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You Will Love The Reno Brew Bike

Attention beer lovers! Reno’s newest bar crawl is here! The Reno Brew Bike, is a pedal-powered custom bicycle that takes up to 15 passengers around local pubs, tap houses, bars, and breweries. Inspired by brew bikes in cities like Portland and Sacramento, this unique bar tour is a brand new way to experience Reno’s favorite brews and bites. The Reno Brew Bike isn’t your average night out, it’s a great way to socialize and drink with your friends while having a sober driver take you on a guided tour around the local bars. If a nighttime tour isn’t your style, the Reno Brew Bike has their first tours of the day starting at 11:30 am. The last tour begins at 7 pm. The tours last around two hours and the bike stops at three to four bars. Breweries that have partnered with the bike include The Depot, Mellow Fellow, Ole Bridge Pub, Sierra Tap House, Pigeon Head Brewery, Seven on West, Imperial Bar and Lounge, and the Lincoln Lounge and riders also get drink discounts at these bars! You do have to pull some of your own weight on the brew bike, riders help pedal to keep the party going, while the driver steers and brakes. It’s like having a hired DD for the night! The bike is also custom made to bring a cooler of some of your own (non-alcoholic) beverages and your own tunes to bump as you ride around. Seats on the party bike are $25 a person, but group rates are also available.

Maximize your bar hopping experience with a tour on the Reno Brew Bike! Book your next tour here.

Hey beer lover, don’t forget about the Reno Craft Beer week coming April 18-25, more info here.

Your Guide to the Reno Craft Beer Week

RenoCraftBeerWeek_2Calling 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¢!

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.N.McCarran/Sparks: Great Basin & Ballast Point 4-6 p.m

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.

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Freeze Your Pints Off this Weekend

It may be sunny and high 50s outside tomorrow, but the beer will be cold!

a25bb1_0e5f517a96924f968a5f1cb17a9a6594.jpg_srz_p_431_1326_75_22_0.50_1.20_0On Saturday, Feb. 21, Under the Rose Brewing Company will host the inaugural outdoor winter beer festival, Freeze Your Pints Off, in the back alley behind the popular brewery on Fourth Street. The event will feature more than 12 local breweries showcasing their strong beers, winter warmers and barrel-aged brews. The festival will also include music by DJ MoJo JoJo and three local food trucks. Tickets start at $45 and include beer tasting, a meal ticket and a commemorative tasting cup. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.undertherosebrewing.com.

“We are thrilled to put on an event that really showcases the incredible beers being created right here in Reno, Sparks and the surrounding areas,” said Scott Emond, owner and brewmaster at Under the Rose. “This is definitely going to be a unique event and we’re looking forward to seeing everyone decked out in their winter gear enjoying great beer, good food and fun entertainment.”

In addition to Under the Rose, participating breweries include BJs Restaurant & Brewhouse, Great Basin Brewing Company, High Sierra Brewing Company, Imbib Custom Brews, Pigeon Head Brewery, Stoneyhead Brewery, Tahoe Mountain Brewing Company, The Brasserie Saint James, The Brew Brothers, The Brewer’s Cabinet, The Brewing Lair, The Depot Craft Brewery and more. Food options include Mellow Yellow Food Truck, Electric Blue Elephant and Full Belly Deli Food Truck and Hub Coffee will be serving up their finest roasts and hot chocolate.

“Northern Nevada is definitely at a turning point in terms of its growth and the burgeoning brewing industry is a prime example of that growth,” said Emond. “It’s an exciting time and Under the Rose is proud to be a part of it.”

General admission tickets are available on pre-sale for $45 and $55 day-of. VIP tickets are available for $65, pre-sale only, and include a one-hour early entry. Designated driver add-ons are $15 and include a meal ticket and unlimited coffee, hot chocolate and craft soda. Proceeds benefit the Nevada Craft Brewers Association which promotes the development of craft beer culture throughout the state. Tickets are available at www.undertherosebrewing.com.

Eat your heart out this Valentine’s Day

The recipe for love is in the hands of local chefs. They’ll delight you and your honey this Valentine’s Day with these culinary delights!

02-Couples-Dining-RomanzaPeppermill Reno will be offering up many Valentine’s Day menus for the perfect romantic dinner. Bimini Steakhouse will have special menu items such as open face Maine lobster ravioli and chocolate duo creme brulee, for example, but many other Peppermill Reno eateries will also be serving romantic dishes.

