Sip the State: Explore Wyoming’s Blossoming Craft Beverage Scene
Wyoming’s craft brewing, distilling and winery scene is as diverse as its landscape. And it’s booming: numerous new outfits have opened in the past decade, and these days you could virtually plan your entire trip to the Cowboy State based on stops at its tasting rooms alone. Here are a few of our favorites to whet your appetite and quench your thirst.
Ten Sleep Brewing Co.
Start your journey small — as in, population-of-300 small in the quaint north-central ranching town of Ten Sleep. Ten Sleep Brewing Co.’s origin story dates to 2013, when retired developer Cole Smith built a brewery in a barn. Saddle up to the bar at Ten Sleep’s taproom, where beers made onsite come with names evocative of the surrounding landscape: Outlaw Amber, Red Cliff Red, Pack Saddle Porter and more.
Coal Creek TAP
Downtown Laramie’s Coal Creek TAP brews beer with a kick. Founder John Guerin is a wholesale coffee roaster and owner of Coal Creek Coffee Co. next door to the taproom, who, along with his team, brews European-style beers such as the Heavy 80 Scotch Ale and Bath Farmhouse Belgian Amber.
Snake River Brewery
Snake River Brewery, the state’s oldest, offers a total entertainment package for a night out in Jackson. Its in-house restaurant and brewpub both offer handmade comfort food like delicious wings and burgers, family-friendly events and games, and a selection of more than 12 beers.
Freedom’s Edge Brewing Co.
Freedom’s Edge Brewing Co., founded in 2012, is in downtown Cheyenne, just steps from many of the capital city’s attractions. Try the High Noon Chili Ale, Columbus Pale Ale, and for lovers of bolder beer, the Blood Orange Imperial IPA.
WYOld West Brewing Company
WYOld West Brewing Company is a neighborhood brewpub and sports bar in Powell, where you can rub shoulders with locals, order a pint made by master craftsmen, watch the game and unwind after a day of adventure in the wilds of northwest Wyoming.
Headstrong Brewery began in 2015, as many microbreweries do: with a homebrew kit and a dream. It’s flourished in the short time since and is well worth stopping off I-25 in Douglas for a pint of perfection. Notable taproom varieties include the Intractable Scottish Ale and the malty, smooth Mulish Amber Ale.
Lander Brewing Company
Stop by Lander Brewing Company to taste hops with history. Its origins date to the late 1800s, and, since ceasing production during Prohibition, has reopened and undergone a makeover complete with new fermenting equipment. Try one of Lander’s favorite brews such as Rock Chuck Rye or Jack Mormon Pale, or check out the ever-changing roster of seasonals on tap.
Gillette Brewing Co.
Located in the historic Gillette Post Office building, Gillette Brewing Co. has pool tables, shuffle board and live music — making it the perfect hangout for any season. Pair their Avenue Amber or Locomotive Brown with a hand-tossed pie from the taproom’s Gone Postal Pizzeria.
Black Tooth Brewing Co.
Black Tooth Brewing Co. invites visitors to “Drink the West” at its Sheridan taproom, located near the heart of the Bighorn Mountains. Black Tooth was founded in 2010 and has thrived since, opening a multi-million-dollar production facility in 2015 that testifies to the popularity of beers such as its Wagon Box Wheat, Hot Streak IPA and Bomber Mountain Amber.