42 Pint-Sized Reasons for Catholic Beer Fans to Go to South Dakota


In August 2015, my diocese, the Diocese of Sioux Falls (the part of South Dakota that is east of the Missouri River), held a four-day event that was the ending to a year of events celebrating 125 years as a diocese.

The event featured Dr. Scott Hahn, Jennifer Fulwiler, Archbishop Robert Carlson (former Bishop of Sioux Falls, current Archbishop of St. Louis), Bishop Donald Kettler (Bishop of St. Cloud, MN and former diocesan priest for the Diocese of Sioux Falls), Bishop Paul Swain (current Bishop of Sioux Falls), a Matt Maher concert, and more! The best part, though, was the beer tasting. Yes, that’s right–a beer tasting.  It was so popular that they have decided to do it again!

I want to see you there. To purchase tickets for Legacy: A Beer & Wine Experience, click here. Need more convincing before buying your ticket? Well, you are in luck because I have 42 of them for you!


1. BEER!

‘Nuff said.


2. Chris Padgett Wouldn’t Shut Up About Last Year’s Beer Tasting


The MC for the entire event was Chris Padgett. Leading up to the Saturday afternoon beer tasting he kept promoting the beer tasting, and after that portion of the weekend concluded, he kept talking about how awesome it was. If you go to this year’s event, know that it has the Chris Padgett stamp of approval (I’m assuming).


3. It Supports a Good Cause

This year’s event is being put on the Catholic Foundation for Eastern South Dakota and all proceeds will go to Broom Tree Retreat Center.


4. Wine Has Been Added This Year

If you are not a beer drinker, you can still come! There will be wine for tasting as well.


5. Hors D’oeuvres Have Also Been Added This Year as Well

General Admission tickets are $35, but if you are willing to spend $60 on a ticket, you will have access to hors d’ouvres–and not just hors d’oeuvres, “heavy hors d’ouvres.” I’m not sure what constitutes “heavy” hors d’oeuvres, but that is how they are advertised.


6. Opportunity for Evangelization

Last year’s event was held at the Sioux Falls Convention Center which is attached to the T. Denny Sanford Premier Center. While our beer tasting was taking place, a crew was next door setting up for a WWE event later that night. Some of the crew heard about the beer tasting, bought tickets, and joined us. This year’s event is open to the public again and could attract someone needing to hear the gospel from a beer-drinking or a wine-sipping lay person.


7. Pretzel Necklaces


Last year, you could buy a pretzel necklace for $1. I don’t know if they are bringing them or not. If they don’t, I will be very sad.


8. Last Year There Was a Pretzel-Flavored Beer

A pretzel necklace and a pretzel-flavored beer….I was in pretzel Heaven

9. Sioux Falls is a Great Community

Sioux Falls is a growing city. In 2010, the population was 153, 888 and by 2030 the population is expected to exceed 200,000. South Dakota is a tax-friendly state, and new businesses are springing up all the time. Visiting our city might just might make you want to stay forever!


10. The Diocese of Sioux Falls is Awesome

The Diocese of Sioux Falls has great people working to bring Christ to East-River South Dakota. We have many amazing priests, some of whom are outside of the diocese and on staff at seminaries across the country. This fall we are expected to have 35 seminarians studying for our diocese (that is a lot for a diocese of our size), and in the spring of 2017, we are expecting to ordain SIX new priests. In his tenure in our diocese, Bishop Paul Swain has quietly done many things to make our diocese better. Over the past 10 years, he has re-organized our diocese to better meet the changing population in the various cities and towns in the diocese, refurbished our beautiful cathedral, built a homeless shelter, organized the celebration of our 125th anniversary (an event that had a beer tasting), and will soon be breaking ground on a convent for the Sisters of Perpetual Adoration who live in the old rectory attached to our cathedral. You should definitely come meet the priests and lay persons in our wonderful diocese!


12. Great Photo Ops

You might take a great selfie like the one of me in my pretzel necklace or you might get a great photo with another person. Last year people from the WWE attended. Who knows who will show up this year?!?


13. Cheese!


There was also a selection of fine cheeses available for sampling last year. I must say, the cheeses I consumed last year were tasty and quite GOUDA. Don’t worry if knowledge of fine cheese is NACHO thing. Plenty of people there will know JACK about cheese. Exploring fancy cheese is not something people ofFONDUE, but you will pick it up quickly. It will be a BRIEze. After eating some cheese, be sure to go off and drink more and MORBIER. If you skip the cheeses, you will definitely find yourself feeling BLUE.


14. Collectible Glasses


All attendees last year received a collectible glass for tasting (pictured above), and they are providing collectible glasses again this year. Your kitchen cupboards need one of these glasses.


15. Beer is a Catholic Beverage….Sort of

There are beers available produced by monks. Check out a list of authentic Trappist beers here. There is even an official blessing for beer.


16. Beer is Healthy… I promise

Catholic Online has published a list of health benefits of beer. I do not know what their sources were, but I am not going to worry too much about it. I read online that beer is healthy for you, so it must be true.


