Spearfish Brewing Set for Grand Opening, Ribbon Cutting

SPEARFISH, S.D. – Spearfish Brewing is excited to announce the opening of a brewery and taproom in the heart of downtown Spearfish at the intersection of Jackson and Main. This brand new space will offer patrons indoor and outdoor seating in a modern taproom space where they can enjoy locally crafted beers from more than a dozen classic American and international styles and a flavorful pub menu built for sharing with friends and family.

A highlight of the taproom will be a huge window that allows beer drinkers to see the brewer crafting their beverages on a beautiful new American made brewhouse. Brewmaster Nathan Venner explains, “American Beer Equipment from Lincoln, Nebraska has built us a stainless steel 10 barrel (341 gallon) two-vessel brewhouse with the capacity to brew up to 3,600 barrels a year.” The process begins with a state-of-the-art carbon and nano water filtration system that allows the brewmaster to create beers using a water profile specifically “built” to highlight the flavors in each style. Another unique feature to this new brewery is a pair of horizontal lagering tanks that will allow Spearfish Brewing to craft clean and clear amber and light lagers. According to Nathan the vision of Spearfish Brewing is to create an “honest American brewery that produces clean, consistent lagers as well as classic American craft styles like IPA and stout.”

Our brewmaster, Nathan Venner, is a Pierre native who draws on his 11 years as a commercial brewmaster and 13 years in the brewing industry in Laramie and Lander, Wyoming to give this new venture a solid foundation. In addition to the classic lager beers this brewery is built around, Nathan plans to recreate some of his favorite and most acclaimed beers from his years of brewing like a classic American wheat beer that has earned him numerous awards including two silver medals at the Great American Beer Festival, an award-winning rye beer, and a seasonal chili beer that Nathan brags, “won medals at the North American Beer Awards for seven consecutive years.”

The brewery will also have a pilot system to brew small amounts of creative and experimental beers that will be available only at the downtown Spearfish taproom. “We really want the pilot system to be part of the community,” says Nathan, “we want to invite local homebrewers and those who want to learn into the brewery space” and “use the pilot brewhouse as an educational tool.” Other community oriented events are also in the works, and Spearfish Brewing is excited to get involved in city events and festivals throughout the black hills. “Community is important to all of us at Spearfish Brewing,” says Nathan, “and we hope to promote community events in downtown Spearfish.”

Spearfish Brewing has received ongoing support from state and local economic development organizations and will be part of continued efforts to bring tourism and commerce to the local economy. “The craft beer industry has seen substantial growth in South Dakota, especially in recent years,” said Commissioner Scott Stern, Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED). “Taprooms like the one Spearfish Brewing is opening is a lucrative business where tourists and locals alike can enjoy craft beer in a unique environment.” “Spearfish Brewing Company will be an excellent addition to our ever-growing business community,” said Kory Menken, Executive Director of the Spearfish Economic Development Corporation (SEDC). “SEDC is pleased we were able to help play a part in bringing this exciting project to fruition.”

Food will be available in the taproom, featuring a “gastro-pub” menu created by chef Kyle Smith from the adjacent RedWater Kitchen. The family friendly taproom will also have a selection of locally produced non-alcoholic beverages on tap. A ribbon cutting is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. MST on Thursday, February 1st and regular business hours start on groundhog day, February 2nd. Spearfish Brewing beers will be available on tap at local bars and restaurants by summer.

Spearfish Brewing would like to thank the Spearfish Economic Development Corporation, the Spearfish Chamber of Commerce, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, our partners at Black Hills Community Bank, Pioneer Bank and Trust, GPNA LLP, and the Spearfish community for their continuing support and enthusiasm for our business and the South Dakota craft brewing industry. We would also like to thank the local contractors and tradespeople who built our brewery: Hemeyer Enterprises, Dakota Electric, Johnson Plumbing, Culligan of the Northern Hills, Black Hills CO2, Rasmussen Mechanical, Forcoli and Sons Painting, Baete-Forseth HVAC, Triangle D cabinetry and millwork, Hurley-Anderson Drywall, and Stadler Industrial.

SEDC Names Laine Mitchell as New Marketing & Administrative Coordinator

The Spearfish Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) announces its selection of Laine Mitchell as its new Marketing & Administrative Coordinator. Mitchell will assist SEDC with their mission of growing the Spearfish community by bringing her skills and experience to the team. Mitchell will be responsible for administering office operations and supporting SEDC’s marketing strategy and implementation.

A Black Hills State University graduate with a Bachelors in Business Administration, specialization in Marketing, Mitchell brings with her skills and experience in promoting businesses with a passion for economic and workforce development.

“We are extremely happy to welcome Laine to SEDC,” said Kory Menken, SEDC Executive Director. “Her talent, enthusiasm and fresh perspectives will be assets to our organization.”

