Spread throughout South Dakota, you will find many breweries, each of which has its own style and selection of craft brews. Those who appreciate the rich flavors and unique character of handcrafted beers will find something to love in the South Dakota breweries.

Some of the breweries are small and cozy while others are a bit more spacious.

1. Miner Brewing Company

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Miner Brewing Company opened in 2013 with the goal of creating craft beers to enjoy on a regular basis. The beer is made with local ingredients and the water on-site. There are dozens of traditional year-round brews along with seasonal unique flavors and the brewmaster, Sandi, is also a winemaker. You can check the brews on tap via the Miner Brewing Company website at any time. At the time of writing, they include a non-alcoholic 1919 Root Beer in addition to Miner brews like Mango Cream Ale, Pineapple Perry, Rose Hip Cider, Experimental Weiz 02, Irish Red Ale, Oktoberfest, West River Pale Ale, and Dr. Valentine. In the taproom, you can get a tasting flight with six 4-ounce glasses or opt for a 16-ounce pint, a 32-ounce growlette, or a 64-ounce growler.

Those who love the brews can join the Miner Brewing Beer Club to get discounts on drinks and merchandise and other benefits. The taproom in the Black Hills has views of Black Elk Peak and the Miner Brewing Company and Prairie Berry Winery Taproom just opened, offering a range of both beer and wine. The main taproom also has select items from the Prairie Berry Winery’s Kitchen, such as flat-grill sandwiches and thick-crust focaccia pizzas.

Miner Brewing Company, 23845 HWY 385 Hill City, SD, Phone: 605-574-2886 and 2101 W. 41st St. Suite 25, Sioux Falls, SD, Phone: 605-496-7175

2. The Knuckle Brewing Company

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The Knuckle Brewing Company is part of the Knuckle Saloon in downtown Sturgis. The location is the only Saloon that also serves as a museum commemorating Sturgis memorabilia and antiques. Some of the craft beers you will find from Knuckle Brewing Company include Knucklehead Red, Pipe Welder Porter, Va’Knockers Blonde, Runkle Road IPA, and White Knuckle Pale Ale, along with seasonal beers. Those who prefer something non-alcoholic can find root beer, soda, milk, juice, lemonade, iced tea, and coffee.

The Knuckle Saloon portion of the property has a varied food menu with famous beef tips as well as salads, pasta, brick-fired pizzas, sandwiches, wings, burgers, and appetizers like mozzarella sticks, soft pretzels, fried pickles, and beer bread with artichoke dip. There are also weekly specials in the saloon so be sure to check them out if you get something to eat with your brew. Check the schedule for upcoming events, such as live music, games, car shows, and more.

The Knuckle Brewing Company, 918 Harley-Davidson Way, Sturgis, SD, Phone: 605-561-9846

3. Watertown Brewing Company

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Watertown Brewing Company serves hand-crafted beer plus gastropub-themed fare plus wine. The brewing company welcomes those of all ages. Taps from Watertown Brewing Company include 81 Blackout, Codington Cream Ale, Lemon Shandy, Jinxed IPA, Autumn Dunkel, Kampeska Kold Press, Fire Hydrant Red, and Brassy Lassie. Or try another tap beer, including Zombie Killer Cherry Hard Cider, Schmaltz Alt, Mad Butcher, Saddle Bronc Brown, Buffalo Sweet, Ace Pineapple, Nitro Vanilla Porter, or Roustabout. There are also numerous bottled beers, such as Todd the Axe Man, Abrasive Ale, Grapefruit Hefeweizen, Alaskan Baltic Porter, Cultivateur Provision, Omission Pale Ale, Woodchuck Amber, and Stella Cidre. Many of the ciders are gluten-free.

If you want a meal to go with your brews, you will find cheese curds, dilly spears, smoked chicken wings, nachos, house tots, sandwiches, fish tacos, and burgers. In addition to beer, you can drink 1919 Root Beer, milk, and canned soda. Or opt for one of the seven house wines.

Watertown Brewing Company, 113 East Kemp, Watertown, SD, Phone: 605-878-2739

4. Crow Peak Brewing Company

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Crow Peak Brewing Company has been in Spearfish since 2007, serving craft brews that those in South Dakota love. The beer menu includes 11th Hour IPA, WICCA – Chile Ale, Easy Livin’ – Summer Ale, Walk in the Park – Session Ale, Spearbeer Pale Ale, Canyon Cream Ale, Pile O’Dirt Porter, Biere Daugaard – Biere de Garde, Black Currant Gose, and Bridal Veil Brown. There is frequently food on hand to go with the various brews, including a suggested pairing for each dish.

