Recently named the best brewery in South Dakota by Food & Wine Magazine, Miner Brewing Company invites craft beer lovers from the Black Hills and beyond to stop by all November long to help mark the brewery’s fourth anniversary with music, food specials, and the limited return of a special beer.
Food specials will begin Wednesday, November 1 and continue throughout the month. The Miner Brewing Company Tap Room offers a small selection of hand-prepared, gourmet meals prepared fresh in the kitchen of the adjacent Prairie Berry Winery.
Miner Brewing Company first opened its doors on November 11, 2013. Since then, Brewmaster Sandi Vojta has crafted nearly 100 distinctive beers and ciders for the brewery’s guests. To mark the brewery’s anniversary day, the very first of those beers will make a limited return, as Miner Mutt hits taplines on Saturday, Nov. 11. Beer Club Claim Holders will have a day of early access to Mutt on Friday, Nov. 10. Miner Mutt is a golden-amber ale that features a malty nose with a hit of caramel, balanced by light hop bitterness and a creamy, lingering finish. A favorite from Miner’s early days, Vojta only brews it for special occasions, and it won’t last long.
The weekend’s festivities continue on the evening of the 11th, as Sissy Brown and JonEmery Dodds co-headline a free Miner Brewing Music Series performance, opened by local musician Aaron Vidal. Music starts at 6 p.m.
Hailing from Oklahoma and currently residing in Kansas City, Sissy Brown is a classically trained singer whose music has progressively drifted back to the honky-tonk and outlaw country of her Midwestern roots. JonEmery Dodds blends the sounds of country, blues, folk, cow-punk and rock together with familiar motifs such as highways, hangovers, and heartaches and just a touch of humor. Aaron Vidal grew up in Rapid City and found a love for singing and songwriting in high school that he has been nurturing for more than a decade since.
On Sunday, Nov. 12, the Tap Room will also host a free evening of Craft Beer & Bingo with great Miner Brewing Company prizes from 4-6 p.m. Guests are encouraged to arrive a little early to grab a seat for this West River version of this Prairie Berry East Bank favorite. Craft Beer & Bingo is free to play, but free-will donations to the Hill City Arts Council will be accepted.
To finish out the month, the Tap Room will host an intimate performance by Minnesotan singer-songwriter Charlie Parr and Wisconsin openers Them Coulee Boys. Since leaving Austin, Minn., in the 1980s to begin his musical career in Northern Minnesota, Parr has released 14 full-length albums and two live albums and been featured in a documentary. His music captures day-in-the-life narratives while searching for a balance between the morose the optimistic. Tickets for this all-ages Miner Brewing Music Series show are now available for just $14 in advance ($16 at the door) by calling 605.574.9635, ordering online, or stopping by the Miner Brewing Company Tap Room.
On the other side of the state, Prairie Berry East Bank will celebrate Miner’s anniversary in downtown Sioux Falls during its Craft Beer & Bingo event on Saturday, Nov. 11. Doors open at 3 p.m. with the first round of play beginning an hour later. Admission is free with at-will donations accepted.