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Good Times, Great Beers

With succulent beef, field-fresh corn and other mouth-watering delicacies, it’s easy to forget that South Dakota is also home to a burgeoning craft brewery scene. Don’t let that mistake go unremedied. Check out one of the state’s many delicious breweries and treat yourself to a pint of South Dakota goodness! Here are some of our favorite spots to grab a cold one...




Miner Brewing Company and Prairie Berry Winery Taproom

The east version of Prairie Berry Winery and Miner Brewing Company features drinks and delectables from both locations. But while the western spots sit on top of a hill near Hill City, Miner Brewing Company and Prairie Berry Winery Taproom can be easily found in the Western Mall just off 41st Street in Sioux Falls. Don’t let the word “mall” frighten you. Inside the tasteful home of Miner Brewing Company and Prairie Berry Winery Taproom, you’ll find succulent delights that pair well with the South Dakota-made wine and beer. Even the pickiest of palettes will be pleased. Build yourself an Epicurean board before sitting down with a savory glass of wine or delicious brew and deciding which salad or sandwich will fill you up just right.

Prairie Berry East Bank, Sioux Falls


WoodGrain Brewing Company

The guys from WoodGrain were using old barn wood to make furniture for the brewery when the name came to them. Now, they’re thriving in downtown Sioux Falls with an ever-changing rotation of deliciousness. Named by RateBeer as South Dakota’s Best New Brewer in 2016, WoodGrain Brewing Co. also works with local food trucks every weekend to make sure you have some grub to go with your beer. You’re also welcome to bring in your own food or have something delivered.

WoodGrain Brewing Company, Sioux Falls

Fernson Brewing Company

At a time when the brewery scene was just becoming alive again in Sioux Falls, Fernson was one of the first on the scene. Since then, they’ve grown into two locations and a reputation for putting out some of the best beer in the area. Check out the family-friendly (all minors must be accompanied by someone over 21) original taproom and brewery at 1400 E. Robur Drive, or Fernson on 8th, the 21+ tap room downtown where you might find a comedian, illusionist or band on the location’s performance stage.

Ferson Brewing Company, Sioux Falls

Wooden Legs Brewing Co.

Since Brookings is named after Judge Wilmot Wood Brookings, it makes sense that the brewery would be named after the man’s wooden legs. The bar is managed by one of the state’s few certified cicerones (a term for those with proven beer knowledge), so you know that what you’re drinking was made by the best. Come for the beer, stay for the conversation and cracker-crust pizza.

Wooden Legs Brewing Company, Brookings


Other breweries on the eastern side of South Dakota

Named after a mythical multi-headed serpent, Hydra Beer Company in Sioux Falls, is big on heavy metal, customer service and delicious beer that might have you screaming “Hail Hydra!” before your first glass is empty. 

South Dakota’s second-oldest brewery is Dempsey’s Brewery, Pub and Restaurant in Watertown. Visit and you'll experience delectable brews, award-winning pizza and a possible performance from Bill Dempsey III, owner and Official Bagpiper of South Dakota.

Gandy Dancer Brew Works in Sioux Falls sits inside Monks House of Ale Repute (South Dakota’s original craft beer bar). It was named South Dakota’s Top Brewer by RateBeer in 2016.

Established in 2013, Remedy Brewing Company in Sioux Falls was the dream of a couple of of buddies. They moved their operation from a garage to a fully operational brewery and taproom in 2017.

Farm-to-table is a common and delicious concept in South Dakota. East of Sioux Falls near Valley Springs, a fourth-generation farmer is concentrating on farm-to-glass. At A Homestead Brew, you can roam fields of hops before tasting the final product.

When strolling around downtown Yankton, stop in Ben's Brewing Co. for a mix of beers brewed on-site and guest taps. 

Eponymous Brewing Co. in Brookings is what happens when microbiology and business skills combine. The result? Delicious brews made with local ingredients that are, in the brewers' own words, "handcrafted with identity in the name of beer."

You don't have to go to a city to find freshly brewed beer in South Dakota. Just 10 miles west of Sioux Falls is Hartford (population 3,237) and the Buffalo Ridge Brewing Company. The brewery opened its doors in fall 2018 and prides itself on blending the owners' worldly experiences with small-town South Dakota roots. 

Gandy Dancer Brew Works

Gandy Dancer Brew Works, Sioux Falls

Hydra Beer Company

Hydra Beer Company, Sioux Falls

Dempsey's Brewery, Pub and Restaurant

Dempsey's Brewery, Aberdeen




Crow Peak Brewing Co.

