Sometimes life just calls for a road trip. A delightful break from the norm. Now before I get judged for not even leaving my state, remember that Wyoming is quite large. I live in this part:
Doing a brewery tour also got us labeled as lushes because every post on FB was about beer. Sometimes food. The occasional Bloody Mary. I am sensing a pattern, but judgers be damned! It was worth it.
Bitter Creek Brewery, Rock Springs, WY - pop. 24,000ish
This was a delightful surprise. Many times these small town breweries just lack something. This one, however, was great. Our server and the bartender were both pleasant and knowledgeable. The food was perfect. There wasn't a single beer that didn't score at least a 3. It was a total win-win. Except for leaving my purse there and finding out when we were 50 miles away. That sucked balls.
Favorite beer: Wee Bastard Scottish Ale
Wind River Brewing, Pinedale, WY - pop. 2,000ish
Pinedale is a pretty enough place. It's even better with the brewery. We tasted 9 different beers. Tasted. Not chugged. It's all about the illusion of moderation. The lady behind the bar seemed to rule with an iron fist, but she was super nice. Some dude was dressed like a mountain man for which I am sure there was a reason. Their artichoke dip was first rate. It was the end of kind of a long day, so I wasn't on my game.
Favorite beers: (tied) Adventure Amber and Wind River Mountain Woman Pale Ale
Snake River Brewing Co., Jackson, WY - pop. 11,000ish
Jackson is so beautiful and full of tourists and other undesirables. Us included probably. So many visitors. We were already familiar with Snake River because my brother used to live in Jackson, but it is worth going back. The food was damn tasty, as was the beer.
Favorite beer: Pako's (rhymes with tacos) IPA
Melvin Brewing, Alpine, WY - pop. 1,000ish
Not gonna lie, I was disappointed in the appearance of the joint. There were only two people behind the counter trying the best they could, a bunch of people waiting to get a drink, and the place was a mess (and I mean besides the peanut shells everywhere). It does have a gorgeous view of the reservoir though and tables outside to enjoy it. We are familiar with and really enjoy the beer, so that saved the experience. Good beer always does. I am sure it isn't like this all the time. Just a bad day.
Favorite beers: Killer Bees American Blonde Ale and Heyzeus Mexican Lager
Pat O'Hara Brewing Co., Cody, WY - Pop. 10,000ish
Cody sits just outside Yellowstone Nat'l Park and is picturesque in its own right. Pat O'Hara's has an Irish pub atmosphere and the absolute best corned beef sandwich it has been my pleasure to eat. So good. They only had one of their beers available (King Kirk Kolsch), but they also feature "local" beers (or as local as you can get in a state of 500,000). We also had Lander Atlantic City Gold Kolsch from Lander, WY; Red Lodge Jack's 90 Scottish Ale, Red Lodge Montandy Shandy, and Red Lodge Flathead Cherry Malted Cider from Red Lodge, MT; and Wasatch Apricot Hefeweizen from Park City, UT. The entire flight was so good it was difficult to choose a favorite. But, of course, we did.
Favorite beer: PB's - Red Lodge Montandy Shandy; me - Wasatch Apricot Hefeweizen
WYOld West Brewing Co., Powell, WY - pop. 6,500ish
We truly enjoyed the brewery in this small town. We sampled 11 WWBC beers and 1 guest beer the name of which has slipped my mind. They have these fancy-ass flight holders that are pretty neat. Plus, since only four beers fit in each, it doesn't look like we were throwing them back. We didn't eat here because we just had breakfasts pizzas and a Bloody Mary bar at The Burlington Place in Burlington, WY, (pop 288) about 30 minutes away - go there if you get the chance. Anyway, our child who never stops eating got a Greek salad and loved it, so there's that. We enjoyed this brewery for the atmosphere as well.
Favorite beer: WWBC Trapper 2.0
We drove 1,460 miles on this tour, saw some breath-taking scenery, drank a shit-ton of beer, and had an amazing time. I highly suggest it.
Up-coming brewery tour: Ft. Collins, CO
We have been friends for more years than we haven't. Perhaps because of that or simply because we both have jobs/family that seem to encourage escape, we often bond over an ounce or so of liquid magic. Through these experiences, we have discovered the joys that can come with a well-crafted cocktail, quality beer, and excellent wine. It's about quality for us, and we want to share that with you.