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BUY NOW! North Dakota Beer: A Heady History

Before North Dakota obtained statehood and entered the Union as a dry state, the region’s commercial beer industry thrived. A lengthy era of temperance forced locals to find clever ways to get a beer, such as crossing the Montana and Minnesota borders for a pint, smuggling beer over the rails and brewing at home.

After Prohibition, the state’s farmers became national leaders in malting barley production, serving the biggest brewers in the world. However, local breweries struggled until 1995, when the first wave of brewpubs arrived on the scene. A craft brewing renaissance this century led to an explosion of more than a dozen craft breweries and brewpubs in less than a decade.

Alicia Underlee Nelson recounts North Dakota’s journey from a dry state to a booming craft beer hub.

Order here to receive an autographed copy and a free beer sticker for every book purchased. (The stickers feature the super cool button designs shown below.)

Please contact me for international shipping rates, to order more than 5 books or to request personalized inscriptions.


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BUY NOW! North Dakota Beer Buttons

Show your pride in North Dakota beer and brewing with these 2 inch buttons designed by North Dakota graphic artist Ali Belfiore. Pick your favorite or buy all 6!

$1.50 for 1 button, $1.00 each for 2 or more

  • I Love ND Beer (Black)


  • I Love ND Beer (White)


  • Craft Beer Nerd (Black)


  • Craft Beer Nerd (White)


  • Drink Beer Here (Black)


  • Drink Beer Here (White)



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