The Equality State - The Cowboy State
The first to kick off the beer scene in Wyoming was Green River Brewery, which was founded in 1872 by Adam Braun. By the start of Prohibition the brewery had undergone a name change, with the new name being Sweetwater Brewing. By 1931 it closed its doors due to the passing of the final owner Hugo Gaensslen.
Another early starter of the Wyoming beer scene was Casper Brewing Company. Unfortunately, Casper Brewing chose the wrong time to open in the year 1914, just before Prohibition kicked off. Thankfully, the brewery managed to survive the alcohol free years, and reopened their doors in 1934. After this, they had a brief closure from 1944 to 1948.
As for craft brewing, the pioneer of this movement in Wyoming was Otto Brothers Brewing Company, which opened its doors in 1988. Fun fact, in 1989 the Otto brothers introduced the growler! 1998 rolled around and their brewery moved to the border of Idaho, and changed its name to Grand Teton Brewing.
Of all the wonderful Wyoming breweries, the oldest that is still in existence today, is Snake River Brewing, which first opened its doors in 1994. Snake River Brewing was named the Small Brewer of the Year at the GABF(Great American Beer Festival) not once, but twice, and has brought home over 36 other GABF awards. As a whole, the breweries in Wyoming have earned over 64 awards.
Have you ever heard of the University of Wyoming beer song?
If not, well then you’re about to! The song states: “In heaven, there is no beer. That’s why we drink it here (Right Here)! And when we’re gone from here, our friends will be drinking all our beer!”
This little song was said to be inspired by the 1984 film called, “In Heaven There Is No Beer.” Several other universities use or remix this song, but Wyoming is definitely one of the leaders of this trend.
To those that wonder about Wyoming beer laws such as when and where can you buy beer in Wyoming? The answer is, in grocery stores, bars, and restaurants any day of the week between 6 a.m. and 2 a.m.
Some big attractions for beer lovers are the Wyoming Beer Fest and Wyoming Beer Trail. The beer fest typically occurs in early August and is a big hit and great opportunity to try all the amazing Wyoming beers and breweries.
With so many incredible Wyoming craft breweries, we have found that some of the best Wyoming beers come from:
• Danielmark’s Brewing Company Inc.
• Square State Brewing
• Bad Joker Brewing Company
• Skull Tree Brewing
• Mountain Hops Brewhouse
• Luminous Brewhouse
• Bond’s Brewing Company,
• Ten Sleep Brewing Company
• Lander Brewing
• Altitude Chophouse & Brewery
• Melvin Brewing
• Wind River Brewing.
We have also had the pleasure of featuring some of the best Wyoming craft beer from some of the best breweries in Wyoming, including: Black Tooth Brewing Company (the largest brewery in Wyoming) and Snake River Brewing Company (the oldest brewery in Wyoming).
We are always looking for new Wyoming craft beer and breweries to add to our monthly craft beer club shipments, and hope to have more in the near future. Cheers!
Black Tooth Brewing Company
Sheridan, Wyoming’s most highly awarded brewery crafts fun, unique, high quality craft beers from the heart of the wild, wild west.
Founded by Travis Zeilstra and Tim Barnes in 2010, Black Tooth Brewing ...Read more...
Snake River Brewing Company
The most award-winning small brewery in the country today!
The oldest microbrewery in Wyoming, the Snake River Brewing Company ha ...Read more...