Grand Sierra Resort and Casino’s A Valentine’s Affair will feature a show by R&B artist Color Me Badd, as well as performances by Legaci and Chikezie Okorie. The show will take place on February 14 at the Summit Pavilion.

Guests at the Eldorado will find culinary passion on the menus at Roxy, La Strada and The Prime Rib Grill this Valentine’s Day. For a truly magical evening, guests can cap off the night with Eldorado’s new show, “Madame Houdini,” enchantress of the elements, a sensational and sensual magic show appearing in the Eldorado Theatre through April 19. Tickets start at just $24.95 with dinner and show packages available from $34.95. Performances will run at
7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14.

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa invites the community to join them for Valentine’s Day dining in Atlantis Steakhouse or Bistro Napa on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015. At the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa guests will be treated to a four-course dinner and dancing featuring live music from Michael B. Levin as Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. Along with complimentary champagne, the Valentine’s menu will include items such as filet mignon with wild mushroom demi-glace and a heart-shaped raspberry and chocolate torte for dessert.

Heritage restaurant and bar will feature a full-course gourmet dinner for two for hotel guests, local residents and visitors. The special “Menu for Lovers” will be available Friday, Feb. 13 through Sunday, Feb. 15, at a cost of $80 per couple or $110 per couple with wine pairings (exclusive of tax and gratuity).

Enjoy a romantic dinner at the Steakhouse at Circus that includes a silky decadent chocolate marquise and orange salad with Grand Marnier vanilla sauce as a desert.

Doesn’t get much more romantic than dining on the shores of North Lake Tahoe. Lone Eagle Grille is offering an exquisite dinner menu for you and your Valentine.

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Chapel Tavern Celebrates Northern Nevada’s Outdoor Lifestyle

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Outdoor films, nonprofit donations, awesome raffle prizes, and delicious drinks all around! Sounds like a total win, right? Well one of midtown’s most popular drink spots, Chapel Tavern is making it happen. Starting on January 28, Chapel will be introducing a new kind of party, one where everybody wins! We all know that Northern Nevada has been blessed with the kind of environment that allows for locals and visitors to create outdoor adventures year-round. Chapel’s new event, Reno Wild Life (RWL), will take place on the last Wednesday of every month and will serve as a celebration of all things outdoors. From 8 pm to 10 pm Chapel will be screening outdoor films featuring sports and activities that are popular in our area. For the inaugural event, Moment Skis will be screening “Twenty”, a Poor Boyz Productions film.

Chapel is asking guests to make donations at the event to benefit nonprofits that support the environment and the people who enjoy it. The organization that will benefit from the donations collected on opening night is The Nature Conservancy in Nevada. Guests who donate $5 or more will be entered into a raffle to win some cool gear. January’s offerings will include merchandise from Patagonia, a pair of Moment skis, and KTHZ-FM gear. Chapel will also be offering a keg of Great Basin Brewery’s limited release “Moment Deathwish” Pale Ale.

For more information on Chapel Tavern and RWL check them out online.

New Eateries in Reno

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Reno has been growing into a foodie paradise, and the list of delicious eateries that keep popping up around town won’t disappoint! Many new restaurants are exercising their creativity by serving funky, fun menus that you won’t find just anywhere. We’ve highlighted a few of the area’s newest restaurants and encourage you to try them all!

Newly added to the West Street Market, The Rawr Bar features a raw menu, meaning that everything on their menu (both plant and animal products) are served unprocessed and uncooked. The idea behind this concept is to allow customers to enjoy food in its purest state. Their menu is full of small-portioned plates that are meant for sharing and tasting. Their menu is broken up into four categories: garden (vegan options), sea, land, and flowers (dessert-like options). Some menu items include beet ravioli, striped bass, beef carpaccio, and vanilla ice cream. If you’re looking for a unique dining experience that you won’t find anywhere else in Reno, the Rawr Bar is the place to go!

The Depot Craft Brewery and Distillery recently opened its doors with the “pursuit and passion for transforming base ingredients into far more noble forms.” Located at 325 E. 4th Street, this new eatery has a lot to offer! The Depot brews their own beer inside the Brewhouse, where they combine old brewing traditions with experimentation and new techniques. They also dedicate time to distilling whiskey with a “farm to glass” approach, which includes the milling, cooking, and fermenting of locally farmed grains, and double distillation all on-site. Last but certainly not least, The Depot is serving up some delicious food as well! Their menu is full of items like cioppino, short ribs, and pork belly tacos, along with salads and “snacks” such as poutine and a cheese board. With a menu of spirits, beer, and food, like The Depot’s you’re sure to leave satisfied!

