Hill City, SD—November 1, 2013—Sandi Vojta and Matt Keck, owners of award-winning Prairie Berry Winery in Hill City, hosted a ribbon cutting with the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce this week for the newest addition to the Prairie Berry family, Miner Brewing Company. Located next door to the winery in Hill City, Miner Brewing produces craft beers that are traditional in nature, highlighted with local and regional ingredients to make them distinctively “South Dakota”. The craft brewery is scheduled to open to the public on November 11, 2013.
Over 70 people turned out for the exclusive, pre-opening event that featured beer production tours, pourings of four different Miner Brewing beers, and an introduction to the inspiration and history behind South Dakota’s newest craft brewery. Sandi Vojta is Brewmaster and her husband, Matt Keck, oversees all Management and Operations for Miner Brewing.
Opening a craft brewery has been part of the long term vision for Vojta and Keck since the initial concepting for Prairie Berry Winery in 1998. Says Keck, “Over a beer at our kitchen table, we were talking about the different ways we could create a truly “Unique South Dakota experience” for people. We believe that Prairie Berry Winery has done just that with regionally-inspired wines – and now, with Miner Brewing Company, that same vision continues.”
With five generations of family lineage handcrafting beverages in South Dakota, and 15 years as Winemaker and owner of Prairie Berry Winery, Vojta is inspired by the traditional brewing styles of her family’s European heritage. By infusing regional and seasonal ingredients, she has skillfully adapted the traditional styles of her heritage to create distinctive craft beers with a regional character.
Once open, Miner Brewing will offer craft beer by the glass and by the flight. A flight will be six, four-ounce glasses of different beers made onsite at the brewery, selections for which will vary seasonally and as available. “Each of our beers is produced in a manner that allows us to keep close attention to quality and flavor profiles at all times,” says Vojta.
The craft brewery will seat 30 people inside the Tap Room, with a large Beer Garden outside for seating an additional 85 people. At full capacity, Miner Brewing anticipates offering up to 10 distinct beers on-tap or in 4 oz. flights, growler fills, light snacks and brewery-related merchandise for sale. Initially, Miner Brewing beers will be exclusively available in the Hill City Tap Room, with a limited selection offered in the Prairie Berry Winery kitchen. Miner Brewing will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., beginning November 11, 2013, with extended hours on Friday and Saturday until 8 p.m.
Company: Miner Brewing Company
Contact: Matt Keck