11 Sep Tap into Minot’s Prohibition Past
You’ll be hoppy to be in Minot. The Tap Room, hidden in the historic area of downtown Minot is home to awesome craft beer from all over the country.
Owner and operator Jon Lakoduk describes the Tap Room as “beer geek bar, not beer snob.” Lakoduk is not only an expert in beer, he has the certification to prove it as the city’s only beer cicerone.
What is a cicerone? A cicerone is to beer as a sommelier is to wine. However, there are currently only 2,900 cicerones in the world, and Minot is home to one.
Lakoduk studied for three years in order to pass the cicerone exam. He said the cicerones must master:
- Beer keeping and serving
- Beer styles
- Beer and food pairing
Also worth noting is the delicious spicy mustard that is created in-house. Try it on one of the Tap Room’s soft-pretzels and I can assure you that you will not be disappointed; just make sure to ask Lakoduk about the best beer pairing for your snack.
The bar is hidden, cool and underground. The speakeasy-style of the Tap Rooms will make you feel like you’re back in the prohibition era and like you’re doing something you probably should not be.
However, it’s not all foam and games at the Tap Room, except on every other Wednesday the bar hosts board game night, and every Monday and Tuesday is trivia night. Watch their Facebook Page for information on events.
While at the Tap Room, be sure to Beer it forward. Started by the original owners of the bar, the Tap Room has a wall where names are written of people who have had beers previously purchased for them and are ready to claim!