Firehouse Brewing Co.

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3.46/5
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Place Score: 85
Ratings: 59
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.75
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

601 Main St
Rapid City, South Dakota, 57701-2735
United States
phone: (605) 348-1915

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Reviews by mdwalsh:
Photo of mdwalsh
4/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped here for a late lunch/early dinner and had an appetizer and a brew before heading through the black hills to Hot Springs. Nice place. I liked the decor and representing all the fire departments on the walls. I liked that the brewing equipment was visible without being overbearing as well.

We sat at the bar and were waited on promptly. The bartender had a good understanding of the beers on tap, 4 though it looked like that had room for more, and realized quickly that we knew enough about beer that she could talk about the beer and not just describe the styles.

The beer was poured well and served at a good temperature. It was served on coasters that were also postcards. That was fun. We had spinach and artichoke dip which was amazing. I highly recommend this place to anyone who is passing through.

More User Reviews:
Photo of skinnycox
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Note: it was extremely busy when we were there.

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Note: This review is based on full experience. Inside old firehouse with antiques and such on a Saturday night to a flight of beers and ribs. Food was great, beers were good to very good... I really like the Barely Blonde best. A band was playing on the patio and although it seemed to be the hangout in town there was plenty of room. The atmosphere more than the beer will bring me back again.

Photo of Mothergoose03
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This was stop #39 for my wife and I on a 21-day pub-crawl from Michigan to N. CA and OR. We stopped in town for an overnight on our trip home, and pre-planning caused us to know that there was a brewery in town. This place is located in the downtown are in a former fire station (hence the brewery’s name), and the interior was decorated in old fire-fighting antiques, etc.

It was a Friday night and the pub was busy, but we were seated right away. We ordered a sampler flight of all 9 of the beers that were available to go along with our dinner. Each of the beers was brewed to style or slightly better, and two Amber Ales that were on tap were the most notable. None of the beers fell into the exceptional category, but overall, the beers were very good.

Our food was also very good, so this place has the real deal with good beer and food, and those are two very good reasons to stop here.

Photo of The_Last_Crazy_Person
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Quickie review: I genuinely believe this to be one of the best experiences and most worthwhile stops in all of South Dakota. After 3 years of living in South Dakota and dining/drinking at the Firehouse I am in love with everything about this place. I am so grateful to have such an extraordinary brewery right down the road while I am so far from home. If you like good food, great atmosphere, amazing service, and some of the best damn craft ales you will ever have then this needs to be on your list for your visit to Rapid City.

Full Review:
Atmosphere: The Firehouse Brewing company is literally the former firehouse for rapid city converted into a restaurant. The firefighter theme is carried throughout the restaurant from the miniature firefighter taps to the patches from real firehouses around the country posted around the walls. Inside, the bar dominates the first floor surrounded by high tables with some standard seating in the back. The second floor is all classic dining seating if you prefer a more "civilized" dining experience. It also provides a great view of the bar area below. There is also a large outdoor dining area if you prefer to sit outdoors. Two firepits and an assortment of torches provide extra atmosphere and a stage often offers live, local music.

Quality: I could go on and on about the quality of food however it would be simpler to say that I have never had a meal at the Firehouse that I did not thoroughly enjoy and to my knowledge all of my friends/family I have brought there have had the same experience. They brew their own beer in house for the beer snobs and offer a selection of common domestic beers and hard alcohol in case you need a clear indicator of which members of your group are intellectually unfit and/or communists (because who else would go to a craft brewery and not order their craft beer?). Any criticism I have of their beers is a matter of personal taste and in no way a question of quality.

Service: I love the staff at the firehouse. As a regular, most of them know me by name and vice-versa. All of them are very friendly and professional. You may occasionally get a waiter in his/her first few weeks of training that is still learning the ropes however I do not feel this is a representation of the overall quality of the service. If you find yourself attending on my recommendation, ask for Jon and tell him "Mug #8 recommends the Swarthy Beaver" and he'll know who sent you.

