There are many great local establishments hidden throughout the Sioux Empire.  Buffalo Ridge Brewing in Hartford, South Dakota is one of those hidden gems.  In fact, I was there when this brewery was just a slab of concrete and a dream.

Located in the heart of Hartford on Main Avenue, Buffalo Ridge Brewing is the local hotspot of choice on the weekend to enjoy a drink and food with some friends. According to its website, Buffalo Ridge Brewing offers South Dakota brews and an experience.  The website states, "Global adventures combined with our humble, small-town SoDak roots influence our craft as we create the most delicious and well-balanced craft beer possible. Our taproom offers a community-centered focus that melds comfort with a unique style."  The best part of this great brewery besides its welcoming atmosphere...Buffalo Ridge Brewing is also pet-friendly and family-friendly!

Buffalo Ridge Brewing opened its doors in 2018, and I was there for the groundbreaking and then the grand opening! When I moved to South Dakota, covering this local brewery was one of my first assignments. I was still a "green reporter," so I was extremely nervous.  However, the owners of Buffalo Ridge Brewing made me feel super comfortable, just like I was family.

After watching this dream become a reality, I finally had the pleasure of visiting Buffalo Ridge Brewing with some friends.  Not only does this brewery have great brews on tap (which rotate), but it offers a monthly opportunity to play Bingo, definitely some good old-fashioned fun for the community!

Christine Manika (TSM)
Christine Manika (TSM)

Every first Saturday of the month, Buffalo Ridge Brewing hosts a Bingo afternoon that benefits different local charities each month.  It's great brews, tasty food, and friendly competition all in one while simultaneously supporting some terrific causes!

I cannot wait to go back with my friends and hopefully win at least one game of Bingo (haha)!  Buffalo Ridge Brewing is truly one of a kind!

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