- Beer Menu -Ale Works
Take it from the Bottom
– Lagers, Pilsners, and pleasures of cold fermentation –
ABV 5.3 | IBU 18
Based on the traditional style of Kölsch beer brewed in Cologne, Germany. Alaskan Summer Ale balances a softly malted palate with the clean freshness of Hallertauer hops. In the tradition of the style, neither overpowers the other.
Both hops and malt come together to refresh and renew the palate. The straw-gold color and easy drinkability are an enjoyable way to celebrate summer.
Founders Brewing Co. Solid Gold Lager
ABV 4.4 | IBU 20
Founders Brewing Co. was built on an attitude of no regrets. An attitude of taking risks to bring the best beer possible to fellow renegades and rebels. Never brewing to style, but always brewing what they want to drink. Founders take on a classic, Solid Gold is a drinkable premium lager brewed with the highest quality ingredients. Challenging what a lager can be? That’s something we won’t regret.
Grain Belt Premium
ABV 4.6 | IBU 10
Local legends aren’t just born, they’re brewed. And no beer in the Midwest has a grander brewing tradition than Grain Belt. For over 100 years, Grain Belt has been the beer that fathers have passed on to sons and friends have passed amongst each other at local bars and watering holes. It is a beer with tradition.
Cut Through the Haze
– Wheat Beers, Hefeweizens, Whitbiers –
Bismarck Brewing Brady's Belgian Wit
ABV 5.2 | IBU 13
A classic and simple Belgian wit. A mild wheat beer with citrus and spice notes from adding orange peel and coriander, and a slightly tart and phenolic Belgian yeast profile. Refreshing and light!
Wasatch Blueberry Hefeweizen
ABV 4.0 | IBU 10
Juicy blueberry meets malted wheat, for a fun, light and balanced take on a fruited wheat hefeweizen. Juicy blueberry meets melted wheat for a fun, light and balanced take on a fruited wheat hefeweizen.
HofbrÄu Hefe Weizen
ABV 5.1 | IBU 14
Back in 1602 Weissbier could only be brewed by ducal privilege. It was Munich’s first Hefe Weizen. Hofbräuhaus enjoyed this exclusive right for nearly 200 years, thus holding a monopoly on Weissbier in Bavaria.
But even without a monopoly, Hofbräu Hefe Weizen is a really special kind of beer. Characterized by its sparkling rich foam and distinguished by its unforgettable refreshing and fruity taste. It is brewed according to an ancient tradition and offers an alcoholic content of approximately 5.1% by volume. Savor the pure, refreshing enjoyment
On the Lighter Side
– Pale Ales, smooth and easy does it –
Bismarck Brewing Kitten Mittens
ABV 5.2 | IBU 18
Are you tired of big, heavy beers stomping around keeping you up all night? Then you need Kitten Mittens! This easy drinking ale is light, refreshing, and tastes like sunshine. The perfect patio beer!
Buffalo Commons Honey Blonde Ale
ABV 5.0 | IBU 24
This Honey Blonde ale is brewed with 100% North Dakota grown and malted barley from Two Track Malting Company and locally sourced honey. ND is America’s number one honey producing state and Ted hit it out of the park with his Honey Ale.
Toppling Goliath Pseudo Sue
ABV 6.8 | IBU 50
This single hop pale ale showcases the Citra hop for a well balanced beer that is delicate in body with a mild bitterness in the finish. Ferocious hop aromas of citrus and mango give a refreshing taste that is bright with just enough bite!
Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale
ABV 6.5 | IBU 65
This voluminously hopped mutha delivers a hoppy nose and assertive-but-balanced flavors of pale malts and citrusy floral hops from start to finish. Oskar Blues launched its canning ops in 2002, brewing and hand-canning Dale’s Pale Ale in the Lyons, Colorado, brewpub. America’s first-craft-canned mountain pale is a hearty, critically acclaimed trailblazer that changed the way craft beer fiends perceive portable beer.
The Bitter Truth
– India Pale Ales (IPA’s) –
Bismarck Brewing Dazy
ABV 7.1 | IBU 67
Dank + Hazy = Dazy! Mosaic, Ekuanot, and Simcoe hops added during whirlpool and two dry hop additions adds a pleasant haze and a soft mouthfeel. The flavor and aroma are fruity with a softer hop bitterness than a usual IPA.
