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Bismarck Ale Works

Take it from the Bottom

– Lagers, Pilsners, and pleasures of cold fermentation –

Rogue Honey Kölsch.

ABV 5.0, |  IBU 26

Brewed like an ale, conditioned like a lager.  This is a wonderfully light delicate beer. 10 Ingredients: Rogue Farms’ Dare and Risk Malts; Wheat, DextraPils & Aciduated Malts; Rogue Hopyard Honey & Wild Flower Honey; Alluvial Hops; Free Range Coastal Water and Kolsch #2 Yeast.

Wild Wood Organic Bodacious Bock

ABV 7.5

Bodacious Bock is a traditional German Spring Bock. Three organic malts are employed to give a complexity whith hints of honey. Only German noble hops from the Hallertau region were used for the soft floral component, decoction mashed. This is a strong beer, imbiber beware!

Oskar Blues Mamas Little Yellow Pills

ABV 5.3

Unlike mass-market “pilsners” diluted with corn and rice, Mama’s is built with 100% pale malt, specialty malts, and Saaz hops. While it’s rich with Czeched-out flavor, its gentle hopping (35 IBUs) and low ABV (just 5.3%) make it a luxurious but low-dose (by Oskar Blues standards) refresher. It’s damn good, crushable beer.

Bayern Montana Helles Lager

ABV 4.5 | IBU 23

Bayern Amber is the beer that started it all in 1987.  The beer that put Bayern on the map and had customers asking for more.  This Marzen style beer has the rich malt flavor you look for in traditional German beers with a smooth balance of hops on the end.

Grain Belt Premium

ABV 4.9

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.

Hofbräu Dunkel

ABV 5.5 | IBU 22

Dark beer existed in Bavaria long before light beer. This was the first type of beer to be brewed at Hofbräuhaus when it was founded. Today, when beer-lovers all over the world talk about dark beer, they usually mean a Munich style beer. Today, Hofbräu Dunkel – the archetypal Bavarian beer – is still as popular as ever.

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Cut Through the Haze

– Wheat Beers, Hefeweizens, Whitbiers –

Bismarck Brewing Brady's Belgian White

ABV 5.75

Unfiltered Belgian style wheat ale.  Made from ND grown and Two Tracks malted barley.  Spice is subtle welcome addition with orange overtone. This Witbier style is making a renaissance in Europe and the United States.

Harvest Moon Beltian White

ABV 4.75

This award winning ale is our version of a Belgian classic, Brewed with Czechoslovakian Saaz hops and finished with a touch of coriander and orange peel. This is an ale for every season with a hint of fruit in the nose, subdued malty flavor and a slightly citric finish

Wasatch Bluberry 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.

On the lighter side

– Pale Ales, smooth and easy does it –

Odell’s Drumroll Pale Ale

ABV 5.3 | IBU 42

Drumroll is an unfiltered American Pale Ale. A bold, juicy, citrus-inspired and tropically hop forward APA that looks and tastes like pineapple, orange, mango, and grapefruit. The complex fruit character is the result of the careful combination of their favorite current crop year hops with no fruit or juice addition necessary.

Buffalo Commons Honey Blonde Ale

ABV 5.5 | 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.

Bitterroot Sawtooth Ridge Golden Ale

ABV 5.4

Lewis and Clark’s 1805-1806 expedition took them past the many creeks that flow into the Bitterroot Rive, among them, Sawtooth Creek. Bitter Root Brewing’s blonde ale is made from the finest pale malt and hops available. The addition of malted rye and wheat give this beer a crisp, dry flavor. It’s a national medal winner, and a year round favorite.  This is a gluten-reduced beer.

The bitter truth

– India Pale Ales (IPA’s) –

Bitter Root IPA

ABV 6.2 | IBU 60

Brewed with Montana grown and malted barley and Citra hops, this Northwest IPA is perfectly balanced and will surely peak your interest. This beer is all about hop flavor, aroma and bitterness.

Bells 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. John Mallett, one of americas quintessential brewers, was instrumental in creating this beer and inspired Peter and Jordan to start Bismarck Brewing Co.

Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin IPA

ABV 7.0 | IBU 70

An award-winning IPA, with a citrus twist. Grapefruit Sculpin is the latest take on Ballast Point’s signature IPA. Some may say there are few ways to improve Sculpin’s unique flavor, but the tart freshness of grapefruit perfectly complements the IPA’s citrusy hop character. Grapefruit’s a winter fruit, but this easy-drinking ale tastes like summer

Feast Like A sultan IPA

ABV 7.2 | IBU 70

Laughing Sun’s IPA takes its name from the exotic oils that might have been available to a Sultan of early trade routes. This IPA is an American style and well balanced with grapefruit and citrus flavors.  

Come to the dark side Luke

– Stouts, Porters, and inky delights –

Souris River Bakken Brown ALE

ABV 5.0 | IBU 14

A smooth, toasty brown ale with hints of caramel and cocoa, the malt body has the depth to stand up to cool weather, but does not come across as heavy.

