Wyoming Whiskey

Wyoming Whiskey is racking up the accolades.

Melvin’s Ruckus wins gold

Melvin Brewing in Alpine was the top finisher in one category of this year’s Great American Beer Festival competition, and the Eureka, Missouri, branch of Melvin Brewing won second place in another category.

“We brought our Barrel-Aged Ruckus to the Great American Beer Festival, and it brought us home a gold medal in the Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout category,” the company wrote on Facebook.

“A silver medal for Melvin Brewing Eureka’s House of Flying Barrels: Plumage in the Experimental Wood-Aged Beer category made this victory twice as nice.”

The Great American Beer Festival is held by the Brewers Association every year in Colorado, though the in-person public aspect of the festival has been canceled two years in a row due to the pandemic.

But the competition went on, and this year 9,680 beers were judged, and 290 medals were awarded to 265 brewers.

Brewpub to take a break

Saturday will be your last opportunity for a Snake River Brewpub fix for a while.

The brewpub is about to launch the second phase of its renovation project.

“October 2 will be our last day of operation until we reopen this winter with a remodeled second floor,” it posted on social media.

Hanna joins Vertical Harvest

Vertical Harvest Farms, operator of the three-story hydroponic greenhouse next to Jackson’s parking garage, named Todd Hanna its chief operating officer.

“As the company sets sights on breaking ground in Westbrook, Maine, this fall for its second U.S. location, Hanna will lead the expansion plans, team growth and profitability model for the company in 10 new locations over the next five years,” a press release said.

Hanna has served two combat tours as an officer in the Marine Corps from 2002 to 2008, the release said. He has led teams and organizations “of all sizes and across multiple industries, including real estate, nonprofit, financial services, construction, online publishing and consumer packaged goods.”

His time in the Tetons has included stints as CEO of Kate’s Real Food, a producer of energy bars, and chief operating officer at Orion Companies, the owners of 11 construction-related businesses in Jackson.

The press release quoted him: “Vertical Harvest Farms is an urban farming source for good. We are equally committed to responding to global issues such as climate change and food insecurity as we are at addressing local social justice issues such as inclusive access to stable and secure employment at a livable wage, housing and healthy food.”

Wyoming Whiskey on top 10 list

Wyoming Whiskey came in at No. 6 on USA Today’s 10Best list of the top 10 craft whiskey distilleries.

“A panel of American spirits experts were asked to nominate 20 of the best craft whiskey distilleries in the USA, and it was an honor for Wyoming Whiskey to not only be nominated but then to be voted into the top 10 by the readers,” a Wyoming Whiskey press release said.

Wyoming Whiskey is based in Kirby but was started by Jackson Hole locals.

Biz Over Breakfast

October’s Business Over Breakfast will take a look at redistricting, the process by which new congressional and state legislative district boundaries are drawn.

Teton County Clerk Mo Murphy and state Reps. Jim Roscoe and Mike Yin will be the speakers at the virtual Oct. 7 Chamber of Commerce event, which will start at 8 a.m. and go until 9.

“Wyoming’s one United States representative and 90 state legislators are elected from political divisions called districts,” the chamber said. “District lines are redrawn every 10 years following completion of the United States census. The federal government stipulates that districts must have nearly equal populations and must not discriminate on the basis of race or ethnicity. With the results of the 2020 Census, the state will be conducting a redistricting analysis.”

Business Over Breakfast is free to attend and open to all. To register go to TinyURL.com/6upm6272.

Snailmail change

Starting Friday, Oct. 1, the U.S. Postal Service will add a few days to its service standard for delivery of first-class letters and flats.

Within the contiguous United States the delivery range will be one to five days instead of one to three, although 70% of first-class mail would be in the three-days-or-less range, according to a notice in the Federal Register.

The change is part of the Postal Service’s “Delivery for America” plan to achieve “service excellence” and financial sustainability.

With the current standards the Postal Service has to rely heavily on air transportation, which not only costs more than ground transport but also is subject weather and air traffic control delays.

With Friday’s change, more mail will travel by surface transportation, creating a better balance of on-time reliability and cost-effectiveness, the Postal Service said.

Fall luncheon coming up

The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce will host its Fall Business Development Luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 13., at the Lodge at Jackson Hole conference facility.

Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m., and presentations will begin at noon. The agenda includes updates from Jackson Hole Airport on spring construction plans, which include closing the runway from April 11 through June 27, and from Grand Teton National Park on the Moose-Wilson Revitalization Project. Grand Targhee, Snow King and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort will give updates as well. Among the other topics for the J1 and H2B visa staff assistance program and winter business initiatives.

The event will have a maximum of 85 attendees, or one-third of the room’s capacity to maximize safety protocols.

Chamber members can attend for free. For others the event costs $20. You can register at TinyURL.com/tvwwekd8.

For information contact chamber Vice President Rick Howe at rick@jacksonholechamber.com.

Jennifer Dorsey is chief copy editor for the News&Guide and one of the editors for local articles printed in the Jackson Hole Daily.

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