There’s something pretty darn perfect about enjoying an ice cold brew in the untamed, western state of Wyoming. So perfect in fact, that we can’t help but think of a better way to enjoy your vacation then to add in a stop at one of Wyoming’s breweries.
In addition to the breathtaking nature and incredible western history, Wyoming is also home to several award winning breweries. It’s not just our neighbor state to the south having all the fun! No matter which driving route you take for your road trip, you are sure to come across some of the best beer spots in the country. So take a break from the road and sit down for a refreshing drink and a delicious meal at any of these great locales along our four popular routes leading to Yellowstone.
Rockies to Tetons
Looking for a local brewery with a ton of local flavor? Freedom's Edge is a hot spot among the residents of Cheyenne and we're sure you'll see why. Freedom's Edge is an establishment offering great brews in a nostalgic old western-style building. Feel free to bring out a board game or two while you sip on some of their unique favorites-- We recommend their blood orange wheat brew!
Featuring some of the best craft beers from around the region, make your way over to The Accomplice Beer Company located in the historic Cheyenne depot. With a rotating line-up of 14 craft beers on tap and a newly released line-up of Accomplice brews, enjoy ribs, wings, and all the best snacks to accompany a nice cold beer.
Look for Daniel Mark’s Brewing Company, in the heart of Cheyenne. What started out as home brewing, quickly grew into a passion for taking four ingredients and making them into so much more. Daniel Mark’s will offer a variety of six different brews and continue to develop new recipes. Our favorite is to take a seat on the patio out back and throw a couple games of corn hole while enjoying the seasonal selection.
Just a short drive northwest of Cheyenne, Laramie deserves your attention, and at least a day exploring their quintessential breweries and lively college town vibe. Catch a local game at the Library Sports Grille and Brewery and enjoy a sampling of their beer offerings with a $1 taste glass, which may or may not lead you to a pint or two after. One thing's for sure, with all the diehard Cowboys fans in your midst, there's a chance you'll leave with a new appreciation for that brown and gold.
Another Laramie favorite is the ever-popular Coal Creek Tap Nano Brewery. Much like their coffee house (equally worth your time!) this place has a much more chill atmosphere-- think hipsters and lots of IPA's. Coal Creek, much like its brews, is very sophisticated, and uses malts from all over the world in order to provide every beer conoisseur a excellent, locally brewed taste.
Round out the day with a stop at Altitude Chophouse where you can enjoy a memorable steak along with, you guess it, a great beer. The focus of Altitude is fine dining, handcrafted fare and award-winning brews. Now that, my friends, is an excellent combination.
Sheep Mountain Brewery is a nano brewery located at the foot of Sheep Mountain in southeast Wyoming. Make sure to stop by O'Dwyers Public House in Laramie and pick up a Sheep Mountain Brewery beer.
Go off the path a bit and head West for Saratoga. There you'll find some desirable hot springs to soak in, and of course, a great brewery to sip on some great beer. Snowy Mountain Brewery offers the finest beers made with only the best ingredients, many of which are imported from the UK and Germany. The craft beers are a special treat, distinct from any other brews you've had with their unique flavors.
In this quaint town comprised of an equal representation of hipsters and climbers alike, you'd be surprised if they didn't have a great local brewery. And lucky for you, they most certainly do. The Lander Brewing Company aims to please with its local flavors and refreshing microbrews. Locals call it a "super cool bar, with super cool food" and honestly, we couldn't put it any better if we tried.
Salt to Stone
Great food, great beer, and a proud hometown Wyoming vibe is what you'll get at Suds Brothers Brewery. Just a quick break from I-80 and you'll be delighting your tastebuds with their famous burgers, and washing it down with their Oatmeal Stout (one of Suds' biggest crowd-pleasers.).
Head a little further east on I-80 and you're following more than the interstate. The Oregon Trail, Mormon Trail and other pioneer routes ran through Sweetwater County, and for today's lucky travelers, all trails end with some pretty spectacular brews. Bitter Creek Brewing is the place to go to to wash off the trail dust. Grab a light and refreshing Boars Tusk, or top off a gourmet burger with A Beer Named Bob.
Head north on I-189 for a well-deserved afternoon of fishing or Native American culture, whatever your fancy, and a necessary stop at the Wind River Brewing Company Restaurant and Brewery. You'll take in some epic views of the Wind River mountains on their outdoor patio while sipping a refreshing hand crafted beer. Chances are, you'll love it so much you'll insist on bringing home a souvenir, and lucky for you, you can pick up one of their canned lines featuring WRBC Blonde and WPA ales to share with a friend back home.
Ah, Jackson Hole. If there ever were a place for great, locally brewed beers, it would undoubtedly be here. Switch things up from the Wyoming steak (though admittedly, we'd understand if you never did!) and check out Melvin Brewing, that originally found its home at Thai Me Up, an eclectic Thai restaurant, is now expanding from a 3bbl to a 30bbl system after winning two medals at the World Beer Cup earlier this year. This place is truly unique, and just plain cool. You'll see what we mean after reading their beer list; ComaToast, Purple Drank, Lemonhead and "*" to name a few. w.
