Sioux Falls may just be the next major craft beer mecca. Over the last few years, we’ve seen several new breweries open their doors in our great city, and we anticipate even more local brewers to come out of the woodwork soon. The next time you’re craving a rich dark stout or a light saison-style ale, take note and make your plans to visit every brewery and craft beer room in Sioux Falls.
We’ve compiled a list of the most well-known servers and brewers of South Dakota craft beer in town. We went straight to the source to give you the must-trys, insider news, and upcoming events at each location.
Located on the outskirts of Sioux Falls in a rural setting is A Homestead Brew. They not only produces some great beers, but they also grow their own hops! This family-run brewery started their hop farm in 2012 on the same land that their grandfather built his homestead over 100 years ago. You can't get much closer to the source than being able to drink your beer with a view of where the hops were grown.
A Homestead Brew features a wide variety of beers such as their Farmhouse Sour, Elderberry Sour, Amber Waves, Coffee Pecan Porter and more. If you're a fan of sours and barrel-aged beers, then this is your place!
- Must-try: OG Sunshine Peach Sour Ale
- Flights: Yes! It's hard to choose just one, so pick a few that you want to sample.
Situated in Hartford, a suburb of Sioux Falls, is Buffalo Ridge, a brewery that is growing in popularity since its opening in 2018. The brewery features a lot of natural light in their taproom, with ample seating for parties of all sizes. The laid-back, welcoming atmosphere provides the perfect setting to enjoy a cold brew on the weekend.
Those picky beer drinkers will love Buffalo Ridge because there truly is something for everyone, ranging from dark porters to cream ales and more.
- Must-try: Lady Renegade Belgian Blonde. This 6.7% beer is supple, crisp, bold, and has fruity notes with a slight peppery background for a lighter option popping with flavor.
- Flights: Of course! Your pick of four beers to try.
Covert Artisan Ales is a small brewery operating out of a warehouse on the west-side of Sioux Falls, but stay tuned for the opening of their downtown taproom in spring 2020. This brewery is the definition of fruity sours. They don't produce large quantities of their beer, so be sure to drink it while you can because when it's gone, it's gone. They typically don't repeat their beer recipes because they are always looking to brew something new.
Fruit is the name of the game here. Their beers almost always involve large amounts of fresh fruit to bring out incredible flavors. Past products have been beers such as Boysenberry Ambrosia, Breakfast with the Berry's, Strawberry Erzen and more.
- Must-try: Whatever their latest release is! As mentioned above, Covert Artisan Ales typically doesn't produce their beers more than once, so be on the look-out for their newest products.
- Flights: They don't offer traditional flights, but you can certainly order small pours of each of their beers.
The modern yet rustic feel of this inviting taproom makes it easy to stay and chill for a while. With their choice board games and Big Buck Hunter arcade entertainment, you’ll have plenty of activities to enjoy while you take pleasure in sampling every Fernson brew. You can also request a tour of the brewery and take a pint with you while learning about the art form of beer crafting. These guys are experts, as the beer is produced and packaged right on site.
If you’re not sure what to choose, start with their flagship draft beer Lion’s Paw Lager—a German-style malty lager with a beautiful copper color and crisp finish. (Is your mouth watering yet?) If you’re looking to share your new-found love of Fernson with those back home or wish to relive the experience later, you can nab a 6-pack of their Farmhouse Ale—a bright, fresh, and semi-tart beer with only 4.5% ABV, their Shy Giant IPA—a well-balanced, Mosaic dry-hopped IPA with a nice malty backbone that’s 7.0% ABV, or their Curio—a tart, yet refreshing sour beer that's 4.0% ABV. You can also get a 64 oz. growler of your choosing.
If you time your visit just right, you may even get to try beer they’re currently producing using wine barrels. (Yum!)
They also have a downtown taproom, Fernson Downtown!
- Staff favorites: "Our favorites change all the time, but we're always excited about our newest seasonal beer or specialty barrel-aged beers,” says BlakeThompson, Fernson's co-founder.
- Flights: Build-your-own flights for $2/pour
- Tours: On-demand brewery tours. Just ask!
Look's Beer Co. hasn't been around long, but it has stood out since day one. The brewers at Look's have hit the nail on the head with their initial core beers while they continue to expand their product line. A few of their staples include their india cream ale, Weider Hands, and their milk stout, Cow in the Headlights. Look's also has a strong line-up of guest beers on tap. For those who are looking for something a little different, they can also order a hand-crafted cocktail or a glass of wine.
When, not if, you get hungry you don't need to worry. Look's has a wide variety of food to grab in their open-concept venue. Enjoy items such as sandwiches, pizza, sausage, cheese, ice cream and much more!
- Must-try: You Chinook Me All Night Long, a Smash IPA with an IBU of 4.1%. This brew will have your taste buds screaming for more!
