Drekker Brewing Company
630 1st Avenue N
Fargo, ND 58102
Next Saturday, West Fargo author Alicia Underlee Nelson will host a meet-and-greet where she will sign copies of her book, North Dakota Beer: A Heady History. Fittingly, this will take place at Drekker Brewing Company, an establishment known both for its craft beers and its support of the local arts. This event, sponsored by the North Dakota Humanities Council, will be free and open to the public.
Nelson’s book was published by Arcadia Publishing as part of the American Palate series, which delves into the history of food and drink industries all over the United States. Other titles in this series include New York City Coffee: A Caffeinated History, Classic Restaurants of Oklahoma City, Michigan Apples: History and Tradition, and Hudson Valley Wine.
Prior to entering the Union as a dry state in 1889, North Dakota’s beer industry was highly successful. For over four decades, many residents resorted to smuggling beer across the Montana and Minnesota borders, while others secretly brewed their own at home. Once Prohibition ended in 1933, North Dakota farmers became the nation’s biggest producers of malted barley.
Nelson, a freelance writer and photographer, has written for several publications, including Thomson Reuters, Delta Sky Magazine, AAA Living Magazine, and Matador Network. She specializes in writing about craft beer, travel, the arts, and Midwestern history.
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