About The History of Monks

The road to better beer The birth of South Dakota’s first craft beer bar

In 2003 the 1920 brick building at 420 East Eighth Street was leased to provide a workshop and display area for a custom organic furniture business. A local artist/craftsman leased the building, having spent 20 years designing and building free form and organic furniture. The building housed a studio and workshop as well as the Craftsman Creek Gallery that featured the work of many area artists.

In 2007, it was necessary to create something completely new in this building and in the state of South Dakota. Having lived in Portland during the late 80s the gallery owner saw the beginnings of the craft brewing revolution and felt Sioux Falls was ready to experience “better beer.” He had owned a bar in Aberdeen in the 1970's and swore he would never open another, the concept of a craft beer bar was just too hard to resist.

From this insight, Monks House of Ale Repute was born. Working with beer distributors and discovering small breweries ensured Monks was always stocked with the finest, rarest and most interesting beers to be found.

One type of beer that truly impressed the gallery owner was the Belgian beers, which became his inspiration for naming his new craft beer bar Monks House of Ale Repute.

South Dakotans and Midwesterners truly were ready for better beer and Monks quickly expanded to include a deck, patio, and private party room.

Today, Monks House of Ale Repute is the destination for beer lovers and known for their major beer event gatherings.

Monks House of Ale Repute timeline

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2007Monks House of Ale Repute opens
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2009The first BEERVANA is held
Beer lovers rejoice!
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2012The first BRRRVANA is held
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2012Gandy Dancer Brew Works opens
Beer lovers rejoice!
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2016Gandy Dancer Rated top brewery in South Dakota
Beer lovers rejoice!

Cheers to craft beers!

New craft beers tapped every day!
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Our taps always feature new and exciting flavors and styles of beer from around the world. Be sure to visit often, because many of the kegs we tap are often only available in small quantities or for a limited time.