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O-Fest, Fargo Brewing’s entry into Oktoberfest, features a caramel malt taste but a solid alcoholic punch. John Lamb / The Forum

Review: Fargo Brewing rolls out barrels of fun

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Review: Fargo Brewing rolls out barrels of fun
Fargo ND 101 5th Street North 58102

FARGO – It’s a busy time at Fargo Brewing Co. The beer makers have been brewing up a sudsy storm in preparation for Friday’s Fargo Beer Festival and the brewery’s own anniversary party next weekend. On top of that, the crew will soon start canning its porter, Sodbuster.

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As if that weren’t enough, Fargo Brewing has also tapped into Oktoberfest with two new seasonal pours. The company is rolling out the barrels of fun with O-Fest and Bent River, two tasty fall cold ones that should become staples in the brewing portfolio.

While O-Fest seems the most seasonal, it’s also destined to find a permanent home at Würst Bier Hall in downtown Fargo. Malty with a caramel touch, this traditional Märzen will be a popular drink not only during Oktoberfest, but all through winter as it pairs well with food.

Don’t let the slight sweetness fool you. With a 6.3 percent alcohol by volume, O-Fest has more punch than many of the other Fargo Brews currently on tap.

Among those would be Bent River, another recently tapped cold one. The Helles-style lager is a lighter flavor for Oktoberfest and with only a 17 IBU (used to rate bitterness), it’s one of Fargo Brews lightest barley pops yet.

With a slightly crisp finish, the gold pour comes at just the right time, a fitting beer for a fading summer, but not with the body a craft beer drinker wants in a fall or winter brew. Indeed, Bent River serves as a fine introduction to craft beers for those coming from domestic pilsners and as such should find a home on taps around town for quite some time.

If You Go

WHAT: 5th Annual Fargo Beer Festival

WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday; doors open at 5:45.

where: Fargo Civic Center, 207 4th St. N.

tickets: $25 in advance and are available at Fargo-Moorhead Empire, Crown and Royal liquor stores. They go up in price to $30 at the door.

online: http://fargobeerfestival.com

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