SOUTH DAKOTA

The 40th state.
Capital: Pierre
Motto: Under God the people rule
Flower: American Pasque flower
Bird: Ring-necked Pheasant

BREWERIES

Better when you get it from the source

Rapid City

Beer is best enjoyed with friends. Come to the source, meet our people, drink our beer, and find out what we’re all about. We do everything we can to make sure our beer and lifestyle reflect our love of the Black Hills, right down to the furniture in our tap room — built from locally sourced, reclaimed pine.

Atlas Medstaff Reviews "Powerwolf" HERE

 

Watertown

We are the 2nd oldest Brewery in South Dakota, established in 1999. We currently have a 10 BBL system, with three 10BBL fermenters. 

Dempseys is your locally owned and operated full service Restaurant, Pub & Brewery!
We offer Award winning Pizzas & drinks, along with friendly service!

Dempsey's Brewery Restaurant & Pub.
Founded as the Highland Laddie in 1999, We are currently one of the three original breweries in South Dakota, with Firehouse in Rapid City, Sioux Falls Brewing Company in Sioux Falls (now closed) and Us, in Watertown South Dakota.
Besides are excellent offerings of European brews, we also house a stellar kitchen, where we stress cooking everything to order, and preparing as much as we can from Scratch.
As of the year, about 85 % of our menu items are all made from scratch.
All our Steaks are hand-cut, All bread is made in house, and even our bacon is cured, cut, and smoked in house.

Along with a full-service bar, we truly offer a unique dinner experiance, a wide array of alcohol, microbrews, and good times.

Brookings

We are an independent craft brew pub located steps from the center of downtown Brookings, SD. We are proud to be the favorite place for locals and visitors to meet friends for a pint of fresh beer and share conversation over a cracker crust pizza from our kitchen. We have 21 taps of local and regional craft beers, pizza, fresh deli sandwiches and hoagies. 


Our kitchen and tap room are open every day from 11:30am until close. 

Rapid City

The Firehouse Brewing Company, South Dakota’s first brew pub, is the creation of a group of Rapid City locals who developed the idea of creating an onsite microbrewery after frequenting one of Denver’s downtown pubs. The idea was to return the building’s interior to its original fire-hall glory with the added feature of a brewery visible from behind glass enclosures. The new decor included polished brass and fire fighting equipment to adorn the walls, the bar, and even the ceiling. The Group of partners walked in the door on the evening of September 3, 1991 with sledge hammers and crow bars in hand. The project, now a part of history, was completed 93 days later.
The Firehouse Brewing Company opened its doors to an eager throng of patrons on December 5th, 1991. Today the Firehouse is a favorite with locals and tourists alike and features a brewery, an indoor restaurant and bar, an outdoor patio complete with band-shell for live music, a Theatre, a winery and mercantile.

Hill City

Sick N Twisted Brewery selects local ingredients for our unique beers that are brewed on house; we currently offer 18 Beers on tap. With a beer wall to pick you own six pack with over 100 beers, Join us and relax on our patio with your friends or sit by the fire and indulge in some twisted fun!! Come lube your palate with us; after all Micro Brews are the new Social Lubricant... We also have great stone baked pizza and more. We are nestled in the same building with Naked Winery.

Spearfish

Crow Peak Brewing Company, crafting South Dakota's beer culture!
Microbrewery with plenty of variety to choose from and great prices. Happy hour 4-6 pm Monday through Thursday. Lots of snacks, but no food service.

Atlas Medstaff reviews a couple beers from HERE

Sioux Falls

For as long as we’ve made beer, we’ve cared about the stories that surround it. There’s that one about your trip to Germany, the one about how IPA’s came to be, or the one your dad always tells that probably isn’t true. Despite the wide open spaces on the Great Plains, we create beer that brings folks closer. Humbly made with people in mind. Proudly brewed in South Dakota.

