Wyoming Whiskey available for pre-order

By Jim Stanford on October 12, 2012

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Update 10/13: The discounted bottles have sold out (see comment).

The whiskey is made with Wyoming grains and distilled in Kirby.

For more than three years, since Wyoming Whiskey first went into an aging barrel, thirsty drinkers have asked Dave DeFazio when they can taste the bourbon. “When it’s good and ready,” has been his stock reply.

Well, it’s just about good and ready.

The state’s first distillery is installing bottling equipment and expects to have its initial shipment of 2,500 cases in stores by Dec. 1. The Liquor Store of Jackson Hole is taking advance orders and offering a 20 percent discount, with 750 ml bottles priced at $40 instead of $50. Other retailers also have waiting lists.

On Dec. 1, DeFazio and business partner Brad Mead are hosting a party at the distillery in Kirby, Wyo., about a four-hour drive from Jackson, replete with tastings, tours and a band. Mead’s brother, Gov. Matt Mead, will help christen the brand. The all-day affair begins at noon.

Already demand has been keen for the bourbon, made with homegrown Wyoming grains and distilled by former Maker’s Mark master Steve Nally. The company sold all 20 private barrels it offered in advance to restaurants, bars and retailers. The Fine Dining restaurant group, Snake River Brewing Co. and Wort Hotel were among the purchasers in Jackson Hole.

The whiskey has been aged in barrels for four summers, giving it a “much more mature” flavor, DeFazio says.

To RSVP for the party in Kirby, become a Whiskey Baron on the company’s site. Up to 3,000 people are expected.


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10 Comments so far

  1. Yukon Cornelius October 12, 2012 5:10 pm

    Already sold out. Effffff.

  2. js October 13, 2012 1:58 pm

    Update: The discounted bottles at The Liquor Store have sold out.
    From Stephen Williams, who handles online marketing for TLS:

    Just a heads up, our 20% off promotion did sell out this morning, we had been running it for only a couple days and only offered a limited number of bottles at that price. I was astonished at the reaction and how quickly we sold about 1/3rd of our incoming stock. We are still going to be taking preorders for WW, just at the regular price of $49.99. Our VIP customer program members receive 10% off all non-sale items, which would apply to WW as well. To get a VIP membership, you just need to sign up at the store and spend $250 with us, and then your 10% would kick in. I would expect that a fair amount of your local audience is enrolled in our VIP program.

    We will also be having the distillers in the store the first week of December to do a tasting and bottle signing. We are still trying to nail down an exact date but will be promoting this event as soon as we know the details.

  3. Sally P October 14, 2012 6:56 pm

    $50? A fool and his money….

    At least it supports the ag industry in Wyoming. And it’s got the cool factor going for Kirby.

  4. Brad October 18, 2012 10:37 am

    Hi Jim. Thanks for the mention!

  5. Brad October 18, 2012 1:32 pm

    Two Brads here. The one at post #3 is Brad Mead.

  6. Vivi November 7, 2012 8:50 am

    Ran into a UW student with a WYOMING WHISKEY baseball cap & am curious as to where these can be obtained.

  7. Kelly Punteney November 16, 2012 12:17 pm

    Looking forward to tasting the Wyoming Whiskey. I grew up in Kirby, own property there and just by chance was back in Kirby and attended the big kickoff to get this all started. My name is written on one of the first casks. I will come back from Washington State for the tasting on the 1st of December. Look forward to a big success. Kelly

  8. Kelly Punteney November 22, 2012 11:14 pm

    How do I buy a case or so of Wyoming Whiskey while in Wyoming on the 1st of December?

  9. js November 24, 2012 12:06 pm

    The distillery in Kirby has a store, where I imagine there will be a generous quantity for sale. If not, try The Liquor Store next to Albertsons or one of the other liquor stores in Jackson.

  10. Jim Buzan November 12, 2014 7:46 am

    how or can I order a bottle of Wyoming whiskey and have it shipped to San Diego area ?
    I was raised in Newcastle

    Thanks, jim buzan

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