Looking for something a little more traditional? Snake River Brewery should be at the top of your list of things to do while in Jackson. This place is not only the oldest brewery in Wyoming, it's also one of the best. Take a Brewpub tour and enjoy one of their killer sandwhiches while "putting their river through your liver!".
Next, catch some rare wildlife spottings on the ever-popular Moose Wilson road on your way to Roadhouse Brewing Company--yet another great local brewery. Roadhouse has that classic Western flare that reminds you that you're in Wyoming, and that Wyoming is, well, awesome. Talk shop with the good 'ole boys or just kick back after a day venturing around the Tetons with an icy brew-- Might we recommend their Beautiful Buzz Espresso Stout? Either way you can't go wrong.
Park to Park
Central Wyoming in itself is a hidden gem, boasting exceptional museums and world-class fishing. Top off your day and celebrate the prize-winning trout you caught along the miracle mile at the Headstrong Brewery in Douglas. Headstrong offers its patrons a "total brewing experience" that doesn't just stop at a delicious brew. Take a tour, visit their store, or check out their homebrew hints and tips to make your own.
In Casper for the day? Great excuse to stop by The World Famous Wonder Bar or Backwards Distillery & Milkcan. A huge selection of on-tap beers await you at the Wonder Bar, not to mention the satisfaction to your hankering for that big, juicy burger. This bar was named "Best Bar" in the 2013 Casper's Choice Awards with their 15 styles of beer ranging from Big Horn Black Ale to Grandma Betty's Pale Ale, made with apricots.
Just a quick jaunt west of town to Mills will land you at the Backwards Distilling Company. No beer here (gasp!) but what you will find is high-quality vodka and gin. This place is brand new and offering tours.
Top off your intake of Western history at the sites in Cody with a cold one at the Pat O'Hara Brewing Company. Pat O'Hara's offers a leg up on the standard bar food, offering delicious plates like their country fried pork chops. Wash it all down with a classic dark brew.
Looking for something less traditional than a pub, and a little more family friendly? Head over to Millstone Pizza Company and Brewery. Not only do they have an arcade, which is undoubtedly awesome, they also serve up 15 beers on tap and ah-mazing pizza. You just can't go wrong here.
In Thermopolis you’ll find an upbeat friendly atmosphere at the One Eyed Buffalo Brewing Company offering fun, food and beer. The beer selection changes frequently, so be sure to stop in to see what they have on tap.
In the heart of downtown Powell, you’ll find the WYOld West Brewing Company that features goods from Wyoming's sun-kissed harvest. As well as their selections of beer, you’ll also find a great selection of pizza pies that you can’t miss.
Black to Yellow
Gillette is a must-stop for anyone making their way to Yellowstone along this route. You and your family will be fascinated by the history and lore of the coal mine tours and be spoiled by the great restaurants and breweries. The Gillette Brewing Company is responsible for bringing out-of-towners to Gillette all year long, and its completely understandable after sipping on their Smokey Porter or Roughneck Rye IPA. Serious beer-drinkers will be very pleased.
Venturing around the town of Buffalo, the location of Wyoming's annual Longmire Days, you may need to wet the ol' whistle with some of the town's local brews. Satifsying, delicious, and the perfect cap to your day of touring Crazy Woman Square and the surrounding museums, the Clear Creek Brewing Company is a great end of the day treat. Relax in a living room style atmosphere that will make you feel right at home, or chill out on the patio for live music and great conversation. Clear Creek doesn't serve food, but feel free to order from any local spot and enjoy it on-site!
Head West for a bit until stopping in Ten Sleep where spectacular views and brews await you. The Ten Sleep Brewing Company is the local hometown brewery located in a barn at the base of Signal Cliff. It doesn't get more "Wyoming" than this, folks. The facility features a 7 BBL stainless brew house and high quality craft beer in a wide array of unique flavors. Sip on a pint as you take in the authentic Western surroundings.
Head North for three local favorites to finish out your complete Wyoming Brew tour before heading to Yellowstone. Black Tooth Brewing is an award winning brewery with an expertise in all things beer. Obviously. They offer four year-round selections, including the Bomber Mountain amber, Indian Paintbrush IPA, Saddle Brown brown ale, and Wagon Box american wheat, among several other season offerings.
The bare brick walls, low lighting, and wood interior of Luminous Brewhouse provide that low-key, familar atmosphere you crave on vacation. The beer is decadent, a real treat for the conoisseur in your family. Try the noteworthy Double IPA made with magnum, Australian Galaxy, and Cascade hops for a strong, full-bodied brew, or the Java Moon Coffee Ale for a little twist on your typical beer--brewed with Java Moon's Sunny Moon Blend and balanced with roasted barley and a kick of caffeine.
Since the late 1800’s, the Koltiska family has been known for two things: a lust for life and a fine liqueur. Offering a truly fine, smooth, spirit liqueur, one that carries the tradition and strength of the American West. The Koltiska Distillery recently opened the distillery for tours and will soon be offering carriage rides.
As Newcastle's first and only Microbrewery T&A Brewing is located in a newly renovated historic space on main street. Several craft beers are on tap for visitors to stop in and enjoy.