Selection: There will be food you like at the Firehouse. Their menu covers the entire spectrum from salads to steaks to Mexican to burgers. I have taken many people to the Firehouse and not one has complained of not being able to find something they like. The beer selection varies from week to week however you can always expect at least 6 and as many as 9 of their craft beers to be on tap. The selection is drawn from their list of approximately 20 regular beers as well as a wide assortment of extras that come and go with the seasons and/or the mood of their brewmaster. The Firehouse is primarily an ale brewery though it does offer a selection of wheat beers, porters, stouts, and other styles to augment their Ale dominated selection. Lagers are rare but not unheard of, however even a Lager drinker will find something else they like on their diverse list of beers. My personal favorite is an English Pale Ale called Swarthy Beaver followed by an American Red Ale and Firehouse namesake called Firehouse Red.

Food: I believe I inadvertently covered this topic under "Selection" however I will reiterate: You WILL find something you like at the Firehouse.

Value: Expect to pay $40-$50 for dinner for two. Firehouse Brews run at $5 a glass. Appetizers at $5-$8, entrees at $10-$16 ($20-$25 if you want steak), and desserts at $5-$8. I have always found both their food and beer well worth the investment.

To wrap this up quickly: I highly, highly recommend the Firehouse. If you find yourself in Rapid City for any reason make an excuse to go.

Photo of Nohair989
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

After having passed no less than 5 or 6 billboards complete with retired fire fighting equipment along side I-90, we decided to stop for a beverage (or two) and lunch. Firehouse Brewing is located downtown; which made parking a bear even for a Tuesday afternoon.

The food was great! The Fire Caps are a must have. My bison burger with cream cheese and jalapenos was perfect. The rueben sandwich was large enough for two people.

I had the chance to have four pints during our excursion. The Rubia Cremosa (Mexican Blond Ale) was ok, but nothing to write about. The Chukkar Ale, 620 B.C. IPA, and the Strong Scotch Ale were all very good. The scotch ale in particular was well worth the stop.

Happy Hunting!

Photo of einman
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

In town with the family for a vacation from MN and was a little wary after reading some of the reviews on BA. I gotta say I was pleasantly surprised, I did the sampler and there was one or two of the eight that I didn't care for at all but the rest were good to great. I thought the Chukkar was good and the porter was good too. Food was excellent for us, would definitely return if in western SD again.

Photo of FightingEntropy
2.38/5  rDev -36.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

As one of the only brewpubs in South Dakota, I've had Firehouse Brewing on my list for a long time. I love the concept of a place built in an old firehouse, but the love affair ended there. BA reviews are lukewarm at best and it seems like beer isn't necessarily the primary focus when looking online. With a fair amount of experience researching breweries, I've started to get a pretty accurate feel for a place ahead of time. Plus, the guys at Monks in Sioux Falls said that I could find better places in Rapid City. While part of the fun is being surprised, my beer-sense was spot on for this trip.

As a walked into Firehouse at 8 pm on a Sunday night, it was full to the brim and had a waiting list. I hawked a seat at the bar after 15 minutes of lurking about and ordered a sampler of all of their beers. Inside is clearly an old firehouse and a great brick building with a stamped tin ceiling in spite of the TGI Friday's decor.

The four ounce samples in low ball glasses were generous, but I didn't finish many of them. Smoke Jumper Stout lead the pack with a drinkable smoked stout, and Smokin' Betty, another smoked beer but an amber this time, was a close second. But the rest dropped off precipitously.

The bartender was friendly and helpful, but the sampler had no order or place mat to keep track of the beer. I wrote down the beer names from the white board on the wall behind me and re-ordered them with the bartender's help to match my notes.
Firehouse is a classic tourist trap brewpub in the vein of others I've been lured into before. In heavy touristy areas, my theory is that the beer suffers because there are no/few locals to serve and the quality falls as a result. Oblivious tourists will eat and drink there no matter what, so no reason to improve--just keep serving it up. We experienced this at Oak Creek Brewing in Sedona, Arizona a few years ago on a trip to see our niece Regan. And, I repeated the optimistic error at Estes Park Brewing outside of Rocky Mountain National Park, another pub where the traffic is to the detriment of the beer, just a few days before my stop at Firehouse.