While this isn't a local brewery, Lupulin has been embraced by the Sioux Falls community. This craft brewery is based in Big Lake, MN but they opened an additional taproom in Sioux Falls in 2019. Located on the west side of the city, the Lupulin taproom has an inviting atmosphere with hints of their signature yellow color which represents the lupulin, the yellow powder that is the active ingredient of a hop plant.
If you are an IPA fan, then this is your place! Lupulin pours a variety of IPAs and double IPAs that pack a punch. Be sure to also keep an eye out for their Scribbled Lines series, which is a program dedicated to brewing sour ales.
- Must-try: Apricot Blonde! This is a seasonal beer, so don't expect to find this on tap during the winter months. However, when you do get your hands on it, you will want to savor this one.
- Flights: Yes! Take your pick of a flight featuring three or six beers for you to sample.
Prairie Berry first got started with their South Dakota wine, produced in the Black Hills. They have since created Miner Brewing Company and have expanded into Sioux Falls with this great taproom. So if you have a friend who doesn’t crave those frothy pours like you do (and we all have that one friend), bring them here. In addition to beer, you can also get their wine on tap.
While they have their standard taps, which are always in season, they’re always releasing new options. Every brew has traditional European flavor with an added South Dakota influence. Take their Chokecherry Brown Ale, for example—chokecherries are a regional delight, so why not add them to a classic brown ale for a tart, fruity twist with a crisp finish? (We think that’s how they came up with the idea, anyway.) Their specialty tap selections are always top-notch, too, like their Mango Cream Ale and Cherry Wheat Porter.
Sandi Vojta is the establishment’s brewmaster, winemaker, and company co-owner. She’s also possibly the only person in the country to brew beer and make wine. She and her team produce every beer and wine in a local production facility in Hill City, South Dakota. Get a hydro flask or glass growler to go, or join their Beer Club and get a special growler exclusively for members.
- Favorite brews: According to the staff, must-try craft beers include Mango Cream Ale, Irish Red, and Blue IPA.
- Flights: With this many options, you can craft the perfect flight - for both beer or wine!
- Upcoming events: Craft Beer and Bingo is held on select days throughout the year. Show up early (it fills up quick!), grab a Miner brew and Bingo card, and cross your fingers that you’ll win some prizes.
It all started here in 2007 with the creation of South Dakota’s first craft beer bar. Walk into Monks House of Ale Repute, the home of Gandy Dancer Brew Works, and you may not only find yourself enamored with the chill atmosphere, gentle background music, and original artwork, but also the overwhelming number of craft ale, cider, and mead options. Their rotating local, regional, and Gandy Dancer home-brewed taps are all on display via an electronic brew menu board. (It really gives each beer its well-deserved spotlight.) If the beer wasn't a good enough reason to drop by, their unique grub, such as their signature pizzas (like One Night In Bangkok), Scotch eggs, and green bean fries will really seal the deal.
The brewery portion of the establishment, Gandy Dancer Brew Works, includes a one-barrel brewing system that produces 64 gallons of goodness twice a week. Also, bet you can’t guess where the name Gandy Dancer came from! “It’s a railroad term, referring to the railroad workers who drove the spikes with alternate strokes in a rhythm of sorts,” says owner Jerry Hauck. “All the beers we produce also have names reflective of a railroad term.” This is fitting, considering it’s located next to the railroad off 8th Street in downtown Sioux Falls.
Gandy Dancer’s signature brews include Buzzards Roost—a nice, easy-drinking cream ale. On the opposite spectrum, there’s Bindlestiff Dark Ale—a dark, smooth, and flavorful beer with plenty of heft at 8.5% alcohol content. Then, for that happy and hoppy medium, try the Possum Belly Pale Ale—a step up from the cream ale with more hops and kick at 7.1% ABV. There’s much more, too, including a hop-filled IPA and whiskey-barrel-aged beers. But you’ll just have to venture to Monks to learn more.
After your tasting session, grab a 32- or 64-ounce growler (glass or stainless steel) or choose from 150 bottles to go.
- Most coveted beer: “My personal favorite beer that we brew at Gandy Dancer is the Bindlestiff Dark Ale, but I drink all of them, depending on my mood, the weather, time of day, and if I'm eating something with the beer,” says owner Jerry Hauck.
- Flights: No flights. But they do offer free one-ounce samples.
Located in east Sioux Falls, Obscure Brewing, has a classic neighborhood feel to it. You'll notice a sense of community when you walk through the door, where it seems as if the friendly staff and customers are all long-time friends. The team at Obscure will make you feel welcome.
The brewers at Obscure are constantly tweaking their recipes and working on new experiments. A few staple beers are the Backcross Blueberry Belgian and the Lunarian Pale Ale. Both offer a refreshing taste with an easy finish for any season.
