My trip out west wasn’t intended as a beer vacation, but I think it might qualify. I planned the trip to experience the natural beauty of Grand Teton and Yellowstone. Those iconic national parks are two good reasons to head west, but I have a third: the beer.
I was impressed with the great beer being brewed in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. Since this was my first trip to the area, I wanted to immerse myself in the local beer scene. I think I succeeded — my final tally over the 11-day trip: 41 different beers sampled from 15 different breweries, plus one brewpub visit.
For completeness, here are the beers not mentioned in my earlier Yellowstone blog posts:
Big Hole Brewing Company, Belgrade, Montana
- Headstrong Pale Ale, on draft at the Lake Hotel Dining Room
- Big Hole Mythical White Grand Reserve, bought single bottle in Canyon Village
Red Lodges Brewing, Red Lodge, Montana
- Bent Nail IPA, on draft at Roosevelt Lodge
- Hefeweizen, on draft at Bear Den lounge at Old Faithful Inn
Kettlehouse Brewing Company, Missoula, Montana
- Cold Smoke Scotch Ale, on draft at Rosie’s in Gardiner
- Double Haul IPA, bought 16 oz can in Old Faithful Village
Lone Peak Brewery, Big Sky, Montana
- Nordic Blonde, on draft at Snow Lodge Dining Room
Madison River Brewing Company, Belgrade, Montana
- Black Ghost Oatmeal Stout, on draft at Wolfpack Ale House in West Yellowstone
New Belgium Brewing, Fort Collins, Colorado
- Ranger IPA, on draft in the Denver airport
Alaskan Brewing Company, Juneau, Alaska
- Alaskan Amber, bottle in Gardiner after rafting trip (thanks, Dave)
With the Yellowstone Trip report complete, I can start writing about my summer visits to Maryland brewpubs – six since Memorial Day.