The owner of a Rapid City craft beer bar has purchased Monks House of Ale Repute.
Independent Ale House is a fixture in western South Dakota’s biggest city, offering an extensive menu of specialty pizzas to go with nearly 50 craft beers on tap.
When Independent owner Justin Henrichsen heard Monks was for sale, he made an inquiry that quickly turned into him buying Sioux Falls’ iconic craft beer bar at 420 E. Eighth St.
Henrichsen said Wednesday evening he plans to keep Monks’ name in place and honor its dedication to craft beer.
“Monks was the first craft beer bar in the state of South Dakota, so for me its a privilege to be able to carry the torch that Jerry lit for craft,” he said
He drove to Sioux Falls to meet with Monks owner Jerry Hauck and is still working to finalize the sale. He doesn’t yet have plans for Gandy Dancer Brew Works.
Hauck opened Monks in 2007. He later added Gandy Dancer in 2012, a small batch brewery that made its own mark on the Sioux Falls beer scene.
Hauck continued to weigh his options during the coronavirus pandemic, staying open for a couple of weeks before deciding to close in late March with the intention of eventually re-opening for business.
Hauck, 76, decided only recently it was time to move on and decided to sell.
Independent is also known for its pizzas, but Henrichsen said it’s too early to say if any of the food items from the Rapid City bar will make their way to Monks. For now, he plans to do a light remodel as the beverage and food service industry copes with the economic fallout of COVID-19.
“We’re just going to give it some love and keep doing what has already been done,” Henrichsen said.
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