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Kilstone Brewing announces new downtown Fargo location

Randy Wigen and his sons, Grant, left, and Brock, are seen in this 2015 photo as they set up their newly established Kilstone Brewing Co. location in north Fargo. Now, Kilstone has plans to set up soon in a location in downtown Fargo. File Photo.1 / 2
Kilstone Brewing plans to establish a production facility and taproom at 222 Broadway, a spot currently home to Absolute Marketing Group. Dave Olson / The Forum 2 / 2

FARGO – A Fargo brewing company that set up business in north Fargo three years ago is now looking to move into a larger space in downtown Fargo.

Kilstone Brewing plans to establish a production facility and taproom at 222 Broadway, a spot currently home to Absolute Marketing Group.

Absolute Marketing Group is moving to 1440 4th Ave. N. in downtown Fargo around mid-May, according to MacDalton Berns, president of Absolute Marketing Group.

Berns said the new space will be almost double the space they have at their current site. They will occupy a building with their sister company, Video Arts Studios, which Absolute acquired in 2016.

Chris Larson, operations manager for Kilstone Brewing, said the brewery plans to start making changes to its new space soon, with an eye toward opening for business sometime late summer or early fall.

He said the company is unsure whether it will also continue to operate out of its current site at 764 34th St. N., in Fargo, which opened in 2015.


Kilstone founder Randy Wigen is still deeply involved in the business as are Wigen’s sons, Brock and Grant, who are in charge of the brewing, according to Larson, who before joining Kilstone spent the last 13 years as general manager at the Bottle Barn in West Fargo.

Larson said that while Kilstone is not ruling out keeping the north Fargo location in operation, that spot’s seating capacity of about 50 people limits its usefulness.

The new location will provide about 6,600 square feet, according to Larson, who said it will also mean more workers.

“We’ll definitely be adding employees; we’re thinking up to 20 employees within the first year,” Larson said.


He said the opening date of the new location will depend on how quickly brewing tanks can be prepared.

“Those have to be custom built to the space,” Larson said. “We’re going with German engineered and American built tanks,” he added.

“We’re excited to grow and especially excited to be near the new Block 9 development,” Larson said, referring to a large mixed-use development project planned for downtown.

In addition to a brewery and taproom, the new site also envisions a retail area and kitchen, as well as a stage for live music, comedy and variety events.

It will also have rooms for corporate events, parties and meetings, according to a posting on the Kilstone Facebook page.

Kilstone also has a goal of packaging at the new facility, which would allow the brewery to distribute throughout the local market by the end of the year.

In the Facebook posting, Grant Wigen shared some of the benefits of moving to a larger space: “My brother and I are very close, but the proximity within we have worked … let’s just say I’m excited to stretch out a bit,” Grant Wigen wrote.

“We can brew more beer, reach more people and move into packaging soon. I’m also looking forward to more space for activities,” he added.

Dave Olson
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