CASPER, Wyo. – Eric Magnuson intends on making a positive new experience out of a Mishap.
After the Mishap brewery in downtown Buffalo closed, Magnuson saw an opportunity to realize a dream he’d been mulling over for years.
“Their equipment came up for sale and it seemed like the right time,” he said recently. The 3 bbl brewing system can produce up to 24 barrels a month.
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Located in a small corner building at 612 N. Beverly, Mountain Hops Brewhouse is now brewing after months of planning and construction. An opening date has not been finalized, but should be soon.
Magnuson started home brewing 15 years ago. Before that his father home brewed back in the 80s, well before the craft beer industry took off nationally.
“I started out just using pre-mixed kits, and after doing enough research I started making my own recipes,” he said. “People seemed to like them and I started doing competitions around the state.”
“Everybody kept asking ‘where can I buy this,’ so here I am,” he said.
Magnuson particularly enjoys making IPAs, but he brews multiple styles. In one IPA he uses candied oranges as an ingredient, and he developed a brown ale specifically for his wife.
In the future he’s interested in experimenting with sour ales, a style that has rapidly become popular among craft drinkers who are always looking for something different.
“I’m all about experimenting with recipes,” he said, and intends to keep a couple of taps reserved for one-off and unique brews. He has the ability to have 16 taps at once, but it might take time to get them all going.
Signature brews will include a brown, a Mexican-style lager, a New England-style IPA, and a porter. He also plans to serve a house-made root beer for families.
Opening a new business that relies on people gathering in the COVID era has been a challenge. He said after health restrictions closed bars and tap rooms in March he slowed down the construction, much of which he did himself.
“Things are starting to open up now and we’re ready to get opened,” he said.
The brewery will fill growlers and sell crowlers, and he’ll fill pints in a socially-distanced tap room. There’s enough room for a food truck in front of the brewery. Customers are welcome to bring their own food, he said.
Magnuson says he appreciates the camaraderie among local craft brewers as he’s moved to enter the market. When Mountain Hops opens it’ll be Casper’s fourth brewery, joining Frontier Brewing, Gruner Bros. Brewing and Skull Tree Brewing.
“Everybody in town has been overly welcoming,” he said. “They’re all looking forward to me opening too.”
“It should be a good time once we open,” he said.
Mountain Hops Brewhouse can be found on their Facebook page, where their opening date will be posted soon.