10 years ago, North Dakota beer was almost non-existent. There’s been enormous growth since then, and Shelby Rose shows you the world of local, craft beer. Buffalo Commons in Mandan was one of the first craft breweries to pop up in the area, starting 8 years ago.
“2009, people were just starting to talk about local breweries,” said owner Ted Hoffman.
Hoffman was even a part of the first North Dakota brewers guild. In that time, he’s developed a brand showcasing a wide variety of beers. What started as a small community has grown to over 20 different breweries across North Dakota – half in western North Dakota.
Hoffman added, “Craft beer has become a lot more mainstream in that time.”
Anyone can easily reach for your buds or coors, but what makes these local, craft beers so appealing to those stepping up to the bar to drink?
“People are getting acustomed to the idea that there’s more than just that yellow lager beer,” said Dennia Kwandt.
Kwandt is the owner of Bird Dog Brewing – also based in Mandan. He’s been in the craft beer game for a few years now and sees the growth between both brewers and customers.
He added, “It gets better. I mean, as people taste more beers, and the breweries in town make more beers that are palletable to the beginner to start his journey into different beers. Then we just see a major growth.”
That growth is also seen nationally According to the brewer’s association, between 2009 and 2016, there was a 228% increase in craft breweries.
“Growth overall means growth for all of us. It gets more craft beer drinking customers out there,” said Hoffman.
And Hoffman hopes to appeal to those craft beer drinkers by expanding his distribution out of state.
If you’re interested in learning more about craft beer, every 2nd tuesday of the month there’s a brewers night in Main Street bar in Mandan.