The Sioux Falls Craft Beer Expo happened November 7th at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. This second year event is organized by Chop Liver Inc., a company run by Mark Opdahl and Juno Choi. It is a good chance to see friends, brewers, distributors and try beers from over 40 different breweries. This year over 160 different beers were available.
New local breweries were in attendance including Fernson Brewing, WoodGrain Brewing, Bank Brewing, Gandy Dancer Brew Works, Take 16 and Hydra Brewing. Black Hills breweries in attendance included Crow Peak Brewing, Miner Brewing, The Knuckle Brewing and Sick N Twisted Brewery. Regional favorite, Surly Brewing, brought their Darkness and Todd the Axeman beers.
Natedogs were available. These delicious hotdogs are produced in Minnesota. I only had three!
Varied educational seminars were presented and were well attended. Perry Miller (Brookings Radio and the “Beer Untapped” radio host) talked about Craft beer in the Media, Ryan Tracy (Bros Brasserie Americano) told the crowd about pairing different beers with food and there was a brewers panel of Derek Fernholz (Fernson), Steve Hartman (WoodGrain) and Derek Soukup (Hydra).
Bluegrass music was provided by Kind Country.
The event supported the JY6 Foundation again this year which focuses on funding research in the areas of pediatric oncology and leukemia.
The People’s Choice award went to the Wooden Legs Brewing Company for their yummy Pogonophelia Imperial Stout.
I was glad to make it this year and highly recommend this event for anyone who loves craft beer. It was well organized and a fun time. Thanks Mark and Juno of Chop Liver Inc. for letting me cover the event! Go to the Sioux Falls Craft Beer Expo Facebook page for many more photos.
See you next year!