Visit these 8 Wyoming Distilleries on Your Next Road Trip
From whiskey distilled on the ranch, to secret distilling operations during the prohibition era, the Cowboy State has a long history of spirits. This notorious history leads us to the legal operations of today, starting with the first legal distillery in Wyoming, Wyoming Whiskey. No matter which part of the state you’re in, you’re sure to come across something to wet your whistle. We’ve taken the liberty to plot these distilleries on a Wyoming Distillery Tour Map, so be sure to use it and visit these distilleries during your next Wyoming road trip!
1. Wyoming Whiskey – Kirby
Wyoming Whiskey is an independent, family-owned distillery located within the Bighorn Basin in Kirby, Wyoming. Owned by the Mead family, fourth generation cattle ranchers in the state of Wyoming (and brother of the current Governor Matt Mead), this distillery is deeply connected to the heritage and legacy of Wyoming.
Everything that goes into the bottle is 100 percent Wyoming. In fact, on the bottom of every bottle is the brand of the Mead’s working cattle ranch. The production facility sits on cattle ranch land, where water is sourced from a limestone aquifer in nearby Manderson. The distillery also sources non-GMO grains from Rageth Farm in Byron.
Visitors can take a 45-minute tour of the facility, starting at the Wyoming Whiskey shop. Here, they’ll see grains milled daily, view the distillation area and the custom designed, 38-foot copper still, as well as enjoy the sweet warehouse aromas. Tours are conducted Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m., starting at the top of the hour.