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Firehouse Brewery

610 Main St.
Rapid City  South Dakota  57701
United States
(605) 348-1915
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Lisa Meyers McClintick
This historic former firehouse packs in the diners, especially on balmy nights when live bands play on the spacious and inviting brick terrace.

Rapid City's first firehouse has ironically found a long and fruitful new life as a different kind of watering hole. Owner Bob Fuchs transformed the former fine-dining steakhouse into South Dakota's first brewpub in 1991 and has been adding to it ever since. They can serve close to 200 people inside and out with a main-floor bar and nice lofted level, all decorated with shiny brass, red accents and firefighting artifacts. It's hard to resist the allure of eating outside, especially when it's well-shaded by day and buzzing with live bands on summer evenings. It stays open into the fall and surprisingly cozy with heat lamps and Olympic-worthy flames torches to take off the chill off. For many, the highlight is sampling the six beers on tap, a rotating selection of two dozen brews. They include several pale ales, Firehouse Red, a stout, light brown ale and Wilderness Wheat, the most popular choice with a light, crisp take on Czech hops and served with a lemon wedge. The menu ranges across the globe, from Cajun country to Britain. Some of our picks: toasted garlic beer bread with hot artichoke dip, classic fish and chips ($13.95), and Spontaneous Heating, a spicy thick gumbo loaded with sausage, shrimp, clams and chicken and served over rice ($14.95).

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