Currently On Tap as of 1/15/20
Barrel Aged Empire Builder
Our Empire Builder Imperial Stout was aged for a year in a rum barrel. Rich, dark, malty, and complex, with notes of bittersweet chocolate and dark wine. It was a long wait, but it was worth it. 10% ABV, 56 IBU, 55 SRM
Jubilee Hard Seltzer
“Jubilee” class locomotives were steam engines, used primarily in Great Britain. They were fast, even by modern standards, with maximum speeds over 100 mph. They did not have a lot of pulling capacity, although they were very fast, so the design didn’t get much use in the US. And, let’s not forget that a jubilee is also a celebration. Made with all-natural and gluten-free ingredients*, and with low carbohydrates, it’s a celebration in your glass. At 5.4% ABV, it’s not hauling a heavy load, but it’ll go pretty fast.
Brewed in a process similar to beer, but without using grains we will be offering a variety of flavors for perfect balance. Our first 2 Jubilee’s are Strawberry Rhubarb, and Cranberry Juniper, both balance a touch of sweetness with a little bit of tart. Not that you need another reason to celebrate this brew, but there is one: this tasty concoction was crafted by our assistant brewer, Jessica Bleichner!
*Made on equipment that also processes wheat and barley. We take every precaution to avoid cross-contamination, but we cannot guarantee that this product is completely gluten-free.
Angel Seat Amber
The “angel seat” on a train is the raised observation seat up in the cupola of the caboose. From the angel’s seat, a conductor could watch the train, looking for hot boxes (overheated wheel bearings) or fires started by hot cinders flying out of the locomotive. It’s the highest seat on the train. Our Angel Seat Amber Ale will put you in the best seat in the house, too. Smooth, malty flavor and aroma, with a crisp, clean hoppy finish.
5.7% ABV, 40 IBU, 15 SRM
Boom Lake Lager
The east shore of Boom Lake was the site of the Brainerd Brewing Company, established in 1881. The Brainerd Brewing Company produced a lager using “ … a malt produced in Minnesota and the best domestic hops … obtained from the Pacific coast, [and] a considerable quantity of German hops….” (from Special Publication, 1910, p. 16, Brainerd Tribune, A. J. Halsted, Editor and Publisher). The brewery was forced to close down permanently in 1915. To honor the tradition established in those bygone days, we’ve developed our own premium lager, using pilsner malt produced in Minnesota, balanced by American Crystal and German Northern Brewer hops. Crisp, light-bodied, with a mild malt flavor and aroma. We think our predecessors would be proud. We certainly are.
5.3% ABV, 22 IBU, 4 SRM.
Coal Train Porter (nitro only)
Think of sooty dark cars loaded with anthracite, moving through the night, dancing to the music of the rails. A robust porter, dark as night and smooth as jazz. Flavors of roast malt, coffee, and cocoa, with a mild caramel sweetness for balance.
5.6% ABV, 40 IBU, 28 SRM.
Cinder Dick IPA
A cinder dick was a railroad policeman. Cinder dicks spent their days walking the cinders of the railyard, looking for thieves trying to break into boxcars, investigating wrecks for wrongdoing, or riding the trains guarding valuable freight. A hard, bitter job that deserves a bitter beer. Cinder Dick IPA is brewed with pale and dark crystal malts for balance, with Columbus, Northern Brewer, Cascade and Mosaic hops for a floral and citrus aroma and a strong, clean hop finish.
5.8% ABV, 76 IBU, 9 SRM
Crow Wing Cream Ale
Cream ales are one of the first uniquely American beers, and the Crow Wing River runs deep through the memories and the culture of central Minnesota. To honor those histories, we’ve created Crow Wing Cream Ale. A blend of barley malt, wheat and corn, and German Hallertauer hops provide balance, to make a crisp, smooth, refreshing beer.
5.5% ABV, 23 IBU, 3 SRM.
