There were 2,300 Airbnb stays in Burleigh County in 2018, according to the company. Statewide that number was 13,000.
Guest arrivals on the service in 2017 totaled 6,700 statewide, with the majority being in Fargo. Bismarck-Mandan had the second-highest number of guests in the state during the past year, with 1,435 stays.
“There are now more than 200 North Dakota hosts who share their homes via Airbnb, typically earning about $4,600 annually in supplemental income,” the company said in a statement.
Earnings in Burleigh County totaled $211,500.
As of Friday, there were 44 active rentals on the Airbnb website for Bismarck-Mandan. At the end of January 2018, there were 36.
Cass County again had the largest number of stays with 6,400 in 2018. Grand Forks County had 560. Ward County had 450. And Billings County, with Medora as its county seat, had 420.
Bird Dog Brewing is moving across the Missouri River and opening a tap room.
The microbrewery is moving out of Main Street Drive Thru Liquor in Mandan to 931 S. Ninth St. in Bismarck, near Erberts and Gerberts and the former south O'Reilly's.
Owner Dennis Kwandt said he made the move for the extra space. He’ll have nearly 1,300 square feet in his new location. He plans to self distribute out of the space as well as serve his brews on tap.
“It’ll be more like Laughing Sun,” he said. “We’ll be able to sell our own beer on location.”
With the tap room, Kwandt also will offer more varieties, starting with eight taps and increasing to 12 or 16.
“Hunters Amber is probably our staple beer,” he said.
Dog Tooth Brown Ale is his personal favorite.
“I’m kind of a malt guy,” Kwandt said.
Other brews include his Short Hare IPA, Bourbon Barrel Porter, and he has a cream ale for those who like a lighter lager.
Kwandt said he hopes to be operational in his new location this month. Tentative hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Thursday, 4 p.m. to midnight Friday, 2 p.m. to midnight Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Kwandt wants his tap room to have a mellow, easy-going environment. He aims to cater in food or use food trucks and would like to have comedy or bands in the future. There will be televisions for watching sports and a few dart boards for entertainment.