The brewery is open on Mondays to Thursdays from noon to 10 pm, on Fridays and Saturdays from noon to midnight, and on Sundays from 11 am to 9 pm. Crow Peak Brewing Company regularly hosts live music so you should stop by or check their schedule. They also frequently participate in community events and festivals.

Crow Peak Brewing Company, 125 West Highway 14, Spearfish, SD, Phone: 605-717-0006

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5. Dakota Shivers Brewing

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Dakota Shivers Brewing has both indoor and outdoor seating spaces for customers to enjoy and the brewery opened in 2015 after years of homebrewing. The brewery serves a range of craft beers, such as the 5280 Pale Ale, Hop Calamity IPA, Dark Matter RyePA, Whistle Blowin’ Stout, Carbide Barrel Aged Rye, Detonation Old School, Hand Hewn Red, and Always Pink-TCA (a Thimbleberry Cream Ale). All of those were available during craft beer week in May and the selection in the taproom rotates.

Dakota Shivers Brewing is open on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 2 pm to 8 pm, giving you plenty of opportunities to visit. If you like one of the beers, take home a crowler as these are available at the brewery. Or participate in one of the events they host, such as the 0.5ks the brewery participates in.

Dakota Shivers Brewing, 717 West Main Street, Historic Lead, SD, Phone: 605-415-5352

6. Eponymous Brewing Company

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Eponymous Brewing Company was formed in 2017 with production beginning in early 2018 in this nanobrewery with two barrels. They use local ingredients and combine traditional techniques with modern brew science for creative offerings. Current brews include Citranym (an American IPA), Funkzilla (an American pale ale), Decenom (a Saison), S’Morgle Chocolate Chili (a porter), STR8 4WRD (an oatmeal stout), Peach Plucker (a tart wheat ale), and Galaxian Haze (a Hazy NE Style IPA).

A hoppy American wheat, a Belgian Witbier, and an Apricot Dreamsicle Hazy IPA are all coming soon. Head to the brewery for a special event like beer and bingo, tours, or releases of new brews. They are open Mondays through Thursdays from 4 pm to 10 pm, Fridays from 3 pm to midnight, Saturdays from noon to midnight, and Sundays from noon to 10 pm. Enjoy one of the beers on tap or take home some cans to enjoy later.

Eponymous Brewing Company, 126 Main Avenue South, Brookings, SD, Phone: 605-692-2739

7. Fernson Brewing Company

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Fernson Brewing Company opened in 2015 and aims to create beers that make customers feel at home. In addition to the taproom in the Brewery, Fernson Brewing Company also opened Fernson on 8th, which is just a taproom and gives locals another place to enjoy the various beers. If you visit the main Brewery, you can also go on a tour.

There are five core beers, including a Farmhouse Ale, Shy Giant IPA, Lion’s Paw Lager, Curio A Tart Ale, and Wagonplane Porter. Seasonal beers include Esme (a Saison), barrel-aged Esme, Kingsbarn (a Scotch Ale), Forty Winks (a WBA), Zoo Brew, Three Legged Race, and the Fernson Seed Series. In addition to buying beer at one of the two taprooms, you can also find the brews at various local stores and restaurants. Or just stop by the brewery to buy some cans or fill up a growler or crowler.

Fernson Brewing Company, 1400 E. Robur Dr., Sioux Falls, SD, Phone: 605-789-3822

8. Granite City Food & Brewery

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Granite City Brewery is actually part of a chain with a convenient location in Sioux Falls that also serves a range of food items. When you visit this brewery, you can enjoy one of the six Granite City beers on tap, including Prairie Vixen, The Northern Lager, The Duke Pale Ale, Broad Axe Stout, The Bennie Bock, and Batch 1000 Double IPA.

This brewery opens on Mondays through Thursdays from 11 am to midnight, on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 am to 1 am, and on Sundays from 9 am to 10 pm. Although the kitchen typically closes an hour before closing time, drinks are served until close. The menu is extensive, including options for those with gluten sensitivities, a brunch menu, and a happy hour menu. Some seasonal features include harvest salmon, a farmhand steak sandwich, and lemon berry pain perdu.

Granite City Food & Brewery, 2620 S. Louise Ave, Sioux Falls, SD, Phone: 605-362-0000

9. Hay Camp Brewing Company

Hay Camp Brewing Company
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Hay Camp Brewing Company makes small-batch hand-crafted ales that are only available at their location. They have 3,200 square feet of space for serving with ten taps and are located in a multi-use building where they are the central business. Brews on tap include Transcendence Imperial Stout, Hopdlebar Maltstache DPA, Centennial IPA, Extra Special Dakota, Dino-SOUR Pale Ale, Bitter Warrior, Band Wagon SMASH XPA, and Victory Stout. Past beers have included Better Brown, Victory Stout, and Best Bitter.

