Calling all beer aficionados! Get ready to immerse yourself in total beer culture at the first ever Reno Craft Beer Week, April 18 to 25. This week is a celebration of craft beer with the goal of increasing its awareness in the Reno-Sparks area. At this jam-packed local beer festival, you can sample great local brews, learn more from local beer makers, meet other beer-lovers, eat some tasty bar food, and see all that Reno’s breweries and tap rooms have to offer!
Here’s your guide to the great Reno Craft Beer Week. There are multiple fantastic, beer-focused events happening every day throughout the week, make sure to check them out!
Saturday, April 18:
Brewer’s Roundtable: Brian Grossman of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. will be speaking at the Sierra Tap House about the history of the craft beer movement and where the future is headed. This is a free event.
Social Science: The Art of Beer: Head to The Terry Lee Wells Discovery Museum to explore the art of beer fermentation by sampling local beers, learning about how beer is made, examining different types of hops, and participating in fun beer games. Attendees can also enjoy wine and food from Whole Foods Market. This event is from 6 to 9 pm and tickets are $20.
Sunday, April 19:
Drinkable Reno Beer Week Bus Tour: From noon to 5 pm, take a tour of five of Reno’s favorite breweries and sample some of the finest brews Reno offers (which will be the equivalent of about 3 pints worth of tasters!). On the tour you will visit Great Basin Brewing Company, Pigeon Head Brewery, IMBIB Custom Brews, Silver Peak Grill and Taproom, and the High Sierra Brewing Company. Tickets for this event are $25, which also comes with free entrance to the Strange Brew Festival.
Strange Brew Festival: Enjoy live music and beers that will challenge and thrill your taste buds at this unique beer festival, from 3 to 7 pm at the Brewer’s Cabinet. Tickets are $50 ($40 presale) and are available in person at The Brewer’s Cabinet or on their website. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Reno Rebuild Project.
Monday, April 20:
A Week of Tastings at Raley’s: At the Raley’s in Reno and Sparks, there will be a beer and cider tasting each night of the week. Monday night tastings at each location is: Keystone: Boston Beer Co. 4-6 p.m. & Brasserie Saint James 4:30-6:30 p.m., Wedge Parkway: Great Basin 4-6 p.m., Mayberry Drive: Brasserie Saint James 4-6 p.m., Wingfield Hills: 21st Amendment 4-6 p.m., Robb Drive: Deschutes 4-6 p.m., and N. McCarran/Sparks: New Belgium 4:30 – 6:30 p.m There is also a special craft beer promotion during the week, buy three six-packs at regular price, get the fourth for 1¢!
Brew School at Studio on 4th: Learn to brew an extract beer or an all-grain beer at this event at the Studio on 4th. Extract beer takes two hours and the all-grain takes four hours. This event begins at 5 pm and tickets are $40.
Almanac Beer Co. Tap Takeover Tap Room at Whole Foods Market: Starting at 5 pm, learn about the farm-to-barrel beers from one of Almanac’s master brewers. Tickets are $25 and include 5, 8 oz. beers and delicious finger foods. VIP Passholders will receive $5 off and a swag bag from Almanac and The Tap Room.
IPApril Brewmaster’s Pairing Night: Sample small food bites paired with IPAs and talk with the Great Basin Brewing Company’s Brewmaster and brewers. This event is from 5 to 9 pm at the Great Basin Brewing Company’s Reno location and tickets are $20. VIP Passholders will receive 15% off.
Our Bar High Sierra Tap Takeover: Our Bar, located in downtown Reno, is displaying their new Speakeasy Bar. At this free event, starting at 5:30 pm, you will be able to check out several rare and delicious beers!
Tuesday, April 21:
A Week of Tastings at Raley’s: At the Raley’s in Reno and Sparks, there will be a beer and cider tasting each night of the week. Tuesday night tastings at each location is: Keystone: Great Basin 4-6 p.m., Wedge Parkway: Oskar Blues 4-6 p.m. & Brasserie Saint James 4:30-6:30 p.m., Wingfield Hills: Eel River & Six Rivers 4:30-6:30 p.m., and Robb Drive: Lagunitas 4-6 p.m. There is also a special craft beer promotion during the week, buy three six-packs at regular price, get the fourth for 1¢!
