For generations, the Bighorns have stirred a feeling of exploration and awakened the wild spirit of all who have looked west upon their fir-filled face. But how do you bring the mountains to more people? Luminous Brewhouse and Sheridan Community Land Trust (SCLT) have an answer, as the local brewer announced its second WYld Collection beer, Spruce Tip Ale, will help the local nonprofit organization as it creates new opportunities for more people to experience the mountains.
“To celebrate Wyoming, we challenged ourselves to create flavor profiles that capture the essence of the rich and robust natural resources our land has to offer,” remarked Kathryn Law, Luminous Brewhouse Taproom Manager. “We wanted to invest in the community and the land, which is what our WYld Collection is about. The Sheridan Community Land Trust has done a tremendous job doing exactly that by building Red Grade Trails and the Soldier Ridge Trail System that so many people enjoy.”
To assist those efforts, Luminous Brewhouse will donate a portion of the proceeds from each Spruce Tip Ale sold to SCLT. To kick-off its philanthropy, Luminous Brewhouse will host a special release party on Saturday, November 2, from 4-6 p.m.
Law said the WYld Collection was created as an homage to its home state and to inspire those within it to enjoy the natural resources it provides. “The WYld Collection’s very heartbeat reminds us not to take for granted the natural blessings we have enjoyed for so long. By helping more people enjoy the outdoors, SCLT makes it easy for people to enjoy those natural blessings.”
SCLT has built and maintains more than 13 miles of single-track, natural-surface, non-motorized recreational trails in Sheridan County. Recently, the US Forest Service approved SCLT’s proposal to create 15 miles of new hiking, biking, equestrian, and shared-use trails along the east slope of the Bighorns in proximity to Red Grade Road.
“With the new trails they plan to build, they’re bringing the mountains to the people, and by donating a portion of the proceeds of our new Spruce Tip Ale, it’s one way Luminous Brewhouse and our loyal Luminaries can help SCLT find new ways to bring the mountains to even more people,” Law concluded.
Construction is underway on several new trail miles at the Soldier Ridge Trail System, located on the west edge of Sheridan. SCLT has also conserved nearly 3,500 acres of open space, wildlife habitat, and working ranches throughout Sheridan County, develops historical tours to share the special history of Sheridan County’s people and places, like the award-winning Black Diamond Trail tour, holds historic preservation easements at the Sheridan Inn and Doc Huson Homestead, established the Tongue River Water Trail, a network of 14 access sites and three portages on private and public land, and has connected more than 550 children and families to nature through its educational programs and activities over the past year-and-a-half.
Ten total barrels of Spruce Tip Ale are available. Luminous Brewer Josh LaVigne said that equals the quantity of Luminous Brewhouse’s first WYld Collection brew, Dandelion Honey Rye, which was enjoyed by patrons for about three weeks before the barrels were emptied. Custom merchandise will be available as well.
Mike Evers, SCLT President, expressed his appreciation for Luminous and encouraged everyone to attend the Spruce Tip Ale release party on Saturday, November 2. “We’re humbled that Luminous Brewhouse chose SCLT as the organization to benefit from its new beer. It’s caring folks like that who make our work happen. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone at the release party. You’ll be able to truly make a difference for SCLT and have a great time doing it!”
The Spruce Tip Ale Release Party will be Saturday, November 2, from 4-6 p.m. at Luminous Brewhouse, 504 Broadway St, Sheridan, WY. StokedWyoming Pizza will be serving from 4-9 p.m., with 4 of a Kind, stand up comedy featuring Gary Busby, Kyle Kulseth, Ken Palmer and Gary Mugridge starting at 8 p.m.
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