CASPER, Wyo. — Jamie Morris watched the World Beer Cup award ceremonies from a laptop in the back of Thai Meet Up, a restaurant and brewery in downtown Jackson. When the award for the best imperial India pale ale was announced, he saw his boss, Jeremy Tofte, take the stage.
The tiny Wyoming brewery earned a gold medal, signifying its 2x4 Imperial IPA as the best of its kind in the world.
“It went pretty wild in here when we won,” Morris said Friday.
The small microbrewery took home two medals at last week’s World Cup of Beer awards ceremony in Denver. In addition to its gold medal, the Jackson outfit also collected a bronze medal in the fruit beer category for its Ch, Ch, Cherry Bomb.
It was one of four Wyoming breweries to earn medals in the international beer competition, which is held every two years. The competition included more than 4,700 beers from breweries in 58 countries, according to the Brewers Association, the trade group that organized the event.
“We look at the World Beer Cup as being almost like the Olympics of beer competitions,” Morris said.
“To win a gold medal at the World Beer Cup gave us a significant feeling,” he added. “To say it is the best in the world, it is a different feeling.”
Black Tooth Brewing Co. of Sheridan earned a gold medal in the wood- and barrel-aged strong beer category for its anniversary beer, called 1314. Altitude Chophouse and Brewery in Laramie won gold for its Altitude Amber Ale. Pinedale’s Wind River Brewing Co. took silver for its Out of Order Porter.
Wyoming breweries entered 34 beers in the competition and collected medals for five. That 15 percent success rate was the highest of any state save for Hawaii, said Tim Barnes, Black Tooth co-founder and president of the Wyoming Craft Brewers Guild.
“The quality of product that is being produced … in Wyoming is exceptional on a national and international level,” he said.