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Lander Brewing Co. wins Steinley Cup Gold

Lander Brewing Co. wins Steinley Cup Gold

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Lander Brewing Co. wins Steinley Cup Gold
By MJ Clark - Wyoming Business Report

SARATOGA - The 16th Annual Steinley Cup, Wyoming's official microbrew competition, was held this past weekend in Saratoga. Ten of the twelve Wyoming-based microbreweries, plus Grand Teton Brewing of Victor, Idaho, attended the Steinley Cup, along with a crowd of 825 people.

"We were only missing two breweries this year," said Stacy Crimmins, executive director of the Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce.

This year's contest brew was Amber Ale, and the winner is the Lander Brewing Company's Bighorn Rye Bock. This is the same brew that took home the Gold Medal in June at the North American Brewers Association's Mountain Brewers Festival. The wins are a big deal, when you consider that the brewery is only a year old.

The People's Choice Award went to Laramie's The Library Restaurant & Brewing Co. for its Koln Dunkel. The Library has won people's choice awards for three years running, "proving they know their customers," Crimmins said.
"The Chamber has been organizing this event for years, and this year was outstanding!" Crimmins said. "I think the brewers really enjoyed the fact that this competition is invitational.  We don't invite corporate breweries, or breweries located in neighboring states.  They know this is the real deal." 

Crimmins went on to explain that Grand Teton Brewing is "grandfathered" into the competition as acknowledgement of their work to create state legislation for microbreweries.  Other breweries competing included Altitude Chophouse & Brewery of Laramie, Bitter Creek Brewing Company of Rock Springs, Black Tooth Brewing of Sheridan, Snake River Brewing of Jackson, Saratoga's Snowy Mountain Brewery, Suds Brothers Brewery of Evanston, Wind River Brewing of Pinedale and Casper's Wyoming Brewing Company. 

The award for best root beer went to Evanston's Suds Brothers Brewery.

In the chili category, there was a three-way tie for the best red chili: Rayetta Kirkley/The Rendezvous Lodge, Chris Blaize/United Way of Carbon County, and Jan Heinle all shared the honors. Charlie Dana won the People's Choice for red.

In the green chili category, the Judges' Choice went to Ryan Monk, while the People's Choice went to Trevor Ingraham of J.W. Hugus Restaurant and Catering. Top salsa honors were bestowed by both the judges and the people to Duke's Bar and Grill.

Wyoming Business Report