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA
ABV 7.2 | IBU 65
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Ale is a big American IPA; bold, assertive and full of flavor and aromas highlighting the complex citrus, pine and herbal character of whole-cone American hops. Our obsession with harnessing huge hop flavor led to the development of what we call the hop torpedo, a revolutionary method of dry-hopping designed, built, and debuted here at the brewery. Our torpedo is a sleek, stainless-steel piece of hardware that delivers more pure hop aroma than any method of dry-hopping we’ve ever seen.
Bell's Two Hearted Ale
ABV 7.0 | IBU 55
Brewed with 100% Centennial hops from the Pacific Northwest and named after the Two Hearted River in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, this IPA is bursting with hop aromas ranging from pine to grapefruit from massive hop additions in both the kettle and the fermenter.
Perfectly balanced with a malt backbone and combined with the signature fruity aromas of Bell’s house yeast, this beer is remarkably drinkable and well suited for adventures everywhere.
ABV 6.2 | IBU 52
Formulated with malts & hops working together to balance it all out on your buds so you can knock back more than one without wearing yourself out. Big on aroma with a hoppy-sweet finish that’ll leave you wanting another sip.
Stonehome Maah Daah Hey
ABV 5.3 | IBU 75
An unfiltered IPA that is juicy, aromatic with citrus & tropical fruit. Named for the wonderous MDH to honor of our states many beautiful treasures. For every keg sold, Stonehome makes a donation towards preserving the MDH trail, so drink up!
Come to the Dark Side Luke
– Stouts, Porters, and inky delights –
Bismarck Brewing Ghost in the Machine
ABV 5.5 | IBU 35
A full bodied & roasty beer with chocolate and coffee notes that will be the base for future variants. The Oatmeal adds a fuller mouthfeel to this sweet & rich beer.
Deschutes Black Butte Porter
ABV 5.2 | IBU 30
This is the beer that started it all. A delicate, creamy mouthfeel contrasts with layered depth, revealing distinctive chocolate and coffee notes. Dark and rich, yet easy to drink.
ABV 4.2 | IBU 45
Swirling clouds tumble as the storm begins to calm. Settle. Breathe in the moment, then break through the smooth, light head to the bittersweet reward. Unmistakeably GUINNESS, from the first velvet sip to the last, lingering drop. And every deep-dark satisfying mouthful in between
Around the world in 80 pints
– Delicious Assortments –
Bismarck Brewing Liquid Lunch
ABV 7.1 | IBU 21
This is a classic Scottish-style alewhich retains a malt-forward character with a hint of caramel-like flavors. This is a modern beer with ancient origins and unlike ancient predecessors, there is no smoke or pete flavors. Crisp, clean finish.
Bouelvard Jam Band
ABV 5.9 | IBU 6
Jam Band burst onto the scene this year as an improvised fusion of dark berry flavors and zippy citrus chords. The rhythmic grooves of blueberry, raspberry and tart cherry accompany a simple malt base to create an easy-drinking, all-season beer worthy of an encore
Rogue Dead Guy Ale
ABV 6.8 | IBU 40
A bold and complex maibock-style ale that has been introducing countless beer drinkers to craft beer the world for over 25 years. Chock full of rich caramel malts and herbal hop nuances tied together with a balanced hop bitterness, this guy is still as drinkable as ever.
Avery El Gose
ABV 4.5 | IBU 13
A timeless, traditional tart gose (goes-uh) with its zesty and salty disposition is brightened by a tangy citrus twist. A bier for every día!
Drekker Broken Rudder
ABV 5.0 | IBU 25
Golden red in color, Broken Rudder Irish Red Ale has a smooth caramel flavor with lightly toasted malt notes. Over fifteen pounds of honey per batch are added to give this crowd favorite just a hint of sweetness and a crisp, clean and dry finish. Brewers at Drekker are firing on all cylinders
Utepils Alt 1848
ABV 5.4 | IBU 50
A Düsseldorf style Altbier. A deliciously drinkable German Alt, brewed in the tradition of a Düsseldorf brewery founded in 1848. Alt 1848 is a copper-hued ale with spicy caramel flavor and timeless style. “Alt” is German for old, and while this beer is fresh as a Siberian iris in spring, the style couldn’t be more classic.
