The Wyoming Business Council has rescinded its vote of support for the proposal Alpine distillery project. The rescinded WBC vote was announced last week.
The Wyoming Business Council discussed the project proposal and grant application during its meetings in Cheyenne Dec. 9-10. At that point, the WBC made the decision to support and recommend the project for funding at the State Lands and Investment Board meeting in January.
According to Alpine Mayor Kennis Lutz, now the WBC wants “further competitive analysis done” of the project. There is some concern from Wyoming based distilleries that it is unfair to bring an Idaho distillery into the state to compete with them, Lutz said. “At this point the grant application and request has been moved to the March meeting of the Wyoming Business Council,” said Lutz. “We are still going to move forward and present the application to the WBC at that point.”
According to Lutz, the project not only provides jobs for the Alpine area, it also serves as a gateway project for future growth. If approved, the project “will provide better access and an improved road to the Melvin Brewing Property as well as to a future marina site,” said Lutz. “We are looking at adding a parking area in the future and starting our pathway project down in that area,” he said. “So there are really a lot of good things that this funding could get into place for the Town of Alpine.”
The Wyoming Business Council grant application for the distillery includes a $2.8 million funding request. The project calls for constructing a 20,000 square foot building that will be utilized by Grand Teton Distillery. If funding for the project is approved, the new building would be located adjacent to the existing Melvin Brewing facility.