New Spearfish brewer pays homage to his logging family heritage

December 22, 2018

SPEARFISH — Lee Eddy has been a Spearfish resident for most of his life; he comes from a long line of loggers and now has turned his attention to lagers.

“I’ve always enjoyed Spearfish; I never saw a reason to go too far,” Eddy said.

Eddy explained that both his grandparents worked in the logging industry, as well as his father, who still does. He even spent some time in the family industry himself.

“(I) worked in the woods logging, and that’s kind of where the ‘Sawyer’ theme for this business came from,” he said.

Eddy said he’s been interested in brewing his own beer for a number of years but got serious about starting his own brewery around two years ago.

“Spearfish seems to be a destination spot for a lot of people in a multi-state region,” he said. “Whether they have a cabin, or they like going to the ski mountain, or fly fishing, whatever it might be, I think Spearfish is kind of trending in that direction. Deadwood has the gambling, and Spearfish is a little bit more of a relaxation kind of spot.”

The location of the brewery along the babbling rolling waters of Spearfish Creek was chosen to highlight the “relaxation destination” aesthetic of Spearfish.

“That is the reason I chose this spot, the creek location,” Eddy said. “This seemed to be the most fitting for what we wanted to do.”

Along with a current menu of seven hand-crafted beers with names meant to merge Eddy’s rustic logging background with the outdoor recreation reputation of the Black hills like “Skip Chain IPA,” “Ridge Top Porter,” “Beaver Slide Stout,” and “Peak Challenger IPA,” Eddy offers a menu of hand crafted pizzas cooked in a wood burning oven, all of which can be served atop his timber slap bar top, or at one of his hand made table tops.

Eddy and his wife Ali held a soft opening earlier this month and hope to have a grand opening this spring when the patio overlooking the creek will be in full swing.

Eddy said he and his wife work well together, playing to their particular strengths in business.

“We’re co-owners in the business; she’s currently an accountant so that helps a lot. I’m just the hard work guy,” he said with a laugh.

For more information on hours and beers on tap, look for Sawyer Brewing Co. on Facebook.

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