Wyoming Whiskey Small Batch Bourbon
In the small town of Kirby, Wyoming — population 92 — Brad Mead, a fifth-generation rancher whose family first came to Wyoming in 1890, is continuing a tradition of “firsts.” While his family has produced U.S. senators, lawyers, extreme skiers and two governors of Wyoming, Brad, along with his wife Kathy and their son Sam, established the first legal distillery in Wyoming State in 2009, and has been making exceptional, handmade whisky ever since.
Mead developed the recipe for his Wyoming Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey with the help of Bourbon Hall of Fame member Steve Nally, who previously spent over 30 years at Maker’s Mark, and Lincoln Henderson, the founder of Angel’s Envy. The mash bill itself reflects the rustic and beautiful terroir of Wyoming State — all of the grains (corn, wheat and barley) are grown within 100 miles of the cutting-edge distillery.
Once distilled through both a column and pot still, Wyoming Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey is aged for at least five years incharred, white oak barrels stored at one of three warehouses in Kirby. During the summer, temperatures can reach sustained levels of 130+ degrees, whereas the winter frequently brings sub-zero temperatures. This extreme fluctuation results in a whisky that is more dynamic in less time aging.