NorthDaCola? Not quite.


Sorry for the relapse, but Detroit had to make a trip to Fargo for a few days for job training. Had a great time, and for being 39 years old and working in restaurants for over 22 years, I actually learned a great deal about service, teamwork and BEER. Really, really, good BEER.

I also met a ton of great people while working. Fargo-ites are not much different then SF people, and I could not believe the number of people that have SF ties. One guy said he will look me up when he is visiting his daughter next time in SF. I miss working at a bar rail, you have no place to hide, so you gotta talk to people, and hey, talking about beer is quite fun.

I also brought up politics a bit. The one thing I noticed about Fargo is that they are not regulation happy, but things are well planned out. It is easy to get around, even though it may seem congested, it is not.


Ellis wrote a great article today in the Argue Endorser about the council candidates and the upcoming election, worth checking out. I told a friend today that it was one of the most balanced articles I have ever read about council candidates. Ellis always is very fair in his assessment of politicians, and his piece on the At-Large candidates was a shining example of this.


#1 scott on 04.01.12 at 1:00 pm

is fargo as much in love with sanford as sioux falls is?

#2 l3wis on 04.01.12 at 1:03 pm

He did give them $100 million (buying an existing company). But I think the sentiment is, ‘Who the f’ck is this guy?’

#3 Sy on 04.01.12 at 8:07 pm

So does this mean you are going to JL Beers?

#4 Shrimp Taco on 04.01.12 at 9:46 pm

l3wis – please tell me that you’ll have this on tap:

#1 daughter, based on her experience, recommends I order “tap beer, homemade chips, and hot beer cheese”. I’d say a Surly seems the perfect combo compliment!

#5 Detroit Lewis on 04.01.12 at 9:54 pm

We won’t have Surly right away, but our taps will change weekly (rotating) If you like Surly, there are a couple you may like (I have the list and have been drooling for 5 days). Goose Island Matilda (Pale Ale) and Odell’s Myrcenary (double IPA). The one that I am most excited about is Lucky Bucket’s ‘Certified Evil’ (Dark Ale, 20 proof). The Fargo guys were telling me when they had it, they couldn’t drink it enough. Another one we will have that was very popular in Fargo was Summit’s EPA. Perfect beer. I love Ale’s though, so I am a bit bias.

#6 Detroit Lewis on 04.01.12 at 9:59 pm

Oh, my two favorite burgers are the Philly and the Egg burger (w/ tomato and mayo). In fact the egg burger is the most popular.

The fresh cut chips and fries are awesome. I like the chips more, and you are right, the beer cheese dip is really good. They make it fresh and it is hot, no powder shit. And it is just beer and cheese, that’s it.

#7 Shrimp Taco on 04.01.12 at 10:18 pm

Can’t wait! The ‘Certified Evil’ would go nicely with that Egg Burger and the beer cheese. May have to take off the afternoon of April 19 – as long as you have baseball on the TVs.

#8 Detroit Lewis on 04.01.12 at 10:48 pm

Too many TV’s IMO. Hate TV.

I will have to tell you about a beer on tap in Fargo. Brau Brother’s Cherry Bean. It was pretty much a cherry, mocha cappuccino beer. It was so tasty. Heavy shit, you almost had to get a plunger to get it out of the tap. I think it would be fantastic in a float or over cheesecake. I told a patron it was, “An app, an entree and a dessert all in one.”

#9 Scott on 04.01.12 at 11:04 pm

I wish I liked beer.

#10 Detroit Lewis on 04.01.12 at 11:10 pm

Oh, you do, you just don’t know it. I know you like whiskey, so there are several beers you would like. Actually beer and whiskey have a ton in common when it comes to flavor.

#11 Scott on 04.02.12 at 12:07 am

Ok you’re in charge then in finding me a beer.

#12 Detroit Lewis on 04.02.12 at 8:44 am

This is a funny video one of my blogger friends made about being a beer geek, hilarious.

#13 Sy on 04.02.12 at 10:33 am

So, was that a yes on the JL Beers question?

Scott, I’d recommend figuring out what you don’t like about beer first. IE, if you like flavor, you won’t get it in a Bud Light or any of the major labels…so go for something in a green bottle.

#14 Craig on 04.02.12 at 10:41 am

I’ve yet to find anything I like more than Blue Moon, but I’m more than willing to give it a shot. I do wonder what the boys over at Monks are thinking right now though… someone else trying to steal their thunder?

#15 l3wis on 04.02.12 at 11:11 am

There are plenty of beers out there Craig that are similiar to BM that are better. But I do like BM, it is very popular.

I was thinking about the Monk’s thing to. Not to mention we are in a better location and we serve tasty burgers in about 2 minutes. I know Chedd’s and Bro’s are a bit worried to. But to their credit, they are not 21 and older. We are, all the time.

#16 anooner on 04.02.12 at 12:19 pm

Should we watch for some joint marketing ventures with JL Harley?

#17 Detroit Lewis on 04.02.12 at 12:37 pm

Funny you bring that up, I told a couple of servers in Fargo that there is going to be mass confusion about that in SF. JL stands for Jim Lower who owned two very popular bars in Fargo for years.

#18 anooner on 04.02.12 at 1:40 pm

I definitely be down to try it out when it opens. peeked in the window Friday night and thought it looked pretty cool from what I could see.

#19 scott on 04.02.12 at 5:38 pm

How big are the burgers? 1/4 or 1/3 lb?

#20 Detroit Lewis on 04.02.12 at 8:51 pm

1/4 pound (small) cooked in 75 seconds in a clamshell. But tasty. The cool part is they use a bakery out of Fargo to make all their buns. Soft white bread (almost like t-buns) You don’t have to cut the burger in half, you can just pick it up and eat it. They also use only ONE potato distributor (all fries and chips are cut to order). It’s kinda comical, because the fry cutter is hooked up to air pressure, similiar to an air nail gun. It is pretty cool.