Vodka and whiskey drinkers around the region can soon enjoy Wyoming-made whiskey and vodka straight from shelves in their own communities.
Pine Bluffs Distilling’s Rock Ranch Vodka and Rusted Ring White Whiskey will be stocked on shelves in Arizona, New Mexico, Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma and South Dakota, as well as Wyoming, in the next few months.
It’s a big move for the small-town distillery, owned and operated by Chad and Kathy Brown and Gene Purdy. The distillery manufactures natural, hand-crafted spirits in small batches from Wyoming-grown grains using a unique partnership with local farmers and producers.
Discussions are currently happening to sell the products in six more states by the end of 2019, and Chad Brown attended an international trade mission with the Wyoming Business Council this summer to pursue options for international exporting, as well.
“We’ve put our heart and soul into producing these spirits, and it’s finally paying off,” said Chad Brown. “We look forward to now sharing our premium ‘farm-to-distillery’ Wyoming vodka and white whiskey nationwide.”
The Browns also own and operate Wyoming Malting Company, the first malting company in Wyoming, which provides malt for local home and industrial brewers and distilleries. The partnership creates a value-added manufacturing process that means grains grown in Wyoming are processed and sold here, instead of being shipped out of state.
The Wyoming Business Council supported the development of Wyoming Malting Company by granting a $3.4 loan package to Laramie County in 2015, which worked with Cheyenne LEADS to construct the facility. The project is expected to return $4.5 million to local and state coffers by 2037.