Wine and Brew Tour in Rapid City and the Black Hills
Rapid City and the Black Hills region have become a haven for wineries and breweries. Visitors are in awe at the stellar wine and rich craft brew scene they find in Rapid City. This day long wine and brew adventure gives you just a sample of what the area has to offer.
Your first stop will be at Firehouse Brewing Co. The first brew pub in South Dakota is famous for its great beer made on site as well as fantastic atmosphere. "The Firehouse", as it is referred to by locals, is one of Rapid City's most unique and interesting landmarks. Housed in the original Rapid City fire station built in 1915 and listed on the National Historic Register, the bar is adorned with authentic South Dakota firefighting memorabilia from the days of Rapid City's first fire brigades - including the original fire pole, ladders, patches and more. Aside from great beer, you will find an excellent menu serving up classics, from burgers to BBQ. On a warmer day, enjoy your beer and meal on the patio. During the summer months, the patio hosts a variety of musicians to keep you entertained.
Your next stop is a few feet away. Firehouse Wine Cellars is the sister company to the brew pub and offers a variety of wines made on the premises using grapes from California and Oregon, as well as local grapes from Old Folsom Vineyards just outside of Rapid City. The winery showcases local musicians on Friday and Saturday nights throughout the year in their Vinote Sessions.
After a tasting at Firehouse Wine Cellars, make a stop at Lost Cabin Beer Co. across from Founders Park. Lost Cabin brews small-batch ales and lagers with a focus on quality, creativity and collaboration. Their 50-seat tasting room is open 6 days a week. The brewery prides itself in keeping things local, sourcing local ingredients, fruits, spices and South Dakota grown grain and hops. They are also heavy on farmhouse ales, barrel aging, strong ales and collaborating with other local artisans, such as their Smokewagon Stout made in partnership with Pure Bean Roasters.
Round out your afternoon with a stop at Hay Camp Brewing Co. Open Wednesday through Sunday from 4:00 -10:00 p.m., this acclaimed nano-brewery serves small-batch, hand-crafted ales. Try their flagship brews, the Bitter Warrior or Victory Stout.
Your Rapid City wine and brew tour wouldn't be complete without a stop at Independent Ale House. With 40 constantly rotated taps that include brews from local and regional breweries, bottled beer and wine, you are sure to find something to quench your thirst. The Independent Ale House also serves gourmet pizza and salad with a weekly pizza special. For dessert, try the Porter Float - two scoops of vanilla bean ice cream and a full can of Pile O' Dirt Porter brewed by Crow Peak Brewing.
Perhaps you are feeling a bit fancier? Delmonico Grill and Wine Cellar Restaurant have extensive wine lists, great food pairings and a dining atmosphere like no other. Botticelli Ristorante Italiano also offers a Wine Spectator recognized collection. If your tour happens to fall on a Tuesday evening, don’t miss Pork and Pinot night at Tally’s Silverspoon. Chef Benjamin Klinkel crafts a new pork dish to pair with a selected Pinot Noir.
Craving more? Extend your wine and brew tour another day!
- Prairie Berry Winery, one of the first wineries in South Dakota, is located outside of Hill City. Winemaker Sandi Vojta carries on the family tradition of wine making using prairie berries for their local fruit wines. After indulging in a free wine tasting, grab lunch and a glass of wine from the kitchen. Their menu features gourmet pizzas, salads, soups and gluten free options made with local produce. Prairie Berry's sister company, Miner Brewing Company, has a taproom and brewery right next door.
- Naked Winery and Sick and Twisted Brewing is an Oregon based winery with locations near Hill City and Custer. The brewery crafts 14 unique beers on site and features playful versions of classic wines.
- Belle Joli winery has two locations for twice the fun. At the Sparkling House, you will find Belle Joli’s traditional grape wines and sparkling wines made using the champagne method. Head to Deadwood to enjoy Belle Joli Tasting Room.
- Crow Peak Brewery in Spearfish is a regional favorite crafting South Dakota-made brews.
- Dakota Shivers is a small craft brewery operating in the mile high city of Lead.
- The Knuckle Brewing Company is located in Sturgis and features a museum filled with antiques and Sturgis memorabilia in the attached saloon.