Sturgis

The Knuckle Saloon  and The Knuckle Brewing Company are located  downtown Sturgis and rests on property once owned by Sturgis’s  namesake Colonel  Samuel D. Sturgis.  Steeped in the rich history of the Black Hills, The Knuckle Saloon is the only Saloon that is also a museum filled with antiques and Sturgis memorabilia from days gone by.     Voted the best food in the Black Hills! Come on in and experience casual dining in a unique atmosphere.  Try out our fabulous beef tips and salads.  And don’t forget to sample “The Knuckle Sandwich” which is definitely the biggest, most mouth watering burger in the Black Hills. With daily lunch and dinner specials The Knuckle experience is sure to satisfy. 
    Friends and family gather from all over the world to enjoy South Dakota’s longest bar with plenty of room to strike up a conversation while enjoying the best cocktails and the finest selections of premium quality craft beer and wine. The Knuckle Saloon  is the largest entertainment venue in downtown Sturgis.  Just about anything can happen at The Knuckle...from bar bull riding, concerts, and car shows... to live music, casino, pub crawls, pool, darts...The Knuckle has it all when it comes to entertainment!

Sioux Falls

We emerged on the South Dakota beer scene in May of 2015 with a heavy metal aesthetic and an excessive volume of creative energy. Our intense visual image has allowed us to push the limit in brewing creating our own unique genre of craft beer combined with modern culture. We continue to break new ground and deliver a unique metal influenced experience to our loyal brethren.

Hil

In 2018, we opened the doors at the Miner Brewing Company and Prairie Berry Winery Taproom in Sioux Falls, bringing our award-winning wines and an array of craft beers to our friends on the Eastern side of the state. Located in the Western Mall, our Sioux Falls taproom also features a small-batch pilot brewing system for brewmaster Sandi to develop new beers.
With a selection of year-round beers crafted to reflect the more traditional, European-inspired styles, as well as a unique selection of specialty and seasonal beers, Sandi hopes to showcase as much of the uniqueness of South Dakota as possible. By staying true to her heritage and family legacy, but innovating through regional ingredients and recipes, she is excited to be a part of the craft beer and beverage movement which so many are enjoying today.

NATURAL ATTRACTIONS

Enjoy Nature

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Interior

The rugged beauty of the Badlands draws visitors from around the world. These striking geologic deposits contain one of the world’s richest fossil beds. Ancient mammals such as the rhino, horse, and saber-toothed cat once roamed here. The park’s 244,000 acres protect an expanse of mixed-grass prairie where bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, and black-footed ferrets live today.

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Custer

The Black Hills, in western South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming, consists of 1.2 million acres of forested hills and mountains, approximately 110 miles long and 70 miles wide.
The Black Hills rise from the adjacent grasslands into a ponderosa pine forest. Described as an “Island in the Plains,” the Forest has diverse wildlife and plants reaching from the eastern forests to the western plains. The Forest is a multiple-use Forest with activities ranging from timber production, grazing, to hiking, camping, mountain biking, horseback riding, rock climbing, mining, wildlife viewing and many others. 
Enjoy yourself while viewing the many rugged rock formations, canyons and gulches, open grassland parks, tumbling streams, and deep blue lakes. Millions of visitors come to the Black Hills each year to experience the rich and diverse heritage.

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Hot Springs

The Mammoth Site is at the forefront of Quaternary research, with a strong emphasis on the study of mammoths and their relatives. Additionally, we aspire to be a leader in scientific education and outreach, with a strong emphasis on educational and public programming, exhibits, and publications.  We foster global scientific collaboration through on-site and related field research, and peer-reviewed scientific publications.  To continue to be a primary leader in the scientific community, the long-term preservation and curation of The Mammoth Site is essential.

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Hot Springs

Bison, elk, and other wildlife roam the rolling prairie grasslands and forested hillsides of one of America's oldest national parks. Below the remnant island of intact prairie sits Wind Cave, one of the longest and most complex caves in the world. Named for barometric winds at its entrance, this maze of passages is home to boxwork, a unique formation rarely found elsewhere.

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Sioux Falls

Walk from downtown Sioux Falls to the gorgeous Falls Park, located at North Phillips Avenue and Falls Park Drive. 
Today, the park covers 123 acres. An average of 7,400 gallons of water drop 100 feet over the course of the Falls each second. See the city's namesake as well as some of the first buildings built in Sioux Falls.

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Spearfish

The breathtaking limestone palisades of this creek-carved gorge are more ancient than the Grand Canyon – albeit much closer together. Once accessible only by horseback, Spearfish Canyon’s narrow, 1000-foot walls are among the most spectacular scenery in the Black Hills.
Spearfish Canyon is the Northern Hills' number one natural attraction. A great spot for wildlife enthusiasts, as the diverse array of plant life, provides a comfortable home for deer, mountain goats, porcupines and bobcats, Spearfish Canyon is also a place for outdoor enthusiasts. Rock climbing, biking, hiking, and fishing are just a few of the activities that visitors and residents utilize this natural wonder for.