Against the Grain Beer Tasting @ Ole Bridge Pub: Four fine brews from Against the Grain Brewery of Louisville, KY will be offered as a flight tonight starting at 4 pm. Tickets are $20.
Craft Beer Cocktail Competition: Enter the competition by emailing the organizer by April 14th with your recipe for the best beer-based cocktail. The drink must include at least .75 oz of Great Basin Outlaw Milk Stout. The top 8 recipes will be selected to compete at the Tuesday event. Prizes will be awarded to the first, second, and third place winners. Judging will take place at 1864 Tavern from 6 to 8 pm.
Drake’s Brewing & Great Basin Brewing Co. Collaboration Release: Drake’s Brewing and Great Basin are teaming up to make a unique beer especially for Reno Craft Beer Week. Starting at 5 pm, experience the tapping of the new beer’s first keg at this free event at Great Basin’s Sparks location.
Farm to Barrel Beer Dinner: Campo and Alamanac Beer Co. of San Francisco have teamed up to create delicious four-course dinner with beer pairings. Call 775-737-9555 to make a reservation. Tickets are $65
Hopfest 2015 Local IPAs Tap Takeover at 40 Mile Saloon: If you are a hop lover or like India Pale Ales, you won’t want to miss Hopfest 2015. 40 Mile Saloon is hosting a local’s only IPA tap take-over featuring Great Basin, Brewers Cabinet, and the Brewing Lair. This event starts at 2 pm and runs until the kegs are empty. Admission is free, but you pay for what you drink!
Live from the Barrel: Pharaoh Sour Ale at The Brewer’s Cabinet: This bar will be tapping a sour favorite, a Pharaoh Sour ale, which has been sitting for two years. The event starts at 1 pm and tickets are $5.
New Belgium Meets Old Belgium: Pignic Pub & Patio will be featuring three new Belgium Brewing Beers VS. similar old Belgium counterparts. These beers will all be paired with delicious Belgian Bites. This event is from 5 to 8 pm and tickets are $20.
Wine and Beer Making (Heavy on the Wine): Learn from a pro about wine and beer making basics through the Grow Your Own, Nevada program from the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. This event is $15 for tickets and runs from 6 to 8 pm.
Wednesday, April 22:
A Week of Tastings at Raley’s: At the Raley’s in Reno and Sparks, there will be a beer and cider tasting each night of the week. Wednesday night tastings at each location is:Keystone: Deschutes & Ballast Point 4-6 p.m., Wedge Parkway: Mammoth & Ninkasi 4-6 p.m., Mayberry Drive: Eel River & Six Rivers 4-6 p.m., Wingfield Hills: Speakeasy 4:30-6:30 p.m., Robb Drive: Brasserie Saint. James 4-6 p.m., and N.McCarran/Sparks: Great Basin & Ballast Point 4-6 p.m. There is also a special craft beer promotion during the week, buy three six-packs at regular price, get the fourth for 1¢!
Pies & Pints: Taste delicious pizza paired with beer at the Wild Garlic in Reno. There will be three pairings, prices are $6 each or $15 for all three. This event runs from 6 to 10 pm.
Canned Derby presented by New Belgium Craft Wine & Beer: Get your creative juices flowing at the Canwood Derby. Drink a can of beer, decorate it, add wheels, race your new vehicle against others to win prizes! This is a free event, from 5 to 8 pm at Craft Wine & Beer.
edible Reno-Tahoe Five-year Anniversary Party: Come celebrate five years of edible Reno-Tahoe magazine at a party at the Nevada Museum of Art. Enjoy a night full of local food and drink in the museum’s atrium. Tickets for the party are $45 and it is from 5 to 9 pm.
High Sierra Brewing Co. Meet the Brewers Night: At this free event, you will be able to mingle with the brewers, taste special food and drinks, and get a free brewery tour, all in celebration of the new location. This event is from 5:30 to 8 pm at the High Sierra Brewing Co. inside Baldini’s Casino.
Reno Public House Rare Beer Trade: Are you a rare beer hunter? Then come on down to the Reno Public House Rare Beer Trade marketplace from 5 to 8 pm. You never know what you may come across. Admission is free.
Sour Fest 2015 at Chapel Tavern: Sour beer lovers won’t want to miss this event at Chapel Tavern. There will be 14 different sour beers on tap starting at 2 pm until close! Admission is free.
