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ABV = Alcohol by Volume
IBU = International Bittering Units – a measure of beer bitterness from hops.
SRM = Standard Reference Measurement – a measurement of beer color. The higher the SRM, the darker the beer.

 

Detonators were frequently used in the building of railroads where explosives were necessary to level the bed for track to be laid.  Keeping with tradition that Doppelbock’s names end with -ator, we named this traditional styled Doppelbock the Detonator.   You will find this dark, full bodied lager has a big malty flavor paired with a strong sweet aroma and just a bit of roasted malt.  The Northern Brewer and Crystal hops add just the right bitterness for a smooth ride all the way down.   Just the way riding the rails should be. 8.7% ABV, 20 IBU and 21 SRM.

A beer as crisp and clear as Gull Lake ice in January, but with enough body to sustain you out there as you watch your tip-up. Brewed exclusively for the Brainerd Jaycee’s  Ice Fishing Extravaganza. 5.3% ABV, 21 IBU, 6 SRM.

This bubbly, refreshing, magical drink is a fermented sweet tea that has been around for thousands of years, first created in ancient Chinese culture. It’s similar in taste to a flavored pop, only without all the unhealthy junk. Through fermentation, it becomes a healthy, probiotic-rich beverage with endless health and wellness benefits.

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.

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

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

*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.

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.

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.

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.

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

“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. Our Jubilee is a clean, bright, hard seltzer, flavored with any number of interesting fruit, herbal, and floral combinations. 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. 
165 Calories per 12 oz pour (109 calories from the alcohol, 56 calories from the residual sugar)
16 grams of carbohydrates

*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.

It’s been a long, cold winter, and a crazy, crazy spring. But summer’s here now. It’s time for sunshine, time for relaxing, time for the lake. It’s time for a Pontoon. This crisp, light bodied golden ale is blended with key lime, to give it enough sparkle to rival the sunshine reflecting on the water. Let’s take a ride on the Pontoon. 5.5% ABV, 20 IBU, 6 SRM.

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.

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.