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10Best Breweries and Taphouses in Reno and Virginia City, Nevada



Whether you are looking for local brews for summer drinking or a full-on dinner, these 10Best breweries and taphouses in Reno will cover the gamut. The Reno brewery scene has exploded in the past few years and includes intimate breweries with nods to European style brews to restaurants that specialize in brews that complement their delicious food.

If you are looking for a fun place to hang out on a summer afternoon, visit Under the Rose Brewing Company near Downtown Reno. Their tasting room offers flights, growlers and tastings as well as adult sized games like giant Jenga. Another fun place to hang out is IMBîB, an intimate brewery near the Reno Aces baseball stadium that specializes in old world barrel aged beers.

For a little food with your brews, the Great Basin Brewing Company has been serving their famous Icthyosaur Pale Ale for decades along with their brew pub grub. The Depot specializes in farm to table meals and the Brasserie St. James serves their beers along with European inspired dishes.


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The Brew Brothers has been named the Best Brewpub in America by Nightclub & Bar magazine and has been voted "Best Microbrew, "Best Beer Selection" and "Best Live Music" in several Best of Reno polls and was named the highest selling brewpub in North America. The Brew Brothers is located in the Eldorado hotel and casino in downtown Reno. It's a fun place where you can get great draft microbrews, food an live music. The Brew Brothers brew their own beer and their specialties include the Big Dog IPA and the Wild Card Wheat Ale. Food includes pizza, burgers, sandwiches and salads. Try the Margarita Pizza and the Chicken and Apple Salad.

Recommended for Breweries because: Ladies get their free first drink Sunday through Friday at 9pm to 11pm.

Christina's expert tip: The Brew Brothers has live bands and a DJ nightly.

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StoneyHead Brewery is located in the central part of Reno and offers a wide range of beers that are shipped around the country. The brewery offers free tastings at their main location as well as special events. StoneyHead Brewery beers are affordable and they offer snacks along with their free tastings. With a large figure of an Easter Island Moai on their labels, the beers are just as fun. Choose from Galena Gold Amber Ale, Red Carmel Irish Ale or Sneak Attack IPA. You can order bottles or a growler of your favorite beer. Stoney Head also is available at special events around the city.

Recommended for Breweries because: StoneyHead Brewery offers free tastings of their beers at their main location.

Christina's expert tip: Ask the bartender to mix various seasonal brews in your glass for a unique taste.

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IMBĪB Custom Brews, located near Downtown Reno, is a brewery featuring old-world barrel aged beers plus malty, hoppy, and easy drinking brews. Designed as a community beer hall, IMBĪB offers memberships, classes, and custom orders as well as special events like beer and food pairings, craft beer week and food truck partnerships. The also offer a beer membership. IMBĪB serves a range of their own brews, but specializes in sour beers like Saison. They also have a nice range of Scottish ales, stouts, fruit beers and IPA. Each glass goes for around $5-$7 and the taproom is available for tours.

Recommended for Breweries because: IMBĪB Custom Brews is a friendly brewery with fun decor. Drink your beer off of old beer barrels.

Christina's expert tip: IMBĪB Custom Brews is always coming up with new brews and events.

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The Brewer's Cabinet, located just steps from the Truckee River in Downtown Reno, creates their own small batches of of craft beers as well as delicious food made from fresh, local ingredients. For both lunch and dinner, you can pick up one of their beers on tap. Try the Tahoe Pale Ale or the Tahoe Amber. The Sorry for Partying Pilsner is light and fresh and the stronger Dirty Wookie is for the dark-lovin' folks. The Brewer's Cabinet menu features salads, sandwiches and delicious burgers. The dinner menu features entrees like beer battered fish and chips with a lemon and caper aioli ($12.50) and the Baby Back Ribs with fries ($14.95). If you like burgers try the Lamb Burger with smoked tomato jam, goat cheese and lettuce on a rosemary bun ($11.50) or the Pulled Pork sandwich on a variety of homemade breads ($10.50).

Recommended for Breweries because: The Brewer's Cabinet collaborates with local businesses on special events and raising money for other businesses in the Reno area.

Christina's expert tip: The Brewer's Cabinet is a smaller pub, but they have a great outdoor deck for summer and fall dining.

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This rustic, but classic brew pub in Midtown Reno was actually built over an artesian lake right in the middle of the city. The icy cold water from the lake is used to make this brew pub's selection of tasty drafts. The Brasserie's drafts include a variety of German Kolsch, ales, porters, lagers and a Farm-hand Saison called Daily Wages ($7 for a tulip glass). You can enjoy a $2 taster or larger pints, imperial pints and growler fills. The pub also serves European style dishes and American comfort food made from natural ingredients. The dinner menu features appetizers like salads and soups and starters such as Steak Tartare ($14) and Bone Marrow Canoes ($14) with bacon jam and toast. The entrees include the Brasserie Braise ($22) with short ribs and oxtails braised in dark ale and served with vegetables and creamed polenta. The Dixie Chicken ($17) is southern style with creamed kale and country grits.