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Badlands

From the four faces carved high on Mount Rushmore and the Cathedral Spires of Custer State Park to the wondrous caverns of Wind Cave, from the otherworldly Badlands in the east to Devils Tower in the west – the Black Hills are home to many truly monumental places.
But that’s only some of what you’ll find here. With over five million acres of forest and mountain lands – an oasis in a sea of prairie – in the Black Hills you’ll also find rich western history, abundant natural beauty and meaningful adventure.

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6 miles northeast of Sturgis

Mato Paha or “Bear Mountain” is the Lakota name given to Bear Butte State Park. This geological formation is one of several intrusions of igneous rock in the Black Hills that formed millions of years ago. From the 4,426 foot summit, you can view four states.
The mountain is sacred to many American Indian tribes who come here to hold religious ceremonies. Artifacts dating back 10,000 years have been found near Bear Butte. In more recent times, however, the Cheyenne and Lakota people have maintained a spiritual tie to this mountain. Notable leaders including Red Cloud, Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull have all visited Bear Butte. These visits culminated with an 1857 gathering of many Indian nations to discuss the advancement of white settlers into the Black Hills. George A. Custer, who led an expedition of 1,000 men into the region, camped near the mountain. Custer verified the rumors of gold in the Black Hills. Bear Butte then served as a landmark that helped guide the rush of invading prospectors and settlers into the region.

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Lead

Its idyllic setting in a side canyon to Spearfish Canyon makes Roughlock Falls one of the Black Hills most beautiful areas and also one the area's most-photographed spots. Created by Little Spearfish Creek, the creek flows down a spectacular chasm, then tumbles off a 50-foot limestone ledge in a series of lacy cascades. 
Operated by SD Dept. of Game, Fish & Parks, there are shady picnic facilities and restrooms, along with trails, catwalks and amazingly designed viewing nodes. A popular destination for decades, the newly-improved walkways offer easy access to this wonderland. It is also known as one of the few places in where one can view the American Dipper, a rare bird that can both walk and swim under the cool, flowing waters.

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Custer

The trail is fairly short, 1.5 miles one way, and connects with Trail 4 in the Harney Range Trail System. Rated as a strenuous trail by the park, Cathedral Spires can feel deceptively easy at the beginning, but once you reach some of the short rock scrambles, you’ll understand the difficulty rating. Be prepared to clamber over some rocky stretches of trail as you gradually gain elevation. Despite these tricky spots, there is also a fair amount of level trail and no summit to achieve. A nice feature of this trail is the area of flat (or what passes for flat in these parts), open ground at the end where you can enjoy a picnic amongst the spires. Just remember to pack out whatever you packed in.

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Custer

Immerse yourself within the third longest cave in the world. With over 202 miles of mapped and surveyed passages, this underground wilderness appeals to human curiosity. Its splendor is revealed through fragile formations and glimpses of brilliant color. Its maze of passages lure explorers, and its scientific wealth remains a mystery. This resource is truly a jewel in the National Park Service.

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Custer

Custer State Park is famous for its bison herds, other wildlife, scenic drives, historic sites, visitor centers, fishing lakes, resorts, campgrounds and interpretive programs. In fact, it was named as one of the World's Top Ten Wildlife Destinations for the array of wildlife within the park's borders and for the unbelievable access visitors have to them.
One of the nation’s largest state parks, just 15 miles from the city of Custer, South Dakota’s premier State Park comprises 71,000 acres.
Custer State Park has been home to diverse cultural heritages for thousands of years and has provided an array of scenic beauty and outdoor recreation for visitors since the early 1900s.

 

WINERIES

Enjoy there or take a bottle (or two) home with you.

 

Hill City

Experience our award-winning wines in a fun and relaxed setting in the heart of the Black Hills. Find us three miles northwest of Hill City on Highway 385, just a few miles from Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Crazy Horse Memorial.
We’re Hill City’s only working winery and Sandi Vojta, our fifth generation winemaker, handcrafts each wine, often using old family recipes, just a few steps from our Tasting Room. From our popular Red Ass Rhubarb to our seasonal releases, our wines have earned more than 1,000 awards since 2001.

