Talking Business: Lost Cabin Beer Co. latest craft brewery – Rapid City Journal

Like most hobbyists, Jesse Scheitler and Tom Silbernagel dreamed of making and selling their craft beer as a business.

More than 20 years combined in home brewing and additional years of planning are coming to a nice foamy head for Scheitler and Silbernagel who have begun renovation of a building at 1401 West Omaha St. for a new brewery, Lost Cabin Beer Co.

“Every home brewer has this in the back of their minds,” Scheitler said. “Two or three years ago, it became more serious than a joke.”

Scheitler and Silbernagel hope to open a seven-barrel brewery and 50-seat tasting room for their expanding catalog of beers sometime in early 2016 in a building shared with Black Hills Bicycles and Rushmore Cross-fit Gym on West Omaha Street, just across from Founder’s Park.

Scheitler has a background in the food and beverage industry, and Silbernagel works for an aerial mapping company.

Once they decided to start Lost Cabin Beer they started researching craft breweries and refining their recipes for what Scheitler calls “easy drinking and approachable,” lagers and pale ales.

“We primary make the kinds of beer we like to drink,” he said.

They also got the opportunity to serve something of an internship with an established local brewery, Crow Peak Brewing Co. in Spearfish.

“They were very gracious with their time. We gave them some labor, and they helped us out getting some time with the big system,” Scheitler said.

As self-proclaimed “beer nerds,” they’re hoping to get into other practices such as wood aging and more complex brews. They also want to acknowledge South Dakota’s agricultural heritage in their beer.

“Beer, at its core, is a food product,” Scheitler said. “We want to bring as many South Dakota ingredients into the beer as possible.”

They’ve also launched a crowdfunding campaign through IndieGoGo, which ends on Nov. 1.

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“We’re excited to become a part of the growing Black Hills craft beer community,” Scheitler said.

MX Connection moves

The almost year-round popularity of motocross racing keeps Gage Mollman turning wrenches in his MX Connection motorcycle repair and accessories business year-round.

Mollman is taking advantage of the brief break between the outdoor South Dakota Motocross Association season, which ended in September, and the Nov. 7 start of the 4GMX indoor racing season to move MX Connection to a newly renovated, larger facility at 3022 W. St. Louis St.

MX Connection isn’t moving far, just about a half-mile from the current location at 2445 West Chicago St., but the move represents a leap into building ownership and growth for Mollman who offers overall motorcycle and engine repair, accessories for bikes and safety gear for riders.

“We’re really excited. It’s a larger facility and owning it will be a lot better than renting,” Mollman said. “I’ve had good experience with renting. It’ll just be nice putting equity into something.”

Mollman expects to close the old location on Oct. 15 and reopen at the new location, situated between West Chicago Street and West Main Street in early November. MX Connection will mark its 10th year in business in 2016.

Call Mollman at 605-718-9727 for more information.

Home buying class

They say there is no free lunch, but there is a free class and a free book for prospective homebuyers.

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the Black Hills announced via a news release last week their two-part home buying class, on Wednesday, Oct. 7, and on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

Classes are from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at 2310 N. Maple Ave. in Rapid City.

Topics to be covered: where do I begin, importance of my credit, getting pre-approved, what types of loans are available, how to shop for a loan, how to get the best deal and avoiding predatory lenders. The course includes a free book, “Make Your Move…Guide to Home Ownership.”

Call 605-348-4550 to register for the course or for more information. The course is Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and South Dakota Housing Development Authority approved.

Urgent care expands hours

Regional Urgent Care in Rapid City is responding to increased demand for weekend services by extending its Saturday and Sunday clinic hours. The facility will now be open for walk-in patients from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.

“In order to offer accessible and excellent health care to our community, we are pleased to be able to offer extended hours on the weekends,” said Alexia Gillen, D.O., Regional Urgent Care medical director, in a news release. “We appreciate and understand that illnesses and injuries occur after normal business hours and Regional Urgent Care is pleased to be available for these urgent needs.”

Regional Urgent Care clinics are located at 2116 Jackson Blvd. and 1303 N. Lacrosse St. in Rapid City. Walk-in urgent care services are also available at the Queen City Regional Medical Clinic in Spearfish.

Urgent care services include treatment for allergies, coughs, colds, influenza, ear infections, minor injuries, insect bites, lacerations, pinkeye, respiratory illness, sinus infections, skin conditions, sore throats, sprains and minor wounds. Also available onsite are X-ray and laboratory testing.

For more information, visit or call 605-755-CARE (2273).

First aid business changes hands

Adam and Leah Braun of Rapid City recently completed purchase of a Sturgis business, Twilight First Aid and Safety.

They bought the business, in operation for 22 years, from a Sturgis family who was ready to move on to other ventures, according to a news release.

The business provides on-site first aid and safety supplies and equipment across South Dakota and into Wyoming and Iowa. Their customers include mining operations, restaurants, schools and a wide variety of industrial businesses.

“We’re excited to take over Twilight First Aid and Safety. It’s a successful business with great customers and potential for growth,” said Adam Braun.

The Braun’s also offer customized business consulting services through their Harney Business Group.

For more information, call Leah Braun at 605-347-6496 or email