Wyoming’s best kept whiskey secret is a 2 and ½ hour drive outside of Casper, in the town of Kirby, WY. The secret you ask is a whiskey distillery which is currently the only legal whiskey distillery in the State of Wyoming. As you drive through the Wind River Canyon and the town of Thermopolis you are only twelve miles from this fantastic spirit.
Wyoming Whiskey was started in 2009 and their first bottle was released in 2012. They have 12 employees that run this distillery. The employees worked with a head distiller from Makers Mark to get their process and flavor profile down. Today this distillery runs their small batch whiskey (which consists of 40 barrels) to create approximately 1,000 bottles of this spirit twice a month.
So what makes this spirit so special? Well any head distiller can tell you that one of the secret ingredients is the water that is used in the process. Wyoming Whiskey uses a lime filtered water in their process and before this spirit is bottled is goes through a unique reverse osmosis lime filtered process. Other ingredients include approximately 70% corn, 20% wheat and 10% malted barley.
Couple of unique facts about this great spirit is the percentage of alcohol that is listed on the bottle is 44%, which just so happens to be the number the state became a member of the union.
Second, Dennis Lue is one of the original employees from when the distillery opened who still works there to this day. Check out the dedication tattooed on his arm (his picture is posted in the gallery).