Booth: Drekker Brewing Co.

Discussion in 'IPA Fest in Cyberspace (2021)' started by Todd, Apr 26, 2021.

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  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (13,172) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Virtual Booth/Discussion Thread for:

    Drekker Brewing Co. (Fargo, North Dakota)

    Clueless Wonder (Double IPA); 8.3%; 16oz can
    Clueless Wonder is a Double IPA brewed with Mosaic, Citra, Azacca, Cashmere, Lemon Drop, 007, and Huell Melon. It's super soft and smooth with big notes of melon, peach, and candied lemon.

    Joining us: Mark Bjornstad (Co-Founder, President)

    Have a question for our guests? Drop it in this thread and your question could make the live feed!

    Like what you're drinking? Support the brewery and grab some merch!
  2. Curmudgeon

    Curmudgeon Pundit (946) May 29, 2014 Massachusetts


    Thanks a ton for joining the fest and offering one of your beers!

    That's a lot of hops! I usually brew (homebrew) IPAs with around 2-3 hop varieties. I'm drinking an IPA of mine where I used 6 varieties of hops. The hop presence is there but doesn't have much character; it's kind of muddled like the hops all muted each other.

    How do you pick what hops to use for beers using so many varieties? Thanks!
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  3. MuleHopKickin

    MuleHopKickin Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2010 New Jersey

    Are you using pelletized 007 and Huell Melon or fresh cones?
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  4. Nobody_N_Particular

    Nobody_N_Particular Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2021 California

    Any thoughts on a pinball themed beer? Got a favorite pinball machine?
  5. mqbush

    mqbush Initiate (166) Dec 30, 2014 Virginia

    I heard that your beers are not that popular with the audience near your brewery, and that you do most of your sales to more distant markets. Is that true? How has that affected your decisions as to the beers you make?
  6. ljkeats

    ljkeats Pundit (895) Jun 27, 2007 Massachusetts

    Interesting to see spelt in the grain bill, something I usually only see in saisons and grisettes.
    What do you think spelt brings to the party in a Hazy IPA?
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  7. RbrtGroves

    RbrtGroves Crusader (401) Apr 13, 2019 Idaho

    Punchgut created some awesome label artwork. Do you know what the inspiration is behind it all?
  8. Jessleoni

    Jessleoni Initiate (0) Apr 2, 2021 Arizona

    Great beer! Have you ever tried sitting backwards on the toilet and using the back of the toilet as a little table for your beer?
  9. cuse427

    cuse427 Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2014 Massachusetts

    How many different beer runs do you have?
    Which is your favorite?
  10. StafDehat

    StafDehat Initiate (0) Jan 12, 2021 Texas

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  11. Braunmeister_1943

    Braunmeister_1943 Pooh-Bah (1,999) Nov 22, 2020 Pennsylvania
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    Loving this one. Do you use oars in this? Has that Finback, Other Half creaminess I love!
  12. NormCotter

    NormCotter Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2021 Texas

    How many breweries are in the North Dakota area?
  13. Klemmy

    Klemmy Aspirant (298) Mar 25, 2008 California

    I know this is an IPA-fest, but I need to give love to your Slang Du Jour series. The Blueberry Peach Cobbler blew my mind.

    I live in CA and got that beer through Tavour. Just wondering how does that partnership work, do you send specific beers to them, do they request beers? Any say on which areas get the beers?

  14. hyattm

    hyattm Aspirant (219) Jan 15, 2021 New York

    How do you get this beer so damn pale? How do you prevent browning reaction?
  15. Braunmeister_1943

    Braunmeister_1943 Pooh-Bah (1,999) Nov 22, 2020 Pennsylvania
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    Do you distribute to PA?
  16. jbertsch

    jbertsch Pooh-Bah (2,588) Dec 14, 2008 Massachusetts
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    There are many different hops in this beer, which do you think is highlighted best?
  17. Chefie

    Chefie Crusader (467) Feb 2, 2007 Oklahoma

    This beer is so silky and smooth, what components contribute to this? Great beer.
  18. dbgreen53

    dbgreen53 Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2021

    Fargo rocks. Cool city. (Wife from ND and we get to Fargo at least once a year).
  19. KyleKingma

    KyleKingma Initiate (0) Feb 28, 2012 Washington

    Loving the beer - is the demand for hazy IPAs changing what you see in available hop varietals? Can you talk about how Drekker experiments with new hops?
  20. tclarkchez330

    tclarkchez330 Initiate (0) Apr 5, 2021 Texas

    Loved all of the Drekker IPAs (and fruited sours) that I've been able to try so far. Curious what your thoughts are in terms of drinking IPAs "super fresh" versus letting them sit in the can for a week or two and mellow out a bit - is there any validity to either approach, in your experience?
  21. mklisz

    mklisz Initiate (0) Dec 31, 2010 New Hampshire

    This beer has such great balance. How do you find the happy medium between excess and not enough hoppiness and bitterness?
  22. Braunmeister_1943

    Braunmeister_1943 Pooh-Bah (1,999) Nov 22, 2020 Pennsylvania
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    Label reminds me of Tim Burton artwork!
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  23. suadps22

    suadps22 Initiate (0) Jul 18, 2017 Massachusetts

    Great beer! Love the story about the name! I'm just a putz home brewer, but how much time/pain do you put into the naming of the beers?
  24. Papahoppy72

    Papahoppy72 Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2021 California

    What percentage of customers to your brewery are people who travel to want to try your beer vs your local regulars?
  25. jcjackson30

    jcjackson30 Initiate (0) Apr 2, 2021 Arizona

    Just recently started seeing drekker in AZ bottle shops. Good stuff!
  26. entheos

    entheos Initiate (0) Nov 9, 2019 California

    Your label shows, MALT, HOPS and YEAST. Does that reveal a trade secret or does that help brewers recreate the beer you create?
  27. Braunmeister_1943

    Braunmeister_1943 Pooh-Bah (1,999) Nov 22, 2020 Pennsylvania
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    Do you guys ship to the Northeast? PA in particular?
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  28. dojohnso

    dojohnso Initiate (0) Jan 12, 2021 Illinois

    (Assuming you are) Being Scandinavian, have you experienced any Scandinavian breweries and do take any influence from them?
  29. snlussier

    snlussier Initiate (0) Sep 26, 2014 Massachusetts

    Hey Mark, beer is dope. How many hops are enough? Whats the limit or is there none?
  30. mirrorball

    mirrorball Crusader (429) Aug 14, 2005 Virginia

    Totally. It's like Glenn Danzig in a Tim Burton Japanese anime. Very cool
  31. Mexican_Viking_Domerdoc

    Mexican_Viking_Domerdoc Initiate (0) Jan 12, 2021 Texas
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    Amazing beer! Love the pineapple! How do you get the ABV to where it is without making the beer taste ‘heavy’?
  32. rbc3

    rbc3 Initiate (0) Aug 18, 2015 California

    I love that you list the fruit ingredients on your smoothies as "Gimmicks". Thank you for that sense of humor!
  33. daschettler

    daschettler Crusader (437) Dec 13, 2006 Pennsylvania

    First beer from ND and couldn't have been better! Is that T-shirt available in your merch?
  34. dbgreen53

    dbgreen53 Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2021

    love how bright this beer is.
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