Date(s) - 12/23/17
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Drekker Brewing Company
630 1st Ave N, Suite 6
Before North Dakota obtained statehood and entered the Union as a dry state, the region’s commercial beer industry thrived. A lengthy era of temperance forced locals to find clever ways to get a beer, such as crossing the Montana and Minnesota borders for a pint, smuggling beer over the rails and brewing at home.
After Prohibition, the state’s farmers became national leaders in malting barley production, serving the biggest brewers in the world. However, local breweries struggled until 1995, when the first wave of brewpubs arrived on the scene. A craft brewing renaissance this century led to an explosion of more than a dozen craft breweries and brewpubs in less than a decade.
Alicia Underlee Nelson recounts North Dakota’s journey from a dry state to a booming craft beer hub.
Alicia Underlee Nelson is a freelance writer and photographer who covers craft beer, travel, art, entertainment, Midwestern history and North Dakota news for Thomson Reuters, Delta Sky Magazine, AAA Living Magazine, Matador Network and numerous other publications. Her first book, titled “North Dakota Beer: A Heady History,” was published by Arcadia Press in 2017. Follow her adventures across the Upper Midwest and the prairie provinces of Canada at prairiestylefile.com or find her on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
This event is brought to you in part by a grant from the North Dakota Humanities Council. The views expressed by the author do not reflect the views of the North Dakota Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.