Fog Bank IPA
Train engineers are always nervous about approaching a bank of fog on the track, because you never know what’s on the other side. You don’t have to worry about that with our Fog Bank Hazy IPA. Full bodied, but citrusy and refreshing, with moderate bittering, and loaded with hop flavor and aroma. Break through the Fog Bank today. 5.7% ABV, 45 IBU, 6 SRM
The eastern and western lines of Northern Pacific’s transcontinental railroad were joined together near Independence Creek in western Montana in 1883. To commemorate the occasion, the first spike driven at the start of railway construction near Carlton, Minnesota was used to connect the last section of rail. It was named the Golden Spike, and was driven home by NP President Henry Villard, former US President Ulysses S. Grant, and Henry C. Davis, who had driven that first spike. Our Golden Spike, commemorating the completion of construction at Roundhouse Brewery, is a golden colored Imperial IPA, loaded with premium brewers and dark crystal malts, generous doses of Mosaic and Cascade hops for aromas of citrus, spice, and blueberry, and Magnum hops for a clean bittering finish.
8.9% ABV, 87 IBU, 10 SRM.
Manley's Wee Heavy
Manley Cunningham, our brewer’s grandfather, was a railroader for all of his adult life, starting out as a crew caller for the Northern Pacific in the days of steam locomotives until retiring as an engineer for Burlington Northern in the days of diesel. Manley’s Wee Heavy is a Strong Scottish Ale, dedicated to the memory of all of the men and women who work the rails. Full bodied and malty, with hints of currants and caramel, and a rich dark color and malty aroma. 8.9% ABV, 26 IBU, 34 SRM
Ms. Galena Blueberry Apple Sour
Ms. Galena O’Neill was a businesswoman in Brainerd in the late 1800s. When her husband Jack (original owner of the Last Turn Saloon) passed away, Ms. Galena leased a building on the corner of 4th and Front Street and began running a locally famous house of ill repute. The fines that Ms. Galena and her “soiled doves” paid every month over the next few years helped finance many features of downtown Brainerd that are still there today. Ms. Galena is dedicated to the notion that life is not always sweet, but you can still get things done. Our Ms. Galena is a blonde ale, kettle-soured and then infused with apple and blueberry. Contains milk products.
5.4% ABV, 26 IBU, 10 SRM.
Night Shift Coffee Stout
When you’re on the night shift, sometimes the choices are simple – beer or coffee? But who wants to make decisions after a long night on the graveyard shift? We’ve made things even easier for you. Night Shift is a rich, dark, full-bodied stout with hints of chocolate and a touch of sweetness. Then we added coffee blended for us from our friends at Reality Roasters in Little Falls, to give it that gorgeous coffee aroma and flavor. So now, your choice is simple. Get both.
6.5% ABV, 15 IBU, 64 SRM. Contains lactose.
Old Betsy Brown Ale
Your paddle slips into the still water, breaking the reflection of spruce trees and tamaracks, while off in the distance a loon calls into the quiet. You’ve crossed over into the north. Brewed with certified organic malts and hops, and wild-grown, traditionally harvested wild rice, 46 North is a tribute to the lakes and prairies of our beloved northlands. Crisp and clear, with an earthy finish, this is a beer that will take you to the lakes.
6.2% ABV, 14 IBU, 6 SRM.
Warrior Brew is an American-style pale ale made with Minnesota grown malt and hops. A light golden color and medium body, paired with clean hop bittering and aroma make this an eminently drinkable beer. A portion of all the sales of this beer will be donated to the Brainerd Sports Boosters. 5.4% ABV, 37 IBU, 5 SRM
Perhaps it’s not a big surprise, but it’s hard to turn a train around. Doing a “runaround”, in railroad slang, is to disconnect the engine from one end of the train, ake it around to the other end, reconnect it, and then take the train back in the opposite direction. Our Runaround Rye ale takes beer a1nd sends it in a different direction. This German-style rye ale is brewed with malted barley and rye, for a dry, spicy flavor, dark malts for color and malt flavor, with mild banana and clove flavors contributed by the yeast, and Hallertauer hops for a mild bitterness.
5.4% ABV, 20 IBU, 12 SRM.
Whistle Stop Blonde
Whistlestop Blonde is a light-bodied gluten-free beer with an assertive hoppy bitterness, made for those of us who like beer, but find that barley beer doesn’t like us. Brewed with sorghum malt, Belgian candi sugar for color and lightness, and Denali hops for bittering and a floral aroma. This might be the station that you need to stop at.
5.6% ABV, 43 IBU, 5 SRM