At Firehouse, the menu boasts the best food and brew in the Black Hills; I don't know about the food, but head to Spearfish and Crow Peak for the best beer in the area.

Photo of Seanibus
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Nice atmosphere - an old firehouse done up very well, with lots of fire department patches,fire memorabilia, and general fire-related doodads. There is an attractive downstairs bar and a fun upstairs balcony. The problem is that the food and beer is merely OK - an amber wheat that was buttery and thick and a brown that was dull and conventional. The beer selection is paltry - just four selections the night I tried it - and of merely passable quality (two wheats, a stout, and a brown. Nothing to write home about). The food is passable but unimaginative - a cobb salad that is, well, just a bunch of lettuce with stuff piled on top, a grilled cheese that is just a grilled cheese, and a buffalo stew that felt processed. The service is wildly enthusiastic, but not knowledgeable (I asked if at least one of the two wheats on draft was "an American wheat" and the waiter looked stricken, stammered, and replied "well, yeah, we brew them here." Which is true, as far as it goes).

This place is far better than the chain places out by the highway, but not worth a pilgrimage.

Photo of chodez
2.8/5  rDev -25.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

Mediocre food and poor beer quality really stand out. The atmosphere is better with friendly servers and good service, also the patio makes a nice place to hang out in the warmer months. I understand this place is highly tourism based but the beer is just really not very good, summer or winter. I think I've managed to drink just about all the beer they have to offer and the best I can say is the red ale is fairly drinkable at times. Most of the beers are lacking in some way or another, either body/carbonation or hops/malt. And it isn't cheap by any means. For better beer in the black hills, go to Crow Peak.

Photo of tbrink
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Stuck in a Rut
Once upon a time, the Firehouse was the only place in the western half of the state to experience craft brew, which was a pretty big deal for beer lovers. Over the decades they've relied and coasted on that status for a long time. I feel like they could use an infusion of new energy and ideas.
They have a mug club for $25/yr which entitles you to happy hour prices for beer and appetizers plus one free beer a month.

Their food is decent yet fairly conservative, and the attempts at doing something different are varied. their fish tacos are good, but i would steer clear of the ceviché. i heartily recommend their gorgonzola ale soup and their beer bread, along with their buffalo burger and their grilled chicken sandwich. If you want really good food, the Colonial House restaurant & bar is the place to go.

But you're not reading this because you love to hear about pub food, so let's get to the point. They usually only have 3-5 beers on tap, and that's on a good day. I was there on 01//0/11 and they had Firehouse Red, Moose Drool and Boulevard wheat on tap, which was very surprising since I've never seen a beer on tap there that wasn't made in-house. Apparently they ran out of all of their beers over the weekend and made a special purchase of the two commercial kegs.

Sometimes it feels like the brewmaster is just phoning it in. The same four beers are offered--chukkar, smokejumper stout, wilderness wheat, and firehouse red without much variation. However, right before Christmas they snuck in a fantastic russian imperial porter, and i was very glad to have been able to get a growler of that ($13) before it was gone.

I read that they are branching out and developing a winery in addition to the brewery, so maybe that's where the brewmaster's attention is being held. Maybe this will prove to be the infusion of new life that they need.

As a local, I go to the Firehouse at least once a month (I gotta get my free beer!) and have been a regular for at least a decade. I would recommend going in the Spring or early Summer--the brewmaster tends to get a little more creative and offer some decent seasonals. During the winter, you'd be lucky to see twenty people inside after the dinner rush, even on a Friday or Saturday. They have promise, and i genuinely wish continued success for them, but i have to admit they've risen to the highest level of mediocrity and are comfortable with that.

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

Located right in downtown Rapid City, this brewpub sports two interior levels and a definite firehouse theme.

