Photos by Hillary Ehlen and J. Alan Paul Photography
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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When you look at Junkyard Brewery from the outside, you may not see much in terms of size. From the moment you walk through the door, that assumption is turned on its head as you see the diverse line-up of experimental beers on tap. Not only that, but Junkyard has plans to expand its space in the near future.
“I think people have come to know our brand as experimental, always having new brews on tap.”
“There is a building being built between us and First Avenue Promo and we’ll have the front part of that for more taproom seating,” said Nathan Haugen. “The anticipated end date is still up in the air, but we’re hoping to have it ready in the near future.”
Junkyard plans to have another serving area in the new addition on top of the extra seating.
The constant rotation of beers on tap keeps the casual guest wondering what they may see when they walk into Junkyard. “I think people have come to know our brand as experimental, always having new brews on tap,” Haugen said.
“You will always have those tried and true people who want the same thing every time, but we quickly learned if they come back and we don’t have what they want, we can find a similar style and they are probably going to like that. Most of our success is based on the change because people always want to know what’s on tap.”
Nathan also noted how Junkyard is one of the few places in the area that has live music every night. “When we started, we were the only ones putting live music on every night, and we pride ourselves on that fact, too,” he said. “You know it seems like a pain, but if you get local and touring artists to come in, it’s not as hard to book as you’d think.”
What Is The Beer Dazzler Award?
This prestigious award that can now be found shining in plain sight in Junkyard Brewing Company did not come easy. The annual Beer Dabbler Awards in Minneapolis welcomes over 168 breweries. By day’s end, around 500 different kinds of beer will be poured for the happy patrons at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.
At this year’s awards in February, Junkyard entered their King Size Imperial Peanut Stout for the Beer Dazzler Award. This honor is bestowed upon the best beer at the entire festival. After going through some preliminary judging, the beer was chosen for a Best in Show flight.
From there, certified beer judges tasted the brew and graded it on several different criteria. The jury came back with the verdict of Junkyard being the best beer at the festival.
The only other brewery to win that award was Bent Paddle Brewing Company, one of the most popular brands in the state of Minnesota. Junkyard was given a very impressive medieval trophy that can now be seen in their taproom. “It was actually a pretty big deal for us since we are still a fairly small operation here in Moorhead,” said Nathan Haugen.
- They have live music every night of the week, so join them!
- Try their award-winning King Size Imperial Peanut Stout.
- Meet someone new! There are no TVs at Junkyard, so you have to talk with someone!
1416 1st Ave. N, Moorhead
Monday-Thursday | 4-10 p.m.
Friday | 4 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Saturday | 12 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Sunday | 2-10 p.m.