Off of Exit 32 into Sturgis, stop at the newly constructed Sturgis Brewing Company.
With over 18,000 square feet for the taproom and the manufacturing space, Sturgis Brewing Company is the place to sit and have a beer with friends, according to general manager Bryan Carter.
The brewery was formed in 2018 with the groundbreaking ceremony for the new building, but delays prevented their products from hitting the market until 2021.
“Right now we have about 12 of ours and eight guest taps, but as we come out with more beer we keep knocking down guest taps,” said Carter. “We’ll probably always continue a few guest taps.”
Wood accents and steel beams are strategically placed to amplify the contemporary design of the build that is inspired by the Deadwood Welcome Center.
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600 Anna St.
Sturgis, SD 57785
The taproom has high, industrial-style ceilings, a cozy fireplace, and doors opening out onto the patio.
“We have a nice outdoor area with a covered patio and a grassy area for kids to run, play, and jump,” said Carter.
And there’s plenty of room for furry friends.
“We’re dog friendly, so people can bring their dogs,” said Carter
But before this new building was even a thought, the owners of Sturgis Brewing Company started in 2014 as The Knuckle Brewing Company downtown in The Knuckle Saloon.
“We opened in July of 2014, and in January of 2015, our Knucklehead Red got invited to do the Black Hills Beer Fest.”
After winning gold in the amber division, they began distributing their product. In 2015, the demand was higher than the supply and they added two new fermenters. But it wasn’t enough.
“We decided to expand to keep up with demand.” -Bryan Carter
“In 2017 we ran out of beer,” said Carter. “We either were going to get big or quit distributing.”
And then came Sturgis Brewing Company. At the new building, they still brew for The Knuckle, but they are now two separate entities.
“When we moved up here, we tweaked our recipes a little bit simply because we had a new water filtration system,” said Carter.
They now offer brews that are both visually clearer and smoother on the palate.
“It’s a great location and a beautiful building.” -Bryan Carter
Carter says so far everything is going well at the new location. Sturgis Brewing Company offers a limited menu of food items and some popular brews.
“The hot new beer on our market that we’re just getting set up to distribute is Purple Grain. It’s our Black Hills Blonde Ale with berries added to it.”
Purple Grain is right behind their Red Cut Red Ale as far as popularity goes, according to Carter.
Other brews include the CranDaddy, Don’t Pet Tatanka Brown Ale, Old Man Jack, and Sturgis Pale Ale.
Among the food items on the menu, there are more typical bar items like Chicken Strips, Flatbread Pizzas, and a Giant Pretzel, as well as more variety with the Smoked Polish Kielbasa, Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms, and a Brownie Dessert.