You can see the entire brew room through somewhat cloudy windows that run the entire length of one side of the pub.

The food is typical bar fare with a few stand up items. The execution of the dishes is lacking but, hey, it's a bar.

Sadly, they never seem to have more than 3 beers (all their own brand) on tap.

The ales are good but nothing really stands out. The Smoke Jumper Stout is good. The Chukkar Ale is nice. The Firehouse Red is really drinkable.

The service always seems friendly indoors or our with the exception of the two young teenagers who always stand at the entrance. I assume they are hostesses but you literally have to spell out exactly what you want in slow, single-syllable phrases otherwise you are doomed to a stare-off with vacant expressions that cannot be beat.

I am glad this place is here to at least give microbrewing a foothold in Rapid but it is not a destination on the beer map by any standard.

Photo of Klute
2.9/5  rDev -22.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 3

I stopped by this bar on a trip with the family to Mt Rushmore. The premise is really cool. The bar is built in an old firehouse and has a lot of fireman decor in the place. I went with my wife and two children. We had to be seated upstairs away from the bar and tvs because all the tables downstairs have stools and I was told that was a liability for children. It was disappointing that there were only 4 options of beer on tap. Smoke Jumper Stout, Brown Cow Brown, a Pale Ale and a Wheat. I was hoping for some type of Oktoberfest or other seasonal since its that time of the year. I started off with The Brown Ale. It was under carbonated and had a sour note to it. I asked for a sample of the Stout and Pale Ale. The Stout was way over smoked, and the Pale ale was completely unbalanced with the hops. Both were also under carbonated too. I think this place is more focused on the food and atmosphere then it is on its beers. I did take a fireman hat to wear out (free) but decided against getting a shirt or hat.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3/5  rDev -20%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

On my cross country trip we stopped in Rapid City, South Dakota. The atmosphere here was nice, food was good too. I think the service could have been a lot better. First of all the menu had different beers then what they had which was confusing and the waitress didn't help too much. Seemed like she had a bit of an attitude. The beer was good though. I probably wouldn't go back though. Even when I went on here the current beers weren't what was there when I was there. Kind of a problem with that

Photo of dirtylou
3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5

Stopped in Firehouse Brewing Co on a Saturday night (July 3rd) around 6pm, prior to dinner at the Corn Exchange (highly recommended). The relatively high beerfly rating gave me hope this would exceed expectations, but alas, it did not.

the place was buzzing with people in for an early dinner and probably escaping the 100 degree heat. There were a bunch of kids running around in firemen hats, who we dodged on our way to the relatively empty bar area.

the tap selection was very underwhelming - 4 taps : IPA, firehouse red, cow brown, and a wheat. I tried all but the wheat, and the firehouse red was the best of the bunch.

We didn't eat, but everyone else was - menu looked pretty standard for the area with lots of sandwiches, burgers, and buffalo-fare

If coming through the area of the Badlands/Black Hills, it's worth a stop, but don't detour too far and dont come in with high expectations.

Photo of klink40
4/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Like most other reviews, I stopped here on a cross country trip as well. I think an important thing to mention that if Firehouse were in you neighborhood you'd love it and go there pretty often. Seeing that it's in South Dakota and if you're like most visitors "passing through" then it's a diamond in the rough. I think this was my favorite stop from Chicago to Seattle.

Atmosphere was live music and dinner outside on patio in the great fresh mountain? hills? air. From what I remember msuic was good, beer was above average, and food was great. I had/recommend the jumbalaya. Soooo good!

Not super cheap but not to bad either. Where else you gonna go Subway??

PS Rachel Ray stopped here on a TV show on the Food Network and got me to go. Not a big fan of her but she was right with this place. (maybe the first time Rachel Ray has been mentioned on BA? and I hope the last, sorry.)

