Photos by Hillary Ehlen 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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As soon as you walk into Kilstone Brewing on 34th Street in Fargo, you may be surprised. Not by the aroma of malt and hops, but by the mere fact that there is a brewery in this location. Nestled within one of Fargo’s industrial parks, Kilstone certainly has its regulars, as well as new arrivals too.
“It’s a ‘Cheers!’ type atmosphere here,” said Manager and Brewer Grant Wigen. “We try to experiment a little bit, but we like to have approachable beers on tap. So if you are a Miller Lite drinker or if you like something darker, we will have something to fit your taste. We want to cater to everyone’s likes and wants. “
The family-owned brewery that opened in 2015, gives a comfortable atmosphere to whoever walks in the door. “It’s going to feel like home and it’s going to feel like family,” Wigen said. “Whether you’ve been working up in the industrial park all day or you’ve been grinding in an office, you can come in and sit here and be someplace that’s a little different, but still relaxed like home. That is the goal.”
Wigen says Kilstone’s most popular beer comes in the summertime. “Our top beer is our Watermelon Wheat Beer, which we brew in the summer,” he said. “Actually, we will start brewing that really soon, so keep an eye out.” The other popular beers at Kilstone are their Irish Red Ales and their Polyphonic Pale Ale. “Obviously, the IPAs go quickly too,” Wigen said.
As for exciting new beers on tap, Kilstone has a few for you to try out this month. Their Winter Escape Belgian Wheat has notes of fruit in it, to give you a spring and summer feel while drinking.
“Whether you’ve been working up in the industrial park all day or you’ve been grinding in an office, you can come in and sit here and be someplace that’s a little different, but still relaxed like home.”
Kilstone’s other new wildly popular beer is their Chocoffee Stout. This brew is infused with chocolate and Atomic Coffee cold press, which gives it a nice malt profile. However, do not let the term “stout” fool you, this beer is still smooth and easy to drink.
The biggest news circling Kilstone is their new location at 222 Broadway in Fargo. “It’s going to be awesome. We are all just really excited around here,” Wigen said.
“We will be able to go to a 10 barrel system, which means we will be able to produce more beer. That way we can actually move out into the canning and bottling market. Within the year, we will be on that system and hopefully, we will begin that process shortly after.”
Kilstone’s new location will be right above where Atomic Coffee is now, a building Absolute Marketing Group now occupies. This second-floor aesthetic will be different from other downtown breweries.
“We have a balcony overlooking Broadway and that is the only balcony that overlooks Broadway,” Wigen said. “It’s going to be really cool.”
Wigen says he is not entirely sure if Kilstone will keep their 34th Street location open. He believes it would make more sense, from a licensing perspective, to close that location. “It’s just easier to do it that way,” Wigen said.
Along with the new location, Kilstone will be able to distribute to a wider range of areas. “Right now, we just self-distribute in Fargo,” he said. “That will hopefully change with the new system because we want to get our beer into Lakes Country, but we just can’t make enough beer right now.”
Wigen believes Kilstone’s new location will be ready by late summer of this year. If not that, expect to see Kilstone opening in the early Fall of 2018. With a new location on the horizon, this small operation may turn into something far bigger at this time next year.
- Try their Chocofee Stout made with Cold Brew coffee.
- Keep your eyes peeled for their new downtown location coming soon!
- As summer approaches, get your hands on their Watermelon Wheat Beer!
764 34th St. N. Unit R, Fargo
Sunday-Tuesday | Closed
Wednesday-Friday | 3-10 p.m.
Saturday | 1-10 p.m.
So far we’ve also featured Drekker Brewing Company, Fargo Brewing Company, Junkyard Brewing Company, Flatland Brewing and Prairie Brothers Brewing Company. Check back later this month to see what other places we featured!