Bent Paddle 14° ESB
ABV 5.6 | IBU 32
Extra Special Amber Ale. Our well rounded approach to the classic British Ale. There’s middle of the road, and there’s middle of the river. And if there’s one thing that’s important in the middle of the river – it’s balance. Our ESB is incredibly well balanced with a slight toasted malt flavor, traditional British hop accents with just a hint of pine and citrus from the unexpected Amarillo / Ahtanum dry-hop.
AWARDS: 2015 SILVER & 2014 BRONZE – Great American Beer Festival
Founders Rubae0us Nitro
ABV 5.7 | IBU 15
Our tart and refreshing homage to raspberries, Rubaeus, is softened up and rounded out with the infusion of nitrogen. The smooth, creamy mouthfeel gives the assertiveness of the raspberries a moment to linger on the tongue, bringing out a deeper, more complex richness to the beer. Brewed with pale wheat malt and crystal hops to allow the raspberries to shine; this is a fantastic way to enjoy Rubaeus year-round.
Wild Basin Boozy Sparkling Water
ABV 5.0 | IBU 0
Classic Lime is Bright, Summery, Familiar with a Burst of citrus that tastes like it’s fresh-squeezed.
Wild Basin Boozy Sparkling Water is crafted from the pure, pristine waters of the St. Vrain River, to create a liquid as clean and pure as its Rocky Mountain origin. At 0 grams of sugar, 1 gram of carbs, and only 100 calories, Wild Basin is designed to keep you running wild. No artificial ingredients. All Natural Flavors. Gluten Free. Perfect for outdoor adventures and rooftop gatherings alike.
– Ciders –
Angry Orchard Crisp Apple
Angry Orchard Crisp Apple has a bright, crisp apple flavor, just like biting into a fresh apple. It is a perfect balance of sweetness and bright acidity from culinary apples and dryness of traditional cider making apples, resulting in a complex, yet refreshing, hard cider
Loon Juice Rose, Eh?
Tart from the start, rose-y, fruity, sweet. Tart, sweet, slight bitter, then dry. Light bodied, easy-drinking. Loon Juice contains zero traces of Loons.
Cottonwood Cider House Strawberry Rhubarb
North Dakota.Strawberry/Rhubarb/Apple Cider! Apples and rhubarb grown for by Cottonwood Farm in Ayr, North Dakota. It’s a little sweet and tastes like strawberry-rhubarb pie. An awesome treat.
Domestic Bottles and Specialty Magnum Bomber Bottles
– Bottled Beers –
Domestic Bottle Beer
Budweiser | Bud Light | Coors light | Michelob Ultra | Sam Adams | Corona | Heinekin | Red Bridge (gluten free) | O’Doul’s (nonalcoholic beer)
Tap Beer Flight
4 oz. pours of any 4 of our delightful tap beers
*For a more complete description of each beer please talk to your server or go to bismarckaleworks.com.
Specialty Magnum Bomber Bottles
Deschutes Abyss: Imperial barrel aged (12 months) stout ABV 11.4 IBU 80
Duchesse De Bourgogne: Belgian Flanders Red Ale, Matured in oak barrels (18 months) ABV 6.0
Lindemans Kriek Lambic: Medium sour, Cherry overtones ABV 4.6
Deschutes Black Butte Vintage 27: Imperial, Barrel Aged Porter
Chimay: One of only eleven surviving Trappist monastery brewed beers. Sweet fruity aroma. ABV 8.0
Ale Works Celebrates Americas Brewing Tradition
Brewing beer in America dates back to the Dutch immigrants settling in what is present-day New York. The climate was superb for growing barley and hops, two of beer’s essential ingredients. Between 1650 and 1860 the production of beer in the Americas was local, since beer did not travel well and most families had their own brewing traditions. Heavily influenced by British traditions, the beer made during this time was almost always strong and dark and ales predominated. We all know the history of Sam Adams as it relates to brewing, but most founding fathers brewed their own beer as well. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were among the early American Brewers. The brewing of beer made liquid consumption safe, as cholera and other dysenteries are eliminated from the water during the brewing process. Clearly, drinking beer was less risky to your health than
drinking water in the 18 th century.
