PUB • TASTING ROOM & TOURS • HISTORY
Grand Teton Brewing is committed to crafting only the highest quality ales and lagers. We take measures at every point in our brewing, packaging and shipping process to ensure that we deliver only the best beers to you. Our Quality Manager performs multiple tests of every batch at every stage and conducts daily tastings of our finished brews to guarantee that only the best possible beers make the journey from our brewery to your glass.
We believe that Teton Valley, Idaho is the best place on earth to craft beer. Our water is glacial run-off, filtered over 300-500 years by Teton Mountain granite and limestone before it surfaces at a spring a half mile from the brewery. Teton Valley grows the world’s best malting barley, and Southern Idaho includes some of the finest hop farms in the world.
Grand Teton Brewing is an 11,000 square foot building that includes production and packaging facilities, walk in cold storage and warm conditioning as well as our Pub, which also serves as both a tasting room and retail shop.
We have a 30 barrel brewhouse where we brew all of our beers and 660 barrels of fermenting tanks in our cellar, allowing for both ale and lager production. We bottle and package all of our beer in-house. We have recently upgraded our 1920s and 1950s labeler and filler for much newer equipment.
We at Grand Teton Brewing are proud of the product we produce. We strive to bring you some of the best beer you can find.
To learn more about Grand Teton Brewing's history click here.
Daily 1 pm - 8 pm
We DO NOT serve food in our pub however we invite you to bring your own food or enjoy food from Taste Buds Mobile Kitchen (open seasonally). Look for their orange truck in our parking lot or view their availability here.
- Tuesday - Trivia Tuesday! 2nd pint Free if you get it right
- Wednesday - Ride your bike or wear your beacon, 2nd pint free
We are always happy to show our fans around the brewhouse when we have staff available and when the bottling line is quiet. Join us for a FREE Brewery Tour on Wednesday and Thursday at 5pm and Monday, Tuesday, and Friday at 3:30pm.
A few guidelines to remember if you're interested in taking a tour:
• Closed toed shoes are required.
• Everyone MUST wear the provided safety glasses.
• If the bottling line is running, the tour will be cancelled for the safety of our guests as well as our employees.
If your group size is larger than 6, please call in advance. Private tours are also available by advanced request. 208.538.0068
Friday tour with our brewmaster !
Grand Teton Brewing was founded in 1988 by Charlie and Ernie Otto as Otto Brothers’ Brewing Company, which was the first modern “micro” brewery in the state of Wyoming.
In a quest for full-flavored, freshly-brewed, locally-produced beers, Charlie and Ernie, brothers of German-Austrian descent, built a small brewhouse in Wilson, Wyoming and secured the first malt beverage manufacturers' permit issued in Wyoming in 35 years. Believing that great tasting, preservative-free, authentic hand-crafted beer could find a niche in the modern marketplace, the Otto brothers presented their flagship amber "Teton Ale" to local draught establishments in 1989. "Old Faithful Ale" and "Moose Juice Stout" brews soon followed.
In 1989, the brothers discovered a long forgotten container, a European lidded tin-pail known as a "growler" and reintroduced it in a modern, 64-ounce glass jug version. "Growlers" are now sold at breweries throughout the nation. Otto Brothers' Brewing Company enjoys the credit for having recreated this novel and environmentally-friendly idea.
First Modern Growler
The brothers wanted to bring Wyoming its first brewpub but state law prohibited breweries to act as retailers. Charlie was undeterred and in 1989 began three years of letter writing, phone calling and grass roots organizing to bring about the legalization of brewpubs in the Cowboy State. In 1992, Otto Brothers' Brewing Company opened Wyoming’s first brewpub in Wilson.
With the opening of the brewpub, the popularity of Otto Brothers' fresh beers grew rapidly, so in 1992 the brewery embarked upon acquiring a 22-ounce bottle production line. This success created an even greater demand for the brothers’ microbrews so in the Spring of 1998 ground was broken for a new brewery at the base of Teton Pass in Victor, Idaho. The proximity to locally-grown barley and Northwest hops, as well as nearby Teton glacier water, made for an excellent location.
The new facility boosted annual production to 10,000 barrels, with a fermentation system allowing for both ale and lager production. The high-speed, 12-oz. rotary bottling line allows for in-house control of product and production demands. This expansion not only allowed the brothers to distribute their beer to the entire state of Wyoming, but also throughout Idaho, Montana and Utah.
The name change from Otto Brothers’ Brewing Company to Grand Teton Brewing occured in the Fall of 2000. The new name portrays a more regional and recognizable marketing approach, while still maintaining a proud history and tradition.
In April of 2009 Charlie sold the brewery to Steve and Ellen Furbacher. Since then the Furbachers have made significant changes to the brewery. They have added much needed brewing equipment, fixed the bottling line and grown local events. Production has more than doubled and California has gone from a tiny share to Grand Teton Brewing’s largest market. The Furbachers have made it a point to tackle one goal at a time, understanding the importance of learning to crawl before you walk, and to walk before you run. Their efforts have not gone unnoticed. Production has grown from 4,900 barrels to 10,000 barrels.
Ellen and Steve are committed to continuing and expanding Grand Teton Brewing’s tradition of giving. One of their first actions was to form a formed Donations Committee, led by Ellen, which has worked to contribute to many worthwhile organizations in Teton Valley. Ellen has also spearheaded a new Kettle Brewed Soda line which is growing daily. Steve’s passion for beer stems from the idea that good beer is meant to be shared with special people during a special time, even if that time is next Thursday. This passion drives the brewery’s Coming Home Holiday Ale program with anticipation for the special beer growing each year.
The Furbachers’ impact is far from over. Additional fermentation and warehouse capacity are in the most immediate future in addition to five more planned phases of growth. Although now proud owners of a thriving business they are not in it just to grow. As the company grows and makes a profit, so in turn will its employees. They have made a commitment to develop deeper relationships in their existing markets with quality products and quality people.