Winners of the 5th Annual Wyoming Brewers Festival Homebrew Competition Announced

Congratulations to all of the winners of the Wyoming Brewers Festival’s 5th Annual Homebrew Competition!

We had a lot of well-crafted entries this year and we are looking forward to having the two Brewers’ Choice winners served at the 2017 Wyoming Brewers Festival this June.

Below are the winners from each category

European Lager & Wheat                                                                                                                       1st  Ernie Smith – Dunkels Weissbier                                                                                                  2nd  Jacob Apodaca- Weissbier                                                                                                        3rd  Ernie Smith – Kolsch

American Light Ale                                                                                                                                1st  Jay Waldorf – Cream Ale                                                                                                              2nd  Jeff Randich & Greg Middleton – American Pale Ale                                                                3rd  Fred Hirsch – American Pale Ale

English & Irish Ale                                                                                                                                  1st  Ken Camphouse & Joel Emerick – Wee Heavy                                                                            2nd  Luke Martinson – Irish Extra Stout                                                                                              3rd  Rusty Brinkman – Best Bitter

American Dark Ale                                                                                                                                  1st  Daniel Christensen – American Brown Ale                                                                                  2nd  Joe Monks – Imperial Stout                                                                                                        3rd  Douglas Schmidt – American Porter

IPA                                                                                                                                                           1st  Ken Camphouse & Joel Emerick – Double IPA                                                                             2nd  Nick Wood – American IPA                                                                                                         3rd  Jeff Randich & Greg Middleton – Black IPA

Belgian & French                                                                                                                                     1st  Leo Caselli – Saison                                                                                                                       2nd  Chuck Juul – Belgian Tripel                                                                                                         3rd  Alex Kirby – Saison

Specialty & Historic                                                                                                                                 1st  Zach Leuschel-Paul – Winter Seasonal Beer                                                                                2nd  Ken Camphouse & Joel Emerick – Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer                                          3rd  Daniel Tomkins – Lichtenhainer

Best of Show Winner                                                                                                                               Zach Leuschel- Paul  for his Winter Seasonal Beer- “Winter Warmer”

Brewers’ Choice Winners                                                                                                                          Danielmark’s Brewery & Tap Room Choice: Ken Camphouse & Joel Emerick for their Double IPA – “Full House-DIPA”                                                                                                                Altitude Chophouse & Brewery Choice: Ernie Smith for his Dunkels Weissbier -“Gutes Bier”

Be sure to come out to try the Brewers' Choice beers on Friday, June 16, 2017 at the Wyoming Brewers Festival Presented by Midas!


The Wyoming Brewers Festival is excited to announce Dave Longpré as the winner of the 3rd Annual Home Brew Competition.  Altitude Chophouse and Brewery has again partnered with the Wyoming Brewers Festival to brew this year's winning creation, "Maize Maxx". This cream ale made with personally malted corn is a refreshing summer beer with a touch of sweetness and brilliant clarity. Dave has been brewing for 34 years. His attention to detail is prominent in all aspects of his brewing from culturing his own yeast, to growing his own blend of hops. Dave's friends and family prize the beers he makes for the holidays and we are excited to allow him to create this true treasure for all of you to enjoy at the 20th Annual Wyoming Brewers Festival.  Only one keg will be brewed and it will begin pouring on Friday night until it runs out so be sure to get out there early and give it a try!

Tickets on Sale for 20th Anniversary Festival


(Cheyenne) – Tickets are on sale to the general public for the 20th anniversary of the Wyoming Brewers Festival, present by Midas of Cheyenne, Fort Collins and Greeley. The two day event combines live music, craft beer and food to raise funds to support the Cheyenne Depot Museum. Tickets can be purchased online at

There are a few changes to the ticket structure this year in response to feedback from patrons at last year’s festival. First, tickets are now good for either Friday or Saturday night taking the guessing game out of which night will feature the better weather. Second, there is now a full weekend pass available so festival goers can take their time sampling beer and experience eve more craft breweries over the course of the weekend. The full weekend pass is available only online, in advance and is limited to 100.

