Announces Great American Beer Bars 2019

Written by: Andy Sparhawk on February 28th, 2019

It is no secret that America is home to perhaps the largest variety of beers in the world. More than 7,000 small and independent craft brewers call the United States home, and they have great beer bars to thank for helping educate beer lovers about what makes their beers so special.’s Great American Beer Bars 2019 highlights dozens of the unique, passionate and community-focused beer bars that work in partnership with brewers to serve the nation. Each of these beer retailers brings a unique approach to our favorite beverage. is proud to present you this year’s list of beer bars to seek out on your beer travels. Congratulations to this year’s winners of’s Great American Beer Bars 2019.


Year Founded: 2009

JL Beers is locally owned and operated with a staff that is friendly and knowledgeable about craft beer. Pair a local favorite, Drekker Broken Rudder, with one of JL Beers’ burgers made with the freshest of ingredients and hand cut fries for an All-American classic combination. – The Absolute Best Burger in Every State

Written by: April Benshosan on December 5th, 2018

JL Beers (North Dakota)

While JL Beers won the title of best burger joint in ND, the shack serves up a mean brew, too. The impressive beer selection ranges from robust Belgians to a hot beer cheese dip accompanied by crunchy chips. We’ll take another round of both, please.

The Absolute Best Burgers in Every Midwestern State

Written by: Zach Johnston of UPROXX on July 11th, 2018

Is there a region of the United States more in love with the burger than the Midwest? The endless, snowy winters mixed with summers that demand plenty of “make hay while the sun shines” indulgence combine to create the perfect year-round atmosphere for burgers to dominate the scene.
The Midwest is where burgers met their crazy, overblown, and delectable potential as a medium for getting calories into the body at the highest rates possible. As a result, the region is home to some of the cheesiest, heart-stoppingest, gargantuann riffs on the genre ever created. So let’s dive headfirst into a whole pile of great burgers where the blasphemous words “too much” are never uttered.
These are our picks for the best burgers in the Midwest.


Okay, we know JL Beers is a chain with spots in Minnesota and South Dakota too. But, goddamn if their burgers aren’t the best around in their home state of North Dakota. Pillory us for choosing a chain all you want but we dare you not to love the burgers at JL Beers.
JL prides itself that “all of our ingredients come from someone’s backyard.” That care and localvore attitude translates to a great burger. The meat is freshly ground. The buns are a house recipe. The bacon comes from around the corner.
The Humpty Dumpty burger is their award winner — with an excellently cooked runny egg on the classic cheeseburger. The real star, for us anyway, is the Not Just A Nutter Burger with a healthy smear of peanut butter accompanied by local red pepper jelly, diced jalapenos, pepper jack cheese, and locally smoked bacon. It’s a spicy, umami, cheesy, crunchy mess of a burger that hits you deep in the far-reaches of your burger-loving soul.

Minot Daily News Readers’ Choice Awards 2017

Thank you for voting and awarding us with the Best Craft Beers and Best Hamburger awards once again this year in the Minot Daily News 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards!

Minot Daily News Readers’ Choice Awards 2016

Thank you for voting for JL Beers in the Minot Daily News 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards. We’re honored to have won the Best Craft Beers and Best Hamburger awards!

 The Best Bar in Every State

Written by: Talia Avakian of Business Insider on March 4th, 2016

America is home to some incredible drinking spots. We teamed up with Foursquare, the city-guide app for discovering new places, to put together a list of the top-rated bars in each state and Washington, DC, based on user ratings on the app. The list ranges from upscale cocktail bars to wine joints to craft beer bars.

JL Beers is famous for its outstanding beer and burger selection. It has imported bottles from around the globe, mixed brew selections, and “beertails” like the Oatmeal Cookie — an oatmeal stout mixed with a splash of Lindemans Framboise (Raspberry) Lambic. – The Best Burger in Every State

MSN Food & Drink – February 2015

We conducted painstaking journalistic research to figure out the very best burger in every state, from mom-and-pop joints to celebrity-chef restaurants and everything in between.

For less than five bucks, you can get JL Beers’ delicious Humpty Dumpty, which comes with cheese and a fried egg on a soft bun. This regional chain, which originated in North Dakota, recently won best burger by High Plains Reader and other publications.

JL Beers is Coming to Minot!

Minot Daily News – February 2015

JL Beers will soon be a part of the Minot community.

The Friends and Family Opening is scheduled for Tuesday, March 3, followed by the public opening on Wednesday, March 4.

JL Beers® features a variety of unique burgers, fries and chips, along with 40 different craft beers on tap and a wide selection of bottled and canned beers, many of which are new to the Minot area. After your meal, you can satisfy your sweet tooth with a creamy root beer float; the perfect combination of 1919 Root Beer and Blue Bunny vanilla ice cream.

JL Beers® offers burgers with everything from the classic toppings, to the Mt, Mushmore® Burger, topped with sautéed mushrooms and teriyaki sauce, to what may soon become a customer favorite in Minot, the Humpty Dumpty® Burger, complete with a fried egg and cheese on top. All burgers are made with fresh ground beef and served on JL Beers’® own signature bun.

Offering high quality food at a reasonable price, the restaurant provides an open kitchen environment that features specialty cooking equipment.

Guests can watch as their fries and chips are cut right in front of them, a testament to the fact that all of the food at JL Beers® is fresh and “comes from someone’s backyard”, a phrase proudly written on the JL Beers® website.

Jesse Zwak and Wayne Zwak of Minot are the owners of the JL Beers® franchised restaurant in Minot. The manager of JL Beers® is Amy Dauphinais and the assistant manager is John Miller.

“We’re excited to be opening a JL Beers® in Minot,” said Zwak. “All of the food is fresh from North Dakota and we have one of the best beer selections in the country.”

JL Beers® has been under construction for about three and a half months and should be completed in early February. With décor and staff training to follow, Zwak says they expect to open the restaurant at their set opening date.

JL Beers® is currently in the process of hiring employees to join their team, projecting a total of 40 employees to be hired.

If a fun and unique dining experience, craft beer, and fresh food are your thing, then JL Beers® will soon be your go-to place.

As their motto says, “Seating for 1,000…47 at a time®”!

Business Beat

Posted: Dec 5, 2013

Fargo based JL Beers is coming to Minot. The news was announced today that Minot based ZZ Food Group operated by Wayne and Jesse Zwak would be bringing the franchise to the Magic City. Jesse tells me that they hope to be open early in 2014…and that a location isn’t set in stone yet — but they are strongly considering downtown Minot. JL Beers is known for their craft beer selection and burgers, fresh fries, and chips.