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Top Wine & Brew in North Dakota
Taste the best of the Midwest and sample some of the best wines and brews of the region with a tour of area wineries, breweries, and distilleries. From Fargo to Minot, you can enjoy some regional specialties made with native grapes and other varietals as you enjoy the scenic setting and great outdoors. Some of the area’s best distilleries and breweries serve up unique creations and seasonal beers.
Get a taste of local microbrews at Fargo Brewing Company. This microbrewery makes all of its beer on site and has a Tap Room where you can enjoy a sampling. Head here Tuesday through Saturday to enjoy some local brews and meet the owners. Tours are available if you want to see all then beer making apparatus and learn about the brewpub’s history.
When you’re in Bismarck, be sure to make a pits top at the Laughing Sun Brewing Company. This micro-brewery serves more than a dozen craft beers, and everything is made onsite. This is also a great spot to enjoy some live music from local and visiting artists. Since the brewery is in the downtown area, you can attend art festivals and other events nearby after your tour.
Take a short drive west of Fargo to Casselton for a taste of fruit-infused vodka, brandy, and other spirits at the Maple River Distillery. The distillery is also a winery, so you can enjoy the latest selections from the Maple River Winery during your tasting tour. The tasting room is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
The Maple River Winery, also known as North Dakota’s Winery, specializes in fruit wines so be prepared to tease your palate with some fresh and fruity flavors. You can enjoy wines such as the Apple Jalapeño Pepper Wine or the Roughrider Raspberry Rhubarb Wine during your visit.
Be sure to take a tour of one of the first wineries in North Dakota when you’re visiting the Souris River Valley area. The Pointe of View Winery is the first winery in North Dakota that specializes in wine made with native grapes and has a beautiful deck to enjoy views of the valley. This is the place to go when you want to enjoy some time in nature and see native birds and other animals. The winery is just five miles west of Minot and easily accessible via U.S. 2 and 52.
Discover all the Red Trail wines at the Red Trail Vineyards. The winery was established in 2003 and is set on Buffalo Creek. It’s named after the Old Red Trail and is where you’ll find wines including Red Trail Red, Alpha Rose, Marquette, and Frontenac Gris. Be sure to make a pit stop here in August when the vineyards host the annual North Dakota Grape Harvest Festival & Grape Stomp.
Head to Mapleton to visit the 4e Winery, named bets winery in North Dakota by Yahoo! Travel. The winery started on a homestead property by a couple that’s passionate about making wine. It’s located just mites from downtown Fargo and is open only during the summer months on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Enjoy wine tastings in the public tasting room or wine by the glass or bottle at one of the decks. You can also reserve space for private events in the century-old farmstead to enjoy views of the North Dakota prairie and a taste of Wine Country.
If you happen to be in Dickinson, take a tour of the Fluffy Fields Vineyard & Winery. This family owned, and operated farm winery has a tasting room and sells locally grown produce. Head here for a tour of the winery, vineyard, and gardens to learn about the history of winemaking in this part of North Dakota. The venue also hosts special events like Wheel of Fortune & Wine Wednesday where you can win free glasses of wine.
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Fargo Brewing Company
It's said the Roughrider State is one of the top states for beer consumption per capita, so four Fargo natives decided to open Fargo Brewing Co. to ensure local brews are part of the equation. Products from this North Dakota microbrewery started flowing through taps in 2011 after some contract brewing in Wisconsin, and the current brewery opened in 2013. All beers through the Fargo Brewing Company are now produced on-site; the Tap Room is open Tuesday through Saturday, and tours of the whole apparatus are available on Saturdays.
Laughing Sun Brewing Company
The first – and to our knowledge, only – brewpub in Bismarck, the Laughing Sun Brewing Company opened in 2012. This North Dakota micro-brewery serves over a dozen craft brews – some seasonal, and all brewed on-site.
Laughing Sun Brewing Company also hosts live music – usually local artists with original material – with local art also for sale. Laughing Sun is set in downtown Capital City in the historic Laskin Building.
Maple River Distillery
Casselton is located about 15 minutes west of Fargo, North Dakota close to I-94, and home to both a distillery and a winery – specifically Maple River Winery – right downtown. Maple River Distillery uses local fruit (including rhubarb) to make brandy and vodka. They have a tasting room open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Maple River Winery
Located in Casselton, the Maple River Winery is set in eastern North Dakota – just west of Fargo along Interstate 94. Known as North Dakota's Winery, Maple River specializes in unique fruit wines. Set in historic downtown Casselton, Maple River also features the Maple River Distillery, and a tasting room open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – plus Saturday tours. Maple River flavors include Roughrider Raspberry Rhubarb Wine, Apple Jalapeno Pepper Wine, and Dandelion Wine.
Pointe of View Winery
This is the first winery in North Dakota, and it specializes in wines made with native grapes and even some honey wines. They offer free tastings, and of course wine is available for sale – plus an outdoor deck with a view of the Souris River Valley. Pointe of View Winery also features a hiking trail, where bird watchers can have an especially good time checking out a variety of flying friends – while drinking wine. Burlington is about five miles west of Minot via U.S. 2 & 52. 19th Avenue, where the winery is located, is also known as County Highway 10.
Red Trail Vineyards
Established in 2003, the Red Trail Vineyards is located in eastern North Dakota – just west of Fargo. Found easily by Interstate 94, the winery is set on Buffalo Creek, and named for the Old Red Trail in the Dakota Territory days. Red Trail wines include Red Trail White, Red Trail Red, Frontenac Gris, Alpha Rose, Marquette, and more. Come August, Red Trail Vineyards hosts the annual North Dakota Grape Harvest Festival & Grape Stomp.