From 1865-1920 America experienced an unprecedented immigration from strong beer drinking countries such as Germany, Ireland, and Britain. Beer production became more centralized and lager beer over ales became the dominant style. In the early days, the Woman’s Temperance Movement promoted the consumption of beer as they advocated this lower alcohol drink over the higher alcohol spirits such as rum or whiskey. In 1910, the average beer consumption per capita in the United States was 21 gallons. In 1875 there were 2,783 breweries in the USA. By 1915, that number had dropped in half. Large regional “shipping” breweries became very powerful and even though the per capita consumption remained strong, the total number of breweries was halved during this consolidation period.
1920-1933: The Dark Years, Prohibition
The Eighteenth Amendment, along with the Volstead Act, made the production and distribution of beverages with more than one-half percent alcohol illegal. The Eighteenth Amendment is arguably the worst piece of legislation ever passed. In 1916, 40% of federal revenue came from taxation of liquor. After Prohibition, The economy was devastated. Many local bistros and restaurants simply could not survive without the sale of alcohol. The United States Treasury suffered a severe blow without the revenue generated from the sale of liquor. Ironically, the consumption of hard spirits actually increased during the years of prohibition, albeit illegally. The success of mobsters such as Al Capone can be directly linked to prohibition. The Great Depression at the end of the “Roaring Twenties” has a direct causal link to Prohibition laws. Interestingly, Anheuser-Busch was granted special license by the federal govt. for brewing beverages higher than one half percent alcohol for “medicinal purposes”.
In 1947, the top five beer producers had 19% market share and by 1978, the top 5 dominated 75% market share. In 1945 there were 468 breweries in the USA. By 1980, that number had dwindled to only 101, this is even more dramatic when one considers that the per capita consumption actually increased from 18.6 to 23.1 gallons per year per person during that time. In 1978 over 90 % of beer sold was a variation on one theme, American style lager. Porters, stouts, IPAs, wheat beers, fruited beers, Oktoberfest, Irish reds and many other styles were almost non-existent.
1980 to Present
Thanks to president Jimmy Carter and his beer-drinking brother Billy, the laws forbidding the home production of beer were revoked in the late 1970’s. The home brewing craze began and over time this was the spark that started the fire of the craft beer/microbrewery industry. Just as Jobs, Wozniak, and Gates started the home computer businesses in their garage, the same can be said for craft brewing. Larry Bell, Mark Stutrud, Jim Koch and many others started Bells Brewery, Summit Brewing, and the Boston Beer Company (Sam Adams) respectively in the 1980’s. The craft brewing industry provided a diversity of products using the highest quality ingredients for an audience that appeals to quality over quantity. Even today, only 15-17% of beer sold is deemed “craft beer”; however, that number continues to rise, perplexing those that considered craft beer just a trendy fad. The craft beer industry is re-opening America’s brewing traditions and exploring new twists on beer styles brewed for hundreds of years in Europe.
2018 Bismarck Ale Works:
The beer selection at Ale Works is designed to promote and celebrate the craft beer industry. The goal is to show the diversity of craft beers giving the edge to the local or regional brewer whenever possible. The theme is to have many types of beer and beer selections appealing to a wide audience. North Dakota is arguably one of the best places to make beer…Our farmer’s produce the best malting barley in the world, it’s a great place to grow hops, and our water is clean and pure. The food we serve is either made with beer or pairs very well with beer. We would believe that beer can be used in cooking to even a greater degree than wine. The flavors imparted by the addition of beer to various food recipes can complement many dishes that would otherwise be ordinary. Take the example of adding Guinness stout to a beef potpie…delicious and unmatched by any addition of wine. Though the craft beer industry has been around for 25+ years, we recognize that this is still new territory for many. Our servers are knowledgeable and are more than willing to assist with suggestions for pairings. You are always welcomed to sample before you commit to a draught beer.
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