The Best Beer Pubs in All 50 States (and D.C.)
Rapid City, S.C.
There are just about a handful of breweries in South Dakota, and all of them have brewpubs. Not all of them sit in a historic downtown district with statues of former presidents on every corner and a steady stream of Mount Rushmore tourists streaming in each day. Firehouse would do excellent business here if it had a couple of fizzy beers on tap and served frozen bar pies. It excels not only because of great brews such as its Smoke Jumper Stout, Strong Arm Porter and Brown Cow Ale, but because of an extensive menue that includes bison burgers, burritos, fish tacos, skillet steaks, souvlaki and milkshakes that used ice cream infused with spent stout malt and grain. It does all of this in the huge, three-level building that was once the city's firehouse, but now houses the two-story restaurant, a dining patio and a dinner theater. It's tough to find a good brewpub in a state this large, but Firehouse Brewing make it easy for folks just passing through.
The Terminal Brewhouse
From the outside, the tall, skinny former rail-terminal hotel that's now the Terminal Brewhouse looks like a whole lot of utilitarian nothingness. The open layout inside that give patrons a full view of the kettles, brewing operations and dining space on each floor only hints toward what awaits. Pot roast nachos, cheese-and-beer pairings, slow-cooked short ribs, stuffed sandwiches and a "Philosopher's Burger" of ground lamb seasoned with cinnamon, oregano and shallots would be the marquee attraction anywhere else, but the orange-spiced White Shadow witbier, coffee-and-chocolate-laden Stouthsidenstein oatmeal stout and smooth, hoppy Surrender Monkey saison shan't be ignored.