Cody, Wyoming, founded by Col. William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, is near the east entrance to Yellowstone National Park. This historic full service community offers visitors a host of activities as well as unforgettable western charm. Cody boasts one of America’s finest Western museums, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. The Historical Center celebrates the spirit of the American West by weaving together the stories of the Western experience – history and myth, art and Native cultures, firearms technology and natural history. The Buffalo Bill Historical Center is open year-round and offers group rates. Check www.bbhc.org for hours of operation.
Eric Bischoff said he’s as comfortable running a brewery as any of his other various business ventures.
The former pro wrestling icon who also runs his own production company started Buffalo Bill Cody Beer in 2011. The rye ale has slowly been distributed to a handful of Western states, with more planned.
“I consider myself an authority on drinking beer. Just ask anybody from my roommates in college to my wife,” joked Bischoff, who gained national exposure as the vice president and on-air talent of World Championship Wrestling.
“I drink a lot of beer. I’m an avid consumer and I have been for 45 years.”
Being a lifelong fan of various seasonal ales, both light and dark, and a fan of the creative genius that is professional wrestling’s Eric Bischoff, I recently asked a friend who attended a business workshop out in the Wyoming area to make a detour to the Cody area, and bring me back some Buffalo Bill Cody Beer to the bustling East Coast, in the heart of Connecticut. Since I understandably haven’t read any accounts on tasting in the New England area, figure I’d compose a brief review.
Delicious is the proper word I would use to describe this beverage. It complemented a peppered steak and a heaping helping of mashed potatoes quite well. My friends sampled it with barbecue chicken and grilled corn and they loved the partnership. A kickass way to start a New England summer tonight.
A rye beer, definitely not too overbearing on the ‘hoppiness’, I do hope it makes its way out East for retail distribution sooner, than later. The bottles portray a well-done portrait of Buffalo Bill Cody atop a white horse, the late legend who founded Cody, opened the doors of the Irma Hotel, and established the TE Ranch. The beer claims to embody the spirit of the ‘Wild Wild West’ and even though my stops on the western side have been exclusively California and Nevada, I believe it is safe to say that it it does so. I don’t think an American man can argue that when a beverage complements a steak so well, that it doesn’t cement it’s own place in the beverage catalog in one's mind. It may be over $9.00 for a six pack, but you are receiving a premium product.
Best served chilled (and as cold as possible) I recommend this beverage to anyone who enjoys a fine-tasting brew after a hard work week or plainly allowing it to accompany and embellish a barbecue feast. What has seemed to start as a hobby for Eric Bischoff has seemingly struck a chord with beer connoisseurs and web publications. Have not seen a bad review yet, and I personally have nothing but positive things to say. Meetings to bring the beverage to Tennesee have commenced, as well as expansion around the Wyoming and Montana area. Keep an eye for this one.
And no, the rumor is NOT true that over-consumption of these beers will provide you the urge to spraypaint ‘nWo’; on Uncle Harvey while he is busy sizzling up the spare ribs at the summer picnics. Despite what James J. Dillon may say, this is NOT a side effect. 🙂
– A. Maurizio
Microbrewery fever is catching fire in Cody and local entrepreneurs are gearing up to serve the market.
Geyser Brewing Co. in west Cody is already brewing beer and winning awards, Pat O’Hara Brewing Co. plans to soon begin brewing, and Millstone Pizza Co. and Brewery will offer its own beers when the restaurant opens in March.
I’m not much of an Ale Beer drinker, been a Lager & barley style drinker. My experiences with Ale styles in the past, I’ve never had that right taste. When BBCB was sent to me from my hometown of Cody, I kept it in the cooler to get Ice cold. Waiting for the perfect time to experience this Ayl one more time. With my line of work, my childrens sports, this Hot humid weather?!…..it was time, & all I have to say is THANK YOU!, the Lager, & Barley style Beer is out! BBCB, has the taste I honestly have been looking for, its not a strong Ale taste, you won me over!….I Love the taste, the logo is astonishing! & I can go on & on about BBCB, but I truly believe BBCB, will be around for a VERY long time, again Thank You!
– J Hernandez
Last week The Full Pint interviewed Bischoff Family Brewing founder Eric Bischoff. Eric talks about his vision for Bischoff Famliy Brewing and Buffalo Bill Cody Beer, his favorite kind of beer, why Bischoff Family Brewing already has a leg up on the competition, and more. Below are some of the interview highlights but you can read the rest of the interview at TheFullPint.com.
Wrestling Legend Eric Bischoff and his family have been home brewers since the ’90s. That is what prompted Bischoff to found Eric Bischoff Family Brewing. With just one beer on launch – Buffalo Bill Cody Beer, the brand has already been met with success.
The first order was for a mere 90 cases, and 18 kegs. In July, they shipped 273 cases. August will be even larger. Cody beer goes in to larger Wyoming distribution in the fall.
Big “Thank You” to all of you in the Cody area who have tried our Buffalo Bill Cody Beer and passed along your comments! Been getting great response and package stores have been telling me that its a great balance between tourists and locals that are really keeping the product moving off the shelves. Stop by the Silver Dollar, The Terrace, Cassies or your favorite watering hole and ask for a Buffalo Bill Cody Beer!
Eric Bischoff has been wrestling for years. WCW, WWE, & more. He’s a wrestling legend. His newest project is craft brewing.
Bischoff lives in Wyoming, where Bischoff Family Brewing will be based. Buffalo Bill Cody beer is the first beer by the brewery, currently being contract brewed through Yellowstone Valley Brewing Company. Per the brewery’s Facebook page, they describe this beer as “It is a GREAT tasting RYE beer that is unique but not too ‘hoppy.” Future beer plans look to recipes of lower ABV. Session beers.