The Sioux Falls Craft Beer Expo was held this past weekend in Sioux Falls. With over 1600 attendees, it was the largest beer event this state has seen. Chop Liver, the event organizer, brought their signature beer expo that has had great success in the Twin Cities, Rochester and Mankato Minnesota. The entertainment included bagpipers, two live bands, hammerschlagen (if you don’t know what that is, look it up on Wikipedia) and even educational seminars. The event received bonus points for free cheese from Cheese World and hot dogs from Minnesota legend, Natedogs, hold the ketchup please.
With nearly 50 breweries and over 150 beers there was something for every palate. New breweries included Fargo Brewing Co. who enters the South Dakota market this week. I was able to try their fresh hop beer called Super Green. It was a nice surprise offering that wasn’t in the program.
Other new breweries were Dog Tag, Burning Brothers and Core but festival goers were also interested in trying some of the local breweries that now are distributing to the area. In particular, Miner Brewing, Sick & Twisted, Gandy Dancer and Wooden Legs who won the people choice award for their #DrinkLocal Ale that features fresh hops from the Brookings area.
The cult status Surly booth had a steady line pouring Pentagram and Damien. Then there was the gold medal winner in the Milk Stout/Cream Stout category at this years GABF, West O’s CoCo Stout. Watch for this arriving in bottles in South Dakota very soon. Shout out to the head brewer Karl who was onsite pouring and talking to guests.
The date for 2015 has already been set for November 7th and the future looks bright. In 2015 I anticipate seeing Take 16, and Bank Brewing as well as Fernson, who had a booth at the event but didn’t pour any beer, and who knows who else will be making beer in our fine part of the state in the next year.
Reporting for the SoDak Beer Blog,
Photo 1 courtesy of Chop Liver
Photos 2-5 courtesy of Zoss Photography
Photo 6 courtesy of Derek Soukup