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I know more than a few people still lamenting the loss of all the brew festivals that got cancelled this summer. There’s no shortage of places to get your craft beer fix, but there’s truly something special about a brewer’s fest. Which got us thinking… What if we could have a socially distanced fest? A weekend-long opportunity to sample several different beverages from different brewers and distillers – all with a heck of a bargain rolled into the deal? Enter...
the FREE Daddy of the Malt Craft Beverage Trail Pass!
By signing up for the free pass, you gain access to Buy One, Get One pints at the local breweries and cocktails at the distilleries. Redeem them all and at your last stop get a stainless-steel pint glass to take home with you! (And, speaking from experience, those suckers keep your beer COLD!!)
Now, not only can you get a screamin’ deal on drinks, but you can also double-dip with the Buck Off Cheyenne Savings Pass. Pair that with a few museums, adventure out at Curt Gowdy State Park, or catch a concert at The Lincoln or the Outlaw Saloon and you've put together a great weekend getaway!
Want us to make it even easier? Here's how the locals would do it:
Pine Bluffs Distilling:
Pine Bluffs Distilling and Tasting Room, Pine Bluffs, WY; (307) 245-3000; pinebluffsdistilling.com
We suggest kicking off the tour at Laramie County’s original distillery! A quick jog east on I-80 gets you the first of your BOGO drinks and tours of the distilling operation. The local supplier of the malt for most brewers in town, the Pine Bluffs Distillery runs a soil-to-spirits operation, making Wyoming spirits out of grain straight from local farms.
Accomplice Brewing Company
121 W. 15th Street; (307) 632-2337; www.accomplicebeer.com
Accomplice Beer Company is housed in the historic Cheyenne Depot, right next to the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. With three seating options in good weather (out front facing the Depot Plaza, out back next to the tracks, or indoors), there is plenty of room to spread out and enjoy your pints. The Accomplice Beer Company is now serving six core beers, three seasonal styles and four guest taps.
Blue Raven Brewery
209 E. 18th Street; (307) 369-1978; www.blueravenbrewery.com
Blue Raven Brewery offers a variety of handcrafted ales brewed in the carriage house behind the historic home located on 18th St. With outdoor patio seating and live music, Blue Raven offers a great atmosphere to sample their brews and strike up a conversation.
Black Tooth Brewing Company
520 W 19th St; (307) 514-0362; www.blacktoothbrewingcompany.com
After brunching like no one’s business (there are OPTIONS on Sundays – Wyoming Rib & Chop, The Metropolitan, Epic Egg, Omelet House, Luxury Diner, The Good Egg, and more…), noon means beer is back on the menu! Head to the newest brewery on the scene at Black Tooth. Cheyenne has the privilege to being the test market for the flagship location in Sheridan, WY, so know you are getting first tastes and steering the future of the company, simply by Drinking the West – that’s a tall order! Featuring year-round, seasonal, and limited release brews, there’s always plenty of options for the hops hounds out there.
1506 Thomes Avenue; (307) 214-1854; www.facebook.com/ChroniclesDistilling
Pop on over to 15th and Thomes for some Made in America cocktails. This brother-owned distillery specializes in conversation over drinks; the name Chronicles is a nod to the stories we share with friends and the tales told in pubs all over the world. The former marines have a story or two of their own to share while you sip on a bubbly Tart Lemon or Berry & Barb concoction.
Freedom’s Edge Brewing Company
1509 Pioneer Avenue; (307) 514-5314; www.freedomsedgebrewing.com
All good things must come to an end, but you may opt to linger a little longer at this last stop. The oldest of our craft breweries, this sunshine-bathed tap house features eight unique styles of beer at any given time. Whether it is the “1890” IPA (a nod to the year Wyoming achieved statehood) or “Karen” the blonde ale, there’s typically a flavor to compliment everyone’s palate. Also locally know as a meeting place for kendama (Japanese yo-yo) fanatics, you are welcome to try your hand at a new skill – just set your beer down first!
Cheyenne’s craft beverage scene holds its own...
...which makes the quick drive north a no-brainer! Only 90 minutes from Denver and 40 minutes from Ft. Collins, Cheyenne makes a great day trip or weekend escape. Looking for additional savings? The Buck Off Cheyenne Savings Pass offers deals at local businesses, restaurants, and attractions. And don’t forget your Daddy of the Malt pass is valid a year from download, so if you don’t get to all five stops, come back to get those last stops in and earn your pint glass. Cheyenne will have more awesome to squeeze into a follow up trip then too!
As always, we encourage our pass adventurers to consider Lyft or Uber and local hotels for the weekend– make responsible transportation choices, please!