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Aaron LaBelo, Heather Chapman, Nik Chapman and Michael Loberger, all of Kenosha, Wis., drink a beer on Thursday at the newly opened Edwinton Brewery, inside the historic Bismarck Depot on Main Avenue, while on their way to Montana and Yellowstone National Park.

After about three and a half years of construction, Edwinton Brewing Company opened in the Bismarck Depot on Thursday.

Nerves overtook owner Dale Zimmerman during the morning as he waited to see whether his customers would like the new venue.

"I didn't think this day would ever come, but I think we're ready," he said.

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Dale Zimmerman, owner of the newly opened German-style brew pub Edwinton Brewery located in the historic Bismarck Depot, stands in a hallway among black and white mural images of early 20th century downtown Bismarck and the four former U.S. presidents who visited the state's Capitol city. 

Ladies out to lunch were impressed by the renovated former train depot and outdoor seating offered at the venue. And roadtrippers from Kenosha, Wis., made the brewery a stop on their way to Montana.

"This is really neat, very different," said Aaron LaBelo as he sipped his Blueberry Wheat beer, adding it was unlike any of the breweries they had made it a point to stop in along their journey.

The German-style brew pub, started serving food items, including schnitzel sandwiches, pheasant brats and Bavarian pretzels, along with beers, such as The Iron Chancellor kolsch on tap.

"Kolsch beer is from Cologne, Germany, where Otto Von Bismarck was the first chancellor of the German Empire. The city’s original name, Edwinton, was later changed to Bismarck to bring German investors to our city," the brew pub's website explains.

Julie Kuennen, of Bismarck, sampled the brisket candy and fried avocado slices on lunch break, knowing Zimmerman's reputation for good food at his other restaurants in town — Peacock Alley and 40 Steak + Seafood.

"I wanted to see what they did with the building," she said of the space, which paid homage with murals to the four former U.S. presidents who visited Bismarck and to that portion of the depot's days as railroad cold storage with meat hooks on the lighting.  

Edwinton Brewing is open 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday.

"All ages welcome," the website reads.

Reach Jessica Holdman at 701-250-8261 or jessica.holdman@bismarcktribune.com

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