If you like music, you can time your visit to Hay Camp Brewing Company for one of their many live performances. There are also other regular events, including Sip-N-Stretch yoga and beer every first Tuesday. Firkin Friday is the first Friday every month with tapping at 4 pm and a brewery tour at 5 pm.

Hay Camp Brewing Company, 601 Kansas City Street, Rapid City, SD, Phone: 605-718-1167

10. Lost Cabin Beer Co.

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Lost Cabin Beer Co. is a brewery that is closely involved with the community, regularly volunteering, donating, and collaborating. They donate to a range of environmental and humanitarian causes as well as the arts and take applications from charities who want to be considered. The beer menu at Lost Cabin Beer Co. includes a French Saison, a Belgian Dubbel, a German wheat ale, an American pale, and more. There are 18 options in total.

The taproom was built using locally sourced and reclaimed pine to give it a rustic fun feel with minimal impact on the planet. The Lost Cabin Beer Co. taproom is open on Mondays through Thursdays from 12 pm to 10 pm, on Fridays and Saturdays from 12 pm to 11 pm, and on Sundays from 12 pm to 7 pm. You can also stop by the taproom for special events like the weekly pub quiz and musical performances.

Lost Cabin Beer Co., 1401 W. Omaha St. #3, Rapid City, SD, Phone: 605-718-5678

11. Monks House of Ale Repute and Gandy Dancer Brew Works

Monks House of Ale Repute and Gandy Dancer Brew Works
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Monks House of Ale Repute was actually the first craft beer bar in Sioux Falls. You will find 39 taps with constantly rotating beers in addition to hundreds of cans and bottles of fine and rare craft beers from around the world. Part of Monks’ is Gandy Dancer Brew Works, which has eight featured taps for its small batches as a nanobrewery. Some of the brews you may find include double IPAs, triple IPAs, American IPAs, IPAs, Session American IPAs, amber ales, and sour aged on cherries. Check out the full tap list online, complete with the keg level so you know if it is likely to run out soon.

The property is dog-friendly so you don’t have to leave your pooch at home. Enjoy the 1920 classic brick building with a warm fire (in the winter), comfortable couches, bar games, decks, and a patio. Enjoy a range of bar food like green bean fries, scotch eggs, potato skins, sandwiches, and pizza. Monks has two large annual events, including fall’s BEERVANA and winter’s BRRRVANA, both of which have rare craft beers, great food, music, games, and giveaways. Or just keep an eye on the schedule for things like live music, improv shows, and dancing.

Monks House of Ale Repute and Gandy Dancer Brew Works, 420 East 8th Street, Sioux Falls, SD, Phone: 605-338-2328

12. Remedy Brewing Company

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Remedy Brewing Company began in 2013 by a pair of friends with a passion for craft beer. The brewery has regular tap beers as well as smaller brews. Just some of the drinks you are likely to see include Espina Mexican Lager, Split-Shift Dakota Common Lager, Queen Bee Imperial Honey Cream Ale, Cow Tippah Chocolate Milk Stout, and Nonsense IPA. The selection constantly rotates and you can check what is currently on tap via the Remedy Brewing Company’s website.

In addition to the brews, you will find a range of food items, including sandwiches, flatbreads, soups, and small plates. They also partner with Calico Skies Vineyard and Winery in Northwest Ohio to offer a range of wines and with Stensland Family Farms in Larchwood, IA, to offer delicious ice cream, including beer and root beer floats. Check the Remedy Brewing Company’s calendar for upcoming events like fundraisers, community events, trivia, Weird Science, Oktoberfest, and more.

Remedy Brewing Company, 401 E. 8th St. #120, Sioux Falls, SD, Phone: 605-271-6193

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13. Sick-N-Twisted Brewery

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Sick-N-Twisted Brewery offers a range of core brews that are available for most of the year along with specialty brews on a more limited basis. The in-house core brews include Buzz Light, Wild Ride Wheat, Nut Hugger, Aces & Eights, Sinner, Naughty Redhead, SMaSHed, Panty Dropper Porter, and Hop on Top. Specialty brews include Humpin’ Pumpkin, Hot Mama, Lemon Grass, All Day Wood, Hot for Teacher, Barley Wine, The Mule, Nippy, Dirty Talk, Orange Crush, Bobsled, and SNT Trippel. This brewery offers a beer club, which includes a T-shirt, free glass growler, discounts on beer and merchandise, notices for new releases, free birthday beer, punch cards, and special deals on Member Wednesdays. Sick-N-Twisted Brewery additionally hosts live music so check their schedule.

