South Dakota breweries compete in contest for 100th anniversary of pheasant hunting

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks department reached out to breweries across the state to honor the past and celebrate the future by creating a new brew for this contest. It's called the New Brew competition. Nine breweries are competing across the state, including two in Sioux Falls.

The staff with the South Dakota GFP challenged the breweries to develop a new brew that tells a story that focuses on the close relationship with nature, strong ties to community and how the outdoors play a strong role in the past 100 years and the next 100 years.

Fernson Brewing Company and WoodGrain Brewing Company are the two breweries in Sioux Falls competing. The other two breweries east river that are competing are Dempsey's in Watertown and Dakota Territory Brewing Company in Aberdeen.

The other breweries participating are Crow Peak Brewing Company in Spearfish, Firehouse Brewing Company in Rapid City, Highway 79 Brewing Company in Hot Springs, Lost Cabin Beer Company in Rapid City, and Spearfish Brewing Company in Spearfish.

You can vote once per day for your favorite brew or your favorite 100 Years of Tradition story. You can vote on the website here. The competition will run through November 1st. The winner of the contest will be named the "Official Taste of Outdoor Tradition." The winning brewery will also receive a trophy.

Opening weekend for pheasant season for residents only is Saturday. Opening season for everyone is Saturday, October 20th. It runs through January 6th. The reason why it's the 100th anniversary for pheasant hunting is because it has been a tradition in the state officially since 1919. The bird was first introduced to South Dakota in 1908.

A survey by the Game, Fish and Parks shows that there is a 47% increase in this year's brood compared to 2017. Maintaining a habitat will be the key to preserving pheasant hunting for another century.