Look to Reno breweries for seasonal, locally-brewed suds
Looking for a great place to chat with friends and enjoy a cold one? The possibilities in Reno are as vast as the beers they brew. Here’s a list of some favorites to explore this season.
Among the great restaurants and shops dotting the pathways of the Riverwalk District sits Silver Peak Brewery & Restaurant at 135 N. Sierra St. Pouring regular house brews including the XXX Blonde, Silver Peak IPA and Peavine Porter, the brewmaster also celebrates the fall with the Raspberry Berliner Weiss, Lupi Double IPA and Le Saison.
Just up the way you’ll find Brewer’s Cabinet, 475 S. Arlington Ave., where they offer small-batch beers in a nano-brewpub atmosphere. Their brewing philosophy is centered around flexibility in the process and not being limited by popular fads, current trends or industry pressure. Try some of the Brewer’s Cabinet’s creative concoctions, including the Square Mile Vine Hopped Hard Apple Cider and 1982 Cantaloupe Sour.
Fourth Street and nearby
Under the Rose Brewing Company is housed in the rustic 1931 warehouse located at 559 E. Fourth St. Here you’ll enjoy their Berlinerbeer, Britishbeer, Nevadabeer and Porterbeer. Or, mix it up a bit with the ever-changing seasonal collection that may include the Jalapeñobeer and Pumpkinbeer.
East Fourth Street is becoming a craft beer hotspot. The Depot Craft Brewery, 325 E Fourth St., celebrates the rich history of the 104-year-old former train depot that now houses Reno’s first distillery and brewery. Sip on The Ranch Hand, an American ale or The Oktoberfest, a seasonal delight.
Just a block north is Pigeon Head Brewery, 840 E Fifth St., offering lagers and special ales throughout the year. Their seasonal releases include the Oktoberfest and Nevada Brown Ale, brewed using Frey Ranch malts and Magpie Pica Pica Blend coffee beans. On tap, Pigeon Head always has a pilsner, IPL, Red Rye Lager, Black Lager and Adversary IPA.
A few miles away you’ll find even more frosty beverages at Great Basin Brewing Company at 5525 S. Virginia St. Taste their Dawn Patrol, a seasonal commemorating the Great Reno Balloon Races, and an all-time favorite Icky IPA.
And, last but not least is the newest on this list, Beer NV. Located at 15 Foothill Road, Beer NV features 60 taps dedicated to craft and import beers. Here, you’re sure to find a brew to fit your palate. And, if you geek out on stats you’ll dig the state-of-the-art keg menu and monitoring screens.
With their sparkling lights and plethora of entertainment, drinking and dining options, Reno casinos also offer fun venues for beer aficionados. Perhaps the most popular is The Brew Brothers inside the Eldorado Resort Casino, 345 N. Virginia St. Eldorado brewmaster Greg Hinge has released the Munich Dunkel just in time for Oktoberfest. The Brew Brothers’ eight permanent brews are the Big Dog Indiana Pale Ale, Carano Extra, Gold Medal Winner Redhead Amber Ale, Double Down Stout, Wild Card Wheat and Gold Dollar Pale Ale. With live music most nights, this is a must for visitors and locals alike.
The Peppermill’s Terrace Lounge is a beautiful option with its eye-catching chandelier and beverage array. And, don’t forget about the many other lively casino bars and lounges like the Race and Sports Bar in the Grand Sierra Resort, Gilley’s at the Nugget Casino Resort and Silver Legacy Resort Casino’s Silver Baron Lounge.
Be sure to check out one or all of these great beer places and see which one bubbles to the top.