23851 Hwy 385, Hill City, SD, 866-355-7889 and 692 Main St., Deadwood, SD, Phone: 605-717-6831

14. Wooden Legs Brewing Company

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Wooden Legs Brewing Company is an independent craft brew pub in downtown Brookings. There are 21 taps with regional and local craft beers as well as a delicious menu of food. House taps include Wooden Legs 100 Jalapenos, Eye of Rye, Big Vex: The Time Trucker, Public Ale House, Farmhouse Ale, Wild Hare Ale, Pub Shandy, and Dark Singularity. Or try a specialty house brew like Womango, Mick Jaggery, and Beadlejuice IPA. At any given moment, you will also find a range of guest beers, such as American IPAs, ciders, imperial IPAs, Marzens, Stouts, Hefeweizens, and other styles. There are also ciders and wines.

If you bring your appetite to Wooden Legs Brewing Company, you can enjoy cracker-crust pizza, hoagies, wraps, and fresh deli sandwiches. Save room for dessert. There are weekly specials at any given moment so be sure to check the menu. You can also attend one of the weekly games and events, such as Wall Street Happy Hour on Wednesdays and trivia on Tuesdays. The brewery has board games and darts for guests to borrow and enjoy. There are also kids eat free events, dart nights, beer yoga, and other activities.

Wooden Legs Brewing Company , 309 5th Street #100, Brookings, SD, Phone: 605-692-2337

15. WoodGrain Brewing Co.

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WoodGrain Brewing Company is a microbrewery with a specialty in handmade beers and a comfortable, inviting taproom. They always strive to provide high-quality local craft beer that is made with the freshest possible ingredients, using local ones when possible. Their brews include Wheat, Cascade Smash Pale Ale (Hops N Hotrods Hops), India Pale Ale, and Milk Stout. Seasonal specialties include Snobberry, WG Shandy, Mt. TROMEN, Daisy Gazer (a Look’s Market collaboration), Cucumber Gose (a Jackson Street collaboration), Shady Days, Lime Kolsch, Bravely Go Blonde, Super Mighty IIIPA, and some anniversary beers among others. You can also check out the upcoming brews on their website.

Although WoodGrain Brewing Co. does not offer any of their own food, they do frequently have food trucks on site and several local restaurants will deliver to the taproom, some even have a discount for orders. The brewery hosts special events and participates in local festivals so keep an eye on their calendar.

WoodGrain Brewing Co., 101 S. Phillips Ave, Sioux Falls, SD, Phone: 605-310-5316

16. A Homestead Brew

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A Homestead Brew takes a farm-to-table approach with its brewing, which led to the creation of their own hop farm in 2012. This is now a locally-owned family hop farm that sits on the same land the owners’ grandfather used for his homestead more than 100 years ago. They now provide quality locally, grown hops to home brewers and breweries alike.

They offer a range of beers, including Dandy’s Last Stand Sour Ale, The Tycoon White Wheat Ale, Amber Waves Amber Ale, Bicentennial IPA, Barrel Aged Farmhouse Sour, The Dandy (a barrel aged Belgian triple), Love Thy Neighbor - Mulberry Sour, West Elderberry Sour, Pheasantennial Vienna Lager, Claim Shack American Pale Ale, and Potsdam Dunkel. You can visit the farm on Fridays from 5 pm to sunset, Saturdays from 2 pm to sunset, or any other day by reservation only. The farm also regularly hosts events, such as festivals, beer dinners, and more.

A Homestead Brew, 26685 486th Avenue, Valley Springs, SD, Phone: 605-553-5015

17. Ben’s Brewing Co

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Ben’s Brewing Co has handcrafted brews as well as a speakeasy with an amazing selection of wine, liquor, and beer plus cocktails like a Pineapple Jalapeno Margarita. The bar has been a brewery since October 2017 and has already brewed 15 different beers that you can find on-site plus in other nearby restaurants and bars.

The flagship brews include West Side Park – IPA, Senority – Mexican Lager, Peanut Butter Anonymous – Porter, Strawberry Blonde – Blonde Ale, Walshtown – Irish Red, Space Force – Belgian Witbier, and Sabbatical – Oatmeal Stout. There are also limited releases, like Boy Genius – IPA. You can get the seven flagship brews on tap in either a 16-ounce draft or a 32-ounce crowler. There are also 13 guest taps, and a range of bottles and cans.

Ben’s Brewing Co, 222 W. 3rd Street, Yankton, SD, Phone: 605-260-4844

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