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Spearfish Brewing Opens Production Brewery in Spearfish, South Dakota

01/26/2018
Spearfish Brewing opened its brewery and taproom, 48 miles east of Rapid City, in the heart of downtown Spearfish, South Dakota.

Brewmaster Nathan Venner said, “American Beer Equipment from Lincoln, Nebraska has built us a stainless steel 10 barrel (341 gallon) two-vessel brewhouse with the capacity to brew up to 3,600 barrels a year.”

He explained the process begins with a state-of-the-art carbon and nano water filtration system that allows the brewmaster to create beers using a water profile specifically “built” to highlight the flavors in each style.

Another unique feature to this new brewery is a pair of horizontal lagering tanks that will allow Spearfish Brewing to craft clean and clear amber and light lagers. According to Nathan the vision of Spearfish Brewing is to create an “honest American brewery that produces clean, consistent lagers as well as classic American craft styles like IPA and stout.”

The brewery will also have a pilot system to brew small amounts of creative and experimental beers that will be available only at the downtown Spearfish taproom. “We really want the pilot system to be part of the community,” says Venner, “We want to invite local home brewers and those who want to learn into the brewery space” and “use the pilot brewhouse as an educational tool.

Spearfish Brewing said it has received ongoing support from state and local economic development organizations and will be part of continued efforts to bring tourism and commerce to the local economy.

“The craft beer industry has seen substantial growth in South Dakota, especially in recent years,” said Commissioner Scott Stern, Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED). “Taprooms like the one Spearfish Brewing is opening is a lucrative business where tourists and locals alike can enjoy craft beer in a unique environment.”

“Spearfish Brewing Company will be an excellent addition to our ever-growing business community,” said Kory Menken, Executive Director of the Spearfish Economic Development Corporation (SEDC). “SEDC is pleased we were able to help play a part in bringing this exciting project to fruition.”

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