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Deschutes Brewery beer in South Dakota? You bet!

And all I can say to that is, “About time!” In my opinion, South Dakota should have been the first state we expanded to outside of Oregon due to the remarkable resemblances between the two states.

1. Both states are on the 45th parallel which gives them similar climates — except that it’s way colder in South Dakota.

2. Not only were both states were part of the Lewis and Clark expedition, they were also part of the previous Louis and François de La Vérendrye expedition — at least South Dakota was. Oregon would have been, but they got lost and ended up in Canada.

3. Both states had a gold rush in the mid-1800s. They were held for people who didn’t like the crowds at the California Gold Rush.

4. Both states’ first human inhabitants were Paleolithic gatherers who liked to draw on walls.

5. There is a Custer Park in the Black Hills and one near Portland.

6. Black Hills, South Dakota and Painted Hills, Oregon. Both are hills and black is a color of paint (eerie).

7. George Armstrong Custer married a woman named Elizabeth Bacon. We have a Bacon and Blue Cheese Burger on our menu at both Pubs. Coincidence?

8. Both states were named for a Native American tribe, except for Oregon, which was named by a Portuguese navigator.

9. Both of my sisters have been to Oregon — my brother has been to South Dakota. Strange, yes, but true. He took pictures of Mount Rushmore. I’ve seen them.

10. Crazy Horse was a chief of the Lakota Tribe in the South Dakota Territory; Mad Dog was a chief of the Creek Tribe in the Oregon Territory (note the recurring disturbed animal theme).

11. The Marionberry was developed at Oregon State University. Thomas Berry was the 14th governor of South Dakota.

12. Custer’s Last Stand took place at the Little Big Horn in 1876. Bob Custer, of Astoria, had a series of unsuccessful seafood stands on the Oregon Coast during the 1950s. His last stand sold “crabsicles”.

13. Both Oregonians and South Dakotans appreciate the time in the evening just after the sun goes down. Both refer to this time as “twilight”

Soon, people in both states will agree that Twilight is a truly remarkable Summer Ale.

Editors Note: If you are a history teacher, please do not use the above material in your classrooms

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