Photo of nickd717
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Yes, I am reviewing the Firehouse in Rapid City, SD and not the one just down the street from me in Sunnyvale, CA, which I haven't yet been to. Stopped here during a cross-country road trip. Solid place, although the beer is not very exciting. Their brews sort of pander to the ignorant masses, but oh well, it is Rapid City. I wish they had more than four on tap when I was there - that was a little weak. The brown cow ale and stout were solid. They also served a pale lager that was very bland and macro-like. Food is pretty good. I had a cheese-covered buffalo steak. It just doesn't get much better than buffalo and beer. Prices are reasonable and service is good. Nice decor. Lots of firehouse paraphernalia.

Photo of Ragingbull
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

My wife and I stopped in here for dinner while vacationing in the Black Hills with our children. I will start there by saying that there was no issue with bringing the children. So families can definitely count it among the places they could dine. The atmosphere was decent, but it felt like they were in a transition of some sort. I don't think they were, but it just felt that way. We sat on the open air "patio" which from what I could tell is an alley with a roof. The inside of the place seemed a little tight as the bar hogs up lots of space. The atmosphere is certainly good enough to be a regular dining place for the locals and a sure destination for vacationers. The quality of the beers was good. There was nothing that wasn't good, which is always nice. Service was okay. The server nor the bartender was able to answer my question about what style one of the beers was beyond "dark and kind of like a stout, but not a stout." I am sure that answering that way is fine for most folks, I just happened to be looking for more info. I would have been okay with the server not knowing had the bartender known. Not really a complaint though, just an area they could improve. The menu detailed the regular beers talking about the hops and such. The one I asked about was a seasonal offering called Ultimatum and nobody seemed to know. The selection of beers was average as they had 4 available. The list had more than that so perhaps after the month of August with the motorcycle rally and a busy tourist time they had depleted their supply. The food was good. The kids meals were quality and both my wife and I enjoyed our meals. I had a bleu cheese bison burger that really hit the spot. The value was reasonable. It was a beautiful day, the beer was good, I was relaxed and happy. . . I enjoyed my visit to the Firehouse Brewing Company and would recommend it to others.

Photo of climax
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Should you ever venture to or through the Black Hills and Rapid City this'd be a good place to stop.

The atmosphere is good, a somewhat cramped and always busy restaraunt downtown. the building represents, you guessed it, an old fire station. Very sports oriented, if it's nice out i recommend a seat outside.

the food is good as it is one of the highest rated restaurants in the area, the beer isn't a let down either, however it may not blow your mind.

Good service, expect what youd expect at any other 3-4 star restaurant.

Good variety of food and beer, the brewery produces several beers, which ones will be available varies greatly.

A beer lover should definitely stop by, if anything it's better than a typical chain restaurant. and the beer is something other than anything else you'll find in a rather...hurtin for variety area of the US.

Photo of dbalsock
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

So it's in an old firestation, so it's definitely a little bit cool, but for the most part it's a standard niceish pub. There's a ton of outdoor seating too, and that adds a lot. The quality of everything was fair to good, and it represented itself as good qualitied. The service attentive and friendly, but not overbearing. They did seem to push a little hard on getting dessert. As far as selection goes, they had 5 beers on tap, an amber wheat, an american wheat, a "canadian ale" = a cream ale, a porter and a stout. The american wheat and canadian ale were the best, but they were all reasonable. The highest abv of any of them was 4.2% and that's what I like in my beer, low abv, so I can drink more if its good. The food we had was decent to good, with the burger being decent, and actually cooked medium well (like I prefer and asked for) and with the bbq chicken tenders being amazo! I can't remember what the meal cost, but I know that it was all much cheaper than I'm used to since living in boston or california. I really enjoyed the place, and would stop by again.

Photo of hardy008
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped at the Rapid City Firehouse Brewery in summer 2007. The building is where a Firehouse used to be located and the memorabilia on the walls commemorates that.

We had a short wait and were quickly seated. The food was real good. I had the Spontaneous Heating Gumbo which was the best gumbo I have had and the rest of my group had the beef brisket sandwich which they liked a lot.

I liked the beers, and especially liked the Wilderness Wheat which is a nice Hefe Weizen served with lemon. Good stuff.

Photo of woodychandler
3.6/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

This place had been on my radar since December 2005, when someone listed one of its embroidered cloth patches on eBay. I try to support the brewpubs directly, not the middlemen, and so I contacted FBC and bought a couple of patches as well as an empty growler (which now hangs in the overhead at LNCBC). Between that time and the occasion of my visit, I had frequently looked at their website and just felt compelled to make the day trip from Minneapolis.

As I entered through the heavy, glossy red and yellow wood door, I had to turn right and enter through a glass door that was frosted with their logo. The m.d.s. was immediately to the right and the old, arched doorway served as the right front wall with high tables and chairs along it. The octagonal stone bar sat right in the center of the first floor, at a left oblique to the m.d.s. Beyond the bar, headed aft, were five (5) serving tanks with the fermentation vessels and the brewhouse visible above them on the second floor. As I continued right from the m.d.s., I saw that there were a number of high tables and chairs followed by a stairwell leading to a second floor restaurant area. Having lunch up there were Erik (Earthman) Earthman and his wife and two children, friends of FeloniousMonk’s from Minneapolis, who were starting out on a vacation trip. Earthman and I then joined up for the remainder of the afternoon and early evening, which made it nice to have company. Still on the first floor, to the left of the serving tanks were more tables and chairs and between that seating area and the stairs was the kitchen. The washrooms were all of the way aft, on the left side. Finally, they also had an extensive patio area with its own stage to the left of the building, facing.

You can probably imagine that the theme in this place was firefighting, so they had an extensive collection of fire company’s patches ringing the walls, as well as three central displays of patches. They also featured axes, hoses, helmets, a long ladder, and two vintage water pumpers with these latter three suspended in the overhead.

The beers available during my visit included Smoke Jumper Stout; Wilderness Wheat; Barely Blonde; Brown Cow Ale; and Strong Arm Porter. Frankly, I was not blown away by any of them, but the Porter and the Stout were the best of the lot.

Photo of orsulacp
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I love the Beerfly, go to Rapid City and they tell you where to go. I tried this placed based on the reviews on this site, and it was the only brewpub in Rapid City. I had an IPA and the brewer's special Prodigy Porter, the IPA was pretty close to standard British style; and the Porter, was about as good as Yuengling's Porter. The waitress was fairly knowledgeable about the beer, she knew what was bitter and dark and fruity. I had the Buffalo burger; very tasty, perfectly cooked can't ask for much more. The whole atmosphere of the downtown seemed to blend into this place, very comfortable and friendly. I would come back here if ever shipped to the Black Hills again.

Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

I liked the decor of this place, with all the fire fighter memorbilia

I was in on mother's day so for some reason slection of beers was lacking. I considered the measley 4 beers (red, Brown, Porter & sout, 5 if you count the birch beer) on tap to be average to slighlty above at best

Food variety was good, I had the jamabalya & my buddy had fish & chips. We deemed quality to be average.

This place didn't live up to the hype I'd heard about it. Granted. I'm probably spoiled living in CO, this place didn't really excite me. If ever through, I'd try again, just to see if this was a bad sunday.

Photo of TheSarge
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

It's been a while since I have visited this establishment. I remember it was built inside a retired firehouse in downtown Rapid City, SD. It's an Oasis in a town that seems somewhat desolate, and boring. If you're a biker going to Sturgis, I highly recommend you stop in this place while you're in the area. It's not a biker bar, but I'm sure the owners would welcome your business. Air Force personnel stationed at Ellsworth AFB should find this place pretty cool too. The beer selection varies from one week to the next. You can see the fermentation tanks from the bar, which gives the place the brewpub feel. The food was great, and the prices were reasonable. I don’t remember the waitresses being too great, but that’s pretty normal now in days. Mount Rushmore is only about an hour away from here, and the Badlands are right next door. If you like to gamble or are a history buff, Dead Wood is up the road.

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Firehouse Brewing Co. in Rapid City, SD
85 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.