The brand new Centro Bar and Kitchen, which had its grand opening on January 9, will be serving up tapas and drinks in their location on California Avenue. LaVecchia’s Alberto Gazzola will be teaming up with chef David Stern and mixologist Ryan Harris to bring customers an exciting dining experience. The menu focuses on tapas-style small plates, which are meant to be sampled and shared, but you’ll also find experimental cocktails and larger plates for the hungry! Roasted baby beet salad, crispy quail and waffles, roasted bone marrow, and octopus are all things you will find on this exciting menu.

Holiday Treats!

If you’re on the hunt for some traditional holiday flavors, there are plenty of goodies around town! Here are a few of places that have the seasonal tastes you’re looking for: peppermint, pumpkin spice, ginger, and more!  The holiday season is all about splurging and indulging, so check out these local eateries for some holiday snacks; we won’t tell!

Dorinda’s Chocolates is a great place to start if you’re trying to satisfy your holiday sweet tooth. Here you will find peppermint truffles, made of peppermint butter cream dipped in dark chocolate; peppermint bark, and Pepper’ Minties. Dorinda’s also has eggnog brandy truffles, Jolly Bark, hot cocoa cones, and pumpkin caramel sauce, which will be delicious on just about anything!

The Chocolate Bar will also give you a sugar rush. Their hot chocolate comes in the classic chocolate option, but they also offer white chocolate and peppermint white chocolate to fit the season. Their list of chocolatey coctails are sure to please, as well. They have plenty of winter drinks, like the White Chocolate Raspberry or the Turtle Martini.

Wild River Grille is serving up some wintery cocktails. Their Gingered Apple Sparkler, made with apple liquor and ginger beer, reminds you of warm apple cider. The Mistle-Tonic, a mixture of gin, elderflower liquor, cranberries and mint, is definitely a holiday must. Wild River Grille also has two warm cocktails: the Rusty Apple (moonshine, elderflower liquor, apple cider, and a cinnamon stick) and the Wild River Cider (Captain Mogan’s Spiced Rum, house made orange brandy, and apple cider) that are sure to keep you nice and toasty during the cold season.

The menu at Homage Bakery is filled with yummy winter treats. They’ve got cinnamon danish rolls, maple bacon rolls, cranberry-creme rolls, and a pecan pie cookie that are sure to keep you happy! Homage also has a number of holiday pies and cakes available. “The Drunk Uncle” is a chocolate-bourbon cream pie that will satisfy all your relatives, “The Little Rascal” is a caramel apple streusel, and the Chai Spiced Apple Coffee Cake that will warm you right up!

chez louie celebrates one-year anniversary at Nevada Museum of Art

Congratulations to chez louie on their one-year anniversary at the Nevada Museum of Art!

It doesn’t get much better than being served a fresh, seasonal dish with a side of the finest art in the state of Nevada. The name chez louie can be loosely translated to mean “at the home of family,” and that warm welcome is exactly what has kept guests returning to the Nevada Museum of Art’s dining hotspot. Mark Estee, owner and tastemaker, compliments the fine art in the museum with his own artistic abilities in the kitchen that guests can appreciate on their plates and taste buds. Whether you’re dining for lunch, Wednesday through Saturday, dinner on Thursday, or brunch on Sunday, you can be assured you’re eating some of the finest seasonal, local and freshest foods in the region.

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Whenever you’re in need of a venue for an event or reception, the views from the rooft0p of the museum are unbeatable… especially when paired with catering from chez louie and a glass of wine.

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After getting a taste of chez louie’s current and upcoming menu items, guests are able to visit the Nevada Museum of Art’s exhibits, such as  Late Harvest (pictured below), which juxtaposes contemporary art made with taxidermy, and historically significant wildlife paintings.  20141023_18570320141023_18594720141023_185733

Food for Thought for the Playa

With Reno being the closest major metropolitan area to Black Rock City, it is easily the most accessible place to get your supplies for Burning Man. Come early and stock up! Burning man has designated a number of shopping hubs along I-80 (East – West) and US-395 (North – South), which criss-cross each other near the middle of Reno-Sparks, so you can pick the most convenient one(s) for your trajectory. Other places around town are very accommodating to Burning Man.