Stone Brewing Co. Tasting at Old Bridge Pub: Come taste a delicious flight of fun and unique beers from Stone Brewing Co. which will include: Stone Reason Be Damned Abbey Style Ale aged in Red Wine Barrels, Stone Cali- Belgique IPA aged in Red Wine Barrels, Stone Arbalest Belgian Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels, and more! Tickets are $20 and the tasting starts at 6 pm.
The Depot Beer Release Dinner: The Depot is releasing its first every seasonal beer, “The Wanderer Double IPA.” Enjoy beer paired with a four-course meal starting 6:30 pm. Tickets are $60 per person or $40 without the tasting option. Make your reservation by calling 775-737-4330
Sierra Nevada Barrel-Aged Tasting: The tap house is hosting a tasting of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. beers from 5 to 9 pm. Admission to the event is free, but attendees must pay for what they drink.
Stone Brewing Co. Tasting at Ole Bridge Pub: Ole Bridge will be pouring unique beers from Stone Brewing Co. starting at 6 pm. Admission is free.
Thursday, April 23:
A Week of Tastings at Raley’s: At the Raley’s in Reno and Sparks, there will be a beer and cider tasting each night of the week. Thursday night tastings at each location is: Keystone: Mammoth Brewing 4 to 6 pm, Wedge Parkway: Eel River & Six Rivers 4:30 to 6:30 pm, Mayberry Drive: Ballast Point 4 to 6 pm, Wingfield Hills: Ballast Point 4 to 6 pm, Robb Drive: Rogue 4 to 6 pm, N. McCarran/Sparks: Firestone 4:30 to 6:30 pm. There is also a special craft beer promotion during the week, buy three six-packs at regular price, get the fourth for 1¢!
Lagunitas CouchTrippin’: Reno w/ Beer Circus: Lagunitas is hosting their CouchTrippin’ after-party here in Reno’s own Cargo @ Whitney Peak Hotel. There will be a lineup of Lagunitas brews and live music from Built To Spill. Admission is free but you must RSVP here, you must be 21+ to party. Doors open at 7 pm and the first band starts playing at 8 pm.
Roving Dinner & Beer Pairing/Reno Provisions & Brewer’s Cabinet: Enjoy local brewed beer, live music by the Reno Swing Set, and silent auction at this event. Tasty sustainable food will be paired with five custom beers. Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door. The event is hosted at Reno Provisions and is from 6 to 9 pm.
16 Candles – 16 Handles: Come to this all-day event, as Ole Bridge Pub is expanding their tap handle lineup. Starting at 1 pm, two new, rare beers will be poured every two hours. Entry is free, but attendees must pay for what they drink.
Brewer’s Cabinet Brewery Chef Series Beer Dinner: At this dinner event, every one of the Brewer’s Cabinet Chef Series brews will be paired with a delightful culinary creation by Reno’s favorite chefs. That means five special beers are being paired with five delicious dining options. This event will take place at Reno Provisions from 6 to 9 pm and tickets are available here for $50.
IMBIB Custom Brews: Tap, Taste & Tour: Get an inside look at IMBIB Custom Brews – taste some initial brews, sample beers from their diverse barrel aging program, and get a tour of their brewery. Attendees will also get two pours from their taproom and snacks from a favorite local restaurant. Tickets are $2o and VIP Passholders will get 15% off. The event is from 6 to 9 pm at IMBIB.
Trail of Ale Poker Run: Take a stroll through MidTown, tasting beers and special release ales. Deal yourself into poker games at 40 Mile Saloon, Chapel Tavern, Craft Wine & Beer, and Reno Public House to participate in your chance to win cool prizes.
Sierra Nevada Barrel-Aged Tasting: Come down to Sierra Tap House and taste barrel-aged beers from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tickets are $30 and this is an all-day event.
Friday, April 24:
A Week of Tastings at Raley’s: At the Raley’s in Reno and Sparks, there will be a beer and cider tasting each night of the week. Friday night tastings at each location is: Keystone: Two Bald Guys & Green Flash 4-6 p.m. Eel River & Six Rivers 4:30-6:30 p.m., Wedge Parkway: Green Flash & Common Cider Co. 4-6 p.m., Mayberry Drive: Two Bald Guys & Rogue 4-6 p.m., Wingfield Hills: Oskar Blues 4-6 p.m., and Robb Drive: Mammoth Brewing & Boston Beer Co. 4-6 p.m. There is also a special craft beer promotion during the week, buy three six-packs at regular price, get the fourth for 1¢!
