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Williston Brewing Company opens

In the oil-rich area of western ND, the Williston Brewing Company (WBC) has opened in the El Rancho Hotel’s former dining, bar and banquet space.  The airy 11,900 square foot building will give diners an eclectic experience as it combines some big city amenities with the charm of a small town.   They are not brewing beer at this time but they to have 40 beers on tap.

A lot of planning and expertise has gone into the $5.2 million renovation.  The individuals who make up the Williston Holding Company (WHC) have been in business together for over 20 years and they already have one restaurant chain, the Kona Grille. They also own and operate J Dub’s, Gramma Sharon’s and Doc Holliday’s Roadhouse in Williston. They expect the WBC will also become a national chain headquartered in Williston and plan to open restaurants in Dickinson, Minot, Bismarck, Fargo, Minneapolis and Denver.

The center of the expansive eatery will be the bar. It will feature an artistic counter made from a giant redwood tree split down the middle.  They say this will be the largest bar in the state of North Dakota.  Another section will be called the Tap Room as 40 kegs of beer will be visible and on tap.  The Tap Room will also have the biggest TV in North Dakota and sliding doors for private dining, meetings and parties.

With ‘Brewing Company’ in their name, they are not brewing their own beer at this time.  When asked on Facebook if they plan to do any brewing in house, their answer was, “Currently we license our beer from an outside brewery – but we look forward to doing our own brewing down the road!”

Williston Brewing Company
1623 2nd Ave W
Williston,  ND

About Dean

I drank my share of pale lagers back in college in the 80's but I always wanted to try more, often drinking the 'dark' versions of beer as that was the only interesting thing on tap. I got into homebrewing in the early 90's meeting a lot of great people and then really started learning about beer and how to judge it. Then into the 00's I started branching out with beer and started to deal with beer education and paring beer with food which I did with some restaurants, even beating out wine in a beer vs. wine dinner. I don't try and push beer on people but if they ask questions and really want to listen, I can talk for hours about the subject. Now we come to today, and beer scene in the Fargo / Moorhead area and North Dakota is starting to boom. FMBeer was created with the help of MNBeer.com so people in the F/M area have a single place where they can find out more about good beer, from a calendar of events to lists of local breweries and bars. FMBeer is also a place to learn more about craft beer for those just branching out and a resource to come back to.