John Berkness Gandy Dancer

Gandy Dancer Brew Works of Sioux Falls – a brewery profile

This profile of Gandy Dancer Brew Works is the twelfth in our series profiling all of South Dakota breweries. Look for a profile of another brewery next week. Above – John Berkness, brewer at Gandy Dancer.

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Official Brewery Name: Gandy Dancer Brew Works

Ownership: Jerry Hauck

Brewers: John Berkness

Year Founded: August 27, 2013 (first beer tapped)

Address: 420 E. 8th Street in Sioux Falls

Website: click here

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Flagship Beer:
Brainless Wonder Juicy IPA

Year-round Brews:
Buzzard’s Roost Cream Ale, Bindlestiff Dark Ale, Possum Belly Pale Ale

Notable Seasonals/Features:
Mosaic Pig DIPA, Black Diamond DIPA, Zombie Train DIPA, Rauchbiers/smoke beers – assorted Belgian and German Styles

Brewing equipment:
One barrel system. Two vessel brewhouse. Six single barrel fermenters. We brew 3-5 times a week.

What’s unique about your brewery / beer?
Small batches, big powerfully flavorful beer. Courageously intrepid originality in brewing. Only available at Monk’s (and a couple beer festivals). The beer is always super fresh. John Berkness was listed as top brewer in South Dakota by RateBeer for 2016.

What local ingredients do you use?
Some local hops, locally sourced yeast, local produce (ie watermelons,) regional base malt

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