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Review: Fargo Brewing serves up witty summer beer

Fargo Brewing has tapped Windswept, a perfectly refreshing cold one for the hot months. John Lamb / The Forum

FARGO – Fargo Brewing Co. is pouring on its wit this summer. The north side brewery has tapped Windswept, a perfectly refreshing cold one for the hot months.

The new Belgian-style white ale, or witbier, takes the place of last year’s Summer Wheat, though most won’t miss it with this smoother, more flavorful upgrade.

FBC’s new pour isn’t as dry tasting as other Belgian beers and not as cloudy as other wits, both of which are popular reasons cited when people say they don’t like wheat beer.

Instead, Windswept has a nice, rich, golden-orange hue. The orange peel and coriander in the mix give it a pleasant, subtle aroma as you lift the pint to your lips.

Compared to Fargo Brewing’s flagship Woodchipper IPA and its 70 on the IBU bitterness chart (never mind the recent 1.21 Gigahops and its 100+ IBUs), Windswept is more like a gentle breeze with a slight 14 IBU. That combined with a moderate 5.2 percent alcohol by volume make it a smooth, refreshing beer for a hot summer day.

For seasonal beer drinkers who have outgrown Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, Windswept would deserve a place in the cooler alongside Deschutes white IPA, Chainbreaker, and Lagunitas’ Little Sumpin’ Ale. Unfortunately, Fargo Brewing won’t be canning the beer until next year, so you can only get Windswept on tap.

If you’re looking for something a little fruitier, check out the Fargo brewer’s Aqua Cop, a comparable wheat with more than 400 pounds of apricot puree.

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