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 local beer festival, 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 fantastic, beer-focused events happening each 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:
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:
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.
Wednesday, April 22:
Pies & Pints: Taste delicious beer at the Wild Garlic in Reno.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Friday, April 24:
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.
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.
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.
Reno Aces Craft Beer Week After Party: There is free admission to this after party at the Aces Stadium.