You visit the Black Hills for the scenery, wildlife, history, and recreational opportunities. While you’re there, why not also spend some time exploring the excellent pet friendly breweries and wineries?
South Dakota might not spring to mind when you consider the usual hotbeds of beer and wine making. But there is a substantial and thriving community here. And they’re remarkably pet friendly! With outdoor spaces offering plenty of space to stretch out, and many establishments welcoming pets indoors, your entire family will enjoy touring the pet friendly breweries and wineries in the Black Hills. Let us show you around …
Pet Friendly Breweries and Wineries in the Black Hills
Our affinity for the Black Hills has been well documented on this blog. We’ve sung the praises of Custer State Park, relished our time in Rapid City, and extolled the virtues of Spearfish and Deadwood.
As we travel, we also enjoy connecting with people, supporting local businesses, and having fun with our dog. Checking out local pet friendly breweries and wineries is a great way to do that!
The growing list of beer and wine makers in the Black Hills means pet friendly breweries and wineries are always nearby. So, as you’re taking in the sights, hitting the trails, and cruising the scenic drives, keep your map handy. You never know when you’ll crave a cold beverage and something to eat!
In fact, stopping at each of these pet friendly establishments between other activities will easily keep you busy for a week. But don’t worry, there are plenty of pet friendly hotels and campgrounds in the area that will be happy to accommodate you and your pet.
Spearfish, South Dakota
We’re starting the tour in Spearfish and moving south. But on your way to this lovely town, don’t miss the breathtaking drive through Spearfish Canyon!
Following Alt 14 north, the road winds along Spearfish Creek, passing waterfalls, picnic areas, and trailheads. Work up an appetite on the trails, get a few photos, and then make your way to our first stop.
Crow Peak Brewing Company – 125 Hwy 14 in Spearfish
This rustic building houses one of the most creative pet friendly breweries we found in the Black Hills. With 10 or more of their own beers on tap, everyone is sure to find something they like.
Snacks can be purchased at the bar, and more substantial fare is available across the parking lot at Bunky’s BBQ.
Pet policy: Leashed pets are very welcome inside the tap house, on the balcony, and on the front patio. The outdoor seating is covered with tables and chairs, picnic tables, and an outdoor fireplace.
Spearfish Brewing Company – 741 N Main Street in Spearfish
Located on the main drag in downtown Spearfish, the brewmaster here focuses on ambers and lagers. They also offer a limited, but up-scale, pub menu and a classy, modern atmosphere.
Pet policy: Leashed pets are allowed only at the two sidewalk tables located outside the railing around the seating area.
Sturgis, South Dakota
Best known for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally that takes place here in early August, there’s more to Sturgis than bikes. In addition to farmers markets, live bands, and movie nights, the city has miles of hiking and biking trails.
Belle Joli’ Winery Sparkling House – 3951 Vanocker Canyon Road in Sturgis
At Belle Joli’, exquisite new sparkling wine creations are being crafted using traditional champagne methods in their state-of-the-art Sparkling House.
The facility features beautiful outdoor patio, overlooking the 5 acre-vineyard and bordered by majestic ponderosa pines. It’s a lovely setting to sample the wines and sparkling wines created here. Light fare is available, and brunch is served on Sundays on the patio.
Pet policy: Leashed pets are welcome to enjoy the outdoor patio.
Sturgis Brewing Company – 600 Anna Street in Stugis
Sturgis Brewing Company opened in 2021 and features a tap room, kitchen, and gift shop. Serving Knuckle brews and other local favorites, this is a lovely spot to have a drink and a bite to eat along the creek.
Pet policy: Leashed pets are welcome on the covered patio where you’ll find tables and plenty of space to stretch out.
Deadwood, South Dakota
Founded in 1876, the entire town of Deadwood is a National Historic Landmark. And, as you might guess, the area is steeped in history. While you’re in town, see what’s happening in Outlaw Square, an outdoor gathering space and the location of the town’s farmers market, movie night, craft fairs, and concerts.
Belle Joli’ Winery Tasting Room – 594 Main Street in Deadwood
If you can’t make it out to the Belle Joli’ Winery in Sturgis, the next best thing is their tasting room in Deadwood.
Relax on the outdoor patio as you taste the locally grown, award winning wines and sparkling wines. No food is available at the tasting room, so pack a picnic, or get food to go at one of the many downtown restaurants.
