Grand Teton Brewing
Teton Amber Ale
The Grand Tetons are revered for their captivating beauty, majestic wildlife and epic mountaineering trails. Found in the northwest corner of Wyoming, just across the border from Victor, ID and Grand Teton Brewing, Grand Teton National Park encompasses over 300,000 acres and provides visitors with a number of ways to enjoy the great outdoors.
The Grand Tetons are also known for having a rather unique name. Grand Teton National Park was named after Grand Teton, the tallest mountain of the 40-mile long Teton Range. Grand Teton, along with other nearby peaks, got its name from a French-speaking fur trapper who called the mountains “les trois tétons”, which, believe-it-or-not, translates to “the three breasts”. The mountain was originally called Mount Hayden after one of the explorers who first traversed it in 1870 but the name Grand Teton became so commonly used that it was officially adopted in 1930, a year after the creation of the national park. “Grand Tetons” literally translates to “Large Breasts”.
The major peaks at Grand Teton National Park are commonly called the Cathedral Group. They include Grand Teton (13,775’), Mount Owen (12,928’), Middle Teton (12,804’), South Teton (12,514’) and Teewinot (12,325’). The park is well known for its recreational opportunities but also hosts a very well preserved ecosystem. In fact, some of the plants in the region have occupied the land since prehistoric times. There are also over 300 species of birds that spend time in the mountains and over a dozen species of both fish and mammals including cougars, lynx, black bears, wolverines, pika, moose, pronghorns and bison.
The first known human presence in the region was by Paleo-Indian hunter-gatherers who may have been ancestors of the Shoshone Indians. They occupied the area over 11,000 years ago but were likely only in the region during the summer months as the climate was much colder at that time. The Lewis and Clark Expedition passed far to the north of the Teton Range on their trip to the Pacific Ocean but upon their return voyage a member of their crew, John Colter, left the group to join some local fur-trappers. During the winter of 1807-1808, Colter became the first Caucasian to see the Teton Range and, for decades to follow, many mountain men moved into the region, primarily living off the land and collecting beaver pelts.
Controversy surrounds the claim of who first climbed Grand Teton. Nathaniel Langford and James Stevenson alleged to have summited the mountain in 1872 but their account of the climb was somewhat vague and has left many to question whether or not they actually made it. In 1898, William Owen, Frank Peterson, John Shive and Franklin Spalding successfully summited Grand Teton and used the account of their journey to further discredit the Langford-Stevenson climb. Interestingly, during their journeys, both parties took note of a manmade structure now known as the Enclosure. It is believed that Native Americans built the horseshoe-shaped structure either as a shelter or possibly for vision quests. Since the Enclosure only lies about 500 feet below the peak, it is likely that Native Americans were climbing to the top of Grand Teton long before white explorers even knew the mountain existed.
Originally, conservationists wanted to expand the borders of nearby Yellowstone Park so that it encompassed the Teton Range but local residents, especially those in Jackson, WY, preferred it to be separate. They got their wish when the Grand Teton National Park was established in 1929. John D. Rockefeller purchased much of the land that now makes up the valley called Jackson Hole in the hope that it would be added to the park and after a short stint as a national monument, most of his more-than 200,000 acres of land were added in 1950.
Grand Teton National Park is one of the ten most visited National Parks in the U.S. Its close proximity to Yellowstone National Park, ease of access, unique ecosystem, extensive recreational activities and overwhelming beauty now provide refuge to more than three million visitors every year.
From the Brewer: Our Amber Ale is a full-bodied, American-style amber with a rich copper color which comes from the roasted Amber and Munich malts. We use Idaho hops to achieve the unique, fresh flavor and smooth finish that is long and complex on the palate. Originally brewed in 1989, this is our longest standing Signature beer. After all these years it’s still a brewery and regional favorite. ABV 4.7%, IBU 21
Steve Furbacher - CEO and President, Ellen Furbacher - Executive Vice President