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John's Jobs: Brewmaster, Fargo Brewing Company

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It's a job where you do a lot of cleaning & tasting, work with various grains and can unexpectedly be dangerous. It's the job of the brewmaster at The Fargo Brewing Company and it was also our John Trierweiler's new job.

Working as a brewmaster isn't just sitting around and drinking beer, it's actually a lot of work to brew beer at the largest brewery in the state of North Dakota.

Brewmaster, Chris Anderson, starts with some base malt and then mixes in character grains. This will add flavor and color, among other things, to the beer. Those will be brewed together to make wort, the initial liquid that will eventually become beer.

"The simple sugars that I've converted from the grain I'm essentially rinsing this off right now and moving that to the kettle, so this will get boiled and have hops added to it and this will be what turns into beer," said Anderson.

The beer can take nearly six hours to brew, after that it'll move to the cellar stage where cellarmaster, John Anderson, takes over. The cellar process is where the beer is further defined, polished and fermented. A process that can take anywhere from 10-20 days, depending on the beer.

After the cellar stage, the beer will be put into cans and kegs and distributed. The Stones Throw, our John Trierweiler helped make, should be ready for packaging December 3rd. But would John really ever make it as a brewmaster?

"I think given enough time you could do it, if you needed to get hired tomorrow, probably not," said Anderson.

If you'd like to check out the Fargo Brewing Company for yourself, you can visit their tap room Tuesday through Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and on Saturday from Noon to 10:00 p.m.

You can also sign up to take a tour of the Fargo Brewing Company and see the brewing process up close and personal by signing up here: fargobrewing.com/events 

Tours are offered at Noon and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday's and cost $1 or a donation of a canned food item. Your tour even ends with a free pint of Fargo Brewing Company beer.

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