Wyoming was the last state to officially adopt prohibition, and never fully adopted it in reality. At the time, Sheridan was home to a number of speakeasies and more than one law-enforcement official on the take. These days, the iconic western town’s independent streak has found expression in the rapidly growing craft alcohol movement.
The story of alcohol crafted in Sheridan starts with Kolts Fine Spirits, Wyoming’s first distilled spirit manufacturer, founded in 2001. As early Sheridan County settlers, the Koltiska family has been distilling liquor in Wyoming for five generations. Currently, Robert, Jason, and Justin Koltiska distribute their products: Koltiska Original, KO 90, Koltiska Vodka, and Koltiska Winter-Mint Liqueur in three states.
The distillery opened to tours in 2015, and from May to August you can arrive in a carriage courtesy of Koltiska Horse and Carriage Co. The horses, Pete and Charlie, are a beautiful Percheron team, also descendants of a long line of Sheridan residents. The Koltiska Distillery is located at 644 Crook Street and is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 10:00 pm.
Black Tooth Brewing Co. has achieved astounding success in the seven short years they have existed. In the spring of 2015, they completed a multi-million dollar production facility capable of producing upwards of 50,000 barrels of beer a year, making it the largest brewery in Wyoming, and second only to Coors’ Golden, Colorado facility in the entire Rocky Mountain region.
Every year, Black Tooth Brewing Co. celebrates their anniversary by uncorking the barrels of 1314 Wyoming Whiskey barrel aged English Strong Ale (with an ABV of 11.6%) that were sealed exactly one year earlier. This year, for their seventh anniversary, Black Tooth Brewing Co. will release 1314 in 22 ounce glass bottles for the first time. The bottles will be available at the Black Tooth Brewing Taproom, as well as liquor stores across Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska after November 13th.
On November 24th, after the Sheridan Christmas Stroll, Black Tooth Brewing Co will celebrate seven years with live music at the taproom at 312 Broadway Street: Opening act Kalyn Beasley at 7:00 pm, and Jalan Crossland at 9:00 pm.
Luminous Brewhouse is the newcomer on the scene, and they have created a singular identity for themselves. Not only do their brewers continually churn out creative and yummy original brews, but the brewhouse is also an ideal community gathering spot. They have an open mic every Thursday night, and a kid-friendly area with games and popcorn. Check them out at 504 Broadway Street.
For other unique Sheridan alcohol experiences, try the Weston Winery Tasting Room at 122 North Main, The Tasting Library at 700 North Main, or the Bighorn Homebrew Club at bighornhomebrewclub.org.