South Dakota Beer

Today in 1889, South Dakota became the 40th state.

South Dakota

South Dakota Breweries

South Dakota Brewery Guides

Guild: No known brewers guild

State Agency: South Dakota Special Tax Division


  • Capital: Pierre
  • Largest Cities: Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Aberdeen, Watertown, Brookings
  • Population: 754,844; 46th
  • Area: 77121 sq.mi., 17th
  • Nickname: Mount Rushmore State
  • Statehood: 40th, November 2, 1889


  • Alcohol Legalized: August 5, 1933
  • Number of Breweries: 5
  • Rank: 46th
  • Beer Production: 710,730
  • Production Rank: 45th
  • Beer Per Capita: 27.4 Gallons


Package Mix:

  • Bottles: 35.1%
  • Cans: 55.1%
  • Kegs: 9.5%

Beer Taxes:

  • Per Gallon: $0.27
  • Per Case: $0.62
  • Tax Per Barrel (24/12 Case): $8.50
  • Draught Tax Per Barrel (in Kegs): $8.50

Economic Impact (2010):

  • From Brewing: $970,454
  • Direct Impact: $193,419,636
  • Supplier Impact: $64,280,175
  • Induced Economic Impact: $115,517,262
  • Total Impact: $373,217,073

Legal Restrictions:

  • Control State: No
  • Grocery Store Sales: Yes
  • Notes: 14% ABV cap on beer


Data complied, in part, from the Beer Institute’s Brewer’s Almanac 2010, Beer Serves America, the Brewers Association, Wikipedia and my World Factbook. If you see I’m missing a brewery link, please be so kind as to drop me a note or simply comment on this post. Thanks.

For the remaining states, see Brewing Links: United States.

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