Pet Policy: Leashed pets are welcome to join you on the patio.
Jacobs Brewhouse & Grocer – 79 Sherman Street in Deadwood
This popular brewhouse features a fantastic selection of their own beers and a few additional local favorites alongside a full bar. The kitchen focuses on homestyle cooking and smoked brisket.
Pet Policy: Leashed pets are welcome on the patio.
Naked Winery Tasting Room & Sick-N-Twisted Brew Pub – 692 Upper Main Street in Deadwood
Can’t decide between brews and wines? The Sick-N-Twisted Brew Pub and Naked Winery Tasting Room has both under one roof! Naked Winery uses no honey, sugar, or fruit additives in their production – making the grape the star of the show. And the brewery offers a huge variety, as well as having other local brews on tap.
Hungry? You’ll pass right by a sandwich counter when you walk through the front door.
Pet policy: Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome inside the tasting room / brew pub.
Lead, South Dakota
Just up the road from Deadwood, don’t miss the town of Lead. (It’s pronounced Leed. Say it any other way, and everyone will know you’re from out of town!)
Dakota Shivers Brewing – 717 W Main Street in Lead
The name might sound cold, but the reception at Dakota Shivers certainly is not! This is one of the most people and pet friendly breweries we’ve ever had the pleasure to visit, and we’re sure you’ll like it, too.
They don’t serve food, but the beers are great, and pups are welcome at the bar!
Pet policy: Leashed pets are welcome to pull up a stool at the bar.
Rapid City, South Dakota
Rapid City isn’t only a great launching point for your Black Hills adventures, it’s a vibrant community in its own right. Spend some time strolling downtown, and (of course!) don’t miss these pet friendly breweries!
Cohort Craft Brewery – 4905 5th Street in Rapid City
Cohort crafts a selection of progressive beer styles, believing that great beer does not have to fit into a category. They also make mead with locally sourced South Dakota honey that is light, carbonated, and refreshing. If you’re looking for a brewventure, Cohort is the place to go!
Light snacks are available at the bar.
Pet policy: Leashed pets are welcome inside the tap room and on the front patio. They just ask that barking dogs be taken outside.
Dakota Point Brewing – 405 Canal Street in Rapid City
Ultimately, the customers decide what gets brewed at Dakota Point! Using an all-grain process with no syrups, the beers crafted here are all created in house.
Light snacks are available at the bar, or walk down the hall to Dunn Brothers Coffee and choose a hand-crafted sandwich, wrap, naan pizza, or salad. (Pets are not allowed inside at Dunn Brothers, but they do have a pet friendly outdoor patio.)
Pet policy: Leashed pets are welcome inside the tap room and on the front patio.
Lost Cabin Beer Company – 1401 W Omaha Street in Rapid City
Lost Cabin’s brewers have exacting standards when it comes to their beers. They make sure every batch meets their expectations before it’s ever served. And their hope is that you’ll enjoy it after a day of hiking, mountain biking, snowboarding, or camping. What could be better than that?
Pet policy: Leashed pets are welcome inside the tap room and on the patio.
Hill City, South Dakota
Hill City is a quaint little town nestled in the heart of the Black Hills. While you’re in town, plan to do some shopping and enjoy a unique dining experience at the Alpine Inn.
Firehouse Smokejumper Station – 23858 Hwy 385 in Hill City
The Firehouse Smokejumper Station features Firehouse Brewing Company’s craft beers and wines, along with a limited menu. Enjoy a homemade menu of burgers, sandwiches, salads, and desserts — all with suggested wine and beer pairings.
Note that the Firehouse Brewing Company location in Rapid City is not dog friendly. If you want to try the Firehouse brews, this is your best option.
Pet policy: Leashed pets are welcome on the back patio where you’ll find tables and corn hole.
Miner Brewing Company – 23845 Hwy 385 in Hill City
Miner emphasizes local ingredients and relies heavily on the water on-site, which gives their beers unique flavors and a distinctive style. Enjoy year-round favorites and seasonal features, including sours, ciders, and meads. They also offer a limited selection of light fare from the Prairie Berry kitchen.
Pet policy: Leashed pets are welcome in the tap house, on the patio, and in the yard. Check out the bocce court!
