LEAD | It's a Friday night and most of the businesses along Main Street are closing for the evening. But one place is still hopping: Dakota Shivers Brewery.
There's a line out the door, and most of the people who come to the bar to order a beer seem to know Linda Shivers, the co-owner, by name.
Linda runs the brewery with her husband, Stephen, but she's the mastermind behind the beer lineup, which includes the Vertical Mile IPA, 5280 Pale Ale (named after the brewery's mile-high location) and Whistle Blowin' Stout.
"She's just really good at it," Stephen said. "She's good at crafting, and this is a craft."
Stephen and locals who are regulars at the bar aren't the only fans of Linda's brewing skills. Earlier this year, Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine named Dakota Shivers one of the "Five Nanobreweries You Need to Visit in 2017."
The other nanobreweries that made the list are located in Minnesota, Oregon, Vermont and Ohio.
A nanobrewery is considered to be a small operation, often consisting of just a few barrels.
The magazine is based in Fort Collins, Colo. — in a part of the country that is considered to be the Napa Valley of beer — so it's safe to assume the publication's writers know a good brewery when they see one.
"Whether you’re doing your road warrior thing at Sturgis or taking a break from hiking around Mount Rushmore, you’ll want to take a trip to Lead (the other mile-high city), where Dakota Shivers lives," the magazine said.
"The tasting room is warm, friendly, and cozy, just like going to a friend’s house and hanging out in the dining room … that happens to serve craft beer on tap."
The brewery is currently closed but is reopening May 5 to celebrate its second anniversary. There will be raffles and prizes to mark the occasion, Linda said.
Dakota Shivers usually has around four beers on tap, and rotates out seasonals such as the Detonation Delay and Soleless Ginger.
Linda says her favorite beer is the Hop Calamity IPA (5.25 percent ABV, around 90 IBUs). "I like IPAs over the top," she said. "It has all of the traits of IPAs I like."