We are the 2nd oldest brewery in the State of South Dakota, founded in 1999. All of our brew equipment was purchased from the Trader & Trapper in Moorhead MN. As it turned out, Bill Dempsey (III) decided after 15 years as a Deli Express route manager, to open a brewery, so he did what any normal person would do. He decided to go to an auction, bid on a brew system, won said system, and took out a loan on the family home.
Lyne, was a little surprised when she awoke one morning to find a semi in the yard, full of brewing equipment, and Bill's declaration that not only were they opening a Restaurant / Brewery, but that they also just a little deeper in debt after the freshly paid off house was not so much anymore.
Bill trained at the (now defunct) Sioux Falls Brewing Company, before opening up the doors in Watertown in August 1999.
Currently, He has since retired (ish) and generally still hangs around Dempseys, giving advice, drinking scotch, and generally doing his utmost to be un-retired.
We brew 350 gallons at a time, and we follow the 1516 Bavarian Purity Law, which is only Water, Hops, Yeast & Barely are allowed in beer, to be called beer. ( which is still followed in Germany) We brew about once a month, and we brew 6-7 different varietals. We do have some rotation, but for the most part, these are the beers we always have in stock. Show Less