Recommended for Breweries because: Brasserie's beers have won awards at the Great American Beer Festival. A second location has opened up in San Francisco.

Christina's expert tip: Check out Brasserie St. James's Happy Hour from 3-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

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The Silver Peak Grill and Tap Room (the downtown river location) is as popular for its ales and lagers as it is for its pub fare. With items such as salmon fish and chips dipped in Red Ale batter, grilled-lamb burger with kalamata olives and goat cheese, and their signature barley-crusted chicken-breast sandwich with applewood-smoked bacon, this isn't your average bar menu. The drinks include on-tap beers such as XXX Blonde, Battle Born Beer and Stella Artois. Located on the corner of First and Sierra streets, across from the Century movie theater, Silver Peak is a popular meeting spot, and the outdoor seating on the patio is a great place for people-watching. The second (original) location of the Silver Peak is in Midtown Reno on Wonder Street.

Recommended for Breweries because: The Silver Peak has two locations in Reno. One in downtown; one in Midtown.

Christina's expert tip: During the summer, the covered deck is a great place to people watch.

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The Depot is Reno's first brewery and distillery that serves some excellent pub food with a local twist. The brewery portion serves up a selection of Nevada-inspired beers and the distillery creates spirits for purchase or for use in the bar's numerous cocktails. The lunch and dinner menu features salads and main dishes like Poutine with oxtail gravy ($8), various burgers and sliders and an excellent beet salad. Their snack dishes are great to share and include items like Shrimp Ceviche ($11) Steamed Cockles ($13) with beer broth and bacon, and a four cheese Mac & Cheese ($7.50) that will remind you of your cool Mom's dish.

Recommended for Breweries because: The Depot not only has some great beer and cocktails, but is helping to change the face of a neglected part of downtown Reno.

Christina's expert tip: Come on the weekends to The Depot's Brunch where you can get bottomless mimosas for only $10.

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Great Basin Brewing Company
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One of the most popular places in Reno/Sparks for pub grub and microbrews. Great Basin is home to the hoppy Icthyosaur Pale Ale. "Gimme an Icky" is the calling card of this place located on Victorian Square. The Great Basin serves up food for both lunch and dinner that is inspired by the Nevada desert and mountains. Items such as Ale Battered Zucchini or Dill Pickles, Shepherd's Pie, Sonoran-Style Fish Tacos, and the classic Caesar Salad are all excellent. Other brews besides the Icky include the Wild Horse Ale, the Nevada Gold Pilser and the Jackpot Porter. Other drinks are offerer such Wyders Pear Hard Cider and wine from Kendall Jackson and Seven Deadly Zins. Live music is featured on most weekends and includes bluegrass and country bands such as Smokin' Bulldogs and Dust on the Bottle.

Recommended for Breweries because: Great Basin was the first brewing company in the city and has a great sense of community.

Christina's expert tip: The Great Basin serves Nevada's official beer: The Icky

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Located in the historic Wild West town of Virginia City, the Virginia City Brewery and Taphouse is run by experience brewmasters and chefs. Built in a former bakery, the building now serves various handcrafted beers made from alpine water from the Sierra Nevada. The beers range from IPA and pale ales to dark stouts and porters. Try the Marlette Red made from the water of the crystal clear Marlette Lake or the YellowJacket Honey Plae Ale named after the famous mine. The brews can be paired with small plates like pulled pork sandwiches, steam beer brats, soups and tamales. You can also order from other local Virginia City restaurants.

Recommended for Breweries because: The Virginia City Brewery has created a brand new brewery while still maintaining the history of its historical building.

Christina's expert tip: The Virginia City Brewery holds various events all year long.

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Located in an industrial/artistic area near Downtown Reno, the Under the Rose Brewing Company not only brews their own selection of beers, but they also have special events as well as tons of games. With a nod to European brews, choose from the Berlinerbeer, Saisonbeer or Roggenbeer. There are also a selection of flavorful pumpkins beers as well as seasonal blondes. The Nevadabeer is an American style pale ale that reflects the Silver State. While you drink you can enjoy ping pong, darts, giant Jenga, foosball, bocce ball or even board games.

Recommended for Breweries because: Under the Rose brews and serves a nice selection of European-style beers.

Christina's expert tip: Located in a former body shop, Under the Rose has large garage doors that are open during the summer.

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Christina has lived in the Reno/Lake Tahoe area since she was a baby. A first-generation Nevadan, her Danish parents instilled in her an intense love of travel and the wild, rugged outdoors...  More About Christina

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