North Dakota Beer

Today in 1889, North Dakota became the 39th state.

North Dakota

North Dakota Breweries

North Dakota Brewery Guides

Guild: No known brewers guild

State Agency: North Dakota Office of State Tax Commissioner


  • Capital: Bismark
  • Largest Cities: Fargo, Bismarck, Grand Forks, Minot, Mandan
  • Population: 642,200; 47th
  • Area: 70704 sq.mi., 19th
  • Nickname: Peace Garden State / Flickertail State / Roughrider State
  • Statehood: 39th, November 2, 1889


  • Alcohol Legalized: December 5, 1933
  • Number of Breweries: 2
  • Rank: 49th
  • Beer Production: 622,877
  • Production Rank: 47th
  • Beer Per Capita: 30.1 Gallons


Package Mix:

  • Bottles: 31.7%
  • Cans: 55.7%
  • Kegs: 12.2%

Beer Taxes:

  • Per Gallon: $0.16
  • Per Case: $0.36
  • Tax Per Barrel (24/12 Case): $4.96
  • Draught Tax Per Barrel (in Kegs): $2.48

Economic Impact (2010):

  • From Brewing: $4,052,844
  • Direct Impact: $179,486,642
  • Supplier Impact: $48,245,714
  • Induced Economic Impact: $72,205,012
  • Total Impact: $299,937,369

Legal Restrictions:

  • Control State: No
  • Sale Hours: On Premises: 12 p.m. – 2 a.m. Sundays 8 a.m. – 2 a.m. Mon-Sat
    Off Premises: before Thanksgiving Day
  • Grocery Store Sales: No
  • Notes: No off-sale on Thanksgiving Day. No Christmas Day on-sale, nor sales on Christmas Eve after 6 p.m.


Data complied, in part, from the Beer Institute’s Brewer’s Almanac 2010, Beer Serves America, the Brewers Association, Wikipedia and my World Factbook. If you see I’m missing a brewery link, please be so kind as to drop me a note or simply comment on this post. Thanks.

For the remaining states, see Brewing Links: United States.


  1. Tyler says

    I fear you may have been provided some questionable information regarding North Dakota beer so, as a North Dakotan, I’d like to give you as much info as I can to help. The number that caught my eye right away is the amount of beer production.

    1. Edwinton hasn’t produced a drop they can sell. According to them, they’re waiting for some forms to go through. So far, they haven’t sold an ounce so you probably don’t have to count them for any production numbers.

    2. Fargo Beer Company is, at this point in time, contract brewing with Sand Creek in Wisconsin. I’m not sure if that changes any of your numbers but I figured you should know. Also, they delivered their first kegs on September 21st of 2011. I’m not sure how much beer they could have produced since then.

    Other than those two (and one of those isn’t really a brewery… it hasn’t sold a pint), we have no breweries. We have a “brewpub” that is a Granite City restaurant with fermentors and trucked-in wort.

    Sorry if I came off as a jerk…I’m on a time crunch and I’m slipping this comment in between projects at work. If you already knew these things and took them into account than forgive me for my over-zealous quest for accuracy in relation to ND beer.

    Thanks for the site and all the information it has, it’s a great resource.

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