Naked Winery & Sick-N-Twisted Brewing – 23851 Hwy 385 in Hill City
This cozy tasting room offers selections from Naked Winery, 36 beers from Sick-N-Twisted Brewing and other local crafters, and a limited menu. Choose to sit inside, or find a spot in the welcoming courtyard.
Pet policy: Pets are welcome to join you inside the tasting room or in the courtyard.
Prairie Berry Winery – 23837 Hwy 385 in Hill City
Prairie Berry has earned more than 1,000 awards since it opened in 2001. They offer selection to please every palate – from crisp, dry wines and robust, oak-aged reds to sweet, fruity varieties.
This is Hill City’s only working winery and feels like one you’d find in Napa or Sonoma. Enjoy a free tasting, and then settle in on the patio or yard for a glass of your favorite and something delicious from the kitchen.
Pet policy: Leashed pets are welcome on both outdoor patios, and at the picnic tables in the yard.
Twisted Pine Winery & Tasting Room – 124 E Main Street in Hill City
If you’re short on time, or just can’t decide which pet friendly breweries and wineries to hit, make a stop at Twisted Pine. They don’t produce their own wines, but carry a wide selection of local wines and beers for tasting. Narrow down the options here, and then go visit your favorites! You’ll also find gifts, oils and vinegars, and snacks.
Pet policy: Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome in the tasting room and on the sidewalk patio.
Keystone, South Dakota
Just two miles from Mt. Rushmore (which is not pet friendly), Keystone provides easy access to much of the Black Hills. For a prettier ride between Hill City and Keystone, take Old Hill City Road.
Grapes & Grinds Tasting Room – 609 Hwy 16A in Keystone
Grapes & Grinds combines two wonderful things – coffee & wine. Throw in homemade Italian gelato, fresh bagels, and fun gifts, and it’s a place the entire family can enjoy any time of day.
Enjoy the views from the picturesque patio or playground. Or cross the street and have a romp in the off-leash dog park!
Pet policy: Leashed pets are welcome on the patio where you’ll find some covered seating and several yard games.
Custer, South Dakota
Time for another scenic drive! From Hill City, enjoy the views on the way to Custer by following Hwy 89. If you have a bit longer, the spectacular Needles Highway splits off part way down Hwy 89 and will take you into Custer State Park, where you can catch Hwy 16 back to Custer.
READ MORE ⇒ Don’t Miss Pet Friendly Custer State Park!
Mt. Rushmore Brewing Company – 140 Mt. Rushmore Road in Custer
Mt. Rushmore Brewing brings locally hand-crafted artisanal ales to Custer. Featuring a direct-draw tap system – it doesn’t get any fresher than that! – and 24 rotating taps with other Black Hills craft beers. They also offer a full bar and an extensive pub menu downstairs. For more food options, head upstairs to the Pounding Fathers Restaurant.
Pet policy: At Mt. Rushmore Brewing leashed pets are welcome on the large, partially covered porch and in the yard where you’ll find a fire pit and yard games. Dogs can also join you on the balcony at Pounding Fathers Restaurant.
More Pet Friendly Favorites in Custer, SD
Though they don’t meet the definition of pet friendly breweries and wineries, we have two other favorites in Custer to share with you.
The Custer Beacon – 315 Washington Street in Custer
Custer Beacon is the kind of venue we wish every town had! Serving local beers and fantastic food, the Beacon has live music several nights a week and yard games for hours of entertainment.
Pet policy: Leashed pets are very welcome inside the bar, on the deck, and in the courtyard. Even if your dog doesn’t enjoy crowds, there’s plenty of space to stretch out!
Custer Wolf – 506 Mt. Rushmore Road in Custer
This casual pub serves a great selection of local beers and wines, as well as a creative menu of sandwiches and hearty fare. Conveniently located on the main drag in downtown Custer, it’s a convenient stop between activities.
Pet policy: Pets are welcome to join you on the patio.
So, there you have it! We’ve done the paws-on-the-ground research. Now Myles wants to know when you’ll be taking your dog to visit the pet friendly breweries and wineries in the Black Hills!
You’ll find many more pet friendly restaurants in the Black Hills listed on GoPetFriendly.com. What’s your pet’s favorite? Be sure to share your pictures on Instagram and tag #gopetfriendly!
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