So the other day I partook in a beer tasting from Fargo Brewing Company. Fargo Brewing is a craft brewer located in Fargo, ND that was started by a band of Fargo-based friends. Fargo Brewing only recently expanded to the Twin Cities area at the end of Sept 2014.
Now anyone who knows me, knows that I am not a beer fan. I have tried many, and I have yet to find one that I actually enjoy. This is not to say that I will never find one though, because I very much believe that I will find that one beer that I truly enjoy, and that will be my segue into enjoying other beers as well.One of my theories in why I dislike beer is the hops. The hops is what makes beer bitter obviously, and I found a great article on slate.com, have a read. I used to think that it was the fermentation process that made me dislike beer, however after realizing that hard cider is also fermented, so that cannot be it. So it must be the hops, because when I try something like an IPA which are historically strong hops flavors, I dislike them a lot. A really fantastic resource that I found is a Hop Chart from Brew Your Own.
With all of this being said, and will be discussed more, further and likely in greater depth as my blog grows, let’s circle back to Fargo Brewing.The first offering I tried was the Stone’s Throw. Upon smelling it first, it actually smelled really sweet which is not something a beer normally smells like, at least not to me. After an initial sip, it was very smooth, went down easy, but still had a hoppy bitterness to it as I quite frankly expected. This is, as far as I can recall, the first Scottish Ale I have ever had, and I have to say that it was pretty decent, and that’s coming from a guy who flat out doesn’t like beer. Now, is the the wonder beer I’ve been looking for? Sadly no, it isn’t.
Next I tried the Iron Horse which is a pale ale, as the Fargo Brewing site refers, a Northwest style pale ale. This had a very strong hoppyness to it and I just did not like it at all. I had a strong floral after-taste which was oddly nice, but it did not overshadow the fact that I didn’t like it.
I didn’t try the Wood Chipper because I had an itching feeling I wouldn’t like it, so I thought I’d just bypass the inevitable expectation. But please look around and find Fargo Brewing here in the Twin Cities. There are certainly a few places that carry it, so go try some and let me know what you think of them.