Snake River Brewing opens after COVID-19-related closure

People dine outside in July at Snake River Brewing. The brew pub will close after Sunday for a remodeling project.

Brewpub to close for redo

The brewpub will be getting a makeover.

The Snake River Brewing restaurant is scheduled to close Monday so a remodeling project can get underway.

“This seems to be the year to do it,” Sales and Marketing Director Luke Bauer told the News&Guide.

The construction timeline isn’t “totally clear,” he said, though Sunday, Oct. 18, will definitely be the last day of service.

As for the reopening, “I suspect it will be a couple of months, for sure,” Bauer said. “If it turns out to be longer ... we’ll certainly be vocal about that on social media to keep people in the loop.”

He said the company doesn’t want to reveal too much about the remodeling plans.

If you love Snake River Brewing’s beers, fear not. The brewery is not shutting down.

“We will keep brewing, keep producing, keep having packaged product available,” Bauer said.

Spirits and Spice grows

Spirits and Spice, which has a shop at 80 W. Broadway, has expanded to Chicago.

Its new Windy City address is Water Tower Place on Michigan Avenue.

Spirits and Spice also operates in Sedona, Arizona, and Las Vegas.

Unemployment drops

Teton County saw an unemployment rate of 4.6% in August, down from 5.7% in July but well above August 2019’s 1.9%.

There were 641 unemployed people in the county in August, compared with 822 the previous month but only 329 in July 2019.

The statistics, which come from the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services’ Research and Planning section, also showed a decline in the size of Teton County’s workforce. From an estimated 17,714 in August 2019 the workforce dropped to 13,965 a year later, preliminary findings show.

The labor force includes employed people as well as those who don’t have work but are looking for it.

Statewide, Natrona County had the highest unemployment rate in August, at 9.4%. The lowest was Albany County’s 3.3%.

Wyoming’s unemployment rate in August was 6.6%, the department said, which was lower than the U.S. rate of 8.4%.

Unemployment claims fall

The number of initial unemployment insurance claims filed by Teton County residents in August dropped 67.8% from July, according to the Research and Planning section of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services.

A report from the department said 141 Teton County residents filed an initial claim in August, compared with 438 the previous month.

“An initial claim is filed by an unemployed individual after a separation from an employer,” the report said. “The claim requests a determination of basic eligibility for the Unemployment Insurance benefits.”

All 23 Wyoming counties saw double-digit declines in unemployment claims. Besides Teton County the biggest decreases were seen in Natrona (43.9%), Laramie (36.3%) and Sweetwater (47.5%) counties.

“While UI claims counts are substantially higher from the prior year, both initial and continued claims have decreased consistently after peaking in the spring,” the report said.

Happyly in accelerator program

The Jackson business that just won the Audience Choice Award at Silicon Couloir’s Pitch Day is one of five selected for the inaugural Wyoming cohort of a program created to give startups a boost.

The program Happyly was chosen for is gBETA, a free, seven-week accelerator that works with small groups of new businesses for no fees and no equity.

The participants in the gBETA Cheyenne fall 2020 cohort were “selected from a large statewide applicant pool and represent diversity in geography, industry, demographic and business status,” a press release said.

Across the country, 45 other startups are participating in their own small groups, receiving “intensive and individualized coaching and access to a network of mentors, customers, corporate partners and investors,” the release said.

“The program is designed to help startups gain early customer traction on their product or idea and establish metrics that can make them competitive applicants for full-time, equity-based accelerators or seed investment.”

The press release said gBETA Cheyenne is supported by a “generous sponsorship from Microsoft.”

The 10 fall programs kicked off Oct. 1 and will run for seven weeks, culminating in a series of Pitch Nights taking place each night the week before Thanksgiving.

The Cheyenne group will be highlighted at the Nov. 19 Pitch Night, which will start at 5 p.m.

The gBETA Cheyenne program will be held twice a year. If you are interested in finding out more, visit

— Jennifer Dorsey

Jennifer Dorsey is chief copy editor and Business section coordinator. She worked in Washington, D.C., and Chicago before moving to the Tetons.

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