Crow Peak Brewing
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3.8/5 rDev -2.8%
This was stop #38 for my wife and I on a 21-day pub-crawl from Michigan to N. CA and OR. We stopped here on our trip home only because it was close to the highway, and wanted some cans of beer to go. The place is in a rustic-style building and also has a rustic interior that made us think of a wild west saloon.
There were 7 beers on tap so we ordered a sample flight of four of our choice. Not having done any research ahead of time about the beers here, we didn’t know what to expect. We were very satisfied with what we sampled. All four beers exceeded the characteristics of their respective style, so the brewer has a good thing going.
There is a unique vibe about this place, and the beer was certainly good, so that we’d stop here again if we ever happen to be cruising down I-90 in this area again.
06-27-2014 15:13:28 | More by Mothergoose03
4.06/5 rDev +3.8%
Earlier this year I was able to try Crow Peak beers while visiting family in Sioux Falls, SD. Based on that experience and hearing a podcast interview of the brewer, I was inspired to visit it on the way back from Colorado. I can't find the podcast I heard, but here's a youtube interview dealing with the business side of brewing. Combined with Firehouse Brewing down the road in Rapid City, the drive back via Wyoming and South Dakota allowed me to log two brewpubs and avoid the dreaded cross-Nebraska route. Stopping at Monk's House of Ale Repute earlier in the trip, I received some great advice to drive through Spearfish Canyon outside of town that added exponentially to the beauty of the trip.
Crow Peak looks like a woodsy lodge driving up. Log pole ceiling inside the roomy restaurant as I sit down at the colored cement bar of red, black and grey/green. The brewery is behind the bar, separated by glass and more field stone. Six taps of Crow Peak beer line the wall with clear information for all of them. Combined with the definition of a properly filled pint nearby, they are clearly attempting to educate the local population in all things beery. I also like the attention to detail of the glass washer before each pint is poured. Locals seem to like a pub pour known as a "dirty IPA," which is 11th Hour IPA with Pile-o-dirt Porter in any proportion desired. All of this plus the named pint club glasses points to a dedication to serving the regulars. I just get a good feeling from the attitude of the place that they are working hard to do quality work.
On this trip, I took advantage of the half pints to try several new Crow Peak beers:
Olde Crowe Winter Ale: 10 IBU, 5% ABV, light brown head that falls quickly over a dark copper colored ale. Malt, dark fruit and a hint of spice in the nose.
Up in Smoke Porter: 35 IBU, 6.5% ABV. Creamy tan head on a near black-brown porter. Assertive smoke and roast in nose. Smoke is full and lingers in the nose. Full bodied and a light spice hidden underneath the smoke.
Canyon Cream Ale: light ale brewed with local honey, super light, almost watery, very sweet. honey apparent and of a nice flavor, light spice in nose from 10 IBU or the honey itself. Super drinkable and a well done light beer.
Lean Horse Ale: light ale with a white head and barely amber body. Strong caramel flavor that's hinted at in the nose. Odd but interesting flavor and I can see how some would like it, but too sweet for me.
11th Hour IPA: 70 IBU, 6.5% ABV. Big nose and a strong IPA. Citrus, especially grapefruit and a bit of passionfruit on top of a sweet amber to golden ale, back lit by the sun coming through the upper windows.
Besides good beer, I do love local pizza. So, I ordered a Oggie's four cheese for dinner: munster, mozzarella, swiss and cheddar. Boxes of pizza in the cooler with Lindeman's and personal sized wine bottles for those that demand it. The bartender pulled it out and into a small pizza cooker. Thin crust with a complimentary burnt flavor on the bubbles underneath. Cheese is a nice blend. Not fancy, but good bar food that fits the atmosphere of the place and my personal predilections, including the paper plate and napkins. Drank the 11th Hour IPA for dinner and it blends well with the pizza. My kind of place and happy I didn't wait to eat at the Firehouse later.
Pictures at http://pintsizedrevelations.blogspot.com/2013/06/crow-peak-brewing-spearfish-sd.html
06-05-2013 15:17:01 | More by FightingEntropy
Crow Peak Brewing in Spearfish, SD
89 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.