Our story

“Brewed with a touch of the tetons”

Albert and Joni Upsher opened Snake River Brewing in 1994. As a former Anheuser Busch distributor in McMinville, Oregon Albert knew the beer business. He took notice of the expanding microbrewery scene in Oregon and decided to open a brewery in his favorite ski town, Jackson Wyoming! Snake River Brewing started as a family owned business, and in 2008 a local family took over the ownership of the brewpub.

Our beginning seemed pretty simple. We bought an old cinder block building that was previously the base of operations for a Coca-Cola distributor. It seemed to be the perfect spot for Wyoming’s first brewpub. We wanted an open industrial look, with lots of light and exposed steel beams. The brewing equipment and wood burning oven would be our artwork. 

The concept was to create a restaurant and brewing space that was open to our customers, to draw guests into the process of making beer. We wanted a simple and unpretentious neighborhood watering hole for locals to gather and Jackson Hole tourists to taste beer from the Great State of Wyoming. From the beginning we were determined to create a brewpub building that was both excellent in style architecturally and offered excellent food and beer. We felt strongly about the quality of workmanship in the restaurant, from its beautiful windows and ceiling to its mahogany curved bar.

We decided to plan for quality, substance and longevity. We knew that Jackson Hole’s citizens would judge us on the quality of our beers and food. Our mission statement became- “The world doesn’t need another beer, but a better beer!”

 Breweries and Mountain towns go together.

Jackson Hole is widely known for its abundant outdoor recreational opportunities. From skiing to fly fishing, from mountaineering to wildlife viewing and from biking to dog sledding there is no shortage of activity for those who are afflicted with the desire to test their limits in the outdoors.

Activities That make you thirsty.

When word-class athletes in Jackson are drinking our brews then it was only fitting that our beer was world class in its own right. Snake River Brewery has won numerous World Beer Cup medals, Great American Beer Festival medals, and Small Brewery of the Year (twice!).

 “2X Winner: Small Brewery of the Year

Our brewery employees generally share two passions: love of the outdoors and a deep enthusiasm for craft beer. The natural environment and the Snake River Brewery working environment have combined to keep our staff pleasantly incarcerated in our little mountain “hole” that we call home.

Beer Sales

As Wyoming’s oldest brewery our beers are a staple on the shelves of our Rocky Mountain regional beer and liquor stores. But, that doesn’t mean that people don’t enjoy our beers across the country (poke around NYC and you may just find Pako hanging out on a tap handle).

Interested in distributing Snake River Brewing beers? Send us an email at beersales@snakeriverbrewing.com!

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If you are interested in setting up a fundraiser to be held at SRB, please contact krissy@snakeriverbrewing.com.

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 Our Team

  • Ascencion Galicia Luna
    Ascencion Galicia Luna Head Cook

    Head Cook in kitchen and has been with us for over 20 years.  Loves to go to hockey games and sing karoke.
    Fav beer: Jenny Lake Lager

  • Bryan Boynton
    Bryan Boynton Brewer

    Brewer for 11 years at the Pub
    Fav Beer: Golden Buck- his signature brew
    Loves hunting and fishing here and in Bahamas

  • Cameron Hieronymus
    Cameron Hieronymus Brewer and Barrel Master

    Has worked at SRB for 6 years- comes from a serious brewing family background
    Fav beer: Discombobulator Mai Bock
    Known as little panda among his peers

  • Chris Erickson
    Chris Erickson Director of Brewery Operations

    Director of Brewery Operations for 20+ years at SRB
    General outdoor and beer enthusiast
    Loves the fork lift

  • Eric Navratil
    Eric Navratil Sous Chef

    Sous Chef, 4 years @ SRB

    Fav Beer: Pako’s or some fun seasonal (Serpent Cerise)

    Fun Facts: I love to go rafting, have two dogs, am still a Texan, and will never turn down barbecue.

  • Faraday Melchior
    Faraday Melchior FOH Manager

    Been at Brew Pub for 7 years filling a variety of positions
    Fav beer is Pakitos Session IPA
    Nickname: Felony
    Special Skill: Rolfing

  • Jason Fariss
    Jason Fariss Brewer

    Fav Beer- FNG- his signature black lager brew
    Enjoys econimics and playing outdoors

  • Jena Quackenbush
    Jena Quackenbush Merchandise Coordinator and Longtime Bartender

    Fav beer is JUDY- her signature brew Pumpkinbush aged in a tequila bottle
    Nickname- MA and Judy and loves to drink her Judy Juice

  • Krissy Zinski Albert
    Krissy Zinski Albert Marketing and Events Coordinator

    Been at the pub for 9 years
    Fav Beer- Le Serpent Cherise or Triple Peche Sour
    General life and cat enthusist

  • Lisa Pelletier
    Lisa Pelletier General Manager

    Has been here for 13+ years and has done every position in the place including dishwashing
    Fav Beer- Pakitos Session IPA
    Has an infectious laugh that be heard anywhere in the Brew Pub

  • Ryan Brogan
    Ryan Brogan Executive Chef

    Executive Chef for 15+ years- his 2nd kitchen job ever
    Favorite beer is SR Pale Ale
    His nickname is Mambo because he used to dance around the players in soccer with his fancy footwork

  • Melissa Kryger
    Melissa Kryger FOH Manager

    FOH Manager for 2+ years
    fav beer- SR Pale ALe
    Has psychic ability and thing for fine champagne

  • Mitch Rowe
    Mitch Rowe Head Hop Counter

    239.50 months
    Cherry Serpent for special occasions, PAKO’s for day-in and day-out
    Horses and rodeo and roping.  Just kept showing up and the decades flew by.

  • Kelley (Rocky) Rabjohns
    Kelley (Rocky) Rabjohns Director of Quality

    There’s a perfect beer for every moment and they are all different… But I like to start with a Pilsner
    Enjoys baking bread, looking at rocks and drinking beer

  • Rudy Borrego
    Rudy Borrego Head Brewer

    19+ years at SRB
    Fav beer is Blank Czech Pilsner, his signature beer
    enjoys teaching pottery and building things with his hands

  • Tommy Arena
    Tommy Arena Sous Chef

    Sous Chef, 2 years
    Fav Beer: Pakos or PBR
    Fav Activity: Cuddling while drinking beer
    Fun Fact: Favorite animal are squirrels

  • John McCarthy
    John McCarthy Brewer

    Brewer 5+ years
    Fav Beer: McCarthy’s Red Ale- signature brew
    nickname: Handsome John or Moonshine Johnny

  • Derek Beardsley
    Derek Beardsley Sales Director

    Sales Director 2+ years
    fav beer:  what’s my mood?  Really!!
    Huge Bronco and Phish fan

  • Keith Forsgren
    Keith Forsgren Brewer/Sales

    Has brewed in the Rockies and the Intermountain West for more than a decade. Smart ass, politically incorrect, tells the very best jokes: clean and otherwise. Loves the Zonker!