If bourbon is your drink of choice, a trip to Wyoming Whiskey should be in your plans! This independent, family-owned distillery is located in Kirby, Wyoming, in the beautiful Big Horn Basin. The company utilizes fresh ingredients and maintains a select process that promotes the region’s natural resources. Visitors can tour the distillery, see how handcrafted whiskey is made, and enjoy plenty of samples along the way! Here are some of our favorite things to do at Wyoming Whiskey.
Spend an Afternoon at the Wyoming Whiskey Distillery
History of Wyoming Whiskey
Kirby is a small village with a small population. The roads are gravel, the houses are few, and the nearest city is two and a half hours southeast. It’s not the type of place that you would expect to find Wyoming’s first premium whiskey.
The Mead family first came to Wyoming as ranchers in 1890. In the ensuing 125 years, the family has continued to work raising cattle at their ranches in Spring Gulch and Kirby. Brad and Kate Mead are the founders of Wyoming Whiskey, and Sam Mead has been guiding the distillery since 2014. He is responsible for all of the Wyoming Whiskey products that sit on store shelves today.
Take a Tour
Wyoming Whiskey offers guided tours Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Your guide will take you through the working distillery and detail the entire bourbon making process – from milling to fermentation to distillation. After you visit the aging warehouse, head over to the Whiskey Shop for a chance to buy unique Wyoming Whiskey products and gear. The shop is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Try the Whiskey
Visitors can also enjoy a proper tasting in the Whiskey Shop. Some of the distillery’s most popular beverages include:
- Small-Batch Bourbon Whiskey: A traditional bourbon, the award-winning Wyoming Whiskey Small-Batch Bourbon offers hints of vanilla bean and caramel pudding. Expect a medium length finish with notes of toffee.
- Single-Barrel Bourbon Whiskey: Chosen for its singular character and taste, one barrel of this whiskey yields just 220 bottles. The Single-Barrel Bourbon has a long finish with lingering impressions of butter crème, candied orange peel, and dried fruit.
- Barrel Strength Bourbon Whiskey: This is the most elusive of Wyoming Whiskey’s offerings. The Barrel Strength Bourbon Whiskey is aromatic and spicy, with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, fudge, orange peel, and anise.
Book Your Stay at the Bentwood Inn
If you want to try Wyoming Whiskey for yourself, plan a trip to the distillery or book a stay at the Bentwood Inn! We utilize the bourbon in one of our lodge’s most famous recipes – Jackson Hole Gravlax. Chef Bob has created a Western version of this nordic classic, using local Wyoming Whisky, cilantro, and jalapeño. Click here for the recipe and visit our rooms page to make your reservations. We look forward to having you!
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