17. Beer Can Be the Means by Which a Miracle Occurs

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Who knows what can happen over a beer?! Check out this great article from EpicPew writer Sarah Vabulous about stories about St. Arnold of Metz (pictured above). One of the stories is about a miracle attributed to his intercession.

“From man’s sweat and God’s love, beer came into the world.” – St. Arnold of Metz


18. There is a Brewery Named After a Saint

The aforementioned St. Arnold of Metz is the namesake of a brewery in Texas. I do not know whether or not there will be Saint Arnold beer at Legacy: A Beer & Wine Experience.


19. Beer Promotes Great Conversation


This summer, I have joined a group of young adults for a beer once every week. These gatherings have produced amazingly awesome conversations. So, drink up and get deep.


20. Beer Comes in a Variety of Flavors


Whenever I hear someone say they do not like beer, I always wonder how extensively they have sampled beer. I did not think I liked beer until I tried dark beer. Before that, I had only sampled the chilled urine known as light beer. If you think you do not like beer, come to the beer tasting and find out for sure.


21. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Likes Beer

If you haven’t noticed, beer is a favorite of the German Pope. There are many photos of him enjoying a beer.


22. Jesus Will Be There

This is really reason #1. In Matthew 18:20, we read “For where two or three meet in my name, I am there among them.” A group of Catholics gathering to raise money for a retreat center? Yep, Jesus will be there.


23. Wine is Good for You, Too

The internet is full of great articles. Like this one that lists the health benefits of wine.


24. Get Some Exercise

There will bill over 100 different beers to sample. To get around and try all the different one you would like to try, you are going to need to do a lot of walking.


25. Exercise in a Different Way

A recent study found that drinking a glass of wine is equivalent to an hour at the gym.


26. Beer Rhymes With Cheer

Coincidence? I think not!


27. Wine Was the Result Jesus’ First Public Miracle

There is nothing wrong with a class of wine. Jesus and Mary drank wine; you should, too (unless you are under 21).


28. Expand Your Horizons

With the large variety of beverages available to sample, you might find your new favorite drink.


29. G.K. Chesterton Approves

The Apostle of Common Sense was fond of beer, wine, and drinking:

  • “In Catholicism, the pint, the pipe and the Cross can all fit together.”
  • “We should thank God for beer and burgundy by not drinking too much of them.”
  • “Drink because you are happy, but never because you are miserable. Never drink when you are wretched without it, or you will be like the grey-faced gin-drinker in the slum; but drink when you would be happy without it, and you will be like the laughing peasant of Italy. Never drink because you need it, for this is rational drinking, and the way to death and hell. But drink because you do not need it, for this is irrational drinking, and the ancient health of the world.”


30. The Saints Approve, Too

  • “I would like a great lake of beer for the King of Kings / I would like to be watching Heaven’s family drinking it through all eternity” – St. Brigid of Ireland
  • “It is my design to die in the brew house; let ale be placed in my mouth when I am expiring, that when the choirs of angels come, they may say, “Be God propitious to this drinker.” – St. Columbanus
  • “Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath, and a glass of good wine.” – St. Thomas Aquinas


31. This Event is Biblical

  • “Do not still drink water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake, and thy frequent infirmities.” – 1 Timothy 5:23
  • “Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts” – Proverbs 31:6
  • “Go, eat your bread with enjoyment, and drink your wine with a merry heart; for God has already approved what you do.” – Ecclesiastes 9:7


32. Beer Tastes Better When You Are Drinking With a Priest


OK, maybe the taste is not better, but drinking a beer with a priest is a unique experience and one I greatly enjoy.


33. Sioux Falls Has a Blossoming Craft Beer Scene

Downtown bar Monk’s House of Ale Repute has been brewing their own beer under their Gandy Dancer label and offering a wide selection of craft beers since opening in 2007. Fernson Brewing Co., a neighbor to Monk’s on 8th Street in Sioux Falls, was recently chosen to be the exclusive craft beer at the 2016 Republican National Convention. Sioux Falls is also home to Hydra Beer Company and Woodgrain Brewing Co. Some, if not all, of these breweries are sure to be poured at Legacy: A Beer & Wine Experience.


34. Meet New People

With all the people that will be there, it is entirely possible to find someone with whom you will form a lasting bond. So, come drink our beer, and find some new friends.


35. Catholics Are Called to Greatness, Beyond Ordinary and Bland Beers!

You won’t find Budweiser, Miller, or Coors at this event. Nay, we will be exploring better brews than these!


36. You Want to Be There (admit it already)


If you weren’t interested, you would not have opened this article and read all the way to #36. Here is the link to get tickets again: LEGACY: A BEER & WINE EXPERIENCE


37. Did I Mention Wine?

Yummy, delicious wine.


38. Did I Mention Beer?

Cool, refreshing beer.


39. All the Cool Kids Will Be There

Give in to peer pressure! err, the good kind.


40. I’ll Be There!


Who wouldn’t want to meet me?…….Actually, no, don’t answer that.


41. Why the Heck Not?

Just go!

Buy. Your. Tickets. Here.


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