Tapping into a new craft brewery: "Along the Way"

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - New craft breweries continue to tap the Black Hills market, with each new brewery creating a heady buzz.

And each one reflects the personality and taste of it's owners.
Dakota Point is the latest label to pop the top on a new taproom.

The new brewery is making a point of being visible, just off Main Street, in Central Rapid City. Dakota Point is the brainchild of men with deep roots in Rapid.

"I grew up here, left 30 years ago went down to Denver, was working in the concrete industry," says Dave Eddy, one of the founders of the new brewery.

"Kindergarten through college here in Rapid City," says Jim Boulter, another one of the founders.

They're in a building with roots event deeper.

"It was built when Rapid City existed from East Boulevard to West Boulevard in 1928, way out here in the sticks as the Dakota Power company to supply power to a growing Rapid City," Boulter explains.

The power company grew and moved to a bigger building. For many years, it was a manufacturing plant for Landstrom's Jewelry. After sitting vacant for quite some time, it's now repurposed for a variety of businesses.

Dave Eddy, Dakota Point Brewing, says, "I was doing home brewing in Denver and started thinking about opening a brewery at some point. And I really wanted to bring a little bit of the Colorado brewing scene to Rapid City, as I grew up here," says Dave Eddy, who is also the Head Brewer.

Dave moved back a couple years ago, and with his 2 business partners, that goal would be reached.

"Kept driving by here and in the back of our minds we kind of said, ya know this cormer of the building really does scream brewery," Boulter says, of driving by the old Landstrom's building.

And June 1st, Dakota Point went from day dream to beer-ality.

"One thing we do differently from anybody else is we concentrate on traditional beers: English, Irish, Scottish, American. Something I always like to say is I'm not trying to reinvent the wheel here. I'm just making a really good wheel," Eddy says.

So you won't find them pushing the boundaries of what beer is, instead sticking closer to what beer purists crave to see carbonating their barley and hops. Dave's the head brewer, and in the back room there's a full batch of silver colored tanks, steam pouring out the top of one, with the bubbling swirling beverage process in production. Out in front a colorful menu of options.

"The Little Hope IPA, the Haka IPA, then we've got the Sassenach Pale Ale as well," Boulter says.

They not only serve from a full line of taps but a couple are available served out of a cask, something out of the ordinary here.

"It is naturally carbonated, rather than force carbonated. It's pumped out manually rather than pushed through the lines with gas and it is served a little bit warmer at 48-50 degrees, rather than 38 to 40 degrees," Eddy says.

There are glasses lined up in a row, with Growlers and Crowlers ready to go. For Dave Eddy, what was once a hoppy hobby is now more than just a job.

"No, No, No. This is way more than a business. This is a passion of mine. I would do it for free. I would be broke, but I would do it for free. I love brewing beer," Eddy says.

And it shows. They found old architectural drawings of the building from 90 years ago. 90 years later, this place once known for power, and once known for gold, is now making it's mark, serving something some folks would consider equally as precious.

There are 3 owners total.
For now they're busy launching their tap room which has been open just over a month.
But they haven't ruled out the possibility of self distributing their beer to other places, somewhere down the line.

If you've met someone cool "Along the Way" please call us or e-mail me at stevel@blackhillsfox.com to let us know.