When the weather gets warmer, all I want is a cold beer. If it’s a super hoppy beer and it’s served on a patio, that’s even better.
If you’re in Moorhead this spring or summer, Junkyard Brewing Company is a great place to grab a beer. The scene is lively, the beer is big and bold and the Junkyard crew opens up those big garage doors and everybody spills out onto the patio. The always buzzy taproom kicks it up a notch, but that’s the best way for a brewery to be on a warm night.
Brothers Dan and Aaron Juhnke founded Junkyard Brewing Company in 2012, started distributing beer to area restaurants and bars in 2013 and then expanded into their brewery and taproom space in North Moorhead. It’s a laid-back neighborhood spot with a rotating selection of beer on tap.
Junkyard produces a range of beers, but I think they really knock hoppy beers out of the park. Their Whistle Wetter Double India Pale Ale and the yummy, citrus-y Hop Habit are my favorites, but I really like the rich, dark and vaguely chocolate-y Coal Miner’s Daughter (a Russian Imperial stout) too.
The Junkyard boys are gleeful mad scientists in the brewhouse, concocting a wild range of brews in small batches so there’s usually a surprise on tap.
I’m especially jealous I haven’t gotten to try the Big Kahuna yet. It’s a coconut dark ale which they sometimes serve with complimentary Mounds candy bars. This touch of whimsy is kind of how Junkyard rolls — they’ve also been known to host live music events and 80s parties, project B-movies on the wall and even set up a telescope on the patio on occasion.
In addition to having consistently solid beer, they also have killer beer label graphics and some hilarious beer names too. I mean seriously, how can you not smile at the idea of drinking a session IPA called “Christian Bale Ale”? That one actually made me laugh out loud.
Junkyard Brewing Company doesn’t have a kitchen but Rhombus Guys delivers to the brewery for free. And I’m excited to report that Moorhead’s La Unica Mexican Market is now serving authentic Mexican food from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, so you can get a nachos and carne asada fix without leaving the taproom.
If you don’t make it to Moorhead often, or you’re in town on a Sunday when the taproom is closed, you can find beer from Junkyard Brewing Company at area restaurants and bars including (but not limited to) JL Beers, Sidestreet and Usher’s House.
Have you been to Junkyard Brewing Company’s Taproom? Have you tried their beer? Which one is your favorite?
Junkyard Brewing Company
1416 1st Avenue North
Monday – Thursday: 4 p.m.- 9 p.m.
Friday: 4 p.m. – Midnight
Saturday: Noon – Midnight
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