Beer arrives at our favorite bar, restaurant or store through a three tier system of brewery – distributor – retail establishment. Only a small group of distributors operate in South Dakota. Dakota Beverage is a beer distributor in Sioux Falls. The company was started in 1953 by John (Jack) Gores and has grown to 105 employees. John Gores, Jack’s son, is the current company owner. They distribute beer to a large part of eastern South Dakota serving 400,000 people. They moved into their new warehouse and offices in March 2014. The 105,000 sq. ft. building is located at 4532 N. Cliff Avenue.
The first thing I noticed on arrival was the large barley impressions on the building which are pretty cool! The hosts for my visit were David Pesicka, New Belgium South Dakota Beer Ranger, and Brandon May, Craft Manager for Dakota Beverage. This new facility allows Dakota Beverage to serve their customers with a centralized site and increased storage. Their beer orders are assembled using a bar coded racking system (WMS Pick System) which improves accuracy and saves time. The warehouse has room for 300,000 cases of beer and there is space to grow! They are distributors for Miller and Coors as well as many craft beers. Craft brands that beer fans will immediately recognize include New Belgium, Summit, Schell’s, Odell, Boulevard, Deschutes, Sierra Nevada, Anchor and Sam Adams. See their website for a complete listing. They also distribute for Hill City, South Dakota’s Miner Brewing which only last week opened their east bank Sioux Falls location (along with Prairie Berry Winery). They also carry imports from Germany, Belgium, Denmark, England, the Netherlands, Ireland and Mexico. The company is constantly looking for more craft beer offerings.
Thanks to Dakota Beverage, David Pesicka and Brandon May for hosting my visit! It was fun and interesting to see one of the places where beer lives in South Dakota!