In 1964 Congress declared Bourbon the distinctive spirit of the United States and unanimously declared September to be National Bourbon Heritage Month.
While bourbon is synonymous with Kentucky, and 95% of the world’s supply comes from there, it can be produced anywhere in the U.S. as long as its mash (the grains used to distill the alcohol) contain at least 51% corn, distilled at 160 proof or less and stored in charred, new oak barrels at 125 proof or less. In fact, there are many new bourbons being produced throughout the country, including right here in Wyoming.
Some whiskies from Wyoming to try include the most well known, Wyoming Whiskey, made in Kirby (WyomingWhiskey.com), Frankenbourbon from Backwards Distilling in Casper (BackwardsDistilling.com) and wheat and rye bourbons from Pine Bluffs Distilling, way over on the border with Nebraska (PineBluffsDistilling.com).
Whether it is on the rocks or in an Old Fashioned, some ready-to-drink options are now available as well:
• Dashfire’s Old Fashioned
• Cocktail Squad’s Blackberry Bourbon Smash
• Cutwater’s Whiskey Mule
• Livewire’s Holy Tyger
Here in the Tetons, you might enjoy the Pilgrim, made by Glorietta. ￼