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Old 05-24-2011, 11:58 PM   #1
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Default Driving from MD to SD - Looking for good beer

I'm going to be driving from Maryland to South Dakota next month (unfortunately not only looking for good beer, but going to a wedding) and I am looking for brewery/ brewpub suggestions along my route. I know there is a lot of ground to cover here, but I'm seeing the major through points as Pittsburg, Chicago, Madison, and Minneapolis. We're not taking a long time to do this, but a few days and I'd really like to stop at a couple cool places along the way for a tour or just to try some new stuff.

Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks in advance.


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Old 05-25-2011, 12:37 AM   #2
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My favorites in Madison:
Ale Asylum (Just off the interstate)
Capital Brewery

New Glarus is a little out of your way, but one of my favorites in Wisconsin


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Old 05-25-2011, 12:43 AM   #3
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Look into Surly in the Twin Cities.

Where in SD is the wedding? I live near Sioux Falls.

I can give you some pointers for SD, if you'd like. Just need to know where you're headed.
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Thanks badger.

Jd3 - the wedding is in Lake City.
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In Pittsburgh, I think the no-miss is Church Brew Works. There's plenty of other great beer bars, and other locally brewed beer, but Church is the all-around winner to me. They have great beer (the seasonals are frequently amazing), fantastic food, and about the best ambiance you could possibly imagine for a brewpub/restaurant!!!

It looks like your destination is in the far northeast corner of SD...too bad Rapid City is about the opposite corner of the state -- I had stopped at Firehouse Brewing there on the trip back East from a jaunt across the country I once took, and I remember it being a standout amongst the brewpubs I visited across the land. They had great food too, and an awesome dessert -- a giant, hot, fresh-baked cookie with ice cream that you had to order with your meal so it would be ready by dessert time b/c they make it from scratch.
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Wow.... Lake City? Wow.... Population 51!
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If you're going to be on I-90, swing up to New Ulm, MN and visit the Schell's Brewery. Small town, old brewery. Second oldest family owned brewery in the states. Good beer.
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Wow.... Lake City? Wow.... Population 51!
Lmao.... I know. A new family must have moved in because last time I knew it was like 44 or 45. My sister in law is marrying a guy from there that she met in the Air Force. They were both stationed in Minot and she said he was the only person she met there that actually requested that base. Crazy!

Having grown up on the east coast, I can't even comprehend a population of 51. :-)

Good suggestions everyone. Keep em coming and I'll organize my drive and see what all I can fit in.
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Dave's Brewfarm in Wilson, Wi.

It is just Dave and his wife. They don't have regular hours, but I'm sure if you contacted him when you knew when you were in the area, he would accommodate you if he could.

He only has two brews in the wild, but several amazing beers on tap at his place.
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ok more than likely if your hitting chicago to SD youll be passing through the Quad Cities when you cross from IL to IA.
Not to miss!~
Bent River Brewery in Moline Il (right off I74) brewing a lot of very tasty brews.
Great River Brewery in Davenport IA. A bit off I74 on the IA side.. Very good mix of unique ales.

Were esay to pass by without knowing what your missing but the QCA has a lot to offer. IF you hae the time we have a River Music Experience Museum (Davenport ia) that highlights the history of jazz, blues, and river music and how it moved up the mississippi river. Typically they have some free music nights always great music and beverages.
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