Wooden Legs Brewing Company, Brookings

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Brewery · Food & Drink
The Wooden Legs Brewing Company name is tongue in cheek homage to Judge Wilmot Wood Brookings. Judge Brookings is a significant figure in history of South Dakota. The county and city were named after him although he only visited the city twice.

In February 1858, Brookings rode a horse from Sioux Falls to the Yankton area during a blizzard. His horse slipped and fell into Split Rock Creek in the freezing weather. Brookings made it safely to Yankton, but his wet legs had suffered such severe frostbite they both needed to be amputated. He spent the rest of his life using a pair of squeaky, wooden legs.
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  • Great place to sit and enjoy good company and great beer! Gaming library available to all visitors. Amazing pizza!  more »
  • I visited Wooden Legs brew pub with a relative who had been before. It was a fun evening. There happened to be a quiz night on, so it was quite noisy but still enjoyable - it added to the vibe. The...  more »
  • Pizza was good, beer good, service not good. You need to stand right IN FRONT of the “Order Here” sign or you will not get any attention. Don’t expect someone to come to your table or don’t stand at bar. I know to do that at McDonald’s, not here. Would be helpful if the staff would help a new customer. Guess they do not need any more.
  • Yesterday if you'd told me I'd be eating pickles on my pizza I'd have looked at you sideways and backed away slowly. Today, as a result of Wooden Legs' Cuban pizza, I stand before you a changed man. Spicy, delectable, and just a hint of sweetness, with a thin crispy delicious crust. Several house-brewed beers on tap (though there are far too many IPAs for my liking). Sheep Slayer and Dark Singularity are stand-out brews from my visit. Assuming I ever find myself in Brookings again, I'll definitely be back.

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