Distillery Tour Itinerary

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.

2. Backwards Distilling Company - Mills

Sitting around the family dinner table is where this distillery became a reality. Backwards Distilling is really a family affair, with a brother and sister, mother and father team of four who started and now run this full-time distillery and tasting room in Mills, Wyoming, right outside of Casper.

The Pollock family had done a lot of traveling over the years to seek out the best foods and spirits. One day around the family table, it occurred to them that they could make their own.

After about two years of traveling, research and education, the distillery quickly took off. Now, you can visit their tasting room for seasonal specialties and get a taste of the local product in more than one way. The Backwards menu features spirits and cocktails that are not only made from scratch, but some feature produce from a cooperation with the Wyoming Food for Thought Program, which is a local organization that helps fight hunger in Wyoming’s Natrona County.

The tasting room is open 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. Saturdays, and 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday. Tours are conducted Saturdays at 12 p.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. as well as Sundays at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. (Tours are limited, so it’s highly recommended to call ahead to guarantee your spot.)

The Backwards Distilling family includes not only the Backwards line, but also 307 Vodka, and Milk Can Moonshine. Most well-known for their moonshine, the inspiration for this product draws deep from Wyoming’s past. In the era of the prohibition, Wyoming had a reputation for producing some of the best moonshine in the country. One particular distiller sold his product out of a dairy wagon, which is why Milk Can Moonshine comes in an old-fashioned style milk jar.

3. Wojtek Distillery - Laramie

Speaking of drawing from history, our next stop with Wojtek Distillery in Laramie has a history of its own. The recipe for their most well-know product, Vazoonka, comes from a family recipe brought over from Poland when the family of company president and head distiller, Robert Vanatta, settled in the Sheridan area. Once used as a source of trade on the family ranch, the recipe has been passed down generation by generation. As far as Vanatta knows, they are the only producer of Vazoonka outside of Poland.

When Vanatta graduated from the University of Wyoming, he decided to open up a full-blown distillery producing Vazoonka, vodka, and gin. Currently he is in the process of moving to a larger space with a tasting room. The new production facility will share space with 307 Wines working in collaboration as two Wyoming-production facilities together. Currently Wojtek products can be found in restaurants and bars in the Laramie area.

4. Koltiska Distillery - Sheridan

The Koltiska’s settled in Sheridan County in the late 19th Century, and the family has called Wyoming home for more than five generations. As a ranching family, Justin Koltiska’s great grandfather had a liquor recipe that was always in high demand from family and friends and often brought to local celebrations. In 2001, Justin, his brother, Jason, and his uncle, Rob opened Kolts Fine Spirits. In 2005, they released the handcrafted Koltiska Original Liqueur, followed by KO 90, each an embodiment of the spirit of the American West.

In early 2016 Kolts Fine Sprits became the Koltiska Distillery, and the company opened a new production facility and tasting room in July, offering guests an opportunity to sample old favorites, new products (Vodka and Winter Mint) and craft cocktails inspired by more than 100 years of local family lore.

The Koltiska Horse & Carriage Co. offers daily tours that include classic carriage rides throughout Sheridan’s historic core and distillery tastings and tours.

5. WYO Rodeo Whiskey - Sheridan

The Maestri family, a ranch family from the Sheridan area and owners of Bighorn Spirits, have partnered with the Sheridan WYO Rodeo to release a special line of WYO Rodeo Whiskey. With notes of vanilla and caramel, this special line is aged for 12 years in Oak barrels. The WYO Rodeo Whiskey made its premier at the 2017 Sheridan WYO Rodeo and is now available at liquor stores and bars throughout the state.

6. Big Lost Meadery - Gillette

Big Lost meads are honey-based liquors that are made with a combination of brewing, wine making, and traditional maizing processes. Their mead can be found around the state, including at the following establishments:
Gillette- Good Times Liquor and the Center Bar
Sheridan- Star Liquor and The Mint Bar
Powell- WYOld West Brewing Co
Tensleep- Tensleep Saloon
Byron- The Byron Bar
Newcastle- T&A Brewing Co

7. Jackson Hole Still Works - Jackson

The dynamic duo of Chas Marsh and Travis Goodman are not only the creators of Jackson Hole Still Works, but are they are also the only employees at the small batch distillery. Chas brings a deep background in brewing beer while Travis has more than 14 years in the wine business. Combined, the pair quickly distinguished the best grains and flavors for their product. Using corn from Riverton and oats from Powell, Jackson Hole Still Works produces gluten-free Highwater Vodka and Great Grey Gin.

Chas and Travis work tirelessly to distribute throughout Wyoming, often driving hours to meet with local liquor stores in remote locations. As a result, their product is available in 85-90 percent of stores throughout the state, as well as restaurants and bars. When product is ready, they host local bottling parties which brings the community together for 4-5 hours to help bottle new product and spend time together. Participants can mark the bottles they work on and then look for them in local liquor stores.

The mission of Jackson Hole Still Works is to educate consumers that Wyoming does in fact produce some of the best spirits in the country (and, possibly the world). The tasting room is open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday (but customers are encouraged to call ahead to confirm Chas or Travis is on-hand).

8. Grand Teton Distilling Company - Jackson

As a bonus, stop by the tasting room for Grand Teton Distilling Company in downtown Jackson. The tasting room offers free samples of their award-winning spirits, along with retail items such as logo glassware, barware, wearables and of course bottles to purchase. Stop in and let one of their staff educate you on the distilling process and why their spirits have become world-renown. 

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