Farm-to-table doesn’t always mean field-to-plate – it can also mean field-to-mug, as Laughing Sun Brewery owner and brewmaster Mike Frohlich can attest. He says the beer he serves in his Biamarck taproom tastes like North Dakota because it’s “grown” there.

Frohlich says it’s important to maintain synergy between the community and state for everyone’s benefit. That’s why the barley and wheat used to create “Sinister on Oak,” “Cosmic Monk,” “Shallow Mud” and more unique brews are grown near the towns of Goodrich, Belfield and Dickinson and processed by Two Track Malting Company in Lincoln. Spent grains to the tune of about 10 tons per month are then used as feed by a local farmer. You can learn more about this unique company here.

Meanwhile, the owners of FARMtastic Heritage Foods in Anamoose call upon their Russian and Czech Republic heritage to plate up ethnic cuisine with ingredients grown locally by area producers, including the owners at their Slavic Heritage Farm. Guests come from all around central North Dakota to sample the rotating specialties. FARMtastic also conducts farm-to-table cooking classes.

The barley and wheat used to create the brews at Mike Frohlich’s Laughing Sun Brewery comes from nearby Goodrich, Belfield and Dickinson and is processed by Two Track Malting Company in Lincoln. Courtesy North Dakota Tourism

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