Calling all South Dakota beer drinkers and beer enthusiasts! There's a new competition brewing in Downtown Sioux Falls that happens throughout the entire month of March.

The 8th Annual Downtown Mash Madness is returning to Downtown Sioux Falls and the friendly competition begins tomorrow Friday, March 1st. It's a great way to celebrate downtown and the First Friday of the month!

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The 8th Annual Downtown Mash Madness is all about highlighting the craft breweries in Downtown Sioux Falls. Each brewery creates a specialty brew for the Annual Downtown Mash Madness. It's up to the rest of the Sioux Empire to taste each brew and vote for their favorite drink! What's the ultimate prize? Bragging rights and a traveling trophy. What else do you need to show your brewery is the best?!

Six brand-new craft beers are fighting for your votes in this year's Downtown Mash Madness. The following breweries are participating in the 2024 Downtown Mash Madness battle. There is even a Sioux Falls brewery partnering with a fellow competitor to join this epic showdown:

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These unique beers are only available to try until Sunday, March 31st. There's something for everyone to try! Which brew will you taste?

  • Red/Black Concept from Covert Artisan AlesRich dark cherry, tart black currant, and Italian green almondine create a flavor combination that is new and bold, yet somehow reminiscent of a fruit juice from our youth. The almondine adds smooth, nutty undertones to the cherry sweetness, and black currant tartness, making it refreshing and comforting. The incredible color makes Red / Black Concept unforgettable.
  • Covert Artisan Ale Guest tap: Obscure Brewing Company Magic Marker Hazy IPA: Magic Marker has a juicy, fruity hop character, balanced malt sweetness, and hazy appearance. It’s less bitter and more approachable than traditional West Coast IPAs. This beer is an easy-drinker even to those who typically do not enjoy a hop-forward beer. 6.2% ABV
  • Not So Shy Giant Imperial IPA from Fernson DowntownBreak Free from your comfort zone and step into the light with Not So Shy Giant. The hop profile contributes tropical citrus, subtle pine undertones, and a hint of spice. At Fernson we proudly present a bold yet familiar beer in Not So Shy Giant. Available on tap at Fernson Downtown and in cans. High ABV of 9.2% so please enjoy responsibly!
  • Muffin But Net from Remedy Brewing Company: An Orange Cranberry Muffin inspired sour with Cara Cara Orange, Cranberry, Vanilla, Graham Cracker, and Lactose. It’s sweet, tart, full of fruit flavor, and backed up by a malty flavors reminiscent of fresh baked goods.
  • There’s Something About Berries from Severance Brewing Company: Experience a burst of berry bliss with our triple berry smoothie parfait! Strawberry, blueberry and tart raspberry meld seamlessly with a sweet, yet tangy, note of yogurt and whipped cream that’ll have you saying, “There’s something about berries!”
  • Carnaval IPA from Woodgrain Brewing Company: New England-style IPA with cinnamon sugar roasted pineapple and Azacca and El Dorado hops

The 8th Annual Downtown Mash Madness wouldn't be possible without Bluepeak sponsoring this event. Make sure you download The DTSF Digital Passport to vote! Get your MASH MADNESS on!

Best Bars in Sioux Falls

There is always something different to try when you visit a local Sioux Falls bar or brewery. There could be a specialty drink at one bar and a new beer recipe at the next. It's kind of like a smorgasbord of drinks to taste test. The only problem is deciding which bars are the best bars in Sioux Falls to explore with your family or friends?

This is a difficult decision just because there are so many great local options. Luckily, our friends at Yelp identified the top ten bars in Sioux Falls thanks to numerous reviews on each establishment.

The next time it's your turn to select a bar for a night out on the town, be sure to visit one of these ten bars highly reviewed by Yelp.

Gallery Credit: Christine Manika

Food Network Shows That Have Been To South Dakota

Living here in the upper Midwest we don't end up on national TV shows very often. That's probably a good thing in the long run.

But it is pretty cool when something from South Dakota is on TV. Three shows from the Food Network family of shows have showcased South Dakota restaurants.

You may remember when Guy Fieri and Diners Drive-ins and Dives was in Sioux Falls in June of 2020 to visit some of our city's unique establishments.

A few years ago the Travel Channel Show Food Paradise visited Deadwood.

If you remember the 'golden age' of Foot Network, back when Rachel Ray was the queen of the channel, she took her show $40 a Day to Rapid City in 2005.

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