Wyoming Breweries Win Big at Great American Beer Festival

Last weekend hundreds of breweries convened at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver for the 31st annual Great American Beer Festival. Thousands of beers competed against each other in 84 different style categories to determine the best of the best. Our great state of Wyoming had 46 beers entered from breweries across the state, and nearly 20 percent of them brought home medals. One of the biggest surprises of the weekend was the success of Thai Me Up Brewery, the small nano-brewery located right here in Jackson. Thai Me Up took home two gold medals in two of the most competitive categories, American Style Strong Pale Ale and Imperial India Pale Ale, both of which had over 100 beers entered. TMU also won a silver medal in the Fruit Beer category and took first in a side competition called the Alpha King Challenge put on by Hop Union to make for a very successful weekend for this up and coming small brewery. Snake River Brewing of Jackson also took home two more medals to add to their expansive trophy case and Black Tooth Brewing’s Wagon Box Wheat continued its success after winning a gold at the World Beer Cup earlier this year. Check out all the award winning beers from Wyoming:

Thai Me Up Restaurant & Brewery – Jackson, WY

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Melvin IPA
American Style Strong Pale Ale

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2 x 4 Double IPA
Imperial India Pale Ale

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Cherry Freak
Fruit Beer

Snake River Brewing – Jackson, WY

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Rolling Thunder Dortmunder
Dortmunder or German-Style Oktoberfest

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Paintbrush Pilsner
German-Style Pilsener

Black Tooth Brewing – Sheridan, WY

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Wagon Box Wheat
American-Style Wheat Beer

Wind River Brewing – Pindale, WY

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Gayle Force Pale Ale
Classic English-Style Pale Ale

Altitude Chophouse & Brewery – Laramie, WY

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Tumblewheat
American-Style Wheat Beer with Yeast

Other medal winning beers we regularly carry at TLS:

  • White Rascal – Avery Brewing Co. (Belgian-Style Witbier) Silver
  • Session Premium Lager – Full Sail Brewing Co. (Munich-Style Helles) Silver
  • Longboard Island Lager – Kona Brewing Co. (Munich-Style Helles) Bronze
  • Hazelnut Brown Nectar – Rogue Brewery (Specialty Beer) Gold
  • Chainbreaker WIPA – Deschutes Brewery (American-Belgo-Style Ale) Silver
  • Session Black Premium Dark Lager – Full Sail Brewing Co. (American-Style Dark Lager) Bronze
  • Keystone Light – Coors Brewing Co. (American-Style Lager, Light Lager or Premium Lager) Bronze
  • Miller Lite – Miller Brewing Co. (American-Style Lager, Light Lager or Premium Lager) Silver
  • Pabst Blue Ribbon – Pabst Brewing Co. (American-Style Lager, Light Lager or Premium Lager ) Gold
  • Mickey’s Malt Liquor – Miller Brewing Co. (American-Style Specialty Lager or Cream Ale or Lager) Bronze

Congratulations to all the breweries who medaled at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival and make sure you swing by The Liquor Store & Wine Loft of Jackson Hole to pick up some of these award winning beers. Cheers! – Stephen

About Stephen Williams

Hey, I'm the marketing coordinator and website manager for The Liquor Store & Wine Loft. I am an avid beer drinker, photographer and snowboarder and can't think of a better place to enjoy all three than Jackson Hole. Cheers!