Whether you are looking to unwind after a day of skiing at nearby resorts or to try your luck at one of the many casinos in the area, be sure to check out these 10 world-class breweries the next time you find yourself in Reno, Nevada.
- 10 Torr Distilling and Brewing
- The Depot Craft Brewery & Distillery
- Great Basin Brewing Company
- Lead Dog Brewing
- Pigeon Head Brewery
- Record Street Brewing
- Schussboom Brewing
- Wonder Aleworks
10 Torr Distilling and Brewing
For a brewery experience that is truly unique, look no further than 10 Torr Distilling and Brewing. Not only does this local favorite produce award-winning craft beers on-site, but it is also a distillery offering vacuum-distilled spirits like vodka, dry gin, and coffee liqueur.
But is it the selection of highly approachable craft beers that keep customers coming back and one of the most popular of 10 Torr’s offerings is the Oh, Honey! blonde ale (ABV 4.2%, IBU 23), a can’t-miss crowd-pleaser.
The Depot Craft Brewery & Distillery
Another popular spot for libations in Reno is The Depot Craft Brewery & Distillery which is as famous for its award-winning spirits as it is for its craft beers. Housed in a historic three-story red brick building that is a converted railway headquarters, The Depot is Reno’s first brewery and distillery housed under one roof and it is one of the city’s most popular hangouts.
The Depot offers a full menu of gastro-pub fare and to wash it down The Patriot (ABV 6.5%, IBU 45), a popular fruit-forward hazy IPA, is a perfect choice.
Great Basin Brewing Company
One of the best tips for finding great places for beer in an unfamiliar place is to go where the locals hang out. Using this logic will lead you to Great Basin Brewing Company, a Reno favorite not only for its generous selection of craft beers but also for the food menu with its many can’t-miss options like the sausage platter.
Speaking of the sausages, a hugely popular pairing to wash it down with is the Outlaw Milk Stout (ABV 5.0%, IBU 20). This award-winning stout has a rich malty flavor and is incredibly smooth. Here’s another local tip: Outlaw Milk Stout on Nitro is so good it should be illegal.
For true craft beer enthusiasts, the success of IMBĪB can serve as an inspiration because its two founders started as homebrewers. Built on a hop-forward brewing philosophy, IMBĪB offers a diverse range of locally crafted beers including IPAs, traditional German lagers, dry and sweet Belgian beers, and even a few barrel-aged selections.
Despite its short history as a company, IMBĪB has already racked up a number of impressive awards for its brews, and among the most popular selections are its Berliner-style Weisses. In particular, the Marionberry NV Weisse (ABV 4.8%) is a solid beer for first-time visitors to IMBĪB with its refreshing fruit notes and just the right amount of tartness.
Lead Dog Brewing
A popular destination for locals and out-of-towners looking for a pint glass of locally crafted beer is Lead Dog Brewing, which proudly brands itself as a brewery that is Reno through and through. This establishment does not have a full kitchen so outside food is welcome. But its rotating selection of libations, some classic and others a bit off-the-wall, is sure to have something for everyone.
Take the Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout (ABV 6.6%, IBU 50), for instance. Dark chocolate and peanut are a classic pairing and Lead Dog’s brew masters have cracked the code for swirling these flavors into a surprisingly balanced beer that is a fan favorite.
Pigeon Head Brewery
This is not your typical brewery with art lining the walls and painting classes taught there by a local artist. But the beer offerings are the real deal and Pigeon Head Brewery’s specialty is its lineup of traditional German-style lagers (they also have seasonal pilsners and IPAs).
If you are feeling adventurous and in the mood to experience something new and different, try their Turkish Coffee Black Lager (ABV 5.5%, IBU 8), which is one of their classic Schwarzbiers (“black beer”) brewed with coffee and a blend of spices including cinnamon, black pepper, cloves, and vanilla bean.
Record Street Brewing
If you are looking for a brewery in Reno that has it all – craft beer, great food, and live entertainment – then look no further than Record Street Brewing. Located in the so-called Brewery District, Record Street Brewing features artisanal beers served alongside gourmet pizzas that come straight out of an Italian-made wood-fired oven.
With Record Street Brewing’s strong music theme, it should come as no surprise that topping the charts is its Grunge Double IPA (ABV 7.5%, IBU 10), a hazy, hop-forward selection with notes of pineapple, mandarin orange, and stone fruit.
With two dozen craft beers to choose from, Schussboom Brewing has something for everyone. And with a full kitchen serving gourmet pizzas and classic pub fare like wings and tater tots, Schussboom Brewing may very well be Reno’s best-kept secret (but not for long) for amazing beer and great food.
Schussboom Brewing has so many great craft beer options that it is a challenge to choose just one but a solid choice to start with is the local favorite known as Bear Bait (ABV 6.6%, IBU 11). This honey raspberry wheat ale has a crisp, refreshing raspberry flavor that plays well with this beer’s honey, hop, and wheat notes.
With splashes of neon flickering throughout the place, Wonder Aleworks may seem more like an artsy, hipster lounge than a brewery. But they take their beer seriously and that passion is evident in the dozen-plus craft beers that they produce onsite. Food is another thing that Wonder Aleworks does not mess around with, and the name of the game here is burgers and sandwiches.
A go-to selection at Wonder Aleworks is the Golden Rooster (ABV 5.8%, IBU 18), a Kӧlsch brewed in the classic German style with a hypnotizing yellowish hue and hints of coffee, mocha, and vanilla.