The new facility will give us the chance to not only up our production but also try new recipes we have wanted to try for a long time.”

As for new recipes and styles of beer, Adam could not give us too many details. However, he did say to expect new exciting styles of their popular Brain Freeze sour beers.

Couple that with staples like Broken Rudder, Techno Viking and Hell Bent and you can safely assume Drekker Brewing Company will continue to flourish in Fargo.

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Adam’s Update On The New Facility

Drekker plans to open up their new facility on First Avenue this summer. “It was sort of a pipe dream for us, driving by that building and seeing what it could be,” Schumacher said.

Area architect Kevin Bartram approached Drekker in buying the space that he owned at the perfect time according to Schumacher.

For now, Schumacher says they plan to have it open in August or September of this year. “The goal is to have Drekkerfest, our anniversary party there,” he said.

“Hopefully, fingers crossed, we will be able to celebrate our fourth anniversary in the brand new space.”

The new location also provides Drekker the opportunity to try new recipes. “Right now, we are caught between a rock and a hard place,” he said. “The new facility will give us the chance to not only up our production but also try new recipes we have wanted to try for a long time.

“Sometimes, when you have staples like Brain Freeze or Broken Rudder, you cannot try all the things you want. This new space lets us do that, so we’re really excited.”

Drekker To-Dos

  • Attend one of their Unpillage nights to give back to a local nonprofit.
  • In need of some cool beer gear? Drekker has you covered with hats, shirts and even glassware.
  • Visit the new Drekker location opening in August or September.

Visit

630 1st Ave. N. Suite 6, Fargo
Monday-Thursday | 4-10 p.m.
Friday-Saturday | 12 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Sunday | 2-6 p.m.

DrekkerBrewing.com
Facebook.com/DrekkerBrewing

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Nolan Schmidt

Written by Nolan Schmidt

Nolan is the Editor of Fargo Monthly. He is originally from Bismarck, ND and is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead. Outside of Fargo Monthly, Nolan loves to write fiction short stories, among other things.

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