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Barley to Barrel: Science and History of Brewing in South Dakota

The brewing of beer has a long history in South Dakota starting in 1866 when many Germans and other Europeans settled the Northern Plains. They brought the knowledge of farming and turning grain into ale, which resulted in a boom of brewing in the late 1800s until National Prohibition in 1920.  This exhibit highlights the ingredients used in beer and the process of brewing. It also explores the differences between various types of beer. Finally, it dives into the rich history of brewing in our state.

The brewing of beer has a long history in South Dakota starting in 1866 when many Germans and other Europeans settled the Northern Plains. They brought the knowledge of farming and turning grain into ale, which resulted in a boom of brewing in the late 1800s until National Prohibition in 1920.

This exhibit discussed the ingredients used in beer and the process of brewing. It also explored the differences between various types of beer. Finally, it dives into the rich history of brewing in our state.

On display from September 2016-December 2017

 

We would like to thank:

Cradle to Grave Farms, Worthing

Dakotaland Museum, Huron

Huron Public Library

Millborn Seeds, Brookings

Siouxland Heritage Museums, Sioux Falls

South Dakota State Historical Society and State Archives, Pierre

The Adams Museum, Deadwood

Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, WI

Wooden Legs Brewery, Brookings

Emmanual Byamukama (SDSU Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science Dept.)

Jerry Cope

Leslie Cope

Jerry Graslie

Sherri Hall

John Jacobson

Robert E. Kolbe

William Lee

Rebecca Maciej

Mary O’Neill 

Wendy Sweeter

South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum Staff