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Breweries in southeast South Dakota

Discover the tasty breweries throughout South Dakota's southeast region

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Fernson Brewing Company
Fernson Brewing Company (Sioux Falls)

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 a reputation for putting out some of the best beer in the area. Check out Fernson Downtown (332 S Phillips Ave.). Located in downtown Sioux Falls, it features 12 beers on tap and quality, shareable food options. Family-friendly (although minors must be accompanied by someone over 21), it's a place perfect for conversation and relaxation.

A flight of beer at Wood Grain Brewing Company.
WoodGrain Brewing Company (Sioux Falls)

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.

Obscure Brewery
Obscure Brewing Company (Sioux Falls)

Obscure Brewing Company officially opened in July 2019, but the brewery has been a dream of co-owner Don Choate since he bought a homebrew kit with wedding money more than 20 years ago. Located in eastern Sioux Falls, Obscure features 18 taps that have something for everyone.

Pint of beer at Buffalo Ridge Brewing
Buffalo Ridge Brewing (Hartford)

When a brewery opens in a town the size of Hartford (pop. 3,200), it becomes a meeting place for the entire community. When you walk into Buffalo Ridge Brewing, don't be surprised to see announcements for book clubs, yoga classes, and more. However, stay focused. There are a whopping 18 different beers to consider plus some tasty snacks that can easily lead you to lose track of time in all the best ways.

Two people cheers in front of a green wall at Covert
Covert Artisan Ales & Cellar (Sioux Falls)

"Beer itself is very much like an art," according to co-owner Daniel Berry. That explains the flavors produced by Covert Ales. Daniel and wife, Stacey, both have a military history, which explains the name and the detail-oriented process that results in delicious wild and spontaneous-style ales.

Beer from Severance Brewing Co
Severance Brewing Co. (Sioux Falls)

Severance Brewing Co. doesn't just serve creative beer up the street from the Levitt Shell in Sioux Falls. They also have a "Pints for People" program that allows patrons to buy a beer for, well, anyone. It's simple. 1) Pre-pay for a pint. 2) Write down on the sticker who it's for—a first responder, someone that shares your birthday, anyone nicknamed "Big Pete," etc.  3) Put the sticker on the column inside the brewery. Boom. You just paid it it forward in the best way—with a beer.

Ben's Brewing in Yankton
Ben's Brewing Co. (Yankton)

For more than 14 years, Ben's Brewing Co. in Yankton has been welcoming thirsty souls with beer brewed on-site as well as rotating guest taps. Upstairs, The Copper Room provides a speakeasy atmosphere, offering two relaxing rooms in which to imbibe in downtown Yankton.

Taps at Lupulin Brewery
Lupulin Brewing Company (Sioux Falls)

Lupulin Brewing Company is the first Minnesota-based brewery to expand into South Dakota. When it comes to beer, we're all related, right? That's why visitors to the Sioux Falls location can expect tasty beer, friendly service, and a dog-friendly atmosphere perfect for a quick taste or a full session.

Armour Brewing Company logo
Armour Brewing Company (Armour)

For a rare small-town brewery experience, drop in for a crowler or growler at Armour Brewing Company in Armour. Take Exit 310 south off of Interstate 90 for 30 miles to find a town of 670 people and one brewery happy to celebrate all things beer.

Beers in a rural setting at Choteau Creek Brewing Company
Choteau Creek Brewing Company (Wagner)

Enjoy a refreshing beer and an overnight stay at what might be the most unique brewery in South Dakota. Choteau Creek Brewing Company and Sip Homestead Farms BnB are all run by Paul and Lisa Schoenfelder. The latter's ancestors settled the homestead in 1896. With a focus on Czech, Belgian and German beer, Choteau Creek offers refreshment with a chance to get away. The brewery and BNB are located eight miles east of Wagner in southeast South Dakota. “We usually tell people that if they’re on the gravel road and they think they’re lost, they’re usually pretty close," says Lisa. Choteau Creek Brewing Company is open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Pint at A Homestead Brew
A Homestead Brew (Valley Springs)

Farm-to-table is a common and delicious concept in South Dakota. Near Valley Springs, east of Sioux Falls, 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.

Remedy Brewing Company taproom
Remedy Brewing Company (Sioux Falls)

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. Things got so popular that Remedy opened Remedy at 611 (611 N. West Ave) at their main production facility. 

Beer at Look's Marketplace and Beer Co
Look's Marketplace and Beer Co. (Sioux Falls)

Look's has been the premier meat counter since 1883, but one of Sioux Falls' oldest business also brews some tremendous beer. Not only do the rotating varieties taste great, they also feature can art from local artists that sometimes celebrate local Sioux Falls musicians or movie projects. Stopping in for some suds also provides bakery, cheese & charcuterie, sandwich, pizza, and other tasty options. 

White text and a brown logo of hops on a forest green background
Altered Species Ales (Sioux Falls)

Mike Nussbaum brings his experience as a brewer and a high school science teacher to Altered Species Ales. A taproom until full brewing operations are producing in summer 2024, this easy-to-find thirst-quencher in downtown Sioux Falls' Western Mall features craft beer ranging from local to across the ocean. Wine is also available for the non-hopheads. Family and dog-friendly, this plant-filled spot is designed to keep folks feeling warm even during the coldest South Dakota winters. 

A red-orange beer sits on a branded coaster in front of a decorated wall at XiX Brewing Company in Vermillion
XiX Brewing Company (Vermillion)

This college town's first-ever brewery serves everything from traditional brewery offerings to the weird & experimental as well as NA offerings. When combined with the brewery/taproom's specific interior design choices, it all equals a welcoming place to share some moments with your favorite people. 

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Session Ale Works (Sioux Falls)

Settle in for a deep-dish brick-oven pizza, a lakeside view and, of course, a tasty beer at this Sioux Falls delight. With 27 taps, you'll be able to taste everything from local to obscure. Local produce is a big part of the dishes, and summertime means live music every Friday and Saturday night. Bring the kids, bring the dogs, bring your appetite. Stay for the view of the manmade lake and the tastiest of pints. The peanut-free establishment also offers gluten-free options.

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