Find The Spirit Of The Season At Miner Brewing Company
There are two things I know about Rapid City and the Black Hills, the beer scene is impressive and they turn into a winter wonderland when Thanksgiving is over. It is not uncommon to see 60 degree days in Rapid City during the winter months, but when the temperature drops low enough for a fresh blanket of snow to cover the trees I can’t help but feel a little festive. Ugly sweaters and Christmas songs come out, as well as my favorite seasonal beer from Miner Brewing Company.
Little Cabin In The Black Hills
Of all the breweries in the Black Hills Miner is in my top three. The atmosphere is nothing short of a hipster paradise, and the cabin like tasting room is a great place to wind down after any backwoods adventure. I know this because I have spent many afternoons scrolling through photos of my dog taken in the backwoods of Custer State Park. But when the winter comes along this place transforms itself along with the rest of the region.
Put Aside Summer Favorites For Holiday Specialties
During the holiday season, I put aside my regular Honey Lager, a favorite because my dog’s name is Honey, and trade it in for the Holiday Hangover. While the name of this ale implies a high alcohol content, the ABV is 5.5%, and it leaves a delightfully dangerous taste in your mouth. I say this ale is dangerous because the sweet hint of sugar cookies will leave you wanting more. This festive brew is sure to bring good tidings of great joy to your holiday cravings.
So Strong You Can Melt Ice With It
When I’m looking for something a little stronger, I turn to the Miner Ice Melt. This Imperial Chili Stout filled with hints of habanero and mellow vanilla sweetness will warm your soul as the vanilla fades and the spice creeps back in. What I love most about this brew is the peppers come fresh from brewmaster Sandi’s garden.
Time Travel Brought To You By Miner Brewing
Winter is the time for dark beer, but I am not always a fan of how heavy a dark beer can be. When I am drinking a chocolate colored beer, I want something hearty but not heavy, something that will keep me warm and go down like chocolate milk. For this reason, my favorite winter brew from Miner is the Olde Winter Ale. When you love coffee as much as I do and find a beer with hints of coffee and cocoa you have to try it. This ale brings out the best hints of my favorite non-alcoholic drinks and then follows it up with a hint of dried fig to bring you back to old England. Bonus fact: like many of the specialty beers made here, Sandi uses the Miner’s very own well water to brew this delicious beer.
As much as I love Miner I can't forget all of our other amazing breweries in the area. There are amazing seasonal brews throughout the Black Hills you have to try before the winter is over.