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3 Reasons To Add Some Fire-Themed Fun To Your Vacation

Raised in Rapid City and lucky to call it home, this outdoor enthusiast loves to explore the Black Hills with her husband and two dogs. When she’s not at work you’ll find her out hiking, at a local ice cream shop, or perhaps home taking a nap.

October 12, 2021

If you’re planning a visit to Rapid City, SD you might have a few places already on your “must-see” list. Maybe they came from friend suggestions, doing your own research, or perhaps something you saw on social media (hopefully Visit Rapid City’s). No matter how these items made your list – I’m here to tell you of one that needs to be added, and I’ll let you take all the credit for this brilliant suggestion. Go ahead and add Firehouse Brewing Company and here are three reasons why.

1. The Atmosphere

Large patio space at the Firehouse Brewing Company in Downtown Rapid City, SD
Firehouse Brewing Company


I could go on forever raving about the atmosphere of the Firehouse Brewing Company. It’s one of the most unique dining environments in Rapid City. The building that is now the Firehouse Brewing Company started out as Rapid City’s original firehouse which was built back in 1915 and is listed in the National Historic Register. The business embraces its fiery roots by carrying the theme throughout the space. Kids can get plastic fireman hats, the walls are decorated with firefighting memorabilia and the original fire pole is still in the building! My favorite part is actually outside of the building. Step out onto their expansive patio and take in the murals that add a spectacular awe factor to an already impressive space.

2. The Drinks

Beer with fireman equipment at the Firehouse Brewing Co, in Rapid City, SD
Firehouse Brewing Company


Firehouse Brewing Company was actually the first brew pub in South Dakota having opened its doors in 1991! That means they’ve spent all these years perfecting their beers, and it would be a mistake to travel all the way here and not try one. Not a beer lover? Have no fear, they also serve locally crafted Firehouse Wines! I’ve never been one to enjoy beer, but I am a self-proclaimed cider snob. The Firehouse has a delicious one called the Teacher’s Pet for my fellow snobs out there, and they also have a great non-alcoholic Root Beer! 

3. The Food

Close up of a sandwich from Firehouse Brewing Company in Rapid City, SD
Firehouse Brewing Company


Firehouse Brewing Company offers pages and pages of delicious food items. Feelin’ like having a burger, they got it. How about a juicy steak, check. Maybe you’re even in the mood for some Gumbo, they got you covered. To get you started, let me point out a few of my favorites. First stop: the appetizer section where you will find the Cheesy Artichoke Dip. Go ahead and order yourself one of those the moment you arrive. For your main dish you can’t go wrong with the Buffalo Blue Burger, The Firefighter (chopped pork sandwich), or some Fish N’ Chips. End your meal with a Blackout – and by that I mean the brownie marbled with cream cheese and smothered in ice cream and chocolate syrup. Can I get a yum?

Dining out should be an experience, and at the Firehouse Brewing Co. it is one. Take time to check it out while you’re in town!