On September 12th, 2017, we hosted Junkyard Brewing Company at our Fall Beer Dinner! Junkyard Co-founder Aaron Juhnke introduced his beers. Returning Guest Chef Steven Schulz from The Toasted Frog prepared a four course pairing menu, which was amazing, as usual!
We have been talking with Aaron from Junkyard about doing a beer dinner at the lodge for over 3 years. Junkyard has been very busy making enough beer to keep up with the demand of their thirsty fans. We feel very fortunate they reserved 4 kegs of their best brews to feature at our Fall Beer Dinner!
In addition, local author Alicia Underlee Nelson held a book signing event before the dinner and spoke during the dinner. Alicia’s new book North Dakota Beer: A Heady History was released this summer.
We harvested fresh hops on the Breker farm the day of the event and a pair of homebrewing experts (Toam Roan and Nancy Bowser) from Fargo brewed a batch of beer during the dinner. The brewing demonstration featured North Dakota malt from Two Track Malting in addition to fresh hops from the Breker farm. The beer brewed at the event is called Breker Beer Harvest Red Ale and it will be available to drink at the lodge for no charge when it is ready in a month or so. Be sure to stop back for a drink later this fall!
Experimental Passionfruit Sour (Sour Ale) – White shrimp ceviche, piquillo pepper puree, cashew, avocado, serrano pepper, radish, lime
Coco Mondo (Coconut Cream Ale) – Rice Wine steamed mussels, roasted corn, yellow curry, white balsamic reduction, tarragon butter
Galactic Falconer (New England Style IPA) – Pan-roasted rack of lamb, radish and carrot risotto, carrot top chimichurri
Uncrushable (Imperial Stout) – Clove roasted bananas, orange scented mascarpone, lady fingers, espresso caramel, smoked salt, shaved chocolate
Junkyard Brewing Company (Moorhead, MN) is a taproom-based brewery, focused on brewing experimental styles for a constantly rotating tap menu. Junkyard started operations in 2013, and since then has expanded to their current location where they opened their taproom and have been steadily increasing capacity. While pursuing their passion of brewing and pushing the boundaries of beer, Junkyard has developed a loyal following of avid craft beer lovers in the Fargo-Moorhead area.
As a chef, Steve Schulz developed his skill in some of the most cutting edge kitchens in the Midwest, including the renowned Travail Kitchen and Amusements (Minneapolis). A native of west central Minnesota, Steve returned to his roots and is now leading the culinary team as Executive Chef at The Toasted Frog in downtown Fargo, where his culinary creativity serve a ready audience. Steve is a familiar face in the kitchen at Coteau des Prairies Lodge, where he has been a guest chef at our popular beer dinners.
We have more fun events in development. Stay tuned for updates!