Burning Man recommends these local stores for your grub at the Playa:

Save Mart Supermarket
525 Keystone Ave – 775-786-2150

Whole Foods Market
6139 South Virginia Street – 775-852-8023

Trader Joe’s
5035 South McCarran Blvd – 775-826-1621

Great Basin Community Food Co-Op – the fastest growing co-op in the nation!
240 Court Street – 775-324-6133

10547421_695909463778428_7888469573934774611_nAlso, local eateries are providing “pre-packed specialties” for you and your camp if you’re more of a “glamper.” They are the best, right? This whole community gets behind burners to make your experience the best possible.

Great Full Gardens’ “Gino the Soup Man” has “JumbaPLAYA” ready to grab. So stop on by!

Food Tips:

-          Bring lots of Ziploc bags-  the Playa will get dust on everything and the best way to minimize ingestion of it is to prepare and portion out meals ahead of time.

-          Keep the refrigerated food in your camp colder than 41 degrees at all time. Restock the ice frequently and use a thermometer to make sure it is staying cold. Also, label your coolers with contents. This will minimize unnecessary opening and closing.

-          Prep as much as possible in advance- this will come in handy so you’re not spending your time cooking.

-          Keep food surfaces in your camp as clean as you can. Wash your dishes in soapy water and rinse them in water that has 2 teaspoons of bleach added for every gallon of water. Dirty dishes can breed bacteria and make you ill.

-          Waste Not, Rot Not- make the most of your food.

Water:

Simply Water
1070 Gentry Way – 775-337-8111

Fresca Waterhouse
1196 North Rock Boulevard (north of I-80) – 775-358-9893

Important: Drink only bottled water or water that you know the origin of. Do not accept water from camps that you have doubts about, and do not share water bottles and canteens with other people.

Allot about 1.5 gallons of water per person per day.

Cheers, Burners!

Dining Hot Spots during Hot August Nights

Cruise on over to one of these classic cool dining spots during Hot August Nights for a taste of of the de-lish Reno dining scene. From authentic diners that have turned back the clock to flavors of yesteryears, to restaurants with a front row view of the classic cars cruising down Virginia Street…. Here are a few hot picks to help keep your cool during one of the best car shows in the nation!

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Dig in at these diners:

Gold ‘N Silver Inn

As seen on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives! This dining establishment has been a Reno landmark for over 50 years. No need to dress up here, you’ll find working stiffs all suited up, families celebrating a birthday, maybe a few politicians, and even the mayor.

The Nugget Diner

Arguably the most popular diner in Reno thanks to their Awful Awful burger, this is a dining hot spot during Hot August Nights. It’s located in downtown Reno, and open 24-hours! Talk about convenient.

Pneumatic Diner

Vegetarians and vegans pick this hidden gem in downtown Reno for its fresh ingredients, authenticity and menu selection! It’s so good, it even pleases the palate of the biggest meat-lovers with their big flavors.  “Slab tacos” are a favorite for locals.

Red Hut Café

Feeding Lake Tahoe since 1959, the long-time favorite, Red Hut Cafe, has opened in Reno. Take note of their well-known outrageously good service and waffles.

Beefy’s Diner

Located in MidTown Reno, this retro diner serves a mean milkshake and float. This place looks, tastes and feels like a diner.

Mountain House Diner

Located right inside Reno Tahoe International Airport, this hip diner is a great stop on the way in or out. Try the delicious buffalo burger for a wild western treat.

Dinner, drinks and a view:

Chapel Tavern

First, you will be blown away by their Bloody Marys. They take pride in mixing fresh drinks (juice is squeezed right before your eyes) with an incredible selection of liquors.  Take your drink to the patio for a seat right along Virginia Street!

Miguel’s Mexican Food

With plenty of window seats, you’ll surely spot classic cars cruising by. Verde salsa and chile rellenos are specialties at this hot Mexican restaurant.

Midtown Eats

You’re definitely not passing up flavor for a view at this joint. With prime location in MidTown, this rustic hot spot is a go-to during Hot August Nights. The Atomic burger is out of this world.

Süp

Their wooden deck will be a prime seat this week to enjoy a light meal and spot cruising classic cars. Salads, soups and sandwiches are their specialty!

Asian Garden Restaurant

If you’re looking to spice things up and go for Asian cuisine, this restaurant has a ton of window seating to enjoy dinner, and a show of classic Hot August Nights cars.

(Restaurants selected on Yelp)