By now, you probably know that Wyoming Whiskey is being released Saturday at an exclusive party in Kirby for an intimate 1,700 people.
And you may have heard that 3,000 cases sold out in just 4 minutes, with only 5,000 cases remaining to last until November 2013. (Founder David DeFazio said in an email to Dishing that some of the local places shut out from this first round of sales from the Wyoming Liquor Division include Snake River Grill, The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, The Roadhouse Restaurant and Brewery and Rendezvous Bistro).
“Many retailers didn’t get any,” DeFazio wrote in an email. “We’re working on a plan to get WW equitably distributed to all retailers in the state in short order.”
But don’t fret: You can still sample this coveted drink, even if you’re not heading to this weekend’s party. Below is a list of restaurants and retailers who were lucky enough to purchase bottles. We’ve also compiled another list of local launch events being held through December.
Town Square Tavern Manager Stephen Carter said the Tavern will begin selling Wyoming Whiskey at midnight Friday (really Saturday) as per the wishes of Wyoming Whiskey owners and reps. They expect to receive the product this afternoon. The regular price for a shot will be $9, but through the rest of the year the Tavern will have it on special for $7.50. Customers can also enjoy it during the bar’s half-price happy hour every day from 8 to 10 p.m., he said. On Saturday, the Tavern will throw the Coats for Sandy fundraiser and will be promoting Wyoming Whiskey with hats and t-shirts and drink specials. They will be donating 10 percent of our total sales of everything to the charity.
Plaza Liquors/Eleanor’s Again Owner Stan Kucharski said he was able to get 10 cases (or 60 bottles). He needed to check with Wyoming Whiskey to find out when he could sell the bottles. But if it was allowed, he said he’d start selling at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, too. The retail price of a bottle will be $49.95.
Bin 22 (The old Jackson Hole Wine Company on Broadway) will be serving it from the barrel when it reopens later this month, said Liz Gibbs, PR and marketing director for Fine Dining Restaurant Group. Currently closed for renovations, when Bin 22 reopens, its wine bar will offer wine (duh), microbrews and spirits. It will also feature a mozzarella bar serving Spanish- and Italian-style tapas. Inside the wine shop, you’ll also find a small grocer with cheese, salumi and homemade pastas.
Jackson Whole Grocer will have Wyoming Whiskey available starting at 7 a.m. Saturday along with a free tasting 3 to 5 p.m.
The Liquor Store (at Albertsons) was able to fill customers’ preorders and then some. Bottles go on sale Saturday.
The Silver Dollar Bar and Grill at the Wort Hotel will start selling Wyoming Whiskey at 5 p.m. on Saturday (it closes before midnight tonight). The Silver Dollar’s Chef Scott Rutter is working on a whiskey-inspired food special to pair with that night.
Other places that we are told have Wyoming Whiskey include Mangy Moose, Calico, Westbank Wine and Spirits, Buds Eastside Liquor and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort (Wool and Whiskey, The General Store and Couloir). Let us know if we are missing you, and we’ll add you to our running list. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now, for upcoming local events:
On Dec. 4, The Liquor Store will host a tasting from 4 to 7 p.m. with Steve Nally, Brad and Kate Meads, David DeFazio and Tim Harland.
On Dec. 7, The Roadhouse Restaurant and Brewery (formerly the Q), will host a launch party. The event starts at 5:30 p.m., with Mad Dog and the Smokin J’s playing from 8 p.m. to midnight. Cost is $10 at the door (no advanced sales), which gets you entry and 1 free Wyoming Whiskey cocktail and passed appetizers (like pulled pork sliders on sweet potato biscuits with Wyoming Whiskey mustard). There will be a WW dessert, too.
One Dec. 13, The National Museum of Wildlife Art will have a Wyoming Whiskey tasting on from 6 to p.m. at its Mix’d Media event. There will be live music by One Ton Pig, western swing dancing with Dancer’s Workshop and gourmet cowboy grub from the Rising Sage Café. $5 cover.