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    Wyoming Whiskey

    Although this article is almost a year old, I just came across it.

    I've mentioned before that Steve Nally (misspelled Malley) is the retired Maker's Mark distiller who is directing the distilling side of this enterprise. His wife, Donna Nally, who ran the tourism operation at Maker's for many years, will be setting up a tourism operation there.

    They both are way too young to be retired anyway.

    Although it's undated, this article appears to have been written earlier this year.

    I talked to Steve about this in April and it didn't sound nearly as far along as either of these articles suggests, but Steve and Donna are the real deal and the enterprise also seems to be properly planned and capitalized.

    I've been disappointed by most small distiller attempts to make whiskey, but this one I'll be watching with great interest.

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    Re: Wyoming Whiskey

    I suppose we are at least 5-8 years out before any product is possible....minimum 2-4 in barrel...hopefully longer aging...I wonder how the climate / elevation would affect the product....store it somewhere else?

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    No, they're going to age it there. It can get pretty hot in the summer, Steve tells me. He intends to fully age it but his employers may have other ideas. I knew water was an issue but I didn't know they had to bring it in by truck.

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    Re: Wyoming Whiskey

    Wonder how it will compare with Stranahans Colorado whiskey? As far as costs go, it will probably be fairly expensive IMHO. I am a little familiar with that area of the country.(My brother lived in Greybull for many years) There is nothing out there for miles and miles. Shipping costs to get raw materials there, and the product out would have to be very high. Guess we'll have to wait and see, and hope for the best. Joe
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    Re: Wyoming Whiskey

    They have a nearby source of corn but not rye or malt and trucking in water? You have to be kidding. I bet they have surface or well water they can use for the boiler and such, but it's not suitable for going into the product.

    Stranahan's is malt whiskey aged in new barrels. If Steve has his way, he will make wheated bourbon that's as much like Maker's Mark as he can make it.

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    Re: Wyoming Whiskey

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post
    . If Steve has his way, he will make wheated bourbon that's as much like Maker's Mark as he can make it.
    I remember him saying that he was going to do a wheater because as he said, that is what I know.
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    Re: Wyoming Whiskey

    I wasn't sure if there was a viable corn crop available in Wyoming. I know they used to have some wheat in that region. Corn, or barley, were what I was unsure of. I also didn't mean to infer they would be shipping in water. The Bighorn River meanders through that area and one of the largest mineral hot springs in the world is in Thermopolis. I know the area is a good aquifer. Getting barrels would be one of the biggest problems I would think. Joe
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    Re: Wyoming Whiskey

    They are, in fact, shipping in water, according to the articles I cited at the beginning of this thread.

    Yes, getting barrels in could be a problem.

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    Re: Wyoming Whiskey

    Sorry Chuck, I missed that. Their ranch must be quite a bit away from the river if the pipeline is still 4 miles away. That will make for a lot of trips in a tanker truck. They said they want to make a top shelf whiskey, not the most expensive one. By the time all is said and done, I bet this will be in the top 10% of most expensive bourbons. Joe
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    Re: Wyoming Whiskey

    I don't know Steve Nally well but I do know him. When I ran into him at the micro distillers conference in the the spring, it was like a breath of fresh air. I was surrounded by a bunch of smug kids with new toys and no idea what they were doing, and here was this soft-spoken guy, taking it all in. I imagine he concluded that being there was a huge waste of his time, as they certainly had nothing to teach him, but I was glad to see that there is somebody we can point to and say, "see, this guy gets it."

    While there seem to be some people, even a few who should know better, who pee their pants at the sight of every unfamiliar label, I get more skeptical about this new movement with each passing day.

 

 

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