Harvest Moon Pig’s Ass Porter

ABV 5.0 | IBU N/A

First brewed by Harvest Moon in 1997, this beer is a multiple award-winning dark ale brewed in the Burton, England style owing to the similarity of water chemistry in Belt compared to this classic porter producing area in England. Plenty of body without a sharp bite, this ale is brewed with pale, caramel, chocolate and black malts to create a creamy, smooth, roasted, slightly chocolate tasting ale with a touch of hops in the finish.

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Guinness Stout

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

Breckenridge Vanilla Nitro

ABV 5.4 | IBU 16

A variety of malts provide flavors of chocolate, roasted nut, caramel, and coffee. Imported vanilla beans from Papua New Guinea and Madagascar add complex and exotic flavors to this solid porter. The softening effect of nitrogen creates a velvety mouthfeel and highlights the flavors of the malts and vanilla. NVP presents another delicious way to enjoy Vanilla Porter.

Lakefront Fuel Café Coffee Stout

ABV 6.4 | IBU 22

This unique stout combines the flavor of roasted malts and Milwaukee’s renowned Fuel Cafe coffee. Pours a deep, dark color with a beautiful creamy tan head. Coffee aromas dominate the nose, with a background of roasted grain. The fine balance of mild hops, the gentle acidity of choice coffee and the full mouth feel from roasted malt barley make this an unforgettable brew.

Around the world in 80 pints

– Delicious Assortments –

Bayern Killarney Irish Red

ABV 5.7 | IBU 23

Brewed for St. Patrick’s Day, Killarney was created to honor the Irish influence on America’s culture. Brewed first in February of 1988, before any other American breweries came out with their versions of an Irish Red style beer, Killarney is Jürgen’s invention of the beer style and one of his favorite Bayern beers. It is brewed with two-row pilsenser, caramel, Munich, wheat and German Dunkel malt. Bayern Killarney has an alcohol content of 5.7% Alc. by Vol. (14.2% Plato o.g.) and is available seasonally in draft and bottles.

Bismarck Brewing Liquid Lunch

ABV 5.6 | IBU 25

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.

Salmon Fly Honey Rye

ABV 5.6 | IBU 23

The malted barley used in this unique brew is complimented by the subtle spiciness of rye.  Bittering and flavor hop additions help keep this brew extremely balanced.  In addition, there is a mild sweetness that dulls any overwhelming rye or hop flavor derived from the pure honey.  These ingredients blend together to create a lighter bodied drinking experience for all kinds of beer drinkers.

Madison River Copper John

ABV 7.0 | IBU 19

This is a Scottish ale like no other. The brewers use the finest smoked malt for flavor complexity and then combine it with roasted barley, and caramel malts for a rich distinctive and smoky flavor. These ingredients give it a deep, dark color with a smooth, rich finish that is surprisingly drinkable.

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

Founders Rubaeus 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.

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Fargo Stones Throw

ABV 4.5 | IBU 19

Patterned after the rich, smooth, malty ales of Scotland, Stone’s Throw is dominated by caramel toffee, toasty malt, hints of cocoa, residual honey sweetness and just enough hops. The perfect brew for someone new to craft beer.


Johnny Appleseed

– Ciders all gluten free –

Angry Orchard Crisp Apple

ABV 5.0

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 Grow a Pear

ABV 5.5

Pours a clear golden pale yellow colored cider with a fast dissipating fizzy head and leaves behind a thin ring and clean disk top. Aroma of mostly apples and a hint of floral perfume. Taste is medium bodied with flavors of apples and a hint of orange zest. The sweet dry pear comes forward in the finish only. Made with honey crisp apples in Spring Valley, MN

Domestic Bottles and Specialty Magnum Bomber Bottles

– Bottled Beers –

Domestic Bottle Beer

Budweiser | Bud Light | Coors light | Michelob | Amberbock | Sam Adams | Corona | Heinekin | O’Doul’s (nonalcoholic beer)

Specialty Magnum Bomber Bottles

Deschutes Abyss: Imperial barrel aged (12 months) stout ABV 11.4. IBU 80. $23.00

 

Alaskan Smoked Porter: Smoked beers are known as rauchbier in Germany. Produced in limited vintages. ABV 6.5. $16.00

 

Avery Barrel Aged Raspberry Sour: Red ripe raspberries aged in oak barrels with medium sour characteristics. ABV 6.5. $18.00

 

Avery Vanilla Bean Stout: Chocolate, caramel, and molasses combine with a double dose of madigascar vanilla beans and aged in oak bourbon BBl. ABV 10.8. $18.00

 

Duchesse De Bourgogne: Belgian Flanders red ale style matured in oak bbl. for 18 months. ABV 6.0. $21.00

 

Lindemans Kriek Lambic: Sour with cherry overtones but not overwhelmingly sour. ABV 4.6. $20.00

 

Deschutes Black Butte Vintage 27: Imperial bbl. aged porter celebrating 27 years of Deschutes brewing. ABV 11.6. $23.00

 

Chimay: One of only eleven surviving Trappist monastery brewed beers. Dark brown in color with sweet fruity aroma. ABV 8.0. $20.00

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”.

1940-1980: Consolidation

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.