You can find their beer in stores all across the state, but there’s nothing quite like the experience of sitting down in the rustic taproom of one of South Dakota’s premier breweries. Since 2007, Crow Peak has consistently been a must-do for beer lovers in and out of state. Have a fresh glass of one of the favorites or check out one of the small-batch beers available only in the tap room. Ratebeer named their Pile-O-Dirt Porter as the Top Beer in the state in 2016. Beer lovers across the state (and beyond) do not disagree.

Crow Peak Brewing Co., Spearfish


Miner Brewing Company

Right beside the region’s winningest winery is Miner Brewing Company, a beautiful wooden oasis with a delicious, ever-changing beer menu and live music series. Order some food at the bar and they’ll bring it over from the neighboring Prairie Berry Winery kitchen. Order a flight of beer and prepare for a celebration of flavor.

Miner Brewing Company, Hill City


Firehouse Brewing Company

The state’s oldest operating brewery serves delicious beer and food in the city’s original firehouse. On the right days, you can hit the patio for a drink in the sun during the day and live music at night. If the weather isn’t cooperating, there’s plenty of room inside and lots of Rapid City history and beer to experience.

Firehouse Brewing Co., Rapid City


Other breweries on the western side of South Dakota

In the heart of what was once mining country sits Dakota Shivers Brewing, a perfect escape from the busy world. Being located in Lead – a town of less than 4,000 people – means a slower pace of life and absolutely delicious beer.

The almost-immediate popularity of Hay Camp Brewing Company’s beer meant the entire business had to relocate to a bigger space in Rapid City in 2017. There may be more seats, but the beer is still small-batch and just as delicious as ever.

The owners of Mt. Rushmore Brewing Company in Custer were at the forefront of the craft-beer movement in 1997, but people's thirsts weren't ready yet. Times have changed, and now the brewery is back and better than ever. When you stop in for a beer, there's a good chance it was made from local ingredients including lavender, raspberries, pine and spruce. 

One look at The Knuckle Brewing Company’s outside stage and massive seating areas and you’ll know there’s something special going on. That’s because a) the town of Sturgis is taken over annually by bikers of all shapes and sizes every August and b) the place makes some tasty beer.

Lost Cabin Beer Company owners Jesse and Tom admit that they’re obsessed with the Black Hills. That passion comes through in beers like Dakota Common, an easy drinking lager made with South Dakota hops, and Lord Grizzly Scotch Ale.

Located just a stone’s throw from Miner Brewing in Hill City sits Sick-N-Twisted Brewing Co. These beers may have naughty names, but they’re oh-so-nice to taste.

People have sworn for centuries that the water of Hot Springs is magical. It’s that same water that brewer Barry Black swears makes the microbrews served at Woolly’s Grill and Cellar special. Sit down for a pint or grab a growler to find out for yourself.

At the corner of Highway 79 and Highway 18, just four miles east of Hot Springs, you’ll find a casual brewery and steakhouse where taste sensations abound. Stop in to the Highway 79 Brewing Company for a pint of their latest creation and pair it with vittles that range from the traditional (chicken fried steak) to the unique (fried  deviled eggs).

After 13 years in the Wyoming brewing industry, Nathan Venner returned to his native South Dakota with one goal: make great beer. That’s exactly what he’s doing at Spearfish Brewing Company. In addition to award-winning brews, patrons can also enjoy both in-house sparkling water and kombucha on tap plus nosh from a rotating food menu.

In the 70s, a place called Dakota Point was the place to enjoy a bonfire, a beer, and some loud music. Dakota Point Brewery in Rapid City is channeling all the best parts of that scene into their location "We still have the beer, but now the music isn't as loud," says co-owner Jim Boulter. Specializing in traditional Irish, English, Scottish and American ales, the brewery features the rare option to get a beer straight from a cask. (It's also only a few steps away from Lost Cabin Brewing Co., so visitors can easily visit two of the state's best breweries in one session.) 

Dakota Shivers Brewing

Dakota Shivers Brewing, Lead

Hay Camp Brewing Company

Hay Camp Brewing Company, Rapid City

Lost Cabin Beer Company

Lost Cabin Beer Company, Rapid City

Sick-N-Twisted Brewing Company

Sick-N-Twisted Brewing Company, Hill City

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