See how your beer is made! Grab a pint and look down at the spacious brewing room from the elevated taproom windows. The taproom is decorated with beautifully hand-crafted wooden tables and signs that match the vibe and energy of the building. Grab a seat outside on their patio to catch those gorgeous South Dakota sunsets!
- Must-try: Tart Session Ale is a crisp brew that packs a punch while leaving you craving more after every sip.
- Flights: Your choice of four beers. They also offer 5 oz. pours of their beers. Order as many as your heart desires!
Let us introduce you to Remedy Brewing Company! Located in the 8th & Railroad Center, this beer hot-spot is a perfect fit with the rest of downtown breweries on Brewer's Row. Co-owners, Matt Hastad, Jason Davenport, and Tyler Jepperson, started doing a little brewing at home as a hobby, which quickly turned into a dream of a sustainable business. Fast-forward several years later, and here we are with a brand new brewery to enjoy!
You will find a variety of must-try beers at Remedy including their Espina Mexican Lager—a 4.2% ABV beer that's perfect for those warm summer days, their Queen Bee Imperial Honey Cream Ale—a 6.9% ABV sweet ale with a crisp finish, their Cow Tippah Chocolate Milk Stout—a 6.5% ABV glass of deliciousness that will bring you right back to your favorite childhood memories of drinking chocolate milk around the house. Are you craving a beer yet?
From the moment you step into Remedy you will feel right at home with the cozy decor and atmosphere, not to mention some prime seating options outside on their patio. The guys at Remedy of course have their staple beers, but they also have a plethora of other rotating brews that they can't wait for you to try!
- Flagship beer: Queen Bee Imperial Honey Cream Ale is the most popular choice at Remedy Brewing Company. Utilizing generous proportions of locally sourced honey, this beer surprises you by drinking clean and sweet while finishing at a crisp 7.5% ABV.
- Flights: Yes! Your choice of four beers that are on tap.
If you find yourself downtown, a stop at Severance Brewing Company is a must! Their prime location offers sweeping views of Falls Park West and the sounds of Levitt at the Falls. This brewery sits on the first floor of a brand new apartment complex, along with several other business tenants.
Grab a pint and relax at a table with one of their board games, or compete against your friends on the shuffleboard table. Looking to disconnect and enjoy great conversation? Place your phones in the provided bins on the table and focus on what's really important - the people.
Feeling generous? Pay it forward by purchasing a beer for someone of your choosing (ex. nurse, teacher, police officer, etc.). Write your recipient on a sticker and place it on the wall. If you're a match for one of the stickers on the wall, then hand it to the staff to redeem a free beer.
- Must-try: Monster Cookie, a sweet oatmeal stout, and also Pinky and the Grain, an American wheat with hibiscus.
- Flights: Absolutely! Take your pick of four beers.
You’ll find WoodGrain right in downtown Sioux Falls, and everyone is welcome—family, fido, and friends. While those under age 21 sip on a house-made soda (it’s delicious), those of age can delight in a WoodGrain signature brew, like the SMaSH—a simple single malt and single hop mix with a citrusy hop aroma and smooth pale ale finish.
If you’re visiting in the summer, their American Wheat is the perfect accompaniment to hot weather, with equal parts pale ale malt and white wheat. On a cold day, lift your spirits with their Milk Stout—a lighter version of a stout that’s like sipping on a creamy, dark, chocolatey bit of heaven. The master brewers, Steve and Jason, love to experiment and serve new brews, so repeat visitors are likely to get a new experience every time.
Beyond the beer, the taproom is a simple, open space with reclaimed barn wood tables and warm lighting. The brewing area is right there, too, so you can see all of the state-of-the-art equipment for yourself. You can also sip on other local brews from their rotating guest taps as well as wine from Strawbale Winery in Renner, SD and With the Wind Winery from Rosholt, SD. Once you find a brew that’s irresistible, get a 64 ounce growler or 29 ounce “grumbler” of it to go!
- Most unique beer: “For something out of the ordinary, our seasonal fall/winter Imperial Brown ale has a delicious balance of malt sweetness, clean finish, and lightly roasted aroma,” says Jason Currie-Olson, owner and brewer at WoodGrain. “Imperial brown ales are not very common, and ours is a special treat for those looking for a ‘bigger’ beer without all the coffee aroma and notes.”
- Flights: 4 samples of choice per flight
Get your taste of the craft beer movement.
This is only a small sampling of Sioux Falls’ amazing craft brews. There are also many restaurants around town where you can enjoy a craft pint with a delectable dish.
For your planning purposes, unless noted, you must be 21 years of age or older to enter these fine establishments. Sioux Falls has plenty of hotels with free shuttles, as well as Uber and Lyft if you need a ride to get around.
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Now that you have a taste for the many craft brews in Sioux Falls, start planning your trip today!