Bar Sheview: JL Beers

21 Jan

The Taps!

In the few weeks leading up to my trip to Fargo for Christmas, my mom had mentioned a new-ish bar in town that “Had a lot of really weird beers” and I immediately knew that I would be making this a stop during my arctic travels. One day I was craving a beer and my mom wanted a burger; so she, my dad, and I all piled into the family truckster and headed to downtown Fargo. When we pulled up outside JL Beers I would have assumed it was a small specialty shop, the storefront doesn’t give much indication of the wonders that lay inside this teeny bar. And I mean teeny, the maximum seating is 24. The extent of the furniture is a bar and two tables. It doesn’t seem cramped for how small the place is, actually I’d call the atmosphere cozy. There is an entire wall showing off the available bottles and merch, the cooking stating is at the end of the bar, and no one really seemed to mind waiting a minute to get a seat. We were lucky enough to find 3 barstools together, sat down perused the beer list. They’ve got a tap list 32 beers strong and a bottle list 40 bottles long, granted there are still the usual domestic lights in there but I didn’t see one person with what looked like “fizzy yellow beer” in their glass. Hooray!  

The Humpty Dumpty

Having ordered our beers, it was time to get to grubbin’. One of my favorite things to eat in the world is a cheeseburger with a fried egg on it, so imagine my delight when I saw the Humpty Dumpty, and my delight was furthered by the extremely reasonable pricing: burgers range from $2.99 to $4.49. They spiral cut potatoes for fresh-cut chips. $1.99 gets you plenty, and $2.99 puts a mound of chips in front of you. Needless to say, the burger was delicious.

Besides the yummy food and nice beer selection, there were a few other points of interest:

that's 1/2 of the small order of chips

-They have cool merch. The tshirts available have sassy little beer sayings on them, they have growlers and growler coosies with a shoulder strap.  I found it interesting that you can get growler fills at the bar. I’m used to California law only letting you take growlers home from the site that brewed the beer.

-Beer Mail. You can mail a post card from the bar.

-Flights. There are a ton of flights to choose from, which I appreciate as a way to get people exposed to new beers without having to commit to whole pints at a time

*from jlbeers.comSo, next time you find yourself in Fargo, ND check out JL Beers:

518 1st Ave N

 Fargo, ND 58102

(701) 492-3377


The coolest dad ever

Mom and I after chowing some burgers

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