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Home Brew Contest Back Again for Wyo Brewers Festival

For the fourth year in a row, the Wyoming Brewers Festival will be giving a home brewer the chance to have their creation on tap at the festival. The competition takes place March 23-25 and the winner will once again have the opportunity to brew at Altitude Chophouse and Brewery in Laramie.

2016 homebrew comp flyer

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Two Perfect Summer Days for Craft Beer

I’m a day late in posting this, but feel a quick recap of the Wyoming Brewers Festival is in order. By far, this is the largest beer event in Cheyenne and Southeast Wyoming and this year the festival hit it out of the park. The weather was perfect, more than 1/2 of the Wyoming breweries attended this year and there was a pretty decent variety of beers for all palates to enjoy.

Here are some thoughts on the festival from this past weekend, and I’d love to hear what you think in the comments as well.

The $60 weekend pass was an incredible value. I know that not everyone can afford that kind of outlay, but for $60 to go to a fundraiser in this town for two nights, I’ll take it all day. Plus they don’t beg you to spend more once you get in the door. Tickets for this weekend’s Denim and Diamonds fund raiser START at $100 each. Then you will be tempted with all sorts of ways to separate you and your cash after. Even at $40 the Brewers Festival is one of the best values in charity events in this town.

wyoming brewers festivalA few less IPA’s and a few more summer type beers. It was 90 degrees out, not IPA weather in my mind. I don’t particularly care for Shandy’s but at the same time I’d have knocked a couple back this past weekend. I know IPA’s are the standard, but having 25 different versions of the same beer can get a bit old.

The pods worked beautifully. It was great to see the crowd fill up Depot Plaza. I hope that the pod system continues to expand. It gives a much better festival feel.

wyoming brewers festivalGames! It was fun to watch the giant jenga battles and to watch the police jump every time it came crashing down. There is just something about a group of people getting together and hanging out that the games helps facilitate.

One more thought on the brewers. One  bit of feedback I heard was that it should only feature Wyoming based breweries. That is an idea that needs to go to the way of the horse and buggy. Come on, while Wyoming has great breweries, there are only 21 of them right now. Not all of them have the inventory or ability to travel 6 or 8 hours to a festival. Some day maybe we will get to that point, but to have 11 of those breweries as the anchor to the festival speaks volumes.

wyoming brewers festival cheyenneThe crowd was well behaved. Let’s face it, you have 750 plus people in one spot drinking and there is bound to be trouble. There was very little of that. The security for the festival did a great job, and the police kept a steady, helpful presence. Great job providing a safe atmosphere for all. No crazy drunk throwing things at the band like at Taste of Fort Collins.

Speaking of the bands, Brand 307 was its steady self on Friday night. I can’t wait to hear their new album. Musketeer Gripweed was a bit odd. I was hoping for more out of them, but Taylor Scott, Stole. The. Show. Wow, what a great performance to wrap up the festival. I hope that he is back next year.

All in all this festival really has come a long way. There will be detractors, but that happens with all things. I have yet to talk to someone who attended that didn’t enjoy themselves. They are led by a strong committee which will make sure that the things that worked this year continue and the things that need to be tweaked will be. I’m already looking forward to the 21st edition. The barely legal brewfest. June 17th and 18th, 2016.

Your Ultimate Guide to the Wyoming Brewers Festival

This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of the Wyoming Brewers Festival, and we want to make sure that you experience the selection of beer, food, fun and music to its fullest. So here is everything you will need to know about this year’s festival:

The Skinny:
What: the 20th annual Wyoming Brewers Festival, Presented by Midas
When: 5:00pm-11pm Friday June 19th and Saturday June 20th
Where: Cheyenne Depot Plaza
Who: 27 craft breweries. 11 Wyoming based brewers, 11 Colorado Brewers. 1 each from California, South Dakota, Utah, Idaho and Oregon
Cost: $35 per person purchased online in advance. $40 at the door. Weekend passes available for $60 online in advance before June 18th (tomorrow, so hurry). No weekend passes available at the door. Single day tickets are good for either night. Last year’s token system is no longer in place.
Why: To raise funds for the ongoing development of the Cheyenne Depot Museum
Social Media: Hashtag: #wyobrewfest, Facebook, Twitter Instagram

Brewers in attendance and the beers they are pouring:

beer list

Live Music:
Friday 5:30 to 8:00 PM Guild of Ages
Friday 8:30 to 10:30 Brand 307
Saturday 6:00 to 7:30 Muskateer Gripweed
Saturday 8:00 to 10:30 Taylor Scott Band