80s Dance Party @ Ole Bridge Pub: Dance the night away to some favorite 80s hits and taste craft beer straight out of the can, which are $2 off all night. Admission to the dance party is free and it begins at 10 pm
Beer and Cheese Pairing at Under the Rose Brewing w/ Wedge: A Cheese Shop: Sample Under the Rose Brewing Beers paired with unique cheeses from Wedge. For $15 you can sip on a flight of 6 beers and enjoy a matching taster tray of cheeses. Tickets for the tasting at $15 and it begins at 5 pm.
Cerveza Chilebeso Bottle Release Party & Sparks Rotary End Polio Now Fundraiser: For the first time in history, Cerveza Chilebeso will be available in a bottle! Celebrate the release at Taps & Tanks with live mariachi music, games, prizes, food, and of course, beer. Entry to the party is free, but the proceeds from the event will benefit the Sparks Rotary as a part of Rotary International’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative: End Polio. $1 from each pint purchased will go toward the cause, as well as proceeds from the silent auction and raffle items.
Cupcake and Beer Pairing with SixFour Growlers and Batch Cupcakery: Experience the combination of cupcakes paired with beer at this unique tasting at SixFour Growlers. Six mini Batch cupcakes will be paired with six 4oz beers. Tickets for the event are $12 and it is from 1 to 9 pm.
East Coast Weirdness with Right Coast Brews: Enjoy an East Coast beer tap takeover at Studio on 4th while they host the psychedelic shape-shifting duo Dasombra. Tickets are $7 and the event begins at 7 pm.
HOPS AND HOUNDS: A Tasting to Benefit the SPCA: Enjoy beer and support a great cause! A dozen craft beer brewers are coming together for a tasting at the West Second St. Market. Tickets are $20 and the event is from 5 to 8 pm.
Saturday, April 25:
4th Annual Carson City Beer and Pizza Championships: Support local charities and enjoy tasty pizza and beer. During the event, experience live blues music and a silent auction. Proceeds from the event will support local scholarships, charity organizations and other philanthropies from the Rotary. Tickets are $45 and available from any Carson City Rotary member or through this website. The event starts at 5:30 pm at the Carson City Mall.
A Week of Tastings at Raley’s: At the Raley’s in Reno and Sparks, there will be a beer and cider tasting each night of the week. Saturday night tastings at each location is: Keystone: Common Cider Co. 4 to 6 pm, and Robb Drive: 21st Amendment 3 to 5 pm. There is also a special craft beer promotion during the week, buy three six-packs at regular price, get the fourth for 1¢!
Backwash: Come down to Freighthouse District at the Aces Ballpark from 3 to 7 pm to see brewers from as far as San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and more, are come together to showcase their unique beers and compete for the people’s and brewer’s choice awards. Take part in the judging to sample one-of-a-kind beers from all over the West. Proceeds of the event go toward a non-profit organization that aids under-resourced and under-served young people in our community. Tickets are $45 presale and available here, or $50 at the door and VIP Passholders get $10 off this event.
Firestone Walker Tap Takeover @ Brasserie Saint James: Experience a Firestone Walker tap takeover in the Saint James beer garden. This free event is from noon to 3 pm.
New Belgium Specialty Beers and Mini Bike Races for Prizes @ Mellow Fellow Pub: Enjoy tasty premium beers and participate in a crazy mini bike race. Who knows, you might even win a prize!
Reno Aces Craft Beer Week After Party: Come down to Reno Aces Freight House District for this free after party. There will be blues bands from 6:30 til midnight!
Tahoe Mountain Brewery and Into the Wilderness: Check out Wilderness, a showcase of local and national musicians, hosted by Studio on 4th. There will be specialty brews and cocktail special. Tickets are $7 and the music begins at 7 pm.
Track 7 Tap Takeover @ The Lincoln Lounge: Straight from Sacramento, CA, Track 7 will enter Reno’s beer scene. Come down to the welcoming party hosted by The Lincoln Lounge. Enjoy $2 flights and $3 pints of Track 7’s brews. This event is from 6 to 9 pm.