A list of our past, present and future brews!
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Golden Spike IPA
The eastern and western lines were joined together the complete Northern Pacific's northern continental railroad near Independence Creek in western Montana in 1883. To commemorate the occasion, the first spike driven to start the railway construction near Carlton, Minnesota, was used to connect the last section of rail. It was named the Golden Spike, and was driven 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 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, 8 SRM.
Straw Hat Saison
The “straw hat boys” were railroad workers who would only work during good weather. Our Straw Hat Saison is a farmhouse style ale, perfect for drinking during these days of late summer and early fall. A reddish-gold color with a light body and crisp, dry finish. The Belgian yeast combines with a dose of rye malt to add notes of spice and citrus, while classic American and German noble hops add mild bittering and light hop aroma. 6.4% ABV, 24 IBU.
Manley Cunninghan, 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.
46 North Wild Rice Ale (brewed with organic grains and hops)
- 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 a beer that will take you to the lakes. 6.2% ABV, 14 IBU, 6 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.
Cinder Dick IPA
- A cinder dick was a railroad policeman. Cinder dicks spent their days walking the cinders of the rail yard, 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
A Cowcatcher is a scoop on the front of a locomotive engine. Our Cowcatcher is a California Common style ale with Pilsner malt that creates a clean, mild malt flavor, crystal malts add a bit of complexity and color, and Northern Brewer hops contribute a subtle piney, earthy aroma and mild bitterness.4.5% ABV, 42 IBU, 11 SRM.
Pullman Car Chocolate Raspberry Stout
Riding on a Pullman car was traveling in the most luxurious style available. You were pampered from the time you left the depot until you arrived at your destination. Along the way, you were treated to gourmet meals and decadent desserts. Our Pullman Car Stout hearkens back to those days. It’s a rich oatmeal stout, infused with raspberries and cocao. It’s dessert in a glass. 6.1% ABV, 27 IBU, 43 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.
Old Betsy Brown Ale
The first locomotive in the Northern Pacific Railway was a wood-burning engine named the Minnetonka, and it's job was to haul ties, rails, and other supplies used to help build the railroad along the line westward as it was constructed and advanced from Carlton, Minnesota. When the line was completed, the locomotive was sold to the Polson Lumber Company. It was renamed “Old Betsy” and hauled timber until 1928 when it was retired and abandoned. Old Betsy was recovered by the Northern Pacific Railway in the mid '30s and restored it to working order. The sturdy little locomotive is still owned by the BNSF Railroad and is on permanent loan to the Lake Superior Railroad Museum in Duluth. Our Old Betsy is a sturdy malt-forward Northern English-style brown ale, with 2-row premium brewer's malt and dark malts for complexity and rich flavor, with balance provided by Magnum and Northern Brewer hops. 5.1% ABV, 30 IBU, 17 SRM.