Festival & Competition
August 19, 2017
Wyoming Breweries to vie for State Title
The official State of Wyoming Microbrew Competition will be held in Saratoga, Wyoming. Microbreweries from Wyoming are slated to compete for the coveted Steinley Cup at the annual competition held since 1996. This year’s competition brew American Amber Lager and will be judged by a panel of brewing professionals from Colorado. The event starts at 1 p.m. and goes until 5 p.m. at Veterans Island Park, two blocks from downtown Saratoga. Lodging may be difficult to find this year, but there will be plenty of camping so plan on bringing your RV! Stay the whole weekend and experience the total eclipse of the sun on Monday morning!
“This microbrew festival is unique because only microbreweries based in Wyoming are invited. It was one of the first beer festivals, and is the original competition for microbrews in the state– known by the brewers as the official competition. No-one can claim they’re the best in the state unless they have carried the Steinley Cup trophy home,” says Stacy Crimmins, CEO of the Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce.Those breweries that have confirmed their attendance are Saratoga’s Snowy Mountain Brewery, Snake River Brewing Company out of Jackson, The Library, Black Tooth Brewery, Altitude Chophouse from Laramie and newcomer Accomplice Brewery based in Cheyenne.
A burgeoning craft distillery industry is underway in Wyoming and those based in the state were also invited to attend. We are pleased to have Geyser Distilling from Cody and Jackson Hole Stillworks attending this year’s event.
Live music from “Maxwell Mud” and “Something2Do” will provide entertainment for the half-day event. The park location features great playground equipment for the kids and horse shoe pits. Local and regional crafters will be showing their hand-crafted creations so you can bring home your own trophy.
The annual Chili Competition will be planned for Saturday also. With the paid entry, you can taste the red chili, green chili, and salsa entered in the contest and then place your People’s Choice vote. But get tasting right away—the chili could run out! “The sampling is so good that everything is gone by about 2:30,” notes Crimmins. Please call the Chamber at 307.326.8855 if you’d like to enter a favorite family recipe and join the fun! In addition, food vendors will also be on hand all day to stave off the hunger pangs.
“Admission is $25.00 for everyone aged 13 and older. Admission is free for children aged 12 and under. With paid admission, you can enjoy live music, taste great chili, soda and beer, receive a 12-ounce mug, vote for your favorites in the competition class, and shop at the local craft booths,” Crimmins said. This year’s historic solar eclipse occurring on August 21 has added even more fun to the Steinley Cup. Attendees will receive a pair of certified eclipse glasses until supplies run out. The design for the collectable t-shirts celebrates the eclipse and will be sold at the event.
The Trout Run- a 5K fun run- will be held the morning of August 19. Registration will begin at 7:30am and the run starts at 8:00am. Runners will receive a free t-shirt and will generate a powerful thirst for a cold beer afterwards! To register, please call Lisa at (307) 326-8338 or Joe at (307) 326-7822.
Sponsors of the event include Carbon County Visitors Council, The Saratoga Hot Springs Resort, Hotel Wolf, Aspen Sky Merchants Mall, Bigfoot 99, VIP Marketing, Lollypops, Platte Valley Well & Construction, North Fork Engineering, Union Wireless and Bridge Street Bargains.
Chamber Board Chair Jonathan Schnal, says “Rain or shine, bring a lawn chair, your kids, and make a weekend of it!”
***Dogs are not allowed at this event. Please make other arrangements.