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.
Open September 2016-December 2017
Plow to Pitcher
Maps of where wheat, barley, sorgum, and oats are grown in SD.
Different grains and hops used in brewing
The different levels of grains and hops that go into beer.
Types of brews
Science of brewing
History of Breweries in South Dakota
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.)
Robert E. Kolbe
South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum Staff