Most recently, Mitchell served as the Sales and Marketing Coordinator of B9Creations, LLC in Rapid City, SD.  In this role, Mitchell was responsible for the creation and implementation of marketing strategy, managing customer experience and relations, and coordinating events.

Mitchell stated, “I am delighted to be part of the SEDC team and represent Spearfish’s growth and opportunity. Through education, volunteer work, and work experience, I have developed a great determination for assisting and promoting businesses and in turn stimulate economic growth and attract jobs for our community.”

Embarking into 2018, Mitchell joins Kory Menken, Executive Director of SEDC, and Larry Klarenbeek, Special Projects coordinator.

Black Hills Energy to Close Walk-In Locations to Save Customers Money, Better Meet Their Expectations

Rapid City-Dec. 15, 2017–Think of Black Hills Energy’s walk-in offices as most retail stores.

Like retail stores, our customers can drive to a physical location to conduct their business, whether they want to pay their bill or ask a questions about their energy use.

But unlike most retail stores, there’s no need for our customers to have to leave the comfort of their homes just to do business with us.

“Our customers’ expectations and preferences have changed drastically in the past decade-plus,” said Nick Gardner, Vice President of Electric Operations in South Dakota. “Fewer of our customers are walking in to our physical locations. While at the same time, more of them are opting for self-service options.”

That’s why, starting Monday, December 18, Black Hills Energy will be closing its walk-in office locations in Custer, Rapid City, Spearfish, Sturgis and Newcastle, Wyoming. Not only is this a reflection of how customers prefer to interact with the utility, but it’s also a way for the company to save customers money.

These are just a few of the stats:

  • Customers choosing electronic payment methods has increased by 15 percent since 2011, while local office payments have decreased by 13 percent.
  • Local office payments make up only 10 percent of our customers’ payment methods.
  • Nearly 55 percent of our customers use an electronic form of payment — including recurring payments, one-time bank transfers, online banking and Speed-pay.

We’ll continue to offer multiple, convenient billing and payment options that reflect your preferences and keep costs down, including:

  • EBill for paperless billing
  • Budget Billing at blackhillsenergy.com/billing
  • Online at com/pay
  • QR code printed at the top of the paper bill
  • Automatic bank transfer
  • By mail using the envelope included in your bill
  • By phone at 888-890-5554
  • In-person through Western Union and CheckFreePay locations



Spearfish Development Group Hosts Special Unveiling of The Village at Creekside

Spearfish construction continues to rise.  A special unveiling of Spearfish’s newest development, The Village at Creekside, was held recently. The Village is located north of Spearfish, on the corner of North Avenue and Yukon Place, adjacent to the Creekside Apartments. The unveiling will included an overview of the development plan, prospects and opportunities available to […]

SEDC hires intern from Black Hills State University

The Spearfish Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) welcomes Janice Gbedemah as the corporation’s fall intern.

Janice is an international student from Ghana, West Africa pursuing a degree in economics and finance at Black Hills State University. She is currently a senior with plans of graduating in the spring semester of 2018. Janice will intern with SEDC until mid-December.

“We are delighted to have Janice on the team,” said Kory Menken, SEDC Executive Director. “Internships are a great way for students to demonstrate their leadership talents to future employers, their ability to work well with different types of people and their skills in seeing a project through from start to finish. Additionally, interns can bring with them novel perspectives and fresh ideas.”

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SEDC launches new website

The Spearfish Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) launched its newly designed website this week. The new, mobile-friendly platform includes dominant visuals and state-of-the-art videos highlighting Spearfish’s quality workforce, successful and innovative business climate and idyllic location in the Northern Black Hills.

“The new SEDC website will be a key tool in our business and workforce retention, expansion and recruitment efforts and will offer innovative methods to promote Spearfish as the ideal place to live, work and do business,” said SEDC Executive Director Kory Menken. Menken noted that the new site will play an important role in future SEDC digital marketing campaigns.

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David Woodbury of Camp Native departs

SEDC Partners with Camp Native Campaign

Spearfish Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) is partnering with Camp Native to spread the message that Spearfish is a great place to live, work and do businesses. David “Woody” Woodbury, founder and CEO of Camp Native in Spearfish, will bike more than 4,300 miles in 100 days to promote camping, entrepreneurship and the Spearfish business climate. […]

Spearfish Economic Development Outlines Workforce Development Strategy

As part of its ongoing mission to grow the Spearfish community through business development and job creation, the Spearfish Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) recently implemented a new strategy to help address local workforce recruitment challenges. “For the Spearfish area to maintain a pattern of continued economic success, it will be crucial that we both grow […]

Spearfish experiences construction progress in both business park, downtown

Construction is booming in Spearfish, South Dakota. Several Spearfish businesses are upgrading to new facilities, and office space is being constructed to accommodate the expanding business community.    “We’re excited to see our community continue to grow,” said Kory Menken, SEDC Executive Director. “We receive frequent inquiries about available commercial space. These additions will help […]