A mere 100 miles from Denver—host of America’s biggest beer fest—and 45 miles north of Fort Collins—which produces the majority of craft beer in hop-crazed Colorado—sits Cheyenne, Wyoming, population 62,448, the "northern anchor" of the Front Range. Considering its proximity to brewing Shangri-La, one might assume the town would be bursting with local beer; its horse-trodden streets flooded with sudsy nectar that threatens to drown its prized buffalo.
But this is not quite the case.
The most populated city in the least populated American state has largely avoided the craft beer boom. Cheyenne seems to lack the critical mass of beer nerds that lead similarly sized municipalities to produce some of the country’s best beer. Most residents just seem comfortable with a pitcher of Bud Light.