Mount Rushmore Brewing Co., located in Custer, is the largest barrel-aged beer program in the state of South Dakota featuring a 10-barrel system producing popular local brews such as Black Hills Gold and Buffalo Snot. .
Janet Boyer, owner of Mount Rushmore Brewing Co., takes great pride in the quality goods and exciting atmosphere available at the brewery.
“Well, we offer, number one, hopefully the most fun that anyone can have while they’re enjoying an excellent beer and inordinately good food,” said Boyer. “We’re very proud of our food and our service. But the main draw is our beer.”
Eddie Filipi, the head brewer at Mount Rushmore Brewing Co., said the already impressive brewhouse is set to expand from 10 barrels to a 40 barrel system in the coming months. Filipi said the expansion will enable the company to produce and distribute more beers, as well as provide more space for barrel aged beer.
“Those are good beers,” Filipi said of the barrel-aged brews. “They sit in the whiskey barrels for the six months during the wintertime, and then we release them throughout the year.”
Not only are the beers high quality, they are also accompanied by equally quirky and notably South Dakotan names.
“Yeah, there’s quite a lineup of beers like Buffalo Snot, all the presidentials, The Rail Splitter, The Long Tom, The Scottish Ale and many more,” said Filipi.
The brewery features 14 house beers on tap, as well as guest beers and a rotating selection of brews, so there’s always something on tap for everybody.
“And we’re also especially proud of our German beers because we just feel that we really hit that right on the mark,” said Boyer. “Our master brewer spent plenty of time up in Germany and traveled the beer circuit before with all these recipes and stuff, and he’s true to nature when it comes to beer. He likes to stick with the old world, the Germans, the Belgium, Czechoslovakian beer. He likes to stay true to the recipe,” added Filipi.
Located upstairs is the Pounding Fathers Restaurant where the menu highlights South Dakota favorites such as quail, duck, walleye, elk and buffalo. The restaurant offers the perfect environment for adults and children alike to enjoy.
“At night, when the fire pits are on and mom and dad get to sit down and just enjoy a beer and the kids are running around., it’s really awesome to see,” said Boyer. “It’s awesome to see families who have come to the Black Hills, and they just want to enjoy one another and they want to make a memory.”
On July 15, Mount Rushmore Brewing Co. hosted midwestern band Ivory as a special benefit for the local YMCA and local high school basketball teams in an effort to continually encourage Black Hills residents to support local businesses and organizations.
For more information about the Mount Rushmore Brewing Co,, visit their website here.