Located in a 104-year-old former railroad headquarters building, The Depot is changing the face of this part of East Fourth Street near downtown Reno. The restored building still has remnants of its former life (including the original vault, located in the men’s bathroom), but it's now graciously lit from inside and out.
The Depot is also the first brewery and distillery combo in Reno. And on top of all that, they also serve up some really excellent food.
The three-story historical railroad building was restored by the owners – who all went to the University of Nevada, Reno — Photo courtesy of The Depot
The brewery portion of The Depot explores new beer tastes with local grains and open fermentation. The distinctly Nevada-style brews include The Ranch Hand American Ale ($5); The Explorer American Pale Ale ($6); and The Blacksmith Stout ($6).
The Rodeo Queen Raspberry Sour ($6) is made from fresh raspberry puree and matured in French Oak merlot barrels.
The Depot both brews and distills their own beers and spirits — Photo courtesy of The Depot
The various spirits can be purchased in the reception area of The Depot or enjoyed in the bar’s cocktails.
The Road to Virginia City ($10) has The Depot’s Silver Corn whisky, as well as black walnut bitters. The Overland Route ($11) has barrel-aged Mcqueen and maraschino, and the Off the Tracks beer cocktail ($9) has Depot High Country Gin, lemongrass and Depot Voyager IPA.
The Depot distills their own gin and whiskey for the bar's cocktails — Photo courtesy of The Depot
Oh, yeah . . . the food!
The Depot also serves a large selection of homestyle dishes with an urban twist. Many are made from local ingredients.
Both lunch and dinner are available, and a Saturday and Sunday brunch serves items like Chicken and Waffles ($12) and bottomless mimosas ($10).
The Depot's menu includes creative pub food like poutine with oxtail gravy — Photo courtesy of The Depot
Both the lunch and dinner menus consist of snacks, salads, bowls and main dishes. The popular Poutine snack ($8) has oxtail gravy and cheese curds.
Other snacks include Pork Belly Tacos ($14) and Duck Confit Sliders ($14). Their fresh salads include a beet salad ($5/$10) with oranges, goat cheese and walnuts.
The bowls and mains include an Ahi Bowl ($14) with Asian slaw and crispy rice; Smoked Pulled Pork ($14); and some excellent burgers, like the international Depot Burger ($15) with a house-ground beef patty, house pastrami, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Russian dressing.
Much of the building's historic design was kept – including a vault in the men's first-floor bathroom — Photo courtesy of The Depot
Dinner items include meat dishes like halibut ($28); scallops ($26); and flat iron steak ($24) served over bacon mashed potatoes.
The vibrant energy in The Depot (along with the vintage-inspired decor) has really caught on, and this area of Reno is beginning to grow with renewed interest for local food, craft brews and spirits.
In fact, other buildings in the area are being renovated to bring Reno’s history back to life.