Hill City

Naked Winery® is a South Dakota winery that takes the pecksniffery out of wine tasting. We’ll set the mood and tease your senses with our romantically playful, traditional grape wines. We’ll walk you through a fun and playful wine tasting experience. Naked Winery® specializes in traditional red, white, blush varietals. We also offer a few select fruit wines. All of our wines are presented in a fun way that will spark your passion.

Renner

Our friends and family have helped us build a unique straw bale constructed winery. Tucked away between a 100-year-old barn, shelter belt, and grape vines, this winery, its farm setting and surroundings may remind you of a simpler time     
Imagine a winery in South Dakota, made of strawbales. The remarkable insulating properties of strawbales means we are able to reduce the energy needs of the winery and recreate the controlled environment of the cellars and caves that have always played an important part in the maturation of great wine.

Volga

Schadé Vineyard and Winery found it’s start in the year 1999 when Jim and Nancy Schade of Volga, South Dakota transformed their love of wine making from a hobby to a business. This transformation’s roots stemmed from passion. A passion for creating quality, unique wines made with locally grown fruits.  While Schadé does grow grapes right at home in the Volga Vineyard, we also work with many other local growers to supply the rest of the fruits needed for our wines. At Schadé, we take pride in our truly authentic South Dakota grown and produced wine selection. In addition to our wines, we also have a 100% South Dakota-made Tawny port style wine (the only of its kind), and Brandy distilled from the wine made right here at Schadé Vineyard and Winery.

Hill City

South Dakota's First winery. Stop in and one of our wine experts will                   guide you through an original South Dakota Wine & Spirits Tasting experience!

Deadwood

Inspired by the unique beauty and legacy of the land in the Black Hills, they chose the name Belle Joli’ for their vineyard, and in 2000, they planted their first vines in the heart of Belle Fourche. The winery's presence now stretches across the Northern Black Hills into Deadwood and Sturgis, where a new state-of-the-art facility produces sparkling wine, utilizing traditional champagne methods.
Today, the Jackson family vision of a Black Hills vineyard that produces award-winning wines, grown, harvested, and bottled in western South Dakota, has come to full fruition. It is our sincere hope that Belle Joli’ wines will delight your senses of sight, smell, and, of course, taste. Drink in the beauty of the Black Hills.

Hill City

If you're looking for wine in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota, Twisted Pine Winery is a must stop. Wine in the Black Hills is alive and well. There are several wineries in the Back Hills you can choose from. Twisted Pine Winery is a locally owned wine shop, featuring regional wines, craft beers, California & Oregon wines and eclectic, original food items that include heirloom Italian Olive Oils & Balsamic Vinegar's, along with salsas, olives, jellies, pickled vegetables and so much more! Twisted Pine Winery has arguably the largest selection of regional wine from Schade Winery, Calico Skies Winery, Firehouse Winery, Prairie Berry Winery, Strawbale Winery, Wild Prairie Winery, and many more! Plus, our new selection of regional craft beer on tap, is something new that is continuing to change and evolve monthly.  We also carry heirloom Italian olive oils & balsamic vinegar's, & specialize in Dakota Made food products as well as a variety of unique gift items. Let our local staff, offer you a wine tasting or a flight of craft beers, to create a relaxing, knowledgeable experience you can't find anywhere in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota! Come to the "heart of the Hills", beautiful downtown Hill City, SD, and let Twisted Pine Winery customize a wine experience you'll be telling your friends and relatives about for years!

Rapid City

Visit our tasting room and working winery in historic downtown Rapid City where we craft a variety of wine styles. From oak-aged reds and crisp white wines to sweet dessert styles - our knowledgeable staff will help you find a wine to love!

Rosholt

Take a trip to the country, where life slows down and is simple. Gaze upon the geese overhead and smile as they glide down to their resting place. Notice how the prairie grasses sway with the waves of wind as the sunset slowly paints the ever-changing sky with its spectrum of color.
Our wines are much like the scenery around us. Late-harvest fruit brings balanced acidity with natural, fully-ripened grape sugars. Flowing with the land and the vine, the specific attributes of each grape variety naturally guide each of our unique wines. From the vineyard to your table - relax, enjoy and take a deep breath of life.

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