May 30, 2018
Small Business Stories: Dakota Territory Brewing
In our “Small Business Stories” series, we hit the road to interview small business owners about their unique journeys. Each story provides inspiration and insights while shining a spotlight on the passionate small business owners who are so critical to our economies and our communities.
With a master’s in social work, Brodie Mueller had been home brewing beer for 10 years, when he started to look at his hobby and realized he should either stop doing it or build it into something greater. He decided to go with the latter and worked with a few of his partners to open Dakota Territory Brewing in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Distributing beer in the area for the past two years, the business sits in an old industrial building that one of his partners purchased. With state of the art brewing technology, Brodie and his team can make about 30 gallons of beer at a time, but he would love to bump that up.
One of the things Brodie credits his success to is the fact that the city of Aberdeen is embracing what they do by including them in town events and supporting their business. As the only distributing brewery in town, they make sure to keep the essence that they are there for Aberdeen, and do not distribute to other larger markets nearby.
As a small business in a rural town, Dakota Territory Brewing finds it necessary to partner with local farmers and businesses to help boost the economy. They give local patisserie, CJ’s, grain for their beer bread and partner with local farmers to give them grain to feed their animals. As Brodie says, “It’s more fun when you’re not doing it by yourself. If everyone is in the same struggle, you have shared successes as well.”