- Beer Menu -

Ale Works

Take it from the Bottom

– Lagers, Pilsners, and pleasures of cold fermentation –

Kölsch

Alaskan Brewing Co., Juneau, AK 

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.

Solid Gold Lager

Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, MI

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

August Schell Brewing Co., New Ulm, MN

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 –

Brady's Belgian Wit

Bismarck Brewing, Bismarck, ND

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!

Blueberry Hefeweizen

Wasatch Brewery, Park City, UT

 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

Staatliches Hofbräuhaus München, Munich, Bayern Germany

 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 –

Kitten Mittens

Bismarck Brewing, Bismarck, ND

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!

Honey Blonde Ale

Buffalo Commons Brewing Co., Mandan, ND

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.

Pale Ale

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, CA

ABV 5.6 | IBU 38

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is a delightful interpretation of a classic style. It has a deep amber color and an exceptionally full-bodied, complex character. Generous quantities of premium Cascade hops give the Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor.

The Bitter Truth

– India Pale Ales (IPA’s) –

Dazy

Bismarck Brewing, Bismarck, ND

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.

Torpedo Extra IPA

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, CA

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. 

Maah Daah Hey

Stonehome Brewing Co., Bismarck, ND

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!

Two Hearted Ale

Bells’ Brewery, Comstock, MI

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.

Come to the Dark Side Luke

– Stouts, Porters, and inky delights –

Ghost in the Machine

Bismarck Brewing, Bismarck, ND

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.

Black Butte Porter

Deschutes Brewing, Bent, OR

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.

Guinness Stout

Guinness, Dublin, Ireland

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 –

Liquid Lunch

Bismarck Brewing, Bismarck, ND

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.

Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, CA

ABV 6 | IBU 2.2

It’s the ultimate season of revelry, so we teamed up with Germany’s Bitburger Brewery for an Oktoberfest that turns backyards into beer gardens. Rally your friends and celebrate with a festbier whose rich amber color, secret hop blend, and smooth malty flavor bring the Munich tents to you.

El Gose

Avery Brewery Co., Boulder, CO

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!

Oktoberfest

Odell Brewing, Fort Collins, Co 

ABV 6.1 | IBU 19

There’s plenty to celebrate when fall arrives in Colorado. The warm days grow shorter, the cool shadows grow longer, and the aspens put on their golden, grand finale. Brewed with biscuity sweet Munich malts and spicy, herbal noble hops, our Oktoberfest is a reminder to stop and enjoy the show.

 

Fargo O'Fest

Fargo Brewing Company, Fargo, ND

ABV 6.3 | IBU 24

This classic Marzen-style Oktoberfest lager pours a deep amber color with a thick, long lasting white head. The aroma is filled with rich, toasty malt character and subtle hop spiciness. The palate has a full malt character, balanced bitterness, and an incredibly smooth finish due to the extended lagering time. 

 

Broken Rudder

Drekker Brewing Co., Fargo, ND

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

Oktoberfest Märzen

Hacker-Pschorr, Munich, Bayern Germany

ABV 6.3  | IBU 24

Bavarian barley slow roasted & caramelized to a rich, red amber color with the purest spring waters from the Alps.      

 

 

Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier

Staatliches Hofbräuhaus München, Munich, Bayern Germany

ABV 6.3 | IBU 26

The Munich Beer Festival, or Oktoberfest, is an event of superlatives – it’s the largest popular festival in the world, staging in the beer metropolis of Munich. Millions of visitors from all over the world flock along every year to enjoy its very special atmosphere. For this occasion, Hofbräu brews a rich, full-bodied beer which goes down ideally with traditional Bavarian cuisine. With its deliciously bitter taste and alcoholic content of 6.3% volume, Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier is as special as the Beer Festival itself.

Dead Guy Ale

Rogue Ales, Newport, OR

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. 

14° ESB

Bent Paddle Brewing Co., Duluth, MN

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

Rubae0us Nitro

Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, MI

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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Johnny Appleseed

– Ciders –

Angry Orchard Crisp Apple

Angry Orchard Cider Co., Walden, NY

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

Loon Juice, Spring Valley, MN

ABV 5.5

Like a dry wine with complex flavors. The apple & pear create a balanced flavor. Light bodied, easy-drinking. Gluten Free. 

Peach Me!

Cottonwood Cider House, Ayr, ND

ABV 6.9

Inspired by those peachy balls of juicy goodness, they couldn’t resist combining their two loves.

Peaches +  cider = Peach Me!

Peach Me is a semi-dry cider created from our ND apple blend and a pinch of tangy peaches. This cider has an unmistakable peach aroma.

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”.

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.

The food and beers are better up North