Rapid City Wine and Beer Tour
When it comes to enjoying local beverage creations – Rapid City has options for you. The brewmasters and vintner (winemaker) in our city know how to concoct some truly unique flavor creations each different from the rest. Treat yourself to a tour of all six local breweries and a local winery to find your favorite. Since they’re scattered around the town, here’s the most efficient order to tour them!
*For your safety and that of others we encourage you to grab a ride during your tour. Rapid City offers Lyft, Uber and other cab or tour services.
South Side Sipping
Located on the south side of Rapid City are two fabulous local breweries. They make for great stops on your way back from Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse or Custer State Park.
ZYMURCRACY BEER COMPANY
Zymurcracy is a Veteran-owned brewery that offers a spacious and dog friendly atmosphere filled with good beer and great times. If you’re curious about the name, like many are, they provide this definition: a community of individuals dedicated to the principles and art of fermentation science. They offer a few appetizers in house while also hosting a variety of local food trucks throughout the week. Since this brewery sits the farthest to south, it makes for a great place to start off your tasting tour in Rapid City.
COHORT CRAFT BREWERY
Also located on the south side of the city is Cohort. Fresh to the craft beer scene in Rapid City, customers can enjoy a selection of progressive beer styles sourced from local ingredients, along with some truly delicious mead created with South Dakota honey. This pet-friendly brewery also hosts local food trucks throughout the week. Up next: Downtown Rapid City!
Within a few short steps of each other in the downtown district you’ll find some true local treasures. Both breweries located here present unique atmospheres that represent important history to our city. Downtown is also home to Rapid City’s winery where you’re bound to find a bottle you won’t want to leave without.
FIREHOUSE BREWING COMPANY
Firehouse was South Dakota’s first brew pub opening its doors in 1991. To add to its historical component, and explain its name, it’s also housed in Rapid City’s original firehouse built in 1915. Firehouse makes around 40 unique beer styles each year and love to infuse them with ingredients like honey, spruce tips, and orange zest among many others. Doubling as a delicious restaurant you can fill up on some great food during your beer and wine tour here.
FIREHOUSE WINE CELLAR
Right next door is an expansion of the Firehouse Brewing Company, the Firehouse Wine Cellars! At Rapid City’s local winery you’ll find a great array of oak-aged reds, crisp whites, and even sweet dessert styles. Their small production size allows them to explore traditional techniques and produce small-batch wine adding even more creative flavors to their existing list of wines.
HAY CAMP BREWING COMPANY
Your last stop in the Downtown District pays homage to Rapid City’s early days when it was founded as “Hay Camp”. The welcoming and rustic tavern atmosphere of this brewery offers plenty of indoor seating to relax and sip away on some handcrafted small-batch ales. Hay Camp creates a variety of beers from sessions to IPAs and even sours. Also home to a large event space, there is something always going on inside like concerts, trivia and more. Up next: to the Gap!
Tip One Back In The Gap
The Gap is an area of town that’s located between the ridges of Skyline Wilderness Area and Hanson-Larsen Memorial Park, commonly referred to as M Hill. Minutes from downtown and seconds away from some of the city’s best outdoor recreation these two breweries are in a great location to unwind and end a day in Rapid City.
LOST CABIN BEER CO.
Named after a popular Black Hills hiking trail, Lost Cabin embodies a love many in the area have - the outdoors. This small, rustic and pet friendly brewery offers a great selection of creative beers. Featuring large center tables in their tap room, it’s a great place to meet others and have a friendly conversation over a tasty beverage. Lost Cabin also hosts different local food trucks throughout the week.
DAKOTA POINT BREWING
Within walking distance of Lost Cabin, sits the last brewery on our tour: Dakota Point. Named after the popular cliff jumping spot at Sheridan Lake in the Black Hills, this brewery brings that same idea of gathering with friends and having a good time inside their pet friendly tap room. Beer specialties include traditional Irish, English, Scottish and American ales, among other offerings.