Food Trucks:
Funtastic Concessions – serving a little bit of everything, BBQ pork, brisket, hamburgers, fried candy bars & cookies, funnel cakes, etc..
Daily Press Food Truck – serving panini’s & soups
Chicago Dog  -food truck serving hot dogs, brats, foot-longs, and chips
Pico de Guyo – food truck serving homemade mexican food: tacos, burritos, beans, & their specialty green chili
Bella Fucco – serving stone baked pizza
Dust Cutter – fresh squeezed lemonade
Just Slushes – fruit and coffee flavored slushes
G Licious Bar B Que – just as the name implies

Front Range Steal

I’m in Fort Collins for a conference this week, letting all the Colorado based associations know that Cheyenne is a far superior place to hold their meetings. Of course Fort Collins is quite possible the best craft beer town in America, so that excites me for the opportunity to stop in and visit a brewery or two in my free time.

Yesterday, I had some free time to visit Black Bottle Brewing. It was my second time stopping in there, and they are participants in the Wyoming Brewers Festival next week in Cheyenne, so I wanted to support them. I could not have made a better choice of breweries to visit as I found the best fresh beer deal anywhere.

If you are a lover of fresh beer in growlers, you will want to take note. Black Bottle on Wednesday and Sunday offers 1/2 price growler fills. I filled all three growlers I had with me for a grand total of $15. Yes, 12 pints for the price of 3. If you know of a better craft beer deal, I’d like to hear it. We won’t be skipping past Black Bottle on our Sunday trips to Fort Collins in the future.

Twenty Six Breweries Confirmed for Wyoming Brewers Festival

In a craft beer week exclusive we have the full list of brewers committed for the Wyoming Brewers Festival, presented by Midas on June 19th and 20th. The rest of the world finds out tomorrow, but my blog followers get a jump on the list today. I’ve been watching the list grow, and it is an impressive collection of Wyoming, Front Range and western breweries slated for the event. You will probably want to pick up a weekend pass as some of the brewers will have different beers on tap Friday and Saturday.

The breweries hail from seven different western states and include 10 breweries from the state of Wyoming.

A main goal of the brewers committee was to make sure as many representatives from the actual brewers would be on site in Cheyenne as possible. Oftentimes large beer festivals rely on the local distributors to fill out their taps, and no one from the actual brewery is available to tell the story of the beer. This year the committee was highly successful as almost all of the breweries will have staff at their booths.

The committee also worked hard to showcase as many Wyoming brewers as they could. Wyoming has a lot of talented brewers that have won significant awards in the world of beer competitions. In the 2014 World Beer Cup, Melvin Brewing out of Jackson won a gold medal for its 2×4 Imperial IPA and a bronze for its chchch-cherry bomb and Altitude Brewery and Chophouse from Laramie won gold for its Altitude Amber. Black Tooth, Snake River, Lander have won awards from the Great American Beer Festival, and North American Beer Awards.

Last year Wiley Roots out of Greeley was flooded this time of year and we weren’t sure they’d make it to our festival since they had a couple feet of water in their brew house. They managed to commit to at least one night of the festival, but ended coming back for a second night because they enjoyed themselves so much. They were also our very first brewery to sign on in 2014 when we decided to make big changes to the festival.

Here are the 26 brewers who have confirmed their participation in the festival:

Wyoming:
Altitude Brewery and Chop House, Laramie
Cheyenne Brewing Company, Cheyenne
Snake River Brewing, Jackson
Freedom’s Edge, Cheyenne
Black Tooth Brewing, Sheridan
Melvin Brewing, Jackson
Lander Brewing, Lander
Ten Sleep Brewing, Ten Sleep
Coal Creek Brewing, Laramie
Clear Creek Brewing, Buffalo

Colorado:
Crow Hop Brewing, Loveland
Black Bottle Brewing, Fort Collins
Wiley Roots, Greeley
Upslope Brewing, Boulder
Avery Brewing, Boulder
New Belgium, Fort Collins
Odell Brewing, Fort Collins
Broken Compass, Breckenridge
Oscar Blues, Longmont
Snowbank Brewing, Fort Collins
Horse and Dragon, Fort Collins

Idaho:
Grand Teton Brewing Company, Victor

Utah:
Epic Brewing, Salt Lake City

California:
Green Flash Brewing Co., San Diego

Oregon:
Deschutes, Bend

South Dakota:
Sick and Twisted, Hill City

The Wyoming Brewers Festival is June 19th and 20th in the Depot Plaza in downtown Cheyenne, WY. Proceeds from the festival go to support ongoing special projects at the Cheyenne Depot Museum. The festival promotes the growing craft beer culture in the west and celebrates brewers and their products.