Local Brews + Food: Reno's 10Best Brew Pubs

The Reno area has recently exploded with a wealth of brew pubs. These 10Best locations all around the Reno area include locally owned and unique breweries like The Depot (built out of a former train depot), Brasserie St. James (built over an underground artesian lake) and The Brewer's Cabinet. All three of these locations serve classic and European inspired pub food made from locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. Their beers are pretty darn good too.

If you are looking for some casino dining, try the popular Brews Brothers at the Eldorado for their great menu, beers and live music or the High Sierra Brewing Company in Sparks at Baldini's. For a community experience, bring your own meat to Pignic Pub & Patio and enjoy drinks on the deck of this downtown hangout. If you want to get out of town, try The Fox Brewpub in downtown Carson City or the Virginia City Brewery & Taphouse located in a historic building of this Wild West town. 



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...  Read More



Pignic Pub & Patio in Downtown Reno has an unusual concept: bring your own meat, grab a drink and have fun grilling your dinner on the pubs back deck. Of course, you can always choose Pignic's selection of meats including steaks, chicken...  Read More



The High Sierra Brewing Company in Sparks, Nevada creates a series of handcrafted brews by Boulder, Colorado brewer Tim Mason. While High Sierra has just a few flagship beers, they also create specialty and seasonal beers throughout the year....  Read More



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...  Read More

Carson City


The Fox Brewpub is located in downtown Carson City and features 17 finely crafted draft beers from the Fox and other local breweries. Try from a variety of award-winning brews including the NV'64 Honey Blonde Ale and Mayan Heat which is a spiced...  Read More

Brew Brothers
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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...  Read More

Great Basin Brewing Company
Photo courtesy of Great Basin Brewing Company


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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  Read More



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...  Read More


Meet Christina Nellemann

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