The second annual Reno Craft Beer Week is returning to showcase the best of Reno’s brews. With nearly 40 events on tap to delight, educate – and inebriate – Reno’s beer-drinking public, Craft Beer Week offers the chance for casual craft-lovers and the veteran hopheads alike to celebrate food, culture and the beer made right here in the Silver State. The festival runs May 13-22.
With 15 craft breweries calling Northern Nevada home, sampling every offering available this year could be a daunting prospect for even the most diligent drinkers. Craft beer can be tricky to appreciate if you can’t tell the ABV of an IPA, a gueuze from a gose or the best bar to knock back a nitro stout. But for those looking to experience the greatest array of styles possible, these educational events will help you practice ’til your plastered – while benefiting local charities.
Here’s a lineup of events:
Backwash 2016: 6 to 10 p.m. May 13 at Greater Nevada Field
Some of the best beer in the state can be found in the homes and garages of the people who love beer best: Northern Nevada’s homebrew community. Backwash selects 100 one-of-a-kind beer styles from craftsman, showcasing their knowledge of beer and the brewing process. The winner of the more than 100 entrants will have his or her recipe produced by and featured at Silver Peak Brewery & Restaurant. Proceeds from the $35 ticket price benefit Project Great Outdoors’ mission to help troubled youth get in touch with nature. Details: www.backwashreno.org.
Strange Brew Festival: 3 to 7 p.m. May 14 at Brewer’s Cabinet
Ever tried a Cheezit Pale Ale or a Peanut Butter and Jelly Porter? How about a Strawberry Shortcake Wheat? The 2016 Strange Brew Festival is your chance to try eccentric recipes from breweries near and far. Accompanied by live music and provisions from Brothers Barbecue, more than a dozen breweries concoct their most uncommon creations to benefit the Reno Rebuild Project. Tickets cost $40.
Old World vs. New World: 4 to 11 p.m. May 17 at Beer NV
Beer NV will employ certified cicerones (beer tasting experts) to walk patrons through the differences between the European styles of yore and their American equivalents. If you’ve ever wanted to know why an India Pale Ale comes from Britain, or the difference between a German Pilsner and a Belgian Saison, come see what makes different styles all brothers-in-booze. Entrance is free and a portion of the proceeds will go the Nevada Land Trust.
Sour Fest 2016: 2 p.m. to close May 18 at Chapel Tavern
Just because it’s sour doesn’t mean it’s gone bad. Sour beer styles from local breweries will be on display all night at Chapel Tavern, pouring libations from Imbib, Tahoe Mountain Brewery, The Depot, Great Basin Brewing Co. and more. Fans of this style might also want to check out the All-You-Can-Taste Cascade Sour Night at Mellow Fellow Gastropub from 3 to 10 p.m. May. For $40, guests can familiarize themselves with more than 13 brews from Oregon’s Cascade Brewing Company.
Hops In Beer: 7 p.m. May 19 at Imbib
As part of its Sensory Series, Imbib Custom Brews hosts a beer and food tasting to explore what it means to call a beer hoppy. Experts will discuss the ways in which hops add bitterness, flavor and aroma to your favorite brews in a hands-on (your glass) environment. Ticket prices are $25.
CollaBREWation Gala: 2 to 7 p.m. May 21 at Imbib
Local breweries will take over Imbib’s taps to benefit the Nevada Craft Brewers Association. The $40 ticket price benefits the association’s commitment to promoting craft beer in Nevada, as well as providing tastings and food for patrons. Attendees can sample a curated selection of beers from Northern Nevada’s brewers in Imbib’s impromptu beer garden. Enjoy the fresh air, and the fresh beer, on the penultimate day of 2016 Reno Craft Beer Week.
These events and dozens more will take place every night starting this Friday, and adventurous ale-heads can find a full calendar of events and register for VIP perks throughout the week at renocraftbeerweek.com.