JL Beers

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4.16 w/ 1 ratings

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

518 1st Ave N
Fargo, North Dakota, 58102-4804
United States

(701) 492-3377 | map

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Added by sguelaiche on 04-21-2010

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by CpnYates:
Photo of CpnYates
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I can't imagine why this place doesn't have more/ better reviews.

Sure its small- but its cozy.And the small size keeps you right infront of the service, and the TV's, the kitchen and within talking, not shouting distance of the entire place.

The place is brand new- has super cool/ "chic" decor. and offers up great fresh burgers, and a really good selection of brews for this part of the country for dirt cheap. I would be happy to stumble across this bar in NYC, or DC, let alone Fargo.
They even offer up beer "off" sales to take yer brews to go.

Bells, goose Island, Big Sky, and others on draft, and at 6.50 for a tall, served in the proper glass wear.

I will miss it when my stay in Fargo is over.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of nicksamuelson
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Ajlvt
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Photo of nhhokie
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great place! Don't be fooled; not a brewery but very good beer bar. Their beer is brewed by Empyrean out of Lincoln, NE.
Even though they don't brew their own, the selection and service make it a worthwhile stop.

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Photo of meals00
5/5  rDev +22.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

If you're in Fargo and you love beer, this is a must for you! Plenty of beer to choose from, knowledgeable staff and dank burgers!!!

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Photo of mothman
1.62/5  rDev -60.2%
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 1.5

Terrible service. Was debating between two beers I never tried. Asked for a sample and said I'd have to buy a flight. A girl asked for a sample a few chairs down and the bartender had no problem giving her a sample. Tap selection is mediocre.

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Photo of Breezy_seifey
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of Chizzzy
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of dakotaben
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

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Photo of Wobbly
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

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Photo of jarrgal
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Fargrow
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of Beermania24
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of Kam
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of consigliare
1/5  rDev -75.4%

Photo of kjyost
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

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Photo of ZAP
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

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.

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Photo of JMorisch
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

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.

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Photo of Chronofied
4.03/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

This is the place to go for beer in Fargo, hands down. It has the best selection of craft beers on tap and in the bottle of any place in town.

With over thirty beers on tap, and additional selections in bottles, there should be something everyone can enjoy. When they first opened, the selection was pretty standard, if big. The selection has been slowly expanding and improving as they get a better feel for how the ND beer market will support them. They have a decent rotation of seasonals. The growler availability is a huge plus for me. I loved filling a growler with Tank 7 , grabbing a cheap burger, and getting on my way.

The food is excellent for the price... very cheap burgers, disproportionately tasty for their price. Not much selection when it comes to food, but JL is for beers anyway.

The place is too small. It has enough room to seat about thirty people (maybe another ten outside when the weather is pleasant), and the seating feels crowded on top of it. Don't be surprised to find standing room only at 9:00 on a Saturday night. The establishment is narrow and deep. Pretty clean, though, and with good, new-age bar decor.

Service is good; tenders are fairly knowledgeable about beers (at least the ones that are currently on tap). Servers are usually friendly and accommodating. Turn around on orders is very quick.

Overall, recommended as the #1 beer stop in Fargo. Probably the best beer selection in ND.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I love the idea of JL Beers, and I enjoy the execution as well.

The place is very intimate, a bit like traveling to China coach sitting between two NFL offensive linemen, but the bar is very nice, the selection is very solid (I snagged some Tank 7 on tap, in ND. Color me impressed), and the food is simple but hits the spot. I do love an egg on my burger!

Prices are average, the service was friendly and prompt, and the beer selection is better than the vast majority of the state.

Check it out, but be prepared to stand in line get a seat any day more than 20 people want a burger and beer.

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Photo of luxbwin
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I grew up in Fargo, and I moved away a couple of months before this place opened. I really want to say this is a great place to start your night. It only seats 24 people, but they have a pretty good beer selection with New Belgium, Bells, Rogue, and a couple other staples of the craft beer world. The burgers are pretty good, especially for the price. Every burger is under five dollars. I would recommend the cajun chips that are made fresh to order. The food is cheap, but the beer is a little pricey. Nonetheless, this is a must stop for a Fargo vacation. Do not be afraid to strike up a conversation with the patron on the stool next to you. ND nice is not a myth.

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JL Beers in Fargo, ND
Brewery rating: 100% out of 100 with 1 ratings
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