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Golden Spike IPA
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 Crystal hops for aromas of citrus, spice, and blueberry, and Magnum hops for a clean bittering finish.
8.9% ABV, 87 IBU, 10 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.
Northern Pacific Locomotive #10 was a coal fired tender that worked in the rail yards in Brainerd for decades, switching cars, hauling coal for the power plant, and other duties. After being retired, it stood as a fixture at Brainerd’s Lum Park for years during the 1980’s. It’s the locomotive featured in the picture on our website. By a remarkable coincidence, our hefewiezen ale is the 10th beer that we’ve brewed in our lineup. The German-style wheat beer yeast suspended in the beer adds hints of clove and banana, while the white malted wheat adds a grainy sweetness. Crisp, refreshing, with a dense, white head and light body make this a perfect summer beer.
5.1% ABV, 15 IBU, 4 SRM.
Runaround Rye Ale
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, take it around to the other end, reconnect it, and then take the train back in the opposite direction. Our Runaround Rye ale takes beer and 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.
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.
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.
Clock Tower Kölsch
Clock Tower Kölsch – the clock tower building looks out over the Northern Pacific rail yards, and has been a local landmark since it was first built in 1882. The tower has stood watch over the rise, decline, and rise again of the yards, including our humble efforts here at Roundhouse to bring this local landmark to life. Clock Tower Kölsch is a light, crisp, pale beer with slight fruity notes and a dry finish, perfect for a summer day.
4.6% ABV, 26 IBU, 6 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.
Narrow Gauge Session IPA
Narrow Gauge Session IPA – A narrow gauge railway is one where the tracks are set closer together than in a standard gauge railway. A narrow gauge railway might not carry as much of a load, but they can get trains into places where it might be hard for a bigger train to maneuver. Our Narrow Gauge IPA is a crisp, light bodied, low alcohol beer, but with a clean, dry, hoppy finish and enough of a fruity, citrusy hop aroma and flavor to let you know you’re still on the right track.
4.2% ABV, 42 IBU, 4 SRM
Opus 10 White IPA
Opus 10 is a beer we brewed especially for the Brainerd Lakes Area Music Festival’s tenth anniversary. It is a white IPA, brewed with red wheat malt from the upper Midwest, pale ale malt from Minnesota, and bittered with German Magnum hops, and finished with with American Cascade hops. This pale, light-bodied beer starts crisp and well carbonated, with a dense white head, and spicy notes from the German-style wheat beer yeast. It finishes with a lingering bitterness and citrusy notes from the hops. It’s not our magnum opus, but it’s worth a crescendo of applause.
5.5% ABV, 57 IBU, 5 SRM.
Coal Train Porter
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 cocao, with a mild caramel sweetness for balance.
5.6% ABV, 40 IBU, 28 SRM.
Ms. Galena Cherry Sour
Ms. Galena O’Neill was a business woman in Brainerd in the late 1800’s. 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 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 dark cherry puree to provide a crisp, tart, fruity beer with a red hue and light body. Contains milk products.
5.4% ABV, 26 IBU, 10 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. This beer is a blend of barley malt, wheat and corn and German Hallertauer hops provide balance, to make a crisp, smooth, refreshing brew.
5.5% ABV, 23 IBU
Lunchbucket Ale – Every rail working in the shops or on the trains has to have lunch sometime. And what’s better for lunch than a good old-fashioned peanut butter and jelly sandwich? A peanut butter and jelly sandwich and beer! For our Lakes Area Brewer’s Challenge beer, we combined the warm, nutty flavor of peanut butter with the sweet fruit flavor of raspberries, along with toasty, bready malt and just a hint of hops. You wanted peanut butter, you got it. With jelly. And beer.
5.4% ABV, 15 IBU, 11 SRM
Contains peanuts and lactose