Beethoven-themed festivities are brewing in more ways than one in Fargo-Moorhead during the month of February.
The first annual WinterArts Festival aims to bring people together through anything and everything Beethoven, from music and theater to a scavenger hunt and trivia.
Moorhead’s Junkyard Brewing Company is joining in the festivities with its specialty Beethoven brew “Deaf Guy.”
As an imperial altbier, “Deaf Guy” is an even darker version of the traditional alt style.
Aaron Juhnke, president of Junkyard Brewing Company, explained the concept of an altbier.
“Alt is a take on a European brewing style,” he said. “An alt means old in German, and it was the old way of making beer in Germany before pilsners got really popular … alt beers are usually kinda malty, a little bit darker-amber colored, really clean, drinkable, even though they’re darker.”
The brewery, which opened last August, aimed to create their own version of the European-style brew.
“We’re just gonna make an imperial version of that and just up everything … a little more hops, a little more malt,” Juhnke said. “It’ll just be a higher alcohol percentage … (We’re) trying to keep it real drinkable still … with just more flavor overall.”
Juhnke and the other brewers decided to name the beer after the famously deaf composer that inspired the month-long arts and culture festival.
“We did play off of a popular name of a beer called ‘Dead Guy’ … so we thought this was kind of a funny name,” he said.
While enjoying the brew, attendees can get low with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra Tuba Quartet, who will be entertaining the crowds with some of Beethoven’s best tunes in the taproom during the 5-7 p.m. happy hour.
Beer enthusiasts will also be able to check out Junkyard’s newest addition: a professionally-built stainless steel brewing system that will allow them to double their production.
For more information visit winterartsfest.org, and follow Brews News for next week’s preview on Fargo Brewing Company’s Beethoven brew “Magnum Opus.”
WHEN: 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12
WHERE: 1416 First Ave. N., Moorhead
MORE INFO: winterartsfest.org