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Wendy Reuer, Published February 01 2013

Fargo Beer Co. signs lease for downtown brewery, plans name change

FARGO – Fargo Beer Co. has secured a new home in the city that bears its name.

Aaron Hill, one of the owners of the beer brewing company, said a deal was completed Thursday on the company’s new home at 610 N. University Drive.

“Our landlord cut the floor drains yesterday, and will continue with flooring, painting, etc., throughout the month,” Hill said in an email to The Forum.

The lease will officially begin March 10, he said.

Previous tenants of the building were Great Plains Plastic Molding and Rehab Systems, Hill said.

Hill owns Fargo Beer Co. with partners Chris Anderson, Jared Hardy and John Anderson. They started selling their product in the metro area in 2011.

The beer is now brewed at Sand Creek Brewery in Black River Falls, Wis.,

In hopes of securing a Fargo brewing location, the owners began pursuing a special license from the city last year.

Granite City and Rhombus Guys were the only other businesses that operated microbreweries in Fargo under a type of license that is only available in connection with a restaurant license.

The Fargo City Commission accepted and filed an ordinance on Dec. 10 that would establish a new kind of brewing license. The class “Y” brewing license was approved on Jan. 7.

Fargo Beer will be the first brewery to receive the license.

Fargo Beer Co. hopes to change its name to Fargo Brewery by the summer, Hill said.

Although the company‘s legal entity name is Fargo Brewing Co. LLC, Hill said they will continue to do business as Fargo Beer Co. for now.

“The federal government does not allow us to do business with a name that includes ‘brew,’ ‘brewing,’ or ‘brewery’ until we actually brew the beer ourselves,” Hill said.

There is one other commercial brewery operating in North Dakota. Edwinton Brewing Co. opened in Bismarck last October.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Wendy Reuer at (701) 241-5530