Current Brews.....On tap and in growlers!
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.
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
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.
Spur Line Gluten Free Ale
- A spur line is a track that takes you way from the main line. Spur Line is a gluten free ale, dark and hoppy enough so that you know you are on the right track, even if it's not where everyone else is going. 6.5%ABV, 42 IBU, 20 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.
Angel Seat Amber Ale
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.
Coal Train Porter
Think of sooty dark cars loaded with coal, 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 cacao, with a mild caramel sweetness for balance. 5.6% ABV, 40 IBU, 28 SRM.
46 North Wild Rice Ale (brewed with organic grains)
- 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.
Rule G Belgian Tripel Ale
Rule G is a prohibition against railroad employees working while intoxicated. Our Rule G is a Belgian-style Tripel ale. Light bodied and crisp, pale yellow colored, and with a fruity aroma and flavor, you'll want to drink this beer all da, but it may surprise you. Don't run afoul of Rule G. 8.8% ABV, 25 IBU, 6 SRM.
Crossover Maibock Lager
When a train changes from one track to another, it does so on a crossover. A Maibock is a German lager traditionally served in springtime, as we cross over from winter. Our Crossover is a malty, full-bodied, copper-red lager, with a floral bouquet and just a hint of hop bitterness. Spring is coming, it’s time for a Crossover. 7% ABV, 26 IBU, 12 SRM
Runaround Rye Ale (GABF Bronze Medal Winner!)
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.