Other changes to this year’s festival include a new pod system for the brewers allowing the festival to spread out across the plaza and the addition of games and merchandise. Twenty three unique breweries have been confirmed including several first time attendees to the festival and many from Wyoming.

The Wyoming Brewers Festival is June 19th and 20th in the Depot Plaza in downtown Cheyenne, WY. Proceeds from the festival go to support ongoing special projects at the Cheyenne Depot Museum. The festival promotes the growing craft beer culture in the west and celebrates brewers and their products. 

Cheyenne Professional Wins Logo Design Contest


(Cheyenne) – The Wyoming Brewers Festival, presented by Midas, unveiled a new logo today, designed by Cheyenne resident Grant Gering. The logo was chosen by the Wyoming Brewers Festival Committee from over 20 entries in a contest.

The committee liked the way the logo incorporated the historic Union Pacific Depot, the iconic Wyoming Buffalo and beer mug into one. Marketing co-chair Monica Taylor-Lee mentioned that the “hidden imagery” was something used in a lot of the logo designs, but the winning logo pulled all of the aspects of the festival together the best. 

In being chosen as the winner, Gering will receive a $100 cash prize, tickets to the event, an invitation to the pre-festival sponsor dinner and is named as an honorary chair for the 20th anniversary event. 

Grant Gering is the Senior Multimedia Specialist at the Wyoming Business Council in Cheyenne.  He is a 2004 East High graduate who went on to play baseball and study graphic design in college. Taylor-Lee complemented his work noting, “It is great to see the response we had from Wyoming’s professional community. To see a young professional win the contest speaks to the great talent we have here in the community.”

The logo will become the new permanent logo for the festival and will be featured on merchandise, promotional materials and prominently in all Wyoming Brewers Festival media.

The Wyoming Brewers Festival is June 19th and 20th in the Depot Plaza in downtown Cheyenne, WY. Proceeds from the festival go to support ongoing special projects at the Cheyenne Depot Museum. The festival promotes the growing craft beer culture in the west and celebrates brewers and their products.

Shawn Miller of Cheyenne Wins 2014 Home Brew Competition

    The committee for the 19th annual Wyoming Brewer’s Festival presented by Midas of Cheyenne is excited to announce Shawn Miller of Cheyenne as the winner of this year’s Homebrew Competition!  A batch of Shawn’s winning creation, Lager brewed with Rye, will be brewed at Altitude Chophouse & Brewery and dispensed at the 2014 Brewfest.

     “Home brewing gets to the very foundation of our Festival’s existence:  sharing a love and passion for craft beer,” said Dave Haring, Event Chair.  “After experiencing the outstanding talent in last year’s competition, the entire committee was excited to see what this year would bring and Cheyenne’s home brewing community certainly did not disappoint.  On behalf of the Wyoming Brewer’s Festival Committee, we thank all of this year’s brewers for their efforts, we thank Jared Long with Altitude Brewery for lending his expertise, and we congratulate Shawn for creating a great tasting beer with a style all its own.”

     The Homebrew competition semi-finals were held on April 16th and 17thwith the top 5 beers from each night moving on to the finals held on Friday, April 18th.  Celebrity judge and head brewer at Altitude, Jared Long, selected the winning beer from the 10 finalists, which was no easy feat.  The lager was up against some tough competition to overcome a Cream Ale, an Orange Hefeweizen, an Irish Red, a Pale Ale, a Black Wit IPA, 2 American IPA’s, a Robust Porter, and a Chocolate-Orange Porter. 

        "I feel very honored being involved in this competition,” said Miller.  The beers from the other competitors were phenomenal!  I also want to thank Alitude Chop House & Brewery for the opportunity to brew a beer for the Wyoming Brewer’s Festival; representing all the home brewers out there with the same!"

        Shawn not only has the opportunity to assist in the brewing process at Altitude, he will also receive 2 tickets to Brewfest on June 20. 

         The Wyoming Brewer’s Festival Presented by Midas Cheyenne is a non-profit organization that has raised nearly $200,000 for the Historic Cheyenne Depot. In its 19th year, they will be serving up two days of great fun, good beer and tasty food in Cheyenne, Wyoming on June 20 & 21, 2014.  For more information or to sponsor the event, please