Over the past decade there has been an explosion of craft/micro breweries across the country, and beer lovers everywhere love to get a local taste wherever they go. Jackson Hole is no exception to this microbrew explosion, with several new breweries popping up in the area over just the past few years. With that said there are also a few breweries in and around Jackson Hole that have been staples for much longer than a few years. Below are some of our favorite breweries that beer aficionados should try to visit while they are in town.
Snake River Brewing & Brew Pub
Snake River Brewing, or as the locals refer to it, “the pub”, takes claim as Wyoming’s oldest brewery. It opened in 1994 and has been a Jackson Hole staple ever since, serving a variety of beers from their flagship Pako’s IPA, to their Jenny Lake Lager, Pale Ale, Hefeweizen and the ever rotating cast of experimental beers. Many of the beers are available in cans at local liquor stores and on tap at plenty of restaurants and bars around town. The brewpub itself is currently undergoing renovations, but is expected to be back open to the public sometime early this summer. Once re-opened, the Brew pub is an awesome hang out or dinner/lunch spot perfect for relaxing after hiking, biking, skiing, rafting or more relaxing. They have a great outdoor lawn area to play cornhole or sit near the fire and appreciate the views of Snow King mountain on warmer days.
Melvin Brewing & Thai Me Up
Melvin Brewing is headquartered in Alpine, WY just south of Jackson, but they have a Brewpub/Thai restaurant in downtown Jackson called Thai Me Up. At Thai Me Up you will hear Wu-Tang Clan inspired hip hop on the speakers and Kung-Fu movies on the TV screens, while they serve Thai fusion dishes and their stable of beers on tap, including experimental selections not found in cans. If you wish to go straight to the source in Alpine they have a massive brewing operation that sits right on the shore of the Palisades lake dubbed the “Mothership” that offers a more american centric food menu and plenty of beers on tap. Their most popular beers include the 2×4 double IPA, the Melvin IPA, Killer Bees blonde ale, Hubert pale ale and the mexican style lager Heyzeus.
With a Pub & Eatery right on the Jackson Hole Town Square it will be tough to miss Roadhouse while you are in Jackson. Their beer list features several of their more popular selections that are canned and distributed such as the Wilson IPA Walrus Hazy IPA, Family Vacation Golden Ale and Highwayman Pilsner as well as many of their limited offerings that are not available in stores. The Pub & eatery on the square offers a delectable food menu as well featuring mainly american fare with some seafood and specialized dishes. They also have a taproom in Jackson on Gregory lane for a more mellow experience away from the crowded downtown, the taproom is attached to their brewing operations and is strictly beer and good vibes, BYOF.
One of the newest beer purveyors in town, the focus for StillWest lies in their fantastic brewery & grill location at the base of Snow King in downtown Jackson. They have a great selection of beers including their Irish Red, Kolsch, Pilsner and About Time IPA as well as other seasonal rotations not to mention their delicious food menu. Unlike the previously mentioned breweries, StillWest beers are only available at their grill location, however they do fill and can crowlers in their taproom on the ground floor of the restaurant for those looking to take some of their beer home with them.