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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Would you ever try a beer with potatoes or beets in it? If so, Flatland Brewery in West Fargo might be your place. The young brewery prides itself on experimentation with beer recipes. Hence, why you will see potato and beet beers on the tap list in the near future.
“We are also the only place in town with permanently installed cask engines,” said brewmaster Frank Clemens. “So we are able to have two cask beers going at all times, which we normally infuse with other flavors. We’re able to play with flavors more like putting cinnamon vanilla, maple or chipotle lime in beer. It just lets us stand out and be more experimental with it.”
For Clemens, he has found that this experimenting, which may sound odd to some, is vital to consumers. “When customers come in, the first thing they want is variety,” he said. “They want to try what is new, what is different. And they may not like them all the same, but they are just interested in trying everything.”
Some of that variety will be found on Flatland’s tap list in the near future. They plan to have their potato stout (called Spuds O’ Murphy) on tap in April along with their raspberry Blonde Ale. Clemens says both of those beers went over extremely well when they were premiered last year.
“We have something for everyone… It’s that variety that sets us apart.”
Flatland has also rolled out a movie night once a month. In the coming months, Clemens says they will focus on only local films for those movie nights. They also spotlight their weekly trivia games, which take place every Wednesday night with Two Lanterns Trivia.
Though they have only been around for just under two years, Flatland is already looking to possibly expand. “We have had conversations about it for sure,” Clemens said. “Right now, it may not be a complete reality, but if we keep moving along and distributing to more places, it will make more sense. I know we want to do it at some point though.”
He also added that if they were to expand, it would be to a building that would be devoted solely to production and distribution. Therefore, they would have a taproom and production facility in two separate locations.
The only brewery in West Fargo has a lot to offer in terms of diversity for all kinds of beer drinkers. “We have something for everyone. We have a lighter beer for the non-craft beer drinker, but also have the complex stouts for those who enjoy that. It’s that variety that sets us apart,” Clemens said.
- Attend their Wednesday night trivia games hosted by Two Lanterns Trivia
- Come to the tap house for their monthly movie nights.
- Try one of their unique beers like the Ploughboy, an Oatmeal Stout, mixed with Creme Soda.
3140 Bluestem Dr. #105, West Fargo
Monday | Closed
Tuesday-Thursday | 3-10 p.m.
Friday | 3 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Saturday | 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Sunday | 1-8 p.m.