The Brew (Dickinson, ND)
The Brew once was an Episcopalian church where Teddy Roosevelt is said to have worshipped. The fuel of choice in the Bakken? Coffee. If that’s what you call the quick-brew 40-weight stuff you buy at the convenience stores and gas stations in the Bakken. It’s good to know where to find a good brew. In Dickinson, that’s what it’s called, “The Brew.”
On Sims Street, couple blocks north of Villard, you’ll find an historic church building with the coffee shop feel you’d expect to find in a neighborhood metropolitan area.
Obviously it hasn’t always fed physical bodies. The building used to feed the souls of worshippers such as Teddy Roosevelt. It is said that about 150 years ago, TR would come to Dickinson on weekends from his home near Medora. On Sundays, he’d worship here with Episcopalians. Years later, the building was used by Baptists for meetings. Now it’s a coffee shop.
Outdoor seating is available, but most people congregate in the main front room, or in back. The close seating prompts an “intimate” environment. Most seating is on hard wood pew-type benches and are as comfortable as a hard wood pew in church on Sunday morning. There is a corner of comfy stuffed chairs.
A corner of comfortable seating is the best place in the house to socialize.
Mostly you’ll find Dickinson State students seated, using their laptops or tablets – or sometimes in personal conversation. Local business people from the nearby real estate firm or from the bank across the street will also frequent the Brew. Blue collar workers, truck drivers, field hands are comfortable there, too, and will stand in line to place their order.
The baristas and wait staff can’t be beat. There are none that are friendlier, more personable and more helpful than the staff at the Brew.
The back room eating area showcases local artwork for sale. Like most urban coffee shops, the Brew promotes and sells local art work. It adds to the visual ambience of the shop, and supports local artists.