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Firehouse Brewing Co.

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191 Ratings
Place Score: 85
Ratings: 53
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: n/a
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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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Ratings: 53 | Reviews: 35
Reviews by mdwalsh:
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4/5  rDev +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 misternebbie
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 1.25

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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4.44/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.12/5  rDev +10.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Mothergoose03
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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5/5  rDev +33.7%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of The_Last_Crazy_Person
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
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 -2.9%
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 +5.9%
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 -36.4%
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.

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Firehouse Brewing Co. in Rapid City, SD
85 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.