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Fall festival to feature beer stock exchange, 70-plus brews



RAPID CITY –– A beer stock exchange will be set up at Main Street Square’s seventh annual Bierbörse, a

German beer and culture celebration, on Saturday, Oct. 7, from noon to 6 p.m., presented by 605 Magazine.

Progress sponsor, Hotel Alex Johnson.

The fall event features authentic German food, polka music by the Polkanauts, two microbrew tents, a stein holding competition and the Black Hills Beer Beverage Garden featuring the beer stock exchange.

“Bierbörse attendees can try fall seasonal brews and dance to polka music all in Downtown Rapid City,” said Megan Whitman, executive director of Main Street Square. “On top of that, the added suspense of the beer stock exchange makes this such unique and exciting event.” g In the stock exchange, the price of beer will vary from $2 to $8, and price is dependent on demand. For example, if Crow Peak Pile O’ Dirt Porter is very popular, the price will rise. If no one is drinking Shock Top Sunset Orange, the price will plummet and possibly crash. When a beer’s value is low, it will cost a minimum of $2. If it is high in demand, it may cost up to $8.

The event is free and open to all ages. Only those 21 years of age and older, with a valid ID, may consume alcohol. Main Street Square promotes drinking responsibly.

This year the event has expanded to include two microbrew tents, with more than 70 beers to try, that will be open from 2 to 6 p.m. Passes are $30 in advance and $35 at the event and are required to enter the microbrew tents. Advanced passes are available for purchase until noon on Friday, Sept. 29, online at, by calling 605-716-7979 or at the Main Street Square office at 512 Main St., Ste. 980. A limited number of passes are available. Passes are only for those 21 and older. Each pass holder will receive an unlimited wristband and a souvenir 5-ounce beer stein. Pre-ordered passes and souvenir steins will be available at Will Call the day of the event in the Visitor Information Center located on the north side of Main Street Square, at 526 Main St. Passes may also be purchased at this location on the day of the event.

The Black Hill Beer Beverage Garden, a division of Quality Brands, will be open to the public beginning at noon and available to those who do not wish to purchase a pass.

Take a picture in the 605 Magazine booth located in Main Street Square. While you’re there, try the winning brew from Lost Cabin Beer Co.’s homebrew competition.

Enjoy free parking all day in all Downtown public lots, metered spaces on the streets, and in the parking ramp near Main Street Square on Saturday, Oct. 7.

For more information and to purchase passes, visit (click on the Bierbörse link under the Concerts & Festivals tab), calling 605-716-7979, or stop by the Main Street Square office at 512 Main Street, Suite 980.

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