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Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
4.44/5 rDev +9.9%
Was in Fargo recently and came away really impressed with this place....small and at 2 pm on a Thursday afternoon there was a solid crowd.
Bartender might be mistaken for Matt Stafford. Bar staff was very attentive and on top of everything.
Beer selection was surprisingly strong. I had heard some comments about this place perhaps a year ago and had expected to see Leinie Honey, SA Boston Lager, Killians and Summit EPA as my best options but I was in the neighborhood and gave it a shot. What a surprise.
They had the newly released Fargo Brewing IPA (which I tried to add to the data base but getting it listed on this site is like gaining unclassified info from the CIA)..also had Weihenstephan Hefe which I have not seen anywhere in Minnesota for years. it was a crisp fall day but this slid down very quickly. Awesome beer and awesome on tap and would drink a ton of it in the summer.
The rest of their lineup was quite impressive and I've been to all the big hitters in the state. Missing the elite special releases but that is fine with me....a ton of beers I would drink.
We had just eaten so we didn't order any food but I watched their operation and it is a clean operation...they use gloves when handling food...(they were sepoarating some cheese slices when I noticed this)..grill and everything seems clean...just before leaving I checked the prices and a burger was like 3.99...with fries $5...looked like they had some good spices for the fries....
Just really impressed overall with this whole operation and would strongly recommend it.
09-30-2011 00:22:13 | More by ZAP
4.25/5 rDev +5.2%
The beer here is awesome. The food is great. The service is great. To me, this is the best pure beer bar in Fargo... BUT... and this is a big but.... going there is like entering into a clown car.
It is their schtick to have a small place, but personally, I hate that about the place. It is great to go there alone or maybe with one or two other people during non-busy times, but mostly I just don't even try anymore. There are other places with good beer in town where I can sit down. Also, they should really offer free water to designated drivers - maybe that has changed, but they wouldn't give my wife a water about a year ago.
Outside of the beer... the chips are awesome and the cajun sauce is awesome. All of the locations are great, but the downtown one has a special place for me.
Go there... try it... it's great, but don't bring too many friends and family. If you are into that kind of masochism, just put on some nipple clamps and go to the Wurst Beer Hall.
08-30-2014 03:36:39 | More by dakotaben
4.5/5 rDev +11.4%
It all started in downtown Fargo, ND. Now, JL's is moving all over the Midwest, and with good reason: excellent burgers and home-made chips with a solid, rotating tap list. Would like to see some more Belgian and German beers make the rotation, but this is a great spot.
08-24-2014 19:10:10 | More by Wobbly
4.13/5 rDev +2.2%
A long bar with some tables on the side await you as you enter with sports on the TVs over the bar. The flattop and friers are all visible as you sip your beers and order. Tons of interesting beers here, although my one grips is that their website and their "Recently Tapped" board are not accurate. Even if a keg was tapped a few days ago, erase it once you run out...
Tasty greasy burgers and good chips (who can't like blue cheese). If you don't like burgers there isn't much else.
Oh yeah, Kokanne a special import? In Canada that's macro swill.
11-14-2012 03:54:12 | More by kjyost
4.28/5 rDev +5.9%
I have been to JL Beers many times, once a week. The place is great. JL Beers is all about beers and burgers. It's to the point and doesn't mess around. Wonderful atmosphere. Yes it is small. Usually full around the dinner hour, then a short lull and then full again till closing. It is worth the wait. Don't be afraid to walk in even when full. Stand and wait for 10-15 minutes and normally you can get a seat. One time me and the wife waited for 10 minutes and one of the tables in the back cleared out. Me the wife and two total strangers sat together at the table. Enjoyed a couple beers and our burgers and shared a friendly conversation and then went on our way. It was a good time and nice to meet new people. The beer selection is good, 32 taps, always changing to keep up with the trends and seasons. Now if people would just stop going to a place like JL Beers and ordering a bud / miller / coors light etc...then that would open a few more taps up for actual beer with flavor. Oh well to each there own. Go there,support them, tip the staff. There is also a JL Beers in West Fargo.
04-02-2011 22:48:32 | More by JMorisch
JL Beers in Fargo, ND
90 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.