A Mom’s Guide to Local Breweries in Fargo & Moorhead

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Note: Due to COVID-19, many breweries in Fargo or Moorhead may have changed their hours, policies on children being able to enter, and other health and safety policies. Please contact each brewery for full details before your visit. 
 
Growlers to go, flights to sample, games and events…our local breweries in Fargo and Moorhead provide an array of entertainment and goodness to sip. Our community has been fortunate to have a number of breweries and even a cider house open in recent years. Each is unique in both its craft and atmosphere. If you haven’t visited any, or have some on your list left to check out, here’s an overview of what’s out there. Keep these spots in mind for a date night, a girls night, or a place to bring the whole family!
 

Drekker Brewing Company

Note: The taproom is currently 21+ only and masks are required. 

Sometimes the only way we get to do adult things is to bring the baby and kids along, and Drekker Brewing Company is one of our favorites for adulting! Not only are there pinball machines for older kids, but there is plenty of space for a stroller indoors and out. Overall, it’s a laid-back and local vibe.

Their sour beers have stolen our taste buds and as a result, our hearts. They are so unique and the names have us laughing every time! Our go-to is the Brain Squeeze Smoothie Sour. It’s just the right amount of smooth and tart.Drekker Brewing

Let’s not forget about the ooey gooey goodness that is their grilled cheese sandwiches! Drekker has a flavor line-up that pairs perfectly with their brews. The heat of the jalapeno popper sandwich and the cool of a crisp brew is a match made in heaven! They also have a rotation of local food trucks onsite.

There are really so many reasons to visit Drekker. Day or night, kids or no kids. It’s mom (and dad) approved!

Top Pick: Brain Squeeze Smoothie Sour

Hours: Monday – Thursday 4:00 – 10:00 p.m. | Friday & Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. |  Sunday 12:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Address: 1666 1st Ave N (Fargo)

 

Drumconrath Brewing

drumconrath brewery fargoOriginally located in Mapleton, ND, this local brewery has been in Fargo since 2019. With regular music scheduled and open mic nights, this makes for a great post-dinner date night spot. True to their Irish roots, these brewers create tasty lagers and ales, and have ventured into new fusions like fruit-flavored sours and goses.

Overall, it’s a fun place to grab drinks in Downtown Fargo.

Top Pick: Ribbonman Red Ale 

Hours: Wednesday – Friday 4:00 – 10:00 p.m. | Saturday 12:00 – 10:00 p.m. | CLOSED Sunday-Tuesday 

Address: 630 1st Ave N Suite 6 (Fargo)

 

Fargo Brewing Company

Fargo BrewingThe OG of the breweries in Fargo and Moorhead, Fargo Brewing Company is celebrating their 10th anniversary in 2020. Fargo Brewing Company is currently undergoing a remodel which promises so much more room for (future) activities! Supervised minors are allowed in the taproom and leashed, well-behaved dogs are allowed on the patio when it is available. However, there may be events where kids and pups should stay home.

Top pick: If you’re looking for a refreshing citrus beer, their radler, Kenny’s Lemonade, is top notch. If you’re newer to craft beer, Stone’s Throw is a good one to try.

Hours: Monday – Saturday 12:00 – 9:00 p.m. | Sunday 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Address: 610 University Dr N (Fargo)

Note: The Taproom is open during construction, but you may want to check their Facebook page before heading over to see what may be impacted at the moment.

 

Junkyard Brewing 

Note: They are only open for off-sale at this time. See temporary hours below. 

Junkyard has been a staple of the FM brewery scene since 2013. Their environment is family-friendly and inviting. junkyard

When the taproom is open, minors are allowed through dinner time, as long as they’re accompanied by a parent. And Junkyard is a great place to bring the family. Because they frequently support live entertainment, it’s a great place for everyone to hear local musicians.

In addition, their next-door neighbor, Sol Avenue Kitchen, is a convenient choice for food to accompany the beers.

We recommend the Super Slurp and the Double Dry Hopped Galactic Falconer. The Super Slurp is a refreshing sour accompanied by lactose and vanilla that smooths the bitterness commonly associated with sours. The Galactic Falconer is a New England IPA. The dryness makes it a worthy choice for those who shy away from hoppiness. junkyard brewing

Top Pick: Super Slurp Sour or the Double Hopped Galactic Falconer IPA

Hours: (Temporary Off-Sale Only) Monday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. | CLOSED Sunday

Address: 1416 1st Ave N (Moorhead)

 

Pixeled Brewing

Note: There is currently no outdoor seating, but safety and social-distancing protocols are in place for indoor use. 

If you are looking for a twist on the usual brewery, Pixeled is a fun place to grab a beer and play some old-school arcade games! While kids are allowed in on Sundays from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m., Pixeled is otherwise a 21+ only business. 
 

Top Pick: For those that like lighter beers, order the Golden Gun. However, if an IPA is more your style, their Galactic Implication is good, too!

Hours: Monday – Thursday 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. | Friday 5:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. | Saturday 3:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. | Sunday 2:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Address: 1100 NP Ave N #101 (Fargo)

 

Swing Barrel Brewing

The newest of the local breweries in Fargo and Moorhead, Swing Barrel opened their doors amidst the 2020 pandemic. While they are only open for patio service and off-sale at the moment, it’s worth the stop to enjoy one of their local brews. 
 

Top Pick: Short Shorts Seltzer or the Django Belgian Style Tripel

Hours: Wednesday – Friday 3:00 – 10:00 p.m. | Saturday 1:00 – 10:00 p.m. | Sunday 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. | CLOSED Monday & Tuesday

Address: 814 Center Ave Suite 1 (Moorhead)

 

Wild Terra

This kid (and dog*) friendly cider bar has both indoor and outdoor seating options. And if your family likes a little competition, head upstairs to enjoy board games and even a regulation-size shuffle board table!

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Photo credit: Wild Terra
There’s something for everyone at Wild Terra! Because they offer N/A options, regional beers, wine, and of course, a rotation of over a dozen dry and sweet ciders on tap.
 
For a great combo, try Waggle Dance while noshing on vegetarian small bites.
 

Top Pick: Waggle Dance

Hours: Monday – Thursday 4:00 – 11:00 p.m. | Friday & Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. | Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Address: 6 12th St N (Fargo)

Note: If you’re not ready to head to the bar just yet, but want to try their delicious options, they offer curbside touchless off-sale during taproom hours. 
 
*Dogs only allowed on patio. 
 
 

So there you have it: Mom-approved beers and ciders everyone can enjoy at the breweries in Fargo and Moorhead. Cheers!

Thanks to our Fargo Mom writers for compiling this article: Nikki Hillman, Amanda McKinnon, Calli Adamson Bakken, Katie McCormick, & Katina Behm

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