Driving around the Bismarck-Mandan area folks may come to the realization that the area has its fair share of bars and drinking establishments.
However, one Mandan couple, Hannah and Dylan Hilfer-Schafer, 25 and 27 respectively, along with Dylan's brother, Jake Schafer, 28, recognized the need for a place for people to come together and have open conversations about topics people care about in a relaxed setting.
The Dialectic Brewing Co. is aimed at those who enjoy good conversation, craft beer in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, said Dylan Hilfer-Schafer, "Just a place for people to enjoy a pint and socialize with their community."
"We went to school for sociology and that's where our name came from, it's the art in finding the truth in your opinions. So we're hoping it's a place where people can come in and express opinions, discuss, debate and where community members can come in and talk about the community and issues going on," Hannah Hilfer-Schafer said.
Dylan Hilfer-Schafer, the company's brewer, said he started brewing beer at 23 when Hannah Hilfer-Schafer bought him a beer brewing kit for his birthday. "I always joke that was the best investment I ever made, buying him a beer brewing kit," she said with a laugh. At the time the Hilfer-Schafers were living on the West Coast, which he described as the beer-brewing mecca.
Shortly after he started brewing beer he began working at Junkyard Brewing Co. in Moorhead, Minn., where he was inspired by the owners to start a brewing company. The Hilfer-Schafers were both pursing master's degrees so they put the idea of starting a business on the back burner.
But soon, they discovered that they should start the business sooner than later. "We might as well do it now, while we are young," said Hannah Hilfer-Schafer.
Jake Schafer, who is a water system inspector for the state of North Dakota, will be the water quality specialist at the brewery. "Being that 99 percent of the product we brew is water, he's kind of a good guy to have on board," Dylan Hilfer-Schafer said.
There will be 10 selections of craft beers on tap for customers to choose from as well as nonalcoholic house-made sodas such as root beer, cream ale and cold press coffee.
The owners are participating in the Renaissance Zone program, a property and state income tax incentive that has assisted in revitalizing downtown Mandan and gives business owners a tax break as they set up shop.
The brewery is set to open in the spring of 2018 and will be located at 416 W. Main St. in downtown Mandan. The